From a Friday Wall Street Journal editorial (bolds are mine):
World Doesn’t End, Obama Hardest Hit
The sequester apocalypse evolves into a ‘slow grind.’
‘Just to make the final point about the sequester,” said President Obama at his press conference Friday, “we will get through this. This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said.” That’s a relief, but it is also a major walk-back, since the “some people” who have been predicting apocalypse are the President and senior members of his Administration.
Normal Americans awoke Friday to find that the veneer of civilization had not fallen away. If the federal government does end up spending $44.8 trillion over the next decade instead of $46 trillion, they may not notice at all. This may explain Mr. Obama’s morning-after concession that “what’s important to understand is that not everyone will feel the pain of these cuts right away,” and that the gruesome cuts that the President had been invoking are now merely “a slow grind that will intensify with each passing day.”
One reason the grind may intensify is that Mr. Obama spurned GOP offers Friday morning to grant him even more executive discretion than he already has to prioritize federal spending. Or as his own Simpson-Bowles commission put it, he could always choose among the “patchwork of thousands of duplicative programs, nearly impossible to track and even harder to evaluate for effective outcomes.” This he does not want to do.
What he is trying to do instead is implement the sequester as rudely as possible so that he can extract another tax increase.
I know it’s quaint to bring up such things in some quarters, but didn’t Obama swear to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States”? Why, yes he did — twice.
Since he did, isn’t Obama’s clear decision to, as the Journal says, “implement the sequester as rudely as possible,” from all appearances so as to cause the maximum amount of visible harm to the nation and its citizens, directly in conflict with what he swore he would do?
Of course it is.