Obama: We must avoid these dangerous spending cuts that I signed into law

posted at 2:41 pm on February 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Charlie Spiering and Guy Benson, whose headline is better than mine. WaPo’s right that this is all about preparing the ground spin-wise for the coming budget standoff with the GOP. The more alarmist O is now, the more pressure in theory there’ll be on Republicans to agree to anything — like new tax revenues — to avert the sequester, which, as you’re hopefully by now aware, was actually the White House’s idea initially and which O himself stood by as recently as late last year. In a more honest world, he would have used the troops and defense contractors as his backdrop here. But he doesn’t want to make defense his anti-cuts showpiece. His base loves the idea of shrinking the Pentagon’s budget; O himself likes it enough to have nominated Chuck Hagel to serve as his Republican rubber-stamp for the practice. So the “potted plants” du jour are first responders, whose budgets will supposedly end up being slashed to put a small dent in annual deficits because Democrats still aren’t ready to address the real driver of unsustainability, mandatory spending. To get a better sense of what that means big-picture, follow the link to Benson’s post and note the graph at the bottom. John Sexton remembers that the whole point of the sequester when it passed was to impose cuts so unpalatable to both sides that they’d surely agree to a grand bargain to avert them before those cuts took effect. The GOP agreed to tax hikes at New Year’s as part of the revenue side of that bargain. Where’s the Dems’ agreement on the (mandatory) spending side?

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how was that golf trip with your lover reggie love, champ?

GhoulAid on February 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Blamer in chief

Irks me to end that he gets away with and the lsm follows

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

You couldn’t make this stuff up. So surreal.

ButterflyDragon on February 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

No end

Caffeine stat!

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Sorry Obama, you did build THAT !

Jabberwock on February 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Rush L has it right…..this asshat acts like he has nothing to do with anything he has done. You own the sequester jug ears. The rest of his high drama crap will take a toll on his support, the Whiner in Chief.

David in ATL on February 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Rush has been going nuts with what bho said at the presser! Blame the r’s for not wanting to raise taxes and the whole US WILL go to he!! in a handbasket in a week for something bho demanded the r’s do!

bho NEVER will take the blame and bhopress will kiss bho’s skinny hindend to see to bho never does!
L

letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Conservatives should be demanding every bit of
face time to SCREAM …. ” it was his idea ” !
Yah , dream on ……

Lucano on February 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Own it, Barky.

Philly on February 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

John Sexton remembers that the whole point of the sequester when it passed was to impose cuts so unpalatable to both sides that they’d surely agree to a grand bargain to avert them before those cuts took effect. The GOP agreed to tax hikes at New Year’s as part of the revenue side of that bargain. Where’s the Dems’ agreement on the (mandatory) spending side?

Wrong. It was to get the GOP to cave in order to avert deep defense cuts. The Dems never planned on cutting anything. They just assumed the GOP would roll. Oops.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

But the gop voted for the bill….Waaaaaaaa (forget who signed it)
-lsm

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

“Let me tax you more or I’ll open up the jail!”

- President Obama

Weight of Glory on February 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Rush has been going nuts with what bho said at the presser! Blame the r’s for not wanting to raise taxes and the whole US WILL go to he!! in a handbasket in a week for something bho demanded the r’s do!

letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Rush probably offended SE Cupp again.

Mr. Arrogant on February 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The buffoonization of the American President…

d1carter on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Indeed. Rush has done a superb job of breaking this down today. I’m hoping some of his monlogues make their way into QOTD.

Kataklysmic on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Blamer in chief

Irks me to end that he gets away with and the lsm follows

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

But..but..but Chuck Todd and Politico said there’s no LSM bias!!

Yeah, right.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

how was that golf trip with your lover reggie love, champ?

GhoulAid on February 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Barry loves how Reggie plays with his balls.

ITguy on February 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Lucano the lsm won’t give them time…. only interrupt them

But that’s just a myth according to chuck

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Why don’t the Republicans just call it the Obama-sequester? No GOP member should ever say the word “sequester” without the name Obama preceding it. It was his idea, make him choke on it.

Weight of Glory on February 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

You EVIL Republicans, why aren’t you stopping me?! Don’t you know my ideas are going to wreck the country? How DARE you let me get my way!

Lily on February 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

So make different cuts.

ctmom on February 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Just a myth bitter clinger
:)

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

First off, there are no very few real cuts. Most of that topline number is “over 10 years” which means phantom cuts in the rate of growth which the next congress will re introduce.

Secondly, the federal government does not pay for first responders, teachers, and whatever else he is blabbering on about. Local governments do, through your (probably skyrocketing) property taxes. And no matter who pays for it, my community for one could sure as hell go for a cut in the number of cops and firemen and other people who sit around idly all day doing nothing on the taxpayers dime with full pensions after 20 years.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Rush has been doing a spectacular job cutting through all the BS surrounding all this Obama-sequester crap.

Weight of Glory on February 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

LOOK INTO MY NOSTRILS!
[as hypnotically as he can utter]

- Barack Obamuh

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Blamer in chief

Irks me to end that he gets away with and the lsm follows

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Pravda West.

I’m old enough to remember the old Radio Moscow uncritically “reporting” on the assorted atrocities of their (at the time) Dear Leader, Yuri Andropov. For our younger readers (and our resident Democrats) Andropov got his start by talking his then-boss to crush the Hungarian Revolution, and later as head of the KGB he crushed the 1968 uprising in Czechoslovakia. As Dear Leader flight 007 happened on his watch.

In their fawning coverage of O, our Democrat Media are no different. Dr. Goebbels would be proud of them all.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I don’t get it.
The Feds aren’t responsible for funding police, firemen, and EMT’s. Those are local and/or state functions.
Why are they being used as props here ? If sequester cuts will affect them then something is already rotten and needs to be excised.

mdavt on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

So make different cuts.

We could save multi-millions/billions if we put a limit on AF1/AF11 trips?
L

letget on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Rush has been going nuts with what bho said at the presser! Blame the r’s for not wanting to raise taxes and the whole US WILL go to he!! in a handbasket in a week for something bho demanded the r’s do!

bho NEVER will take the blame and bhopress will kiss bho’s skinny hindend to see to bho never does!
L

letget on February 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I heard this clip just as I was getting back from lunch and I have to admit that my mouth was agape. And I’m a political junkie who’s pretty much heard it all from Obama(or so I thought). This was disgraceful. Someone needs to remind Barry that the sequester was his idea and he signed it into law and that he’s the President of the United States, not a community agitator. I was so sickened by this display that if someone had walked up to me within the next ten minutes professing to have voted for Obama, I would’ve slugged them in the face regardless of gender.

Doughboy on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

How come it is always the threat to public safety if the democrats don’t get their way? Why don’t the public colleges ever get threatened with losing some of their administrators? Or why don’t the politician’s pensions take a hit instead of public safety? Scumbag leftists.

birdwatcher on February 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Eat your pablum crybaby.

fogw on February 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I pity those first responders…. they really think dear leader is going to help them?

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

How low info are those low info voters anyway? Don’t they know that the feds don’t pay the teachers or first responders and since Panetta already admitted the military can’t be called in a 911 situation, why does the fed govt need to spend as much as they do? At some point, these LI people need to get so caught up in what’s happening at the Kardashian house, they forget about politics and govt altogether.

Kissmygrits on February 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

We have an insane $ 3.5 trillion budget a year but the parasite class President is telling us that all will be destroyed if we cut 85 billion dollars a year from the budget… Take out 8 zeros from the numbers and we can compare to someone who has $ 35,000 spending budget a year and is screaming like a lunatic telling us that he will starve to death if his budget is cut by $ 850 a year… May be the stupid people who are challenged with the simplest math can understand how insanely ridiculous Obama lies are…

mnjg on February 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

When I see this my first response is to ask why local first responders are dependent on federal dollars in the first place.

Mark1971 on February 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Wonder if the ‘first responders’ realize that the city, county, state budget pays their salary not bho? bho just sees to it that the union thugs get their fair share of bho’s stash(aka taxpayers funds) so they can fund him!
L

letget on February 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

“Republicans in Congress have to be willing to compromise…”

Would someone with a pair please remind the low-information voter that the sequester WAS a compromise with this jackass?

This is the playbook: Dems demand the GOP compromise and give them half of what they want. Then Dems demand the GOP compromise and give them half of what they still want. Then Dems demand the GOP compromise and give them half of what they still want. Then Dems demand the GOP compromise and give them half of what they still want. Ad inifintum.

I remember when budgets used to be done with arithmetic, not calculus.

CapnObvious on February 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

if someone had walked up to me within the next ten minutes professing to have voted for Obama, I would’ve slugged them in the face regardless of gender.

Doughboy on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I hear ya brother.

I’ve lost all compassion I had for the homeless. Now I don’t want to slug them mind you, but my quarterly donations have come to a halt. It hit me right between the eyes one day when I realized these are the very people who gave us a second Obama term.

fogw on February 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I don’t get it.
The Feds aren’t responsible for funding police, firemen, and EMT’s. Those are local and/or state functions.
Why are they being used as props here ? If sequester cuts will affect them then something is already rotten and needs to be excised.

mdavt on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The low-info voters, which represent the bulk of Obama/Dem voters, don’t know this. Lying to them comes easy.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Barack Obama: The Boy President Who Cried Wolf

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Results for #obamaquester

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23obamaquester&src=typd

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Obama the DIC.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

The R-s should agree to a tax only on those folks who check off the “D” box on their tax return.

J_Crater on February 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

The GOP agreed to tax hikes at New Year’s as part of the revenue side of that bargain. Where’s the Dems’ agreement on the (mandatory) spending side?

Does “You get nothing. I get that for free” ring a bell, anyone?

Christien on February 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Indeed del

Letget…. maybe their union said you better show up or else

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Thus beginneth the countdown to Boehner caving and deciding that regular order isn’t sufficient and a backroom deal/cave is the way forward….

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Good linky Canopfor

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Boy, I didn’t see that one coming!

Once again Obama and the Democrats get their tax increase immediately while the Republicans get their spending cuts, tomorrow, someday… NEVER.

It was the same with the 1986 immigration reform. Immediate amnesty and border security, tomorrow, someday… NEVER.

RJL on February 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Obama may just be in an extra bad mood as that $1,000/hr golf instructor told him not to give up his day job, whatever that is.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

Pentagon to notify Congress of furlough plan, official says http://reut.rs/Ze5yoZ
======================

WASHINGTON | Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:55pm EST

(Reuters) – The Pentagon is expected to notify Congress this week that it plans to put some 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for up to 22 days in the coming months if a new $46 billion budget cut goes into effect on March 1, a defense official said on Tuesday.
(More…)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-usa-budget-defense-furloughs-idUSBRE91I14K20130219

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

If Obama were Pinnochio, his nose would be longer than the Great Wall of China.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I don’t get it.
The Feds aren’t responsible for funding police, firemen, and EMT’s. Those are local and/or state functions.
Why are they being used as props here ? If sequester cuts will affect them then something is already rotten and needs to be excised.

mdavt on February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I remember hearing somewhere that the Dept of Education funds about 10% of local schools so the cuts to education would ultimately amount to less than a 1%. Though I think this is probably just a 1% cut to the projected increase in spending – so spending is still going up but at just a slightly smaller pace. Instead of going over the debt cliff doing 100 mpg we’ll be going 99 mph.

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

When one “kicks the can down the road”, one should make sure it is kicked far enough.

Obama just did not kick it far enough.

Jabberwock on February 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

(Reuters) – The Pentagon is expected to notify Congress this week that it plans to put some 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for up to 22 days in the coming months if a new $46 billion budget cut goes into effect on March 1, a defense official said

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I’ll drink to that. They probably are drinking on the job right now.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Thus beginneth the countdown to Boehner caving and deciding that regular order isn’t sufficient and a backroom deal/cave is the way forward….

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I don’t think so. The sequester is happening. I don’t have much faith in Boner regarding the upcoming debt ceiling or budget debates. But you could tell by Obama’s temper tantrum today that he knows this is going to go through and any potential economic downturn resulting from the sequester or anything else(you know, like those massive tax hikes last month?) has to be pinned on the GOP.

Doughboy on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

We all knew this was coming. This ridiculous plan put in place that was soooooooooooooooo unacceptable that a deal just HAD to be made. Clown In Chief was going to renege. We all knew it. Of course, Redipsh!^s went along like the good little fools they are. Here we are. The world will collapse if 85 billion out of the trillions of future growth isn’t allowed to happen.

Eff off you jug eared loser. Those morons in DC that are supposed to be representing us just need to let it happen. DON’T for the love of God, compromise. Just let the cuts go. And when, to borrow a quote from the craptastic one, meteors don’t crash around us, the Rs can just move on to then next earth shattering, humanity ending, shift in the space time continuum the will bring an end to the universe.

JAGonzo on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Wonder how much of that will get out for the public to see? Not much, me thinks with bhopress doing their evil to help bho!
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letget on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Cnn fact checking Obama and sequestration? Via linky from Canopfor

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

If Obama were Pinnochio, his nose would be longer than the Great Wall of China.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

It would extend out to the K-lingon home world, his wife’s home planet.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Dept of Education funds about 10% of local schools so the cuts to education would ultimately amount to less than a 1%. Though I think this is probably just a 1% cut to the projected increase in spending – so spending is still going up but at just a slightly smaller pace. Instead of going over the debt cliff doing 100 mpg we’ll be going 99 mph.

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

No, local and state governments fund schools. The federal government gives grants to schools (usually with a lot of caveats) that are in “underserved” or “poor” areas. So if the DoE stopped giving out that money tomorrow, some schools might have to put of purchasing new computers for a year or request more state funding or whatever, but its not like it would cause an immediate, serious problem.

The same is true for firemen — a lot of fire trucks are paid for with federal / state money. Cops get some of their funding through federal dollars to fight drugs and terrorism and whatever it is they do.

Either way, these aren’t real cuts, nothing of any value with be cut, BUT i’d be okay with the federal government keeping their noses out of local spending either way.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I don’t think so. The sequester is happening. I don’t have much faith in Boner regarding the upcoming debt ceiling or budget debates. But you could tell by Obama’s temper tantrum today that he knows this is going to go through and any potential economic downturn resulting from the sequester or anything else(you know, like those massive tax hikes last month?) has to be pinned on the GOP.

Doughboy on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I hope you’re right.

It’s a sign of how far leftward we’ve gone when returning the normal order of legislation that fleeces us is considered untenable and egregious.

You can take almost every Obama campaign promise – like changing the partisan politics of DC – and turn it’s opposite into the real promise.

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

By the time Obama, Pravda, and Izvestia get through with the Republicans they’ll be jumping into the cave. If anyone wanted to know what Obama’s plan was for this, after the election, anyone who’s paying attention could have told them. So, if they know it, they just have to hold firm and let it happen.

The fact is, all of the people Obama mentioned could be affected if he’s that inept at handling less money. If the Republicans want to really get in the game, they can agree to no sequester if we can go back to 2008 spending levels, put the ball in Obama’s court.

bflat879 on February 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Cnn fact checking Obama and sequestration? Via linky from Canopfor

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

If only Obama’s absentee father had bee sequestrated, we wouldn’t be having all these problems now.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Take yourself back to late July 2011. Dems and Obama were trying to get a debt ceiling raise. Obama came out and threatened SS checks and VA benefit cuts to offset the spending that would have to occur in order not to borrow any more money.

The set up: Early July Boehner had offered $800 billion in revenue for $1.4 trillion in cuts to extend the debt ceiling to past November 2012. At the last minute Obama raised the taxes by $400 billion and Boehner walked away.

End of July. Obama is not budging and is threatening to withold checks so they ultimately make a deal. $917 billion borrowed for a “promise” of $900 billion in cuts starting in the 2013 budget with another $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next ten years. Basically it was a 1:1 deal in the immediate with a promise of an equal reduction PLUS a $1.5 trillion reduction in spending promised in the next ten years.

The $917 billion is gone. There have been no cuts. Shut it down immediately GOP. The dems owe $2.5 trillion in cuts and have put nothing on paper.

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

If Obama were Pinnochio, his nose would be longer than the Great Wall of China.

Bitter Clinger on February 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

It would extend out to the K-lingon home world, his wife’s home planet.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

LOL!

sandee on February 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

No, local and state governments fund schools. The federal government gives grants to schools (usually with a lot of caveats) that are in “underserved” or “poor” areas. So if the DoE stopped giving out that money tomorrow, some schools might have to put of purchasing new computers for a year or request more state funding or whatever, but its not like it would cause an immediate, serious problem.

The same is true for firemen — a lot of fire trucks are paid for with federal / state money. Cops get some of their funding through federal dollars to fight drugs and terrorism and whatever it is they do.

Either way, these aren’t real cuts, nothing of any value with be cut, BUT i’d be okay with the federal government keeping their noses out of local spending either way.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I’d prefer the federal government get out of it completely too.

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

(Reuters) – The Pentagon is expected to notify Congress this week that it plans to put some 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave for up to 22 days in the coming months if a new $46 billion budget cut goes into effect on March 1, a defense official said

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

If $46 billion disappears these overpaid union wankers should be let go, period. What’s with the 22 days of unpaid leave? When the money’s gone, you’re gone. Try living like the private sector for a change.

fogw on February 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Man i hope not gwelf @3:12

No caving please

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:24 PM

The $917 billion is gone. There have been no cuts. Shut it down immediately GOP. The dems owe $2.5 trillion in cuts and have put nothing on paper.

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

There have never been cuts, there will never be cuts. All the republicans and democrats are fighting over are fake cuts. Only in DC can you plan to raise a budget by $100 billion a year, then only end up raising it by $90 billion a year, and call it a $100 billion dollar cut.

The only way I’ll believe a cut is if it’s a REAL immediate (year 1) cut of over $100 billion (remember in 2010 when boehner and the republicans promised they’d do that, but only ended up cutting like $7 million?)

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

:) vordaj

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

You can take almost every Obama campaign promise – like changing the partisan politics of DC – and turn it’s opposite into the real promise.

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

He’s definitely changed DC. I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional. Over 4 years without a budget passed?! And that’s despite the Dems controlling the entire government for the first half of that period. People can lament the partisanship of the Bush era, but that dude let Ted Freaking Kennedy write the education bill. He at least got some Dems to vote for things they all claimed to hate like the tax cuts and war funding.

Doughboy on February 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I’d prefer the federal government get out of it completely too.

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Yeah, federal intervention everywhere gives the feds too much control over state & local policies. Plus it redistributes money all over the place, involves lots of middle men and bureaucrats “stepping on” the money.

If only the government treated the thousands of dollars they took from me annually as well as I would if I got to keep that money.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Fridays State Department Briefing:

SeQuestration.

Victoria Nuland
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
February 15, 2013
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Index for Today’s Briefing

DEPARTMENT
Potential Effects of Sequestration

TRANSCRIPT:
************

Video is available with closed captioning on YouTube.
11:54 a.m. EST
***************

MS. NULAND: All right, everybody. Happy Friday. We are out a little bit early because the Secretary is hosting Italian

President Napolitano for lunch today. Not quite as early as we hoped to be out, but we have time for about half an hour.

I know, Brad, yesterday there was some question on budget. I don’t know if you want to start there.

QUESTION: That’s actually where I was going to start, so if we could get to, first, we saw the letter from Secretary Kerry. Is there any understanding yet of more precisely where these cuts would be affected in the event of a sequester?

MS. NULAND: Let me give you a little bit more detail with regard to how we’re looking at this. A sequestration would reduce the fiscal year 2013 funding for the State Department and AID by roughly $2.6 billion overall. Cuts of this magnitude would obviously severely impact our ability to execute all of our vital missions overseas, particularly in the areas of national security, diplomacy, development.

Let me give you just a few examples. A sequestration would cut foreign assistance by close to $1.7 billion. That could lead to reductions in assistance to Israel, to Jordan, to Egypt, and it could undercut our commitment to their security at such a volatile time. Sequestration would also force us to cut approximately $200 million from our humanitarian assistance accounts at the very time that we’re facing growing needs in Syria, in the Horn of Africa, in the Sahel. Similarly, we could be facing cuts of some $400 million in our global health funding, particularly in the areas of having to cut back on PEPFAR funding. Funding for day-to-day operations could also face cuts of around $850 million, including reduced funding for Diplomatic Security. Those kinds of cuts could force very, very difficult trade-offs for us in maintaining our global security posture. Finally, sequestration could undermine progress we’ve made to ensure that visa services are performed in a timely manner. You know how hard we’ve worked to cut the times. The Department of Commerce has estimated that one job is created in America in our travel and tourism industry for every 65 visas that are issued. So if we have to cut back on consular officers, et cetera, then the wait times can go back up.

Is that good?

QUESTION: Great. Within each section, are these cuts – take, for example, security, FMF funding. Would you cut those across the board per country, or do you have the leeway to decide which countries you would take more from and which countries you’d take less from?

MS. NULAND: My understanding is that we will have some flexibility within accounts, but I frankly don’t have that level of detail at this stage or even whether we can predict at this stage.

QUESTION: Are you worried about a deluge of requests and lobbying efforts from your foreign partners if, in fact, they know that you’re going to have to pull and tug from each side? Each one’s going to want to get, I guess, the least amount of cuts as possible, right?

MS. NULAND: I think it’s fair to say that interlocutors around the world are watching the budget debate in the United States, watching with some anxiety not only with regard to how it might impact our ability to interact with them but also what it says about our politics. So it’s obviously been a subject of discussion, but in terms of your particular question of countries lining up and fighting each other for pieces of the pie, we are not quite there yet.

Yeah.

QUESTION: But this watching with anxiety and what it says about our politics, what are they saying precisely? Are they –

MS. NULAND: At this point, they’re saying we hope you can work it out, you’ve had the resilience to work things out like this in the past, but we really need you to work it out.

QUESTION: So they believe in us.

MS. NULAND: They want to see us work it out.

QUESTION: When you talk about the department-by-department reductions, how do you arrive at the figure for each of those programs? Like you took about 200 million, 300 million here. Is it a percentage point of the overall budget for those programs, or –

MS. NULAND: Yeah, essentially. I mean, sequestration requires a total percentage cut and that these reflect how they would be allocated across the various different accounts that we have here.

QUESTION: So would you have flexibility within that to sort of say, “Okay. Well, we’re not going to take the money off the foreign military assistance program. We got to just take a larger lump sum off humanitarian aid,” for instance?

MS. NULAND: No. It doesn’t work that way.

QUESTION: It doesn’t work that way. Okay.

MS. NULAND: No. But if we need to go any deeper on this, I’ll get you some budgeters, because we’re at the end of my math skills here.

QUESTION: Do you have an idea of furloughs?

QUESTION: Toria, I didn’t understand your explanation to Brad.

MS. NULAND: Can we just –

QUESTION: Oh, I’m sorry.

QUESTION: Do you have an idea of how many employees might be furloughed?

MS. NULAND: Let me say that, at this point, no decisions have been made along those lines. But we are not in a position to rule out the possibility of furloughs.

QUESTION: Her question wasn’t whether the decisions – it was whether you have any idea of what furloughs might be necessary. Do you not have some kind of an estimate of whether there might be any?

MS. NULAND: Again, since we haven’t made any decisions about whether we’d have to go that route, I’m certainly not in a position to ventilate numbers.

QUESTION: You said these cuts will see cuts to aid that is given to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. I don’t know if you asked this, Brad, but is it consistent with the amount of aid they’re getting? How is it done? Is it – are you selective of the –

MS. NULAND: Again, I believe that within accounts, we have some flexibility. But if that’s not right, I’ll get back to you.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MS. NULAND: Please.

QUESTION: Do you have any figures, assessment of the kind of effect this will have on your aid to Afghanistan, also in Pakistan? And secondly, would it have any impact on the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill, which gives 1.5 billion to Pakistan every year?

MS. NULAND: I don’t have those kinds of details at this point, Lalit. If we have something to share with you, we will.

Okay. Moving on.
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/02/204837.htm

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Congress is not cramming late-night to write alternative bills. It must mean the sequester is the most bipartisan issue yet to come down the pike, no? All appear to getting along on this one. And still this president complains of an obstinate congress? There he goes again; as if we needed one more example of POTUS’ hypocrisy and double-talk.

beselfish on February 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Put some german storm trooper helmets and unis on those stooges in the background and you have a deja vu of Hitler’s speeches.

A bunch of pathetic sheep who will say or do anythign to keep their job. Shameless scumbags.

acyl72 on February 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

No need to quote that many lies in one post. Also, does anyone know why this money has to be allocated to cut diplomatic security, instead of say, diplomatic electric car charging stations? Like is that written in stone somewhere, or are we just going for the most legit sounding functions of government and claiming THAT is what has to be cut.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

How come it is always the threat to public safety if the democrats don’t get their way? Why don’t the public colleges ever get threatened with losing some of their administrators? Or why don’t the politician’s pensions take a hit instead of public safety? Scumbag leftists.

birdwatcher on February 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

They do the same thing at the State & Local level too. Increase in Property Taxes? No? Well, then no more Firemen, EMT or Police for you. Don’t want to pass a Tax for the Schools? Well, no buses or sports for you.

Sickening that people buy it most of the time.

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Now I don’t want to slug them mind you, but my quarterly donations have come to a halt. It hit me right between the eyes one day when I realized these are the very people who gave us a second Obama term.

fogw on February 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

You got it half right. You forgot that these slugs don’t get their information from a sane, unbiased source. They listen only to the big 3 and NYT, LAT, WAPO, AP, if they can read, if they have cable they get it from MSDNC and CNN. The nonstop bone-crushing blast against the GOP and truth is what gave us TEH ONE’s second term.

belad on February 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Thus beginneth the countdown to Boehner caving and deciding that regular order isn’t sufficient and a backroom deal/cave is the way forward….

gwelf on February 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

No one’s happy about the way things are but Boehner is not the bigger problem and we really ought to dial some of our vitriol back. Obama settled on $600 billion in revenue and the annually occurring AMT “fix” is a thing of the past. It is less than two weeks before the deadline the dems signed on for over 15 months ago. Still no budget from them, still no real discussion of cuts of any kind. Crisis Management. This is their game now. They are playing through the media but aren’t winning. That is why Obama is running around today.

Let economic gravity work its magic.

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Sickening that people buy it most of the time.

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

I feel like a lot of people who we think buy it know it’s not true but don’t care. I really can’t imagine that people are SO STUPID that they think we’re spending $3 Trillion annually + state / local trillions on firemen, cops, teachers, and diplomatic security and that’s all the government spends money on.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

When one “kicks the can down the road”, one should make sure it is kicked far enough.

Obama just did not kick it far enough.

Jabberwock on February 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

His momma jeans are to tight for him to get a full swing at the can.

David in ATL on February 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-usa-budget-defense-furloughs-idUSBRE91I14K20130219

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Is that a threat or a promise? If a promise, do it!! If a threat, just s.u.:-)

Hi canopfor, hope spring is coming up there:-)

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Let economic gravity work its magic.

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Yeah, but it won’t. The federal reserve will continue this economic suicide as long as it helps the gov’t grow (and with it, gdp) and a democrat is in office.

Also, anything bad that happens in the economy is the fault of republicans and their corporate fat cat friends.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

He only owns it if the LSM says he does.

tommer74 on February 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Wonder how much of that will get out for the public to see? Not much, me thinks with bhopress doing their evil to help bho!
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letget on February 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

letget:Lol,-:O

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

No caving please

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I concur — no cave. CALL your representative and senators of both parties and make the simple point that if we cannot cut $850 from a $35,000 annual budget, then we are finished as a nation.

Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121

matthew8787 on February 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Once the GOP was fine with the defense cuts the perch was baked. They didn’t plan on that.

Chuck Schick on February 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Exit answer: Lie. Campaign. Vacation. Repeat.

I’m starting to get bored with this insane neo-bolshevik clown show.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

How will this impact my chocolate ration?

JohnTant on February 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The only way I’ll believe a cut is if it’s a REAL immediate (year 1) cut of over $100 billion (remember in 2010 when boehner and the republicans promised they’d do that, but only ended up cutting like $7 million?)

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

yeah, we all remember it except we don’t. You can’t cite a decent source for your numbers because one doesn’t exist…because as you say the deal was never done on the other side.

The Hurricane Sandy bill is the one that broke our back and I think it hit hard. Less than 20% of the GOP house joined all of the dems to pass that mess along with a clear majority in the senate. The media went into overdrive to malign the Tea Party caucus that doesn’t even have half the GOP side. That clearly showed there is bi partisan porking going on in plain sight and many house members got tarred. Had they held together and negotiated a true relief package it would have at least given the GOP base a small victory. Boehner tried to hold it back but his NE posse would not allow it.

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

The $917 billion is gone. There have been no cuts. Shut it down immediately GOP. The dems owe $2.5 trillion in cuts and have put nothing on paper.

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Expecting any spine from the House is futile:-)

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

How’s Tigger, Eeyore?

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

How’s Timin203, Eeyore?

DanMan on February 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

There are no cuts. Please stop using that word. They’re arguing only about how much to increase spending.

Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

ELEVENTY!!!!!!!!!!

can_con on February 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

campaigner in chief keeping the MSM on their knees for his blamefest

burserker on February 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I feel like a lot of people who we think buy it know it’s not true but don’t care. I really can’t imagine that people are SO STUPID that they think we’re spending $3 Trillion annually + state / local trillions on firemen, cops, teachers, and diplomatic security and that’s all the government spends money on.

Timin203 on February 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I hope not, but think it may be true. Those that work have very little time to stay up to speed on what is going on in Government.
And they and others just assume everything is going along just fine since it always has been. Or so they think.

If you or I would walk up to a neighbor and try to explain what is really going on, the look on their face would be scary. They are busy working, taking the kids to sports, shopping, etc. Clueless, but I think true.

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Is the woman in that screen capture looking at 0′s behind? O.o

GWB on February 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I concur — no cave. CALL your representative and senators of both parties and make the simple point that if we cannot cut $850 from a $35,000 annual budget, then we are finished as a nation.

Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121

matthew8787 on February 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Thank you. I’ll call. Last time I called several select Senators over Rand Paul’s amendment about not sending F-16′s & Tanks to Egypt, most Staff had no idea what I was talking about. Therefore they couldn’t even transmit an intelligent message! I had to explain it to them.

bluefox on February 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

There he is again with his props in the background. Boy, the people of this country are really stupid!

cajunpatriot on February 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

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