Obama misses deadline for report to Congress on planned defense cuts

posted at 7:21 pm on September 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

He’s been busy with more important stuff. He’ll get to it when he gets to it, even though (a) he signed a bill just last month setting today as the deadline, and (b) the whole idea of a defense sequester came from Democrats as a poison pill for the GOP in last year’s debt-ceiling deal.

The new target date: Next week, hopefully, although there was a report circulating yesterday that it’d take a couple of weeks at least.

One month ago, the president signed the “Sequestration Transparency Act,” a law that imposed upon him a 30 day deadline to outline what Pentagon spending will be cut. That deadline was last night.

White House press secretary Jay Carney today said White House officials would hand in their assignment next week.

In a statement, Sen. John Thune, R-SD, author of the bill said that “Americans of all stripes are required to play by the rules and follow the laws of the land. Unfortunately, by disregarding the sequestration reporting deadline, the Obama Administration seems to think it is above the law. The American people deserve to know the president’s plan for implementing these cuts, some of which our military leaders have said will compromise our nation’s ability to protect itself. Every day that the administration delays being transparent with the American people on the sequester moves us one day closer to going over the fiscal cliff.”

The obligatory shot from the nominee:

Not the first time that OMB has missed a budget deadline this year. The House GOP, incidentally, passed a bill in May that would replace the defense cuts in the sequester with cuts to food stamps, Medicaid, and other “social safety net” programs. The White House has offered its own replacement package (there’s no way O’s going to let Romney outflank him on defense, especially with Panetta on record as saying that the defense cuts would be disastrous), but they want tax hikes as part of it, of course, and the House won’t go for that. That sets us up for a stretch run of fingerpointing to election day, with both sides accusing the other of not giving the troops what they need, and then a deal struck sometime during the lame-duck session to avert the cuts.

The messaging opportunities here are arguably better for O than they are for Romney: On the one hand, he can accuse House Republicans of “holding the military hostage” or whatever in order to prevent tax increases, and on the other, he can point to the fact that Romney’s said he’ll increase military spending as president as proof that Mitt’s not as serious about budget-slashing as he claims to be. Mitt, of course, will helpfully remind America that it was O and his party that wanted defense in the sequestration package to begin with, and that if the cuts end up going through, they own it lock, stock, and barrel. For your viewing pleasure, here’s Paul Ryan pre-nomination in July demanding a little transparency, please. One more week, Paul! Hopefully.

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Decoski on September 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

When is congress going to hold this joke of a president accountable?

sadatoni on September 8, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Maybe they realize if they hold him accountable someone might hold them accountable. There is no federal solution to a federal problem!

ReformedDeceptiCon on September 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Ooops, another Incomplete for Obama, and the fall semester has just begun. Obama, take an F and repeat the course somewhere else.

Fleuries on September 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The empty chair did give himself an incomplete. Maybe he was talking about more than the economy. The regime does have to vet each report for PC and political advantage then poll the results before submitting the final report to Congress. I’m sure he’s going in the right direction tho.

Kissmygrits on September 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Everyone here is going to hate me for saying this, but this is a real issue with me: Can we please stop referring to it as ‘defense’? We should be on the OFFENSE. The DOD should be re-named ‘Department of War.’ That’s its purpose. Look, I’m sorry, it’s not pretty, but that’s reality. Flame away. I don’t care.

WhatSlushfund on September 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

You may be too young to remember – but, at one time it was called the “War Department”.
That was deemed to “warlike“, however. Hence, the change to “defense”.

It never should have been changed.

Solaratov on September 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

So, WTFO … is ANYONE surprised by this news? He is too busy trying to keep his job for which he is woefully inadequate.
King Putt needs some more ‘stick time’ and get better at his ‘job performance’. By ‘stick time’ I mean more par 3’s to challenge him.
Look people, if Romney wins this HE is the one who will inherit a total sh*tstorm of a situation. The media, the talking heads, the Hollywierd crowd, the entertainment industry will be out of their friggin’ minds with the loss of Prezzie Choombro. It will be THE most aggrivating environment a thinking person can imagine.
To the Manipulating Stories Machine, the Entertainment Industry, the Talking Heads, NPR, MSNBS, I simply ask you to STFU&STFD for a few months and let the (just elected R&R TEAM if there IS to be ANY hope for the Country) experienced business LEADERS do what they do best LEAD.

Missilengr on September 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Axelfraud has been busy destroying the country with NBC and hasn’t had time to poll every demographic on the cuts.

bob77 on September 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM