Madness is an interesting word choice.
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward attacked President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying the commander-in-chief’s decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier because of budget cuts is “a kind of madness.”
Most in the media are clearly uncomfortable with Woodward challenging Obama. Attacking their own, one of the Old Guard and a bona fide Nixon enemy, is truly a sign of strange days. Woodward is merely telling the truth, which is dangerous for your career and reputation in these times, particularly for the younger, less experienced reporters who don’t have emeritus status.
Was Woodward referring back to Nixon and Watergate?
“There is something very wrong in this town.”
Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina is incensed after meeting with Obama at the White House.
“I could not be more frustrated than I am right now,” Haley told reporters after the meeting. She said that when she asked Obama if he would consider a last-minute plan to shave about 2 percent from the annual federal budget without increasing taxes, the answer was “no.”
“My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget. This is not rocket science.”
Haley didn’t spare fellow Republicans either.
“There is no leadership. There is no confidence. There is nothing that shows us that they actually care about what they’re doing. What they’re doing is playing games . . . ”
The sequester, modest across-the-board cuts to federal government spending, is looming large on the horizon, and I couldn’t be happier. I just hope it happens. We must get the federal budget under control. Sadly, the money saved ain’t much. The spending orgy continues, climbing by $2.4 trillion during the next decade rather than the $2.5 trillion Obama wants. Much deeper cuts are needed.