Obama: Pass My Budget or Suffer More 'Pain'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 27, 2013 | 1:24 PM EDT

In his weekly address, Pres. Obama threatened Americans with more sequester "pain" if they don't convince Congress to pass his budget.

First, Obama exploited the sequester's effect on children, the elderly, and airline travelers:

"Because of these reckless cuts, there are parents whose kids just got kicked out of Head Start programs scrambling for a solution.  There are seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels to live independently looking for help.  There are military communities - families that have already sacrificed enough - coping under new strains.  All because of these cuts."

"This week, the sequester hurt travelers, who were stuck for hours in airports and on planes, and rightly frustrated by it."

And, there's more pain on the horizon, Obama warned: "These cuts are scheduled to keep falling across other parts of the government that provide vital services for the American people."

Then, Obama declared that the only way to avoid more sequester pain is to pass his budget:

"There is only one way to truly fix the sequester: by replacing it before it causes further damage.

"A couple weeks ago, I put forward a budget that replaces the next several years of these dumb cuts with smarter cuts; reforms our tax code to close wasteful special interest loopholes; and invests in things like education, research, and manufacturing that will create new jobs right now."

Obama warned of the "pain felt by kids kicked off Head Start, or the 750,000 Americans projected to lose their jobs" due to the sequester.

Children and workers are being hurt and "That pain is real" - and more will follow if Congress doesn't pass his budget, Obama warned:

"The American people worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one economic crisis just to see your elected officials keep causing more."

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