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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Barry’s idea of “planning” is to kick the can down the road.

GarandFan on September 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Is this some more of that ‘incomplete’ he’s claiming?

AubieJon on September 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

No surprise here. The left has a fevah for de-funding the “evil American military.”

It’s been his desire all along.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

He could have phoned it in from the links.

Robert Jensen on September 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Pharaohs answer to no one.

Pork-Chop on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Gutsy call.

Christien on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

“Just let me eat my waffle”
– Barry

Cody1991 on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

…it’s okay!…he can’t do it all in one or two terms…no one can!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Obama is like the conman running a Ponzi scheme who was just found out. What can he say.

Paul-Cincy on September 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I’m really excited about the prospect of America entering a new post racial era when we finally get the first black former president.

Curtiss on September 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

King Barry not keeping a promise related to transparency? Well, I guess there’s a first time for everything. /

Kataklysmic on September 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

“… the Obama Administration seems to think it is above the law.”

Why stop now…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Mitt Romney ‏@MittRomney
The President is required by law to tell the people how he would implement defense cuts, but chooses to ignore the deadline for doing so.

…*JugEars to Mitt*…laws are for thee…but not for ME!

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Did he even glance at the calendar before setting this deadline??

He is the laziest most worthless piece of trash in the history of “public service”, and the standards there could not be any lower.

Naturally Curly on September 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

How come no one in the MSM is pontificating on this part of Obama’s speech, talking about people living off other people:

You’re the reason a young man in Colorado who never thought he’d be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance.

Why was he talking about the Colorado shooter in his acceptance speech? Colorado Med student with a huge NIH grant living off the collective. No speech writer is that stupid to randomly string together those concepts.

batterup on September 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

…budgets, laws, stuff…”I AM… THE PRESIDENT!”

KOOLAID2 on September 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

One more week, Paul! Hopefully.

One more week until what? Or of what?

MadisonConservative on September 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I inherited this delay from the previous administration. Caddy tee up the ball while I give a fundraising speech.

Herb on September 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I’m pretty sure the term ‘deadline’ is a dog-whistle for the birthers.

Mr. Wednesday Night on September 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

That’s going to earn him an incomplete.

rbj on September 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

The dog ate his homework. Has anyone seen the dog lately?

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Lazy lawbreaker. Keep pointing it out, Mitt.
I can’t believe we have that POS as our PRESIDENT !

pambi on September 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Deadlines are for the little people – and Republicans.

RedNewEnglander on September 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

The dog ate his homework. Has anyone seen the dog lately?

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I found him! Good doggie!

predator on September 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Oops! Here he is!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5217/5385284317_abf67e4253_z.jpg

predator on September 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

How come no one in the MSM is pontificating on this part of Obama’s speech, talking about people living off other people:

You’re the reason a young man in Colorado who never thought he’d be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance.

Why was he talking about the Colorado shooter in his acceptance speech? Colorado Med student with a huge NIH grant living off the collective. No speech writer is that stupid to randomly string together those concepts.

batterup on September 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Holy crap!

Naturally Curly on September 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Why bother? What’s congress have to do with anything. Especially on the eve of his next 25 year term.

JellyToast on September 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

You forgot the all time favorite: “He’s got a lot on his plate.”

Dark Star on September 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I’m watching “A Face in the Crowd”. May he come to the same miserable end as Lonesome Rhodes.

Jump, Barry, Jump!!!

Naturally Curly on September 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Rick Klein: speech is Obama rising above – disdaining the process – and trying to make the choices bigger, not smaller. #DNC2012

Missing the deadline is Obama rising above- disdaining the process.

By the way, Barry should also rise above a mundane process like an election. It is so beneath him.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

So this was one of those “laws” that wasn’t really a law, like the Welfare one Clinton signed. Otherwise, this would be… illegal.

He’ll probably have Anna Wintour open an investigation into this.

BKeyser on September 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

This is a typical threat held over the heads of Republicans and the country by Democrats all the time.

Realistically–no Republican is going to let the military be defunded, because they’re too pro-American. On the other hand, no Dem dare defund the military because too many donor dollars and votes depend on keep it all. And, of course Dems, who are tyrannical by nature, NEED the military (those are our jets now, Bill) to expand the liberal concepts of ‘love’ and ‘fairness’.

What Obama is doing here, and what Dems do all the time, is take hostages.

Liam on September 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

He cares more about keeping his job than helping you keep yours.

88,921,000

Philly on September 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Beat me to it. But I get points for adding the appropriate link.

Weight of Glory on September 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Liam on September 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

… and the accompanying siren cry by the dems is always, “you just have to agree to raise taxes, and we agree to what you want to do.” That the republicans have finally stopped listening to the siren cry is a testament to the fact that even stupid people eventually learn. Like Herb Tarlek, the hapless WKRP salesman, “He did that to me a hundred times, then [pointing to his head] I got smart”, the republicans have finally realized that the tax increases always occur and the promised cuts or other actions are for the outyears and conveniently forgotten.

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Who’s gonna make him..?

d1carter on September 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Big deal. No one is going to do anything about it. If we had real leaders, he and his minions would be in jail (at least) for treason for Fast&Furious alone.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

At least he didn’t dither for months on the generals’ requests for more troops in Afghanistan.

Christien on September 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Weight of Glory on September 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

From your link

You just know that photo will be blown up and hung on Rick Klein’s bedroom wall.

No, the photo hanging in Rick Klein’s bedroom shows a life-sized backside of Barry.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Did he even glance at the calendar before setting this deadline??
Naturally Curly on September 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Of course he did! He KNEW he could milk it for just one more night!

Sasha List on September 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Is this some more of that ‘incomplete’ he’s claiming?

AubieJon on September 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

That’s going to earn him an incomplete.

rbj on September 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

My thoughts exactly.

farsighted on September 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Kind of like the budget eh? Moron@

HoustonRight on September 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Deadlines? For the messiah? He don’t need no stinkin’ deadlines. He wasn’t gonna make the cuts anyway. He also hasn’t met a deadline yet in his entire term, why would he start now?

stukinIL4now on September 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Maybe he knows that should he be re-elected that the chances of him not being removed from office is slim over f&f.

WARNING all HA posters! Tonight is the official margarita night in H-town. I am not responsible for any post henceforth! :)

HoustonRight on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Speaking of significant dates, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be next Tuesday. I’m already getting sick to my stomach at how the 0 will find a way to make it all about him.

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

How could he meet the deadline. He has never actually produced any work of his own. He has been given a free pass at his entire life.

oldroy on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Speaking of significant dates, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be next Tuesday. I’m already getting sick to my stomach at how the 0 will find a way to make it all about him.

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Romney will announce a visit to Ground Zero. Zero will show up a few days later.

oldroy on September 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The press would have destroyed Bush.

hawkdriver on September 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The Obama concept of a deadline: Gimme what I want, and I’ll be happy.

I won, after all.

Liam on September 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Romney will announce a visit to Ground Zero. Zero will show up a few days later.

oldroy on September 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

[amused snort]!

Thanks, oldroy. I needed that. :-)

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:12 PM

That’s going to earn him an incomplete.

[rbj on September 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM]

Story of his life. His life is littered with incomplete’s.

How much you want to bet he had to relinquish his law license because he hasn’t actually graduated with a law degree yet … something about a little problem with an incomplete grade that was never taken care of.

Dusty on September 7, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Speaking of significant dates, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be next Tuesday. I’m already getting sick to my stomach at how the 0 will find a way to make it all about him.

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

He’ll do just like he did last year, and make it sound like 9/11 was an attack on Muslims.

AubieJon on September 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

How could he meet the deadline. He has never actually produced any work of his own. He has been given a free pass at his entire life.

oldroy on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Pretty poor executive too. He has an entire administration of people to do stuff like that. He couldn’t even be bothered to make sure this task was delegated appropriately? He shouldn’t have even had to worry about it; someone on his staff should have been tracking action items and progress. This points to a very disorganized and incompetent administration. /but we all knew that, didn’t we?

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

But Obama said in his convention speech that he wanted an America where everyone played by the same rules? I guess he meant after the election.

HarryBackside on September 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The guy never turns his homework in on time. Makes me really wonder what’s in his college transcripts.

Socratease on September 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Eleventh anniversary. Damn.

Christien on September 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I think we are finally zeroing in on the things 0 is really good at.

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Not the Constitution, the law, tradition or accepted precedence can tell the messiah what to do or when to do it. Does anyone realize what is happening to this country . . . does anybody even care?

rplat on September 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

The democrats don’t care. Laws mean nothing to them.

ultracon on September 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

But Obama said in his convention speech that he wanted an America where everyone played by the same rules? I guess he meant after the election.

HarryBackside on September 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Everyone. Not him.

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Sequestration Transparency Act

That’s yer problem – Transparency does not include things he whimsically deems do not apply. Such an appropriate bill for a pirate to sign off on!

ericdijon on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

The democrats don’t care. Laws mean nothing to them.

ultracon on September 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Hence the fact we are over 1000 days since the Senate last passed a budget. Seems the Constitution requires that each fiscal year. But then, that’s just an old piece of paper written by a bunch of old dead white guys, so who cares what it says anyway? After all, Reid and his henchmen in the Senate only swore to uphold the Constitution when they were sworn into office, but that don’t mean anything.

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Eleventh anniversary. Damn.

Christien on September 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Crap. Yes, you’re right.

Just goes to show how the whole event has been allowed to fade from actively suppressed from public memory.

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

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.

Which has the added benefit of being true.

ReformedDeceptiCon on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Let’s help him turn in an incomplete on his second term.

hawkdriver on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I hear you. You might appreciate this.

Young And Innocent Days, World Trade Center 7/31/01

Christien on September 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

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

This chaps my patootie. No ordinary citizen gets away with missing a government imposed filing deadline without a penalty yet Obama can just say “I’ll get to it when it’s convenient” and have the media follow up with gushing articles about how hard he works and how busy he is and how we just need to get off his back because he’s doing his best? How totally effed up is that?

natasha333 on September 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

kinda sad seeing paul ryun, back in the day, when he use to have credibility.

renalin on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Does this President do ANY work he’s legally obligated to perform?!

Skywise on September 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

What’s in a deadline?
Accountability?
Nah.
Not when you are Affirmative Action Boy.
Deadlines are for white people.

OK. I only kid. Mostly.

Badger40 on September 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

But Obama said in his convention speech that he wanted an America where everyone played by the same rules? I guess he meant after the election.

HarryBackside on September 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Everyone. Not him.

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM

He did not say what those rules were.

You see that is what matters.

His rules.

The rich pay ever more taxes.

Obama takes this money and decides who to give it to.

This is Shria Law. Some Imam decides how to spend the money.

Steveangell on September 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

The dog ate his homework…and then he ate the dog…

right2bright on September 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

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

If they named it for what it really has become.

The Department of the Muslim Brotherhood.

After all under Obama all we have done with it is make more and more countries Islamic Muslim Brotherhood Countries.

Steveangell on September 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

This makes me so angry. My friends’ husband will be in Afghanistan by next week. Second time. “Only” 9 months this time. President Gutsy Call apparently thinks he can be blasé about the cuts, but there are REAL PEOPLE whose REAL lives are directly connected to those planned defense cuts. But go ahead and spend more time on your pathetic re-election campaign, Mr. Gutsy Call. You’ll certainly take notice of the military if something is done between now and election day which is worth exploiting, right??

ellifint on September 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Obama misses deadline for report to Congress on planned defense cuts

He’s yet to find one of his own deadlines that he liked.

rukiddingme on September 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

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

That’s exactly what it was called prior to 17 September, 1947;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_War

The change to “Department of Defense” was largely due to the splitup of the Department of the Army, caused by the creation of the independent United States Air Force. The office of the Secretary of War became the Secretary of Defense at the same time. The first official to hold the title was James V. Forrestal, appointed by President Truman. Previously, Forrestal had been Secretary of the Navy.

Just a bit of trivia for a slow Friday night.

cheers

eon

eon on September 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

ellifint on September 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

So we’ll put you down as a “no” on a second Obama term then?

;-)

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

ellifint on September 7, 2012 at 9:14 PM

So we’ll put you down as a “no” on a second Obama term then?

;-)

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

~~~~~

It’s safe to call me a firm, NO, that is correct! :)

ellifint on September 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Obama misses deadline for report to Congress on planned defense cuts

Does he care?

Will anyone hold him accountable?

So does it matter?

petefrt on September 7, 2012 at 9:44 PM

The only thing he did when he became a Senator was run for President.

The only thing he’s done since becoming President is run to be President again.

The only thing he will do if he is re-elected will be run for President FOR LIFE.

wildcat72 on September 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

More overdue homework from Obama.

magicbeans on September 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

If the GOP does not win this one then I’m backing a loosing franchise. The lack of any Tea Party recognition at the convention is that burr that keeps on annoying. The R2 team is gong to have to change that or 0 will win again. Hey 2010, remember that?

jukin3 on September 7, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Hehe; the law is for chumps – doesn’t everybody understand this to be BO’s perspective *yet*, ffs?

Midas on September 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Historic Baths: Cleopatra’s and the 2012 DNC’s!!! After this week, Team Obama’s poll numbers will be going down the drain.

Mutnodjmet on September 7, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Oh buddy……… I bet the media wll just skewer the Bama for missing his own required deadline. Right ?

FlaMurph on September 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM

“My dog ate my Sequestration Transparency compliance.” -Obooba.

Akzed on September 7, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Open your eyes, people. Obozo is doing this so defense contractor employees won’t receive pink slips BEFORE the election.

WH to defense contractors: If you could not hand out pink slips before the election, that’d be awesome

Dominion on September 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Only 88 comments? Apparently the RINOs, metrosexual gossipmongers and dedicated Marxicrat Mobies that populate Hot Air don’t give a rat’s ass about maintaining a strong national defense.

rayra on September 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I think he will issue another in his long list of E.O’s on this…

Rapunzel on September 8, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Only 88 comments? Apparently the RINOs, metrosexual gossipmongers and dedicated Marxicrat Mobies that populate Hot Air don’t give a rat’s ass about maintaining a strong national defense. rayra on September 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM

“If they did, they’d be up at 0100 cheering me on. Yay me.”

Akzed on September 8, 2012 at 1:01 AM

not what my post was about, you self-centered projectionist assclown. The topic was up ~5hrs before my post. Lamer topics get several hundred trite responses. A serious subject touching on national defense, national sovereignty and political shenanigans of the worst sort gets next to nothing.

rayra on September 8, 2012 at 4:37 AM

So SCOAMF misses a legal deadline. Nuttin a lil Executive Order can’t fix . . .

BigAlSouth on September 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Obama has not seen a day of hard work in his life.

What a pathetic man.

Libs will call this clever and smart politically. Americans, if they even hear about it, will have one more reason to vote this lazy fraud out of office.

so-notbuyingit on September 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Only 88 comments? Apparently the RINOs, metrosexual gossipmongers and dedicated Marxicrat Mobies that populate Hot Air don’t give a rat’s ass about maintaining a strong national defense.

rayra on September 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM

So are you saying we couldn’t have a strong national defense if only spent slightly less then the rest of the world combined, instead of more then the rest of the world combined?

ReformedDeceptiCon on September 8, 2012 at 7:43 AM

if someone locked the pathetic gop leadership in a room and made them watch “2016″.

…….Would it help them have ANY BACKBONE?

PappyD61 on September 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

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

sadatoni on September 8, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I thinkin’ that he just needs more time to finish the job.

HoosierHawk on September 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM

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