President Obama has spent weeks whipping up fear about the sequester, so it’s no surprise that Democrats turned aside a Republican bill that would give him more authority and flexibility to make responsible spending cuts. That would lower the panic level, which is why this effort went nowhere. He doesn’t want that responsibility when panic better serves his purposes. In Mr. Obama’s world, there are no responsible cuts, and he’d rather have citizens suffer needlessly if it would aid his political agenda. Well, voters generally get the politicians they deserve, don’t they?