Each day we're exposed to more of the impacts the looming sequestration cuts will have on jobs. Just yesterday, the Pentago formally informed Congress that 800,000 of them were on the line.
Ron Fournier of The National Journal is placing the buck stops here sign squarely on the President's desk:
Your federal government is almost certain to blow past the March 1 deadline for averting $1.2 trillion in haphazard budget cuts that could cost 700,000 jobs. Don’t worry. We know whom to blame. President Obama makes a credible case that he has reached farther toward compromise than House Republicans.
But knowing who’s at fault doesn’t fix the problem. To loosely quote Billy Joel: You may be right, Mr. President, but this is crazy.
Is this fiscal standoff (the fifth since Republicans took control of the House in 2011) just about scoring political points, or is it about governing?
If it’s all about politics, bully for Obama. A majority of voters will likely side with the president over Republicans in a budget dispute because of his popularity and the GOP’s pathetic approval ratings.
If it’s about governing, the story changes: In any enterprise, the chief executive is ultimately accountable for success and failure. Sure, blame Congress — castigate all 535 lawmakers, or the roughly half you hate. But there is only one president. Even if he’s right on the merits, Obama may be on the wrong side of history.
Fair or not, the president owns this mess. What can he do about it?
Mr. Fournier goes on to cite an op-ed published a couple of months ago and written by a Republican that Fournier believes carries the key to solving the problem.
I don't agree with all of Fournier's assertions here but I do agree that ultimately it's Obama's lack of leadership that has brought us to this point. Yes, Republican weakness sickens me as well. I've reached a point where I think the first jobs that ought to be lost in this mess are each of those jobs held by members of Congress and the Executive branch. If their jobs were on the cutting block come March 1st, we'd see some action. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen.
I want to believe that some budget agreement will be reached. I do.
But it's beginning to look like a belief in unicorns might be more rational.