"World Doesn't End, Obama Hit Hardest"
(Editorial, wsj.com, March 1)
The joke works on its own terms, but it is even better if . . .
. . . you savor the delicious allusion, one every educated man and woman (and many precocious children) should know.
If you don't get it, go here.
After you quit laughing and admiring the unexpected comic genius of Paul Gigot and his crew, you could do worse than to read the editorial.
"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 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. . . .
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What he is trying to do . . . is implement the sequester as rudely as possible so that he can extract another tax increase. As the president put it, the problem is that Republicans have adopted "an iron-clad rule that we will not accept an extra dime's worth of revenue."
But not so iron clad that the GOP didn't reluctantly consent to 6.2 trillion dimes in tax increases only this January in return for zero dimes of spending restraint.