Long time darling of the media left, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward of the liberal Washington Post has been making a lot of media people uncomfortable these days. Woodward is a throwback to the days when reporters tenaciously unmasked the truth, no matter what their political beliefs were. And yes, there are some journalists still out there who continue to behave that way.
In the face of President Obama's doomsday proclamations and figures about the forced "spending cuts" and blaming Republicans for them, Woodward, who exposed Watergate and brought down a sitting President Nixon in the process, has exposed the truth, leaving liberals, Democrats and the White House sputtering in rage.
The fiscal cliff and the automatic across the board spending cuts ideas, that if Congress and the White House were unable to reach a deal on both, then they would be mandated by law, came from President Obama.
It was Obama's idea.
To quote Woodward in his latest piece published last Friday: "The automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors . . ."
So Obama and his new Treasury Secretary Lew came up with this brainchild in August of 2011, to raise the spending ceiling so that it did not become an issue during the campaign. The thought at the time would be the Republicans would panic over defense cuts and cave into a later White House deal. Both the House and the Senate passed this measure and President Obama signed it into law.
Now Woodward reports that since that deal was reached and enacted into law, President Obama "moved the goalposts" by demanding additional revenues and taxes. In other words, the President did not keep his word during the negotiations.
Now the President and all his minions are out there telling the world that the fiscal cliff and across-the-board spending cut measures were not his idea, but the idea of Republicans. And if they aren't stopped, they claim catastrophic economic consequences will occur. When those claimed catastrophic consequences occur, it will be the fault of Republicans, and not the President and his men who came up with the idea in the first place.
In other words, they are fibbing to the American public. It was their idea.
I find it hard to believe that one half of one percent (according to the U.S. Treasury) of federal spending cuts will destroy America as we know it. And this being Washington, DC of course, spending will continue to increase annually, just one half of one percent less higher each year.
Now the President's minions are also out there trying to denigrate the sterling reputation of Bob Woodward by claiming he is wrong, or he misunderstood or misreported what occurred. Woodward in the meantime is on tour laying out the true facts.
This coming from the President who boldly proclaimed back in August of 2011: "Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one."
So much for the tough guy and tough talk. Who is now crying for relief from his own spending cuts now? Who is claiming that thousands of school teachers, thousands of students, tonnage of uninspected meats and foods, delays in approving new medicines, and other atrocities await us because government cannot limit its spending increases by one half of one percent?
And now other news sources are chiming in, scolding the President for moving the goal posts, for not engaging in serious negotiations with Congress, for playing golf with Tiger Wood and otherwise being disengaged from the process of government. But then, he has governed this way for over four years now. In other words, leading from behind. Making sure the buck never stops on his desk. Making up stories when things go wrong under his watch, like when embassy officials were killed overseas.
So Congressman Brad Schneider? How will you vote? Will you support the President who lied to the American people in order to get elected? Or will you support slowing down the future wild spending of our federal government, even if it is a tiny one half of one percent of future spending?