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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Fenris on February 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

ELEVENTY!!!!!!!!!!

can_con on February 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Your military is already being cut like you wouldn’t believe. Not reductions in increases, demonsterable decreases. And not all good.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

What a charlatanic thug the Punk always is.

the balance of power between the White House and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House — fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press — has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly. And future presidents from both parties will undoubtedly copy and expand on this approach.

May all the media’s heads spontaneously combust, for dereliction of duty.

What you eat, fools, is not Beluga caviar. It’s Obama’s sh*t.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

The way Obama is whining about the sequester, you’d think triggering it would lead to arming Mexican drug cartels or something.

Socratease on February 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

“Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.”

- President Barack Obama, 21 November 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kj1y3q92sog

Resist We Much on February 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Everything that Obowma says will happen…

… will.

Not because of the sequester, but because of the policies and regulations he has already put into place…

… but don’t worry about the coming disaster.

Do you think he beat Tiger…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Consider this.

RWM, take it from here.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

“So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, THE SEQUESTER IN PLACE, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.”

- President Barack Obama, Des Moines Register, 23 October 2012

Resist We Much on February 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Your military is already being cut like you wouldn’t believe. Not reductions in increases, demonsterable decreases. And not all good.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Don’t doubt there are some negatives, but I don’t trust the numbers to begin with. When the DOD budget includes interest payments on previous wars debts that is a fluctuacting between $109 and $439 billion Dollars, you know there is a lot of wiggle room in there.

can_con on February 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

RWM, take it from here.

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I did yesterday. :-)

Muslim Preacher Urges Followers To Claim ‘Jihad Seeker’s Allowance’

Resist We Much on February 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

If criminals are about to go free

About to? Seems there are many in the current administration.

GarandFan on February 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Did he say “How can I lie to you. Let me count the ways.”

kemojr on February 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

WTF Fewer first cops

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/02/naacp_calls_for_investigations.html

I feel safer already

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Schadenfreude on February 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I did yesterday. :-)

Muslim Preacher Urges Followers To Claim ‘Jihad Seeker’s Allowance’

Resist We Much on February 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Yeah, I did to. These guys tell the truth, right? What’s the term for being OK to lie to non-Muslims in order to advance their righteous war?

avagreen on February 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I had to come here to rant. As mad as I am about Obama lying about the sequester and acting like he had nothing to do about it, I am madder at the Republicans not fighting back. Why haven’t they pounded the microphones calling out Obama for his lie? Why haven’t they chided the MSM for not explaining that Obama requested the sequester? Have them own it!

Decoski on February 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Meanwhile, the GOP is quivering in the corner…

SouthernGent on February 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Your military is already being cut like you wouldn’t believe. Not reductions in increases, demonsterable decreases…..

hawkdriver on February 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Huh didn’t know that was even possible when it came to gubenmint.
/

CW on February 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

What’s the term for being OK to lie to non-Muslims in order to advance their righteous war?

avagreen on February 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Taqiyya

Resist We Much on February 19, 2013 at 8:23 PM

He really is a “Post Turtle” isn’t he! What a fraking loser the losers have elected.

rgranger on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Why haven’t they chided the MSM for not explaining that Obama requested the sequester? Have them own it!

Decoski on February 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

see Boehner’s essay in today’s WSJ. I was surprised at how well I remembered how we got here.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

If I were the Republicans, I would have some really good questions ready for Jack Lew when he comes in for confirmation. If all of the things Obama said yesterday come true, it’s because he’s a total incompetent when it comes to being an executive.

bflat879 on February 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Max Baucus (D-MT) admits that sequester was White House’s idea:

“The White House recommended it, frankly.”

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/20/dem-sen-max-baucus-speaks-out-of-turn-admits-sequester-was-white-houses-idea/

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

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