If I had a dime for every time Barack Obama lied about the sequester yesterday I would still be in bed right now waiting for the butler to bring me my latte’.
Well, Michelle Malkin described it wonderfully on Neal Cavuto’s show on Fox News
“This is the court jester of sequester. I think that this press conference was a national embarrassment.”
She was describing Obama’s statements standing in front of a line of First Responders (as props):
“Just ten days from now, Congress might let a series of automatic cuts take place that […] won’t grow the economy, won’t create jobs, and will put hardship on a whole lot of people,” he said.
“If Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place,” the president asserted, it will jeopardize the nation’s military readiness, emergency responders’ abilities will be degraded, border patrol agents will see hours reduced, FBI agents will be furloughed, criminals will be let go because prosecutors will have to drop cases, and thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off.
The President neglected to mention that the sequester cuts were HIS idea, that last year he threatened to veto any bill negating the cuts, the GOP already agreed to higher taxes without any cuts, and most importantly they aren’t really cuts.
The sequester cuts nothing, no budget will be less than it was the year before. What the sequester does do is cut the rate of increase. Say you were going to buy a car for $15K next year and changed your mind and reset your auto budget for $20K, then changed it again for $16K did you save $4K? No you are still spending more than your original budget. Sequester is the same idea.
The truth doesn’t stop Obama from using the sequester as another way to hit the GOP as insensitive and to promote his class warfare drive.
And there is more coming today. I received this press release from the White House press office last night:
Tomorrow, as part of our ongoing “Live from the White House” series, President Obama will conduct interviews with 8 local television news anchors from around the country to continue to turn up the pressure on Congressional Republicans to compromise to avoid the automatic budget cuts slated to hit next Friday – devastating, across the board cuts that were never meant to be policy and would put our national security, middle class families and economy at risk. By speaking to anchors from stations around the country, the President will have an opportunity to focus on the harmful local impacts that will be felt if Congressional Republicans refuse to compromise.
The President will take the case directly to the American people in markets across the country about how their leaders in Congress must act to protect our nation from a self-inflicted wound that would hurt our recovery and the middle class. He will make clear that the only reason that these devastating cuts would hit is if Congressional Republicans choose to protect loopholes that benefit the wealthy and big corporations rather than compromise to reduce the deficit in balanced way and protect American families. Congressional Democrats have put forward a balanced proposal to avert these automatic budget cuts and allow both sides to work on a long-term plan to get us on a fiscally sustainable path, and the President urges Congressional Republicans to join the American people who overwhelmingly support a balanced approach.
Gee, If I didn’t know better–I would hate those conservatives also.
What’s worse is the GOP leadership’s tepid response to Obama’s slander. John Boehner wrote yesterday:
Having first proposed and demanded the sequester, it would make sense that the president lead the effort to replace it. Unfortunately, he has put forth no detailed plan that can pass Congress, and the Senate—controlled by his Democratic allies—hasn’t even voted on a solution, let alone passed one. By contrast, House Republicans have twice passed plans to replace the sequester with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect national security.
The president got his higher taxes—$600 billion from higher earners, with no spending cuts—at the end of 2012. He also got higher taxes via ObamaCare. Meanwhile, no one should be talking about raising taxes when the government is still paying people to play videogames, giving folks free cellphones, and buying $47,000 cigarette-smoking machines.
Where is the anger? Where is the incredulousness? Why isn’t John Boehner calling a press conference to say, “Is this guy on drugs or what?, Why is he trying to divide the country? He is lying” Anything! As long as he is showing some passion.
Is Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership waiting for the press to confront Obama with the truth? We all know that will never happen.
Its time to tell the truth Mr. Speaker, and it’s time to play the same game as Obama…with the same rules as Obama–Chicago Rules:
“You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?-Sean Connery as Jim Malone in The Untouchables (1987)”
The best defense is a good offense!! Its time for the Republican party leadership to get it’s head out of the sand (or out of it’s arse) and go on the attack. Otherwise the GOP will continue to get owned by the President, our economy will collapse under the weight of his continually expanding national government, and this great experiment in constitutional democracy, this shining city on a hill will be nothing but a distant memory.