Obama’s gold watch
Hypothetical example: the Air Force says it will not request funding for a GPS launch due to other unexpected mission requirements… perhaps increased ops tempo (and spending) on drone operations.
(This assumes the Air Force has a cap on the funding it can request—it does—and their story and they’re sticking to it is this: That launch sadly fell just a bit below the line.)
Hypothetical consequence: the Department of Defense adds in the funding needed for the launch because GPS has (in effect) become all things to all peoples at all times.
Real world example: President Obama pounds his shoe on the table—to a roaring silence—in response to miniscule cuts to the rate of government growth also known as “the sequester.”
As a result, Dear Reader makes a gold watch, the USS Truman, “unavailable” for a Persian Gulf deployment, hoping that the Congress will cave and add-back the sequester reductions.
Real world consequence: Congress stands its ground and Obama loses credibility as the world fails to end and the sky fails to fall; the public learns Obama is willing to play politics with national security.
The President’s posturing on the sequester is nothing but cheap and transparent political theater. As a result of the Obama-approved approved sequestration—he was for it before he was against it—it’s now possible the nation will see that unending government growth as a source of our woes and not the solution to the same. This could be an interesting “unintended consequence” of the President’s lack of honesty on the problem of massive government spending.