Misunderstanding, misstatements and all the classic contortions of partisan message management surround the sequester, the term for the $85?billion in ugly and largely irrational federal spending cuts set by law to begin Friday.
What is the non-budget wonk to make of this? Who is responsible? What really happened?
What happened is that President Obama broke his deal with Congressional Republicans and now is playing the sequester blame game.
Trust in politics, is sometimes all that you have.
Now, America will have the sequester because the TRUST is gone.
Read all of Bob Woodward’s account of events and you will see why.
The President has a week to prevent sequestration, but I doubt he will do ANYTHING to reduce government spending.
It is not in his political makeup.
So, what happened to President Obama and the sequester cuts which are destined to take affect on March 1?
So, the President was against the automatic spending cuts, but signed the law anyway?
And, now he is demagoguing the Republicans to make a last minute deal to avert another fiscal calamity.
The American people are tired of the Kabuki theater which is the Obama “Perpetual Campaign” Administration. There is no need for another deal to increase taxes to support an increase in federal spending.
The Republicans should do nothing and let the sequester happen – the GOP will be blamed by Obama and the media anyway.
President Obama and his minions on the LEFT have the propensity of wanting to get their own way politically – no matter what.
When House Speaker John Boehner says the President wants to annihilate the GOP, he really is not joking.
President Barack Obama is aiming to “annihilate” the GOP during the president’s second term, House Speaker John Boehner says. “And given what we heard yesterday about the President’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a gathering of the Republican-oriented Ripon Society on Tuesday, a day after President Barack Obama’s second Inaugural address. “So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this Administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”
One major problem: The Constitution which was written to oppose despotism and dictatorial powers.
President Obama will try to quickly move his LEFTIST/PROGRESSIVE agenda, as he knows that a lame duck administration soon awaits.
However, the GOP House will NOT play ball and will force Senate Democrats who represent RED states to either side with the GOP or make unpopular votes that may endanger their 2014 re-election.
The chains that Obama will hold on his own party will be weak indeed.
The chains of Obama Big Government will take a while to break – but break they will.
Chris, it is difficult to tell the difference between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, isn’t it?
Maybe the spontaneous whining and crying will give it away.
The President has been smart though to not bother Boehner with the backdoor – but front and center.
Obama has been playing Boehner like a fiddle – to the detriment of his Republican colleagues.
If the Republicans allow RINO Chuck Hagel to be confirmed, the military will surely decline.
Even New York Times columnist David Brooks understands what Obama is doing with the Chuck Hagel appointment.
As the federal government becomes a health care state, there will have to be a generation of defense cuts that overwhelm anything in recent history. Keep in mind how brutal the budget pressure is going to be. According to the Government Accountability Office, if we act on entitlements today, we will still have to cut federal spending by 32 percent and raise taxes by 46 percent over the next 75 years to meet current obligations. If we postpone action for another decade, then we have to cut all non-interest federal spending by 37 percent and raise all taxes by 54 percent.
As this sort of crunch gradually tightens, Medicare will be the last to go. Spending on things like Head Start, scientific research and defense will go quicker. These spending cuts will transform America’s stature in the world, making us look a lot more like Europe today. This is why Adm. Mike Mullen called the national debt the country’s biggest security threat.
Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks. If a Democratic president is going to slash defense, he probably wants a Republican at the Pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot.
The buzzing will only increase, Mr. President.
These are my links for January 3rd.
- Biden: Republicans had ‘epiphany’ on immigration – Vice President Joe Biden said Republicans have had a major realization in their approach to immigration reform in recent weeks.”Have you ever seen a time when Republicans have had a more rapid epiphany about immigration than they have this last election?” Biden said Thursday while speaking at an event for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington.
- There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Kumbaya’ – A Uniquely Polarizing President – We’re all talking about Republicans on the Hill and their manifold failures. So here are some things President Obama didn’t do during the fiscal cliff impasse and some conjecture as to why.He won but he did not triumph. His victory didn’t resolve or ease anything and heralds nothing but more congressional war to come.
He did not unveil, argue for or put on the table the outlines of a grand bargain. That is, he put no force behind solutions to the actual crisis facing our country, which is the hemorrhagic spending that threatens our future. Progress there—even just a little—would have heartened almost everyone. The president won on tax hikes, but that was an emotional, symbolic and ideological victory, not a substantive one. The higher rates will do almost nothing to ease the debt or deficits.
- Charles Krauthammer: Return of the real Obama – The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Obama got his tax hikes — naked of spending cuts — passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to his self-proclaimed “principle” of fiscal “balance” by taking the lead on reducing spending. “Why,” asked The Post on the eve of the final fiscal-cliff agreement, “is the nation’s leader not embracing and then explaining the balanced reforms the nation needs?”Because he has no interest in them. He’s a visionary, not an accountant. Sure, he’ll pretend to care about deficits, especially while running for reelection. But now that he’s past the post, he’s free to be himself — a committed big-government social democrat.
- Boehner reelected as Speaker; nine Republicans defect in vote – Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected Speaker of the House on Thursday after a week of rumors of a possible GOP revolt.Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted “present.” Two years ago, Boehner won all 241 available GOP votes.
Why, of course, President Obama is cool towards non-enforcement of marijuana laws.
President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters.
“It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,” he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it’s legal.
There is precedent with the President not liking duly passed laws and refusing to enforce them. Examples include the Defense of Marriage Act and the Dream Act with regards to enforcement of the immigration laws.
Now, it is federal drug laws pertaining to marijuana.
If the President doesn’t like a law – no problem. It is no longer a priority.
Sounds like dictatorial type of powers to me….
Here is the video: