I Was For It Before I Was Against It

The fallout from the sequester may soon resemble the political massaging of the gas and oil bonanza. In the latter case, Obama did all he could to stop new government leases for fracking and horizontal drilling on federal lands as well as stopped the Keystone Pipeline — only to take credit in the campaign for near record levels of gas and oil production that came despite not because of his efforts. If the sequester results in a small smidgeon of fiscal responsibility, and does not do the horrendous things that just last week Obama was forecasting, then expect him to about-face and remind us that the sequester was his idea, after all — and is proof of the sort of fiscal responsibility he highlighted in 2008 when he called George W. Bush unpatriotic for taking on too much debt.

Victor Davis Hanson — NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

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