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March 5, 2013 - 12:50 pm

As the father of two small boys, I’ve seen some tantrums these last few years. They follow a predictable script.

• Child wants something

• Dad says no

• Child demands something

• Dad says no

• Child begins tantrum

• Dad says no

And so on, until the child realizes that Dad can take the screaming and the tantrum ceases. Or punishment is doled out. Or — sometimes — both.

Witness, if you will, government by tantrum:

The Obama administration denied an appeal for flexibility in lessening the sequester’s effects, with an email this week appearing to show officials in Washington that because they already had promised the cuts would be devastating, they now have to follow through on that.

In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.

He said he was discouraged by officials in Washington, who gave him this reply: “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

The government wants something. It wants to spend $3,803,000,000,000. It’s been told that it may only spend $3,759,000,000,000. (Please notice that nine zeroes are left unmolested.)

And so now the government is going to throw a tantrum. It will hide its aircraft carrier, stop food-safety inspections, close the White House to tourists who flew in from hundreds or thousands of miles away. In other words, shrieking “GIVE ME WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT IT!”

We should tell it No. We should remind it that the Department of Education, which doesn’t educate a single child, has a budget almost twice the size of this year’s sequester. We should remind it that most Americans took a 2% pay cut starting last January, and that’s part of the 8% whack our incomes have suffered since 2008. We’ve had to make do with less, we should say, now it’s your turn.

But the Whiner-in-Chief won’t listen. It’s his sacred duty to drive the gravy train — right off the cliff.

And if we say no? Then we’ll be made to suffer.

Meh. I’ve seen worse. I have a two-year-old son.

I can take it. Can you?

More:

Sequester Scare Theater: California’s Screwed Up Economy Will Be, Um, Screwed Up

White House Cancels Tours ‘Due to Sequestration’

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Somebody needs his red diaper changed.
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Ah Yes. B Hussein Obama discovers that the curse of the low-information voter works both ways. How long will it be until he takes credit for the sequester?

"And I personally signed the executive orders that saved $85B in one year alone"
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I just had a disquieting thought. What if O and his underlings were wailing about the awful GOP wanting sequestration because they realized that some folks are SO low information and disconnected that instead of hearing the word "sequestrtion" they would think the GOP wanted "segregation" or maybe even "castration".
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What is amusing to me is that they think this matters to anyone outside the beltway. Throw your tantrum - no white house tours, big deal you have to be well connected to get in anyway, no inspectors - will anyone notice the difference. Sequester pain, what sequester pain - no one outside the beltway cares.
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Sequester Pain => Blame Repubs => 2014 Dems win House => "Now I'm a Dictator"
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In dealing with Alinsky Disciple public employee union reps our primary analytical tool was, "Would you believe this if you heard it from your six year old?" Ignorant children; all of them!
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I'll hold my breath until I turn blue and pass out and hit my head on the coffee table.
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The Treasonous Criminal Zerobama regime is waging war on the American People. This satisfies the Constitutional definition of Treason.

You serfs will be punished until you comply with the desires of Your Overlords. Get the Message. The Dictator and his Criminal Accomplices will inconvenience, will punish, and will terrorize the American People to enforce compliance. Meanwhile, Zerobama will enjoy his golf outings with celebrities, Empress Moo will dine and travel in class, and your Senators and Representatives will live in the lap of luxury. Shut up and eat your cake. The People will comply, or they will suffer.

Unless we Rise Up and put the Criminal Regime on a short leash. Otherwise, shut up and eat your cake.

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That was hilarious. Best analogy yet!
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I love the little icon on the "home page" to click on this story. Priceless. It suits the child to a 'T'. Great article.
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Child should get the back of the hand. Regrettably,. Daddy isn't up to it.
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