Obama to Super Committee: Don’t you dare try to rescind the automatic cuts

posted at 6:31 pm on November 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Just words?

In a Friday phone call to the co-chairmen of the 12-member panel, Obama told Congress it “must not shirk its responsibilities,” according to a White House readout of the conversation.

“The sequester was agreed to by both parties to ensure there was a meaningful enforcement mechanism to force a result from the committee,” the readout from the White House said. “The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times.”…

Credit rating agencies have said that while a supercommittee failure would not automatically mean another downgrade of the U.S. rating, failure combined with a cancellation of the triggers would be viewed very negatively

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week that he feels “bound” by the triggers and opposes removing them.

What’s his game here? Just yesterday, his own secretary of defense said letting the automatic cuts happen would be a catastrophic demonstration of “poor leadership,” turning the force into a “paper tiger” and inviting aggression abroad. Is The One seriously threatening to block a bill that would lift those cuts in the event of a Super Committee deadlock, knowing full well that the GOP will use Panetta’s soundbite to destroy him for it next year? Remember: This guy does not take political risks, and he certainly doesn’t take them in the name of cutting spending. Could be that the fear of another downgrade is weighing on him if the triggers are rescinded, which will pose a threat to his reelection if the market reacts badly, but what are the odds that investors will flee the safety of Treasuries under any circumstance given the chaos in Europe? This has to be kabuki with an eye to one of two outcomes. Either he’ll grudgingly sign the bill anyway, no doubt after a short presser in which he deigns to lecture Congress on — ahem — the dangers of ahem giant deficits, or he’s already counted the votes and thinks there’ll be two-thirds in each chamber in favor. In that case, he can veto it and claim credit as a (giggle) deficit hawk, secure in the knowledge that the veto will be overridden and defense will get its money. Or maybe he’s serious and has some ideas for how to raise money for defense that’ll offset the cuts? There is, in fact, a very wealthy market abroad with spiking demand for one of our core products. Arm the Sunnis.

Newsweek cites a Democratic leadership aide as saying the odds of a Super Committee deal have sunk to 30-35 percent. Sounds high to me given how splinter groups have begun to form in desperation to try to pressure the Committee into a deal. The same Newsweek piece reports on a bipartisan “gang of six” within the Committee itself comprised of Republicans Rob Portman, Dave Camp, and Fred Upton and Democrats John Kerry, Max Baucus, and Chris Van Hollen. If they can reach a compromise, they need to convince only one member of the remaining six on the Committee in order to approve the package and send it to Congress. Meanwhile, Fox News claims that representatives from the House group that signed that letter last week urging the Committee to keep all options on the table will hold its own presser on Tuesday to plead for a grand bargain. They want a $4 trillion deal, but there’s no way you’re going to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on a revenue number for that, so this is basically just PR to remind the public that certain members of the two parties can, kinda sorta, still agree very broadly on priorities. Exit question: How low will Congress’s approval go if the Committee deadlocks? We’re at nine percent already. Do I hear five?

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Stop it with that picture!! I wanted to start the weekend off right…

txmomof6 on November 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM

“The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times.”…

what a crock!!!!

have fun on your holiday dear leader

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:36 PM

That Obama picture – Yikes! Well played AP, well played.

gumble on November 11, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Or maybe Obama just has no idea what he’s doing. Occam’s Razor and all…

tbrosz on November 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

OT

Potato Wave

Pearl Jam decoded.

BobMbx on November 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Looks constipated.

El_Terrible on November 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Obama phoning it in, once again.

Has to be at a game of hoops on the Coast, then off to hang with his homies in Hawaii, and then off to Indonesia….got to get these trips in before the frequent flier miles run out.

Budget? Super Committee?

That stuff is for chumps.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Screw him.

tim c on November 11, 2011 at 6:42 PM

OK WTF, why do I keep seeing ads in Spanish all over HA?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:44 PM

“The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times.”…

Reminder:

As a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP), President Obama’s average annual deficit spending is 9.7 percent of GDP. That’s higher than during any single year of the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Korean War, or Vietnam. In fact, the only deficits in more than 200 years of American history that have exceeded even 6 percent of GDP have all involved either the Civil War, World War I, World War II, or President Obama.

Historic flood of red ink.

visions on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

This was always a no win situation for Republicans.

If they don’t agree to a deal the headline is

GOP OBSTRUCTIONISM LEADS TO DEFENCE CUTS and Obama wins the PR war.

If they do agree, Obama gets his tax increases.

Is Boehner really this stupid?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

OK WTF, why do I keep seeing ads in Spanish all over HA?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:44 PM

angryed:I too,except it was a football thingy,first pop-up since
i joined H/A!:)

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

OK WTF, why do I keep seeing ads in Spanish all over HA?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Use FireFox with the “no ads” extension. I haven’t seen an ad on HA for a long time.

Knucklehead on November 11, 2011 at 6:49 PM

“…and Democrats John Kerry, Max Baucus, and Chris Van Hollen.”

John Kerry walks into a bar, and horse is bartending…

… John orders a beer, and the horse says, “Hey, what’s with the long face?”

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM

This was always a no win situation for Republicans.

If they don’t agree to a deal the headline is

GOP OBSTRUCTIONISM LEADS TO DEFENCE CUTS and Obama wins the PR war.

If they do agree, Obama gets his tax increases.

Is Boehner really this stupid?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Yeah, pretty much. While I think Panetta honestly believes the automatic DOD cuts would be bad, Obama can take all the Panetta press and say, Ewww, those dirty Republicans wrecked the Super Committee and caused the DOD to be gutted!

Even though the biggest problem with the Super Committee is that the Dems want it to be a disaster (hell, I could have told you that when they appointed Patteh Murreh).

fiatboomer on November 11, 2011 at 6:51 PM

In a Friday phone call to the co-chairmen of the 12-member panel, Obama told Congress it “must not shirk its responsibilities,” according to a White House readout of the conversation.
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“must not shirk its responsibilities,”
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Boyo, Hopey/Changey sure does have nerve,
talk about UnMittigated Gall,and Temerity Sumpin
Sumpin…..MMM…MMM…MMM….

….”We Can’t Wait”…..Together We Thrive”…….

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

yes indeedy…

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:53 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

yes indeedy

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Weren’t the automatic cuts supposed to be 50% DOD, 50% Medicare? Whatever happened to the Medicare cuts, did everyone just forget about that part?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM

oopsie

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM

The GOP betrayed you all on the debt ceiling deal, lol.

Now they’re about to shoot themselves in the foot and betray you all again in the process, LOL!

This is too good.

True_King on November 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Is Boehner really this stupid?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

angryed:We go back to April,for Boehners infamous Tweet!!:)
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Boehner: I’ll get the votes I need to pass the budget deal
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Boehners Tweet
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It’s become sadly evident to me that the White House and Senate Democrats are just not serious yet about enacting real spending cuts
8:25 AM Apr 5th via TweetDeck
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johnboehner
John Boehner
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http://twitter.com/johnboehner/status/55289849791524864#

canopfor on April 14, 2011 at 8:41 AM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Does any human being in dc have the, well you know what’s, to tell bho to pound sand? I’m being nice, but bho thinks he is the ‘god, king’ here and what he says goes. It seems boehner doesn’t and dingy is a lap dog to (bho soros) so, NO none will, IMO.
L

letget on November 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM

oopsie

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM

You can say that again…

oopsie

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM

/

:)

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Every time I see that picture of Obama I think of this:

“Here’s a quarter. Go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face.”

portlandon on November 11, 2011 at 6:59 PM

THAT’S ONE SCARY PIC IN THE RSS FEED!

ParisParamus on November 11, 2011 at 6:59 PM

The GOP betrayed you all on the debt ceiling deal, lol.

Now they’re about to shoot themselves in the foot and betray you all again in the process, LOL!

This is too good.

True_King on November 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

True_King:Yes we know….yada yada yada,the RINO RE-Purge is
com’n,

however,with the Boehner tweet,i posted,illustrates,
that tring to work with Democrats,is exactly the same
as Palestianias lying to Israeli for a Peace Deal!

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:59 PM

What’s his game here?

Step 1: Come out strongly on the record that the outcome of the Super Committee is entirely in the hands of Congress.

Step 2: Have the Dems on the Super Committee negotiate in bad faith so that there is no deal.

Step 3: Blame the Republican Congress for there being no deal, which was, after all, Congress’ responsibility.

Step 4: Enter as the “adult” in the room, who the people must reelect because Congress won’t do its job.

Revenant on November 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM

(Is everyone seeing a photo referring to the RSS feed? I was going to ask why the photo doesn’t appear on the web page…

ParisParamus on November 11, 2011 at 7:01 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM
yes indeedy

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM

cmsinaz:Great Scott,you had a posty echo!:)

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Why the HELL did Boehner ever agree to this disaster?

ctmom on November 11, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Exit question: How low will Congress’s approval go if the Committee deadlocks? We’re at nine percent already. Do I hear five?
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I’m gonna go with 4.9!

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2011 at 6:56 PM

lol

*cheers*

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Every time I see that picture of Obama I think of this:

“Here’s a quarter. Go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face.”

portlandon on November 11, 2011 at 6:59 PM

portlandon:Lol,John Candy!:)

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:01 PM

:)

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM

How low will Congress’s approval go if the Committee deadlocks? We’re at nine percent already. Do I hear five?

Five. Five? I’m saying it could go negative. I’m not sure what that means, but this in Congress we’re talking about here. They can find a way to make it work.

SlaveDog on November 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Obama and the Dems want this plan to fail. It cuts the military, which they are all in favor of and has the added bonus of serious cuts to Seniors which gives them a campaign issue the feeble minded will all flock to. The Republicans wouldn’t budge on taxing the top 1% so they pulled the trigger and cut your SSI, Medicare, etc.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a lie, if it gets repeated often enough it will seem true. Just like people actually believe Sarah Palin said “I can see Russia from my house.”

jpmn on November 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM

FUNObama.

I’m so tired

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

dear leader digging the spotlight on the USS Vinson…

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

he’s actually politicizing the basketball game

WTF!!!!!!!!

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

That picture of bho looks like the one I would think of ‘big brother’ in 1984! Evil, pure evil! And, bho can’t be too far off that book’s of what will happen?
L

letget on November 11, 2011 at 7:14 PM

*cheers*

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I’ll be joining you in about 45 minutos…

*clink*

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM

http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/F6/6442D4379127E2D583EA2AF0F7A2.jpg

portlandon on November 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

LMAO!

fiatboomer on November 11, 2011 at 7:17 PM

His days will be short.

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Obscurity.

And, ignominy.

Two things I pray will follow Obama for the rest of his days after he is ushered from the White House.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Doe he ever sit at his desk and, you know, do work..?

d1carter on November 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

@CNBCbrk
White House: Obama Urged Supercommittee Leaders To Come To Agreement – Obama Says Approach To Cut Must Be Balanced -DJ
3Hrs.ago
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:31 PM

When we get rid of Obama and his merry band of socialists we can re-build. Until then? We’ll just watch the clown. Send in the 787 billion dollar clown, and his …..

/Tired of being PC when it’s our Nation at stake.

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Sadly he’s young and whether he wins or not he’s gonna be in your face for a very long time. Like Jimmy Carter on steroids without the house building and a much more annoying wife.

ldbgcoleman on November 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I am looking at my children and thinking, OMG.

They have no future through socisalism. Communism. I remember being a young child and hearing my parents being told that “Your grandchildren will be communists”.

I guess it’s true.

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I’m wondering just how big that crow is next November. Yeah, Barry sucks, his numbers suck, but just how much fight is in the RNC and the current field? You think the 52% are gonna slap him down? I’m buying in every kinda garnish and sauce I can find to get through that crow.

Limerick on November 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Is it just me, or does that photo of Obama have the same soulless eyes as that photo of Mohammed Atta?

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

O/T
—–

Wow,Perry is going for broke!
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Rick Perry makes $1 million ad buy on Fox News – @thecaucus

3 Hrs.ago
Update
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Fuggit.

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

At this point, Barry is just making noise in order to sound presidential. He’d flip-flop in a moment to gain a political advantage.

He’ll cut any deal that he thinks will save his ass come election time.

What else has he got to run on? His “record of accomplishments”?

Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

GarandFan on November 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I am looking at my children and thinking, OMG.

They have no future through socisalism. Communism. I remember being a young child and hearing my parents being told that “Your grandchildren will be communists”.

I guess it’s true.

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Key West Reader:Yup,

‘Better to be Dead than Red’!

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM

nowhere to go but up my friend :)

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Is it just me, or does that photo of Obama have the same soulless eyes as that photo of Mohammed Atta?

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Like dead lookin’ eyes? I’ve noticed that. But then again, I’m a paraih. So WTF do I know.

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

We got two skirt addicts, a hay chucker, a pre-menopausal crazy, a cheshire cat from Utah, and a suit of changing colors. Great. Let the circus begin!

Limerick on November 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

We got two skirt addicts, a hay chucker, a pre-menopausal crazy, a cheshire cat from Utah, and a suit of changing colors. Great. Let the circus begin!

Limerick on November 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Limerick:Lol,and that rounds out the Gop Field!:)

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Key West Reader on November 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Pariah?

Badge of honor. A badge of honor. Welcome to the caste.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:44 PM

O/T
—-

Two Tinder Boxs are ready to Detonate!
————————————

Police remove truckload of broken rocks, stones from Occupy Portland camp as tensions mount
5 Min.ago
Update
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@DailyCollegian
Erickson: There was discussion about the season. We believe the game tomorrow is opportunity to demonstrate tragedies of sexual abuse.
3 Hrs.ago
Update
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@NBCPhiladelphia
PSU will go forward with the rest of their season. “We will use games as vehicle” to raise attention on child abuse. #PSU Pres. Rod Erickson
3 Hrs.ago
Update
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Is Boehner really this stupid?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

He agreed to this hare brained plan didn’t he…..

kringeesmom on November 11, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Well, to be factual, the Super Committee was, from the start, about as “realistic” as the Super Friends.

The appointment of such “deficit hawks” as Kerry, etc., to it on the Democrat side guaranteed that their demands would be for higher taxes- the revenue from which would already be spent, on new “programs that everybody wants”, before the money even arrived in Federal coffers. Whereupon, of course, even higher taxes, and more borrowing, would be required. At which point more programs would be launched, etc., as the “progressives” played their standard game of staying one step ahead of everybody else in spending, in the belief (as per Joe Conason’s column today) that at some point, Utopia Will Happen Spontaneously.

Or else, everything will collapse and they’ll have an excuse to declare martial law. Followed by the abolishment of Western Civilization by Executive Order. (No, realism isn’t their strong suit.)

As for the automatic defense cuts, Obama is probably giggling to himself like a schoolgirl right now. One of the basic demands of his far-left base is the reduction elimination of the U.S. military, but he is at least smart enough to realize that openly pandering to that base courts disaster with the rest of the electorate.

This way, he can gut the military, and lay the blame on Leon Panetta, who while fundamentally incompetent at everything he has ever done, should have known better than to sign on with Obama. (The One is even more prone to ditching “friends” to save his own backside than Leon’s former bosses, the Clintons.) As a bonus, he can (with the MSM’s help) also blame the Republicans who, like Leon, should have known better than to try “doing business” with this con man and his cronies.

As it stands, the Left is more likely to support The One rather than stay home next November, the GOP takes it on the chin from the Dems’ Propaganda Ministry again, and all it has cost The One is Panetta- whom He doesn’t much like, anyway.

I keep wondering when supposedly smart people in DC will figure out that, with this President, they are dealing with a leftist ideologue with the cunning of a fox and the ethics of a weasel.

Note that this doesn’t make him smart; it just means that he is capable of misdirecting people very effectively while he is doing something which his dogma demands. No matter how stupid it actually is in the real world.

Chicago obviously taught him well.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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nowhere to go but up my friend :)

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

cmsinaz:Yup..to Infinity and Beyond!:)

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

“We will use games as vehicle” to raise attention on child abuse.” –PSU Pres. Rod Erickson

Hogwash.

Penn State will use the games the same as every other major college with a football program. To increase donations and legacies…more moola for sports programs and maybe spending a fortune or two to recruit a future Heisman trophy winner or something.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:53 PM

eon on November 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM

hey now, nothing wrong with aquaman and the wonder twins :)

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

heh

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Thank you Boehner and McConnel.

JellyToast on November 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM

We’ll never win this as long as the party uses the 20th Century position paper.

Limerick on November 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Why the HELL did Boehner ever agree to this disaster?

ctmom on November 11, 2011 at 7:02 PM

To put the Tea Party in its place?

kringeesmom on November 11, 2011 at 8:01 PM

OT

Potato Wave

Pearl Jam decoded.

BobMbx on November 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

That was awesome! I now officially have no freaking clue what Eddie is singing in that song.

nukemhill on November 11, 2011 at 8:02 PM

This was part of his plans the entire time.

scotash on November 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM
heh

cmsinaz on November 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on November 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Obama:

“The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means…”

SCoaMF actually had the chutzpah to say that? Laughable².

AnonymousDrivel on November 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

“The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times.”…

That’s exactly right. It’s hard to believe that all the so-called deficit hawks reading HotAir start to curl into a ball of fear when the axe actually starts falling. Want spending cuts? The spending cuts will happen one way or another. Now is not the time to start whining about the negative impact of cuts.

The US cannot afford to become the next Greece. The day of reckoning has come and Congress needs to find a solution.

bayam on November 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

As a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP), President Obama’s average annual deficit spending is 9.7 percent of GDP

It doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to realize that the high deficits are primarily a consequence of the depressionary recession and massive collapse of the housing bubble. Bush left this country with a structural $1 tril deficit with no clear path to fiscal sanity.

Only spending cuts across the board, including significant reform of entitlement programs, mixed with higher gov revenue, will turn the situation around. It’s going to take sacrifices from everyone.

bayam on November 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

A bit late in the game to blame Bush.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

A bit late in the game to blame Bush.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

How so? Balance sheet recessions last generally no less than 5 or 6 years, at best. When a nation runs a significant deficit during a period of economic expansion, bad things can happen if a long-term economic downturn follows. You have to keep some powder dry for a massive recession, a lesson this country has realized all too late. The last set of leaders in office failed this country miserably.

bayam on November 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

bayam on November 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

If the current administration had jumped into fiscal austerity (the same they are trying to push the failing Eurostates into doing) and worked assiduously with Congress to trim fat at every turn, reduce the regulations and tax burdens on those who actually produce and provide jobs, real private sector jobs…then, perhaps, one could make a good argument that the recession was and remains Bush’s “fault.”

But, the wild spend with glee performance of this Administration, the total lack of a budget for nearly a 1000 days, borrowing going through the roof, a few billion allowed to be embezzled by Obama’s genius Secretary of Energy, as a single example, there are more, and a debt approaching $15 trillion….

And one still attempts to say the current situation is the fault of the previous Administration?

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 8:56 PM

A portrait of incompetence

ultracon on November 11, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Reason #9,246,873 to kick the weasel’s a$$ out in 2012.

Dopenstrange on November 11, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Obama to Super Committee: Don’t you dare try to rescind the automatic cuts

Or I’ll go on TV and give another speech; after I catch a basketball game on the Aircraft Carrier Vinson.

darwin-t on November 11, 2011 at 9:40 PM

If the current administration had jumped into fiscal austerity (the same they are trying to push the failing Eurostates into doing)

Where do you come up with that approach as a viable economic policy, talk radio? If you can share one example of austerity as an effective policy during a deep recession, then I’m willing to listen.

China and Germany enacted stimulus programs in response to the near collapse of the financial system. No one wants to follow the path of Greece austerity, which has clearly impacted its economy. And the US is not pushing other European nations into austerity- the Fed, in particular, has called for more stimulus spending in Western Europe.

bayam on November 11, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Is Boehner really this stupid?

angryed on November 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Yes! Not only that, he bought it for $2.4 Trillion dollars.

That was Boehner’s deal. He got a miniscule guaranteed spending cut this year, worthless Democrat promises of future spending cuts and a useless committee designed to fail in exchange for giving Obama an immediate $2.4 Trillion increase in the debt cap.

With men of Boehner’s caliber on our side we’ll be asking Greece for a loan pretty damn quick.

RJL on November 11, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Any reductions the SC makes will only be in force for a year until a new congress is sworn in. They cannot bind future congresses.

Kissmygrits on November 12, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Automatic cuts will destroy the county and that’s exactly what Obama is counting on. A country in chaos leaves him in complete and control.

rplat on November 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Oh just SHUT UP Evil Eyes!

Winebabe on November 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Automatic cuts will destroy the county

WTF is wrong with people?! These “cuts” are puny and the defense “cuts” can be easily done. Even if they were real, it’d amount to significantly less than 10% over 10 years.

Dems are slinging FUD because *they’re* the ones between a rock and a hard place here. They are the party of ever larger government, their constituents who’ll be screaming. R’s should just stay the course.

The right thing to do here is shape the cuts now. Dems can’t even think about it. Be ready for the deadline and have the only plan in town.

edshepp on November 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Could be that the fear of another downgrade is weighing on him if the triggers are rescinded,…

Or, could be that he simply hates the U.S. military as much as he hates the country itself; which he has been systematically destroying for three years.

Let’s not make this any more complicated than it really is.

labrat on November 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

How long until 0bama flip flops on this too? I give it days. ;o)

DannoJyd on November 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM