WASHINGTON — With just nine days until dreaded across-the-board federal spending cuts hit, President Obama yesterday resorted to scare tactics to sell his plan that would instead raise taxes on the rich again.
Obama warned that the looming cuts would increase unemployment and jeopardize military readiness and public safety — and even set criminals free.
“FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go,” proclaimed Obama, who was flanked by police, firefighters and other first responders at a White House event.
He said the $85 billion in cuts for the current year and $1.2 trillion over a decade, known as the sequester, would strike like a “meat cleaver.”
Half of the cuts would hit the Pentagon.