Has Obama overdone Nightmare on Sequester Street?

posted at 8:01 am on February 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

That’s the question Politico asks, but it’s really only half of Barack Obama’s problem in this standoff:

President Barack Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win.

He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House.

That’s because Obama’s all-in on an outside strategy, doing just about everything other than holding serious talks with Republicans. In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called in a select group of White House correspondents to talk off-the-record, chatted up black broadcasters, and announced plans to stump next week at Virginia’s Newport News Shipyard. Throughout, he’s talked in tough terms that signal little interest in compromise — or suggestion of backing down.

He’s navigating a thin line. Obama is convinced he’s got the upper hand on Republicans. Yet he can go only so long before he risks being perceived as a main actor in Washington’s dysfunction, threatening a core element of his political brand — and the fragile economic recovery he’s struggled to maintain.

In other words, he’s been great at yelling, “Wolf!” When it comes to action about what to do with the wolf — which may or may not be real — Obama has done nothing.  He’s been relying on a compliant media to keep from pointing out that inconvenient fact, and so far, that seems to be working.

Normally, of course, budget matters wouldn’t require the high-wire act for negotiations. The House would pass one version of a budget, and the Senate another.  When control of the two chambers are split, that allows both parties to pass their own priorities and then go into conference committee to hash out their differences.  That system actually works, although no one ends up terribly happy with the results.

Obama, however, doesn’t want compromise.  He wants to win at all costs, and that’s why he’s trotting out a parade of government workers to paint a horror story about what a reduction of 2.2% in the rate of federal spending — while the spending trajectory still increases — will do to Americans.  Peggy Noonan calls this “government by freakout”:

The president’s sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in “Network”: “Woe is us. . . . And woe is us! We’re in a lot of trouble!”

It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout.

That’s what’s happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won’t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back. Our nuclear deterrent will be indefinitely suspended. Ha, made that one up, but give them time.

Mr. Obama has finally hit on his own version of national unity: Everyone get scared together. …

[G]overnment by freakout carries a price. It wears people down. It doesn’t inject a sense of energy, purpose or confidence in those who do business in America, it does the opposite. The other day I was in a Wal-Mart in southern Florida. It was Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend but even accounting for that the mood and look of the place was different from what it was two and five years ago. Then, things seemed dynamic—what buys, what an array of products, what bustle in the aisles. This time it seemed tired, frayed, with fewer families and scarcer employees. It looked like a diorama of the Great Recession. What effect do all the successive fiscal cliffs, ceilings and sequesters, have on public confidence? On the public’s spirit? They only add to the sense that Washington is dysfunctional and cannot possibly help us out of the mire.

It shows the world we lurch from crisis to crisis by habit now. This makes us look incapable and beset.

And therefore more in need of a nanny state.

 


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Obama is PinHead

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Or JigSaw

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Panties-in-a-wad?

This Administration………….always.

PappyD61 on February 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Even when a win is in sight, Obama moves the goal posts at the last minute, demanding more. He won’t be happy until he has a rubber-stamp legislature that’s more compliant than his MSM lapdogs.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Or that freaky guy in the Saw series

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Personally, I wish Oblahblah would sequester himself into a closet for the next 4 years. Worthless piece of tripe that he is…

Polish Rifle on February 22, 2013 at 8:07 AM

When Øbama starts to claim sequestration will cause anal leakage and 24 hour erections, maybe I’ll start taking him seriously.

ctmom on February 22, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Or JigSaw

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

A Jigsaw does its job. 0bama, not so much.

As for his sequester rantings, they grow boring.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM

When Øbama starts to claim sequestration will cause anal leakage and 24 hour erections, maybe I’ll start taking him seriously.

ctmom on February 22, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Sandra Fluck just woke up…

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:09 AM

In other words, he’s been great at yelling, “Wolf!” When it comes to action about what to do with the wolf — which may or may not be real — Obama has done nothing. He’s been relying on a compliant media to keep from pointing out that inconvenient fact, and so far, that seems to be working.

IMO, the GOP needs to keep holding the line with “show us what you would cut Mr. President.” The days of the filthy rat-bastard traitor and his equally filthy party being able to play the role of J. Wellington Wimpy promising to glady pay Tuesday for immediate tax increases now are over. Even the media isn’t going to be able to hide that fact forever.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Morning EG. :)

Compliant lsm indeed

Blame gop!

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Obama is PinHead

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Commie commentator Bill O’Reily killed that word for me.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

A Jigsaw does its job. 0bama, not so much.

As for his sequester rantings, they grow boring.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Ditto on that..

Obama wants to be removed from his own bill…
LiB…
Now the media will call me racist for saying that..

But I don’t care…

Nether do they..

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Blame gop!

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I already did..
When I got out of bed…
/

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Why won’t the gop take on tax loopholes for goodness sakes
-mika

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Lets just hope this movie doesn’t have a part 3.

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

As for his sequester rantings, they grow boring.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Yeah, it is really going to be anti-climatic on March 1st when planes are falling out of the sky, all the meat being sold is tainted, and first responders are still on the job.

I liken the rat-eared wonder’s doomsday rhetoric to what was supposed to happen when Y2K hit. Remember that?

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Heh EG

Forget who created the sequester…what will the gop do now… dear leader has a plan on his website
-morning joe crew

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Lets just hope this movie doesn’t have a part 3.

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

We’ll be back at this issue again same next year, the same way we’ve been through the matter of illegal trespassers into America and amnesty three times before.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Forget who created the sequester…what will the gop do now… dear leader has a plan on his website
-morning joe crew

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

So what specifically does the rat-eared wonder want to cut in order to avoid sequestration? ……. Yeah, that’s what I thought. We’ve heard all this balanced approach stuff and closing tax loopholes crap before. It is meaningless blather unless the filthy bastard specifically lays out what he is willing to cut. But of course you watch Morning Joe so you are well versed in meaningless blather.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

We’ll be back at this issue again same next year, the same way we’ve been through the matter of illegal trespassers into America and amnesty three times before.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Yeah..I know..

That’s why I bought season tickets..

:)

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called in a select group of White House correspondents to talk off-the-record, chatted up black broadcasters, and announced plans to stump next week at Virginia’s Newport News Shipyard. Throughout, he’s talked in tough terms that signal little interest in compromise — or suggestion of backing down.

Once a commmunity organizer, always a community organizer.

I agree with others. Let the sequester go through. When the government doesn’t shut down, the sun doesn’t darken, the oceans don’t rise like this loser of a President suggests, it will hopefully be a blow to his future credibility when he tries this crap again.

DaveDief on February 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Yet he can go only so long before he risks being perceived as a main actor in Washington’s dysfunction, threatening a core element of his political brand

Good Lord. Politico does know that he’s been President of the United States for more than four years, doesn’t it? And do they really think we haven’t noticed?

Athanasius on February 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Obama is insane

workingclass artist on February 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier.

Well you have ships that go under water…

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

And therefore more in need of a nanny state.

Nailed it.

I agree with others. Let the sequester go through. When the government doesn’t shut down, the sun doesn’t darken, the oceans don’t rise like this loser of a President suggests, it will hopefully be a blow to his future credibility when he tries this crap again.

DaveDief on February 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

It won’t happen. The Reps will cave, once again. Once again, they will be blamed for letting things reach a crisis point.

herm2416 on February 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Once a commmunity organizer, always a community organizer.

I agree with others. Let the sequester go through. When the government doesn’t shut down, the sun doesn’t darken, the oceans don’t rise like this loser of a President suggests, it will hopefully be a blow to his future credibility when he tries this crap again.

DaveDief on February 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Not a chance. The lapdogs will find a way to tell us Obama saved the day against ‘the Republicans and their sequester scheme’.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Happy nomad
I do it so you don’t have to
;)

The blather continues

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I got an idea… GOP should just ignore him. Completely.

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Of course he is. He’s also lying through his teeth everytime he opens his mouth.

Will people see through him – I’m starting to lose faith in my fellow man I have to say.

gophergirl on February 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Ding ding ding Liam @8:22

cmsinaz on February 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Let the sequester happen so the American people can see the world didn’t come to an end.

DRayRaven on February 22, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Just ignore him, nothing hurts a narcissist more than being ignored.

Tater Salad on February 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Obama jumps shark 5… 4… 3…

petefrt on February 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I got an idea… GOP should just ignore him. Completely.

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

I think they are on the sequester. I’d like to see them continue to ignore Obama on the debt ceiling and budget as well. Just do nothing. Force the Senate and Obama to act(unless they welcome a very lengthy government shutdown which I doubt).

Doughboy on February 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

If the deficit does end up being a little less than last year Obama will be out taking all the credit for it while previously blaming Republicans for the cuts.

Wigglesworth on February 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Just ignore him, nothing hurts a narcissist more than being ignored.

Tater Salad on February 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

+1000

We’re all told we have to ‘sacrifice and pay a little bit more’, but the government will be swallowed by a sinkhole if it has to ‘cut’ $44 billion from a $3.6 trillion annual outlay?

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:32 AM

In other words, he’s been great at yelling, “Wolf!”

Dinner is served.

fogw on February 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won’t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back. Our nuclear deterrent will be indefinitely suspended.

But, by God, everyone still gets their Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, and Food Stamps. Farmers still get paid not to grow things. Peanuts are subsidized. Green energy companies still get lavish government checks. Cowboy poetry festivals still go on. Cowgirl museums still get built. God this government is sick. LIB.

Odysseus on February 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

BO has had a year to come up with a plan for avoiding the sequester HE PROPOSED. What has he done? All he had to do was propose a budget that conformed with the spending limits.

I really wish someone in Congress would just step up and say:

“The President came up with the idea of the sequester as a way of promising that we would cut spending, one way or another. Now he wants to back out. We even asked him for HIS list of cuts and got nothing back. Sorry Mr President, this isn’t a friendly golf game. This is the future of our country. No Mulligans. Keep your promise.”

OBQuiet on February 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

We’ve been living in perpetual crisis the past 4 years.

JellyToast on February 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

We’re all told we have to ‘sacrifice and pay a little bit more’, but the government will be swallowed by a sinkhole if it has to ‘cut’ $44 billion from a $3.6 trillion annual outlay?

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Ah yes…the cost of Cash For Clunkers…
wait a tick…

Weren’t we suppose to have this CFC every year…..
It was paid for by the baseline Stimulus….
Were did all the Stimulus money go?
Every year….

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

The biggest sign of government bloat lies in the scare tactic of saying that 800,000 Pentagon workers will be furloughed if sequester goes through. Never mind that those furloughed will get their back pay when the deal is made.

What are we doing with 800,000 workers in the Pentagon in the first place?

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

let the sequester go through. it’s a win win for the 53%

sadly the republicans will find a way to block it. can’t ruin the legacy of our first black president.

renalin on February 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Will people see through him – I’m starting to lose faith in my fellow man I have to say.

gophergirl on February 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

There aren’t enough people who see him for what he is.

The takers outnumber the makers.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

There aren’t enough people who see him for what he is.

The takers outnumber the makers.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I also believe there is a lot of truth to that..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

That’s what’s happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won’t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back. Our nuclear deterrent will be indefinitely suspended. Ha, made that one up, but give them time.

Anyone else think of Ghostbusters?

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!

OBQuiet on February 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Kabuki theater and not very interesting, either. LOFO folks aren’t paying attention and we probably shouldn’t either.

BetseyRoss on February 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Liam: If I’m not mistaken, they refer to the entire civilian workforce of DoD.

As an example, when the sequester happens, my mother loses her job, and my brother will be furloughed. They both work for DoD in Florida.

Now, if you are using ‘the Pentagon’ in the same way they are, as a proxy for the entire DoD, I guess you have a better point.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

This guy is a perpetual never ending joke…. I am ashamed of him.

Key West Reader on February 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I think what you want to do if you’re a Republican right now is step up spending cuts for the things Obama isn’t agitating about. Cut off subsidies to pedophile PBS puppeteers and make him start whining about big bird while he’s whining about all the other things.

Buddahpundit on February 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I got an idea… GOP should just ignore him. Completely.

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Much as that is good advice, it is bad strategy.

A better approach would be essentially single track any question about sequestration to this simple statement.

The House GOP has submitted proposals for avoiding sequestration twice now. Harry Reid and President Obama have not yet responded to these proposals in a substantive way. We look forward to finding out what they suggest should specifically be cut in order to avoid sequestration from automatically kicking in next Friday.

Bottom line is that sequestration is going to hit. Congress doesn’t get back until three days before sequestration hits. Even if the Senate and rat-eared wonder did come up with a serious plan, the House has promised normal order for discussing legislation which means committee hearings.

March 1st will trigger sequestration, furlough notices will go out to government employees next week and it will be interesting to see just how this plays out for the filthy bastard in the White House. So far it has all been academic because the underlying assumption was that we would never have gotten to this point. Lets see what happens on the opposite side of the doomsday scenerio kicking in.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

He doth protest to much. He’s the one who proposed it.

kingsjester on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Liam: If I’m not mistaken, they refer to the entire civilian workforce of DoD.

As an example, when the sequester happens, my mother loses her job, and my brother will be furloughed. They both work for DoD in Florida.

Now, if you are using ‘the Pentagon’ in the same way they are, as a proxy for the entire DoD, I guess you have a better point.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

I’m going by the news reports, which I know meant the DoD as a whole; the Pentagon building can’t hold 800,000 people. But lo-info types don’t see very far. To quote an old 80s song:

“…Tales of war and the waste
But you turn right over to the TV page…”

Those furloughed will receive their back pay. I also have to wonder why 800,000 civilians are needed when members of the military can do the same jobs on their pay.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

It’s reported all over the net every hour/day the Republican party is dead so why not play dead on this issue.They are blamed for everything even Detroit and the weather.They should take another week off,go to the casinos and play Let It Ride.

docflash on February 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

What are we doing with 800,000 workers in the Pentagon in the first place?

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Now, if you are using ‘the Pentagon’ in the same way they are, as a proxy for the entire DoD, I guess you have a better point.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Scott H is correct. The Pentagon is a very big building but would not be able to hold 800,000 civilian workers on top of the military folk that also work there. Not to mention the contractors.

That is why the rat-eared wonder is headed to Newport News Shipyard next week. Private shipyard building an aircraft carrier. I’m sure he will be flanked with all sorts of union folk as the filthy bastard talks about job losses in the private sector too if sequestration hits. And make no mistake, sequestration will hit. At this point the question is how long it will last.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Liam: Well, I can certainly let you know that uniformed military really do not have the training or educational background to do what my family members do. I know this because they sometimes hire ex-military personnel to do their job, and unless they actually have the training and correct background (in this case, engineering), it’s an incredibly high probability that they’ll be awful at their job.

You can change that, but then you would have a lot more engineers and other ‘professionals’ in uniform.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

You can change that, but then you would have a lot more engineers and other ‘professionals’ in uniform.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I take your point, and understand your meaning. :)

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

+ 10..Very good points..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The more attention you give them, the more they will scream. Let them keep talking. Once it kicks in and sky does not fall… we will all be OK.

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Those furloughed will receive their back pay. I also have to wonder why 800,000 civilians are needed when members of the military can do the same jobs on their pay.

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

There is no guarantee of getting back pay. In fact, there isn’t even talk of that. Yet. Mrs. Nomad works with the spouses of some DoD employees. It would seem that everything is pretty much in a holding pattern right now.

The Pentagon (meaning DoD) has notified Congress that it will begin the process of furloughing civilians.

When sequestration actually hits, the DoD has to give 30 days written notice to employees so nobody is going home until April at the earliest.

And the 22 day number for furloughs is important. Anything after 22 days requires reduction in force (i.e. firing) procedures to kick in.

The real and immediate impact of sequestration is not on the DoD civilians though, it is on the contractors.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The more attention you give them, the more they will scream. Let them keep talking. Once it kicks in and sky does not fall… we will all be OK.

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Honestly, I’m less concerned about them screaming than I am with Boehner reneging at the last minute on normal order. I can easily see the orange crybaby sneaking off to the White House to cut a deal with the enemy.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The GOP will cave if we don’t support them – had a chance to have an off record discussion with a person very close to all of these discussions – if you want to help, burn up your congressman’s phone lines – once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Have your friends and family do it too. 40 some billion isn’t much. Especially when we are still borrowing a third of our operating costs by essentially printing bonds then buying most of them ourselves with printed money.

No one thought they would get here – but in DC all they here are the beltway pundits for whom this is just a game. And they all love Obama so you know how that is getting filtered. Hell – these aren’t even cuts – they are reductions in increases. Shows you how far gone these things have gotten.

WE all know most of what Obama is talking about will not happen – except some of the civilian DOD. They will just delay discretionary spending in each department waiting for the rest to come later.

Nothing stiffens the spine of a congressman than phone calls from home.

I have called mine – have you called yours?

Zomcon JEM on February 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

What if there’s a sequester and nobody notices? A friend of mine who works at the Smithsonian received an email from the Secretary of the Smithsonian yesterday. Here’s an excerpt:

For these reasons, I do not expect our day-to-day operations to change dramatically on or immediately after March 1 should sequestration occur. We have worked closely with unit leadership to make plans on how to reduce spending should we have to operate under reduced funding levels for an extended period of time. At this time, we do not foresee implementing furloughs to reach our reduced funding level in the current fiscal year, and would only do so if absolutely necessary. Let me assure you that we will carefully examine all options to reduce costs taking into consideration our obligation to execute our core mission.

sydneyjane on February 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout.

People are always claiming that prezzy doesn’t practice leadership, but I think he does and the cliff thingy is his preferred method of leadership. It’s how he ‘gets things done’. Our problem is that what he gets done is not good for the country. Time to hide the strawberries from the good captain.

Kissmygrits on February 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Rush will be talking about this article for sure. Totally proves his theory about 0bama’s form of governance: constant outsider-type campaigning to look like he is fighting the problem instead of causing it.

If we can ever nail his Jello to that metaphorical tree, his approval ratings will be in Bush Country

Sekhmet on February 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Frankenbama.

hillsoftx on February 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The real and immediate impact of sequestration is not on the DoD civilians though, it is on the contractors.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Of that I have no doubt. Seems that’s what the Dems are counting on to move the public-opinion needle in their direction.

What a mess…

Liam on February 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won’t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back.

Cat’s and Dogs living together, Mass hysteria!

Galt2009 on February 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

The other day I was in a Wal-Mart

Peggy Noonan in Wal-Mart? The h e l l you say!

Brat on February 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Agree there 100%. This guy is our weakest link.

antisocial on February 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Brazil oil exploration: 2 Billion
Pookestain foreign aid: 7 Billion
Eygptian spring fling: 2 Billion
Sudan, Uganda, etc: 2 Billion

Crickets…………we are doomed!

dmann on February 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

It would be great to drop kids from headstart – it hasn’t achieved jack. The wholeprogram should be dropped.

Zomcon JEM on February 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I don’t give a damn about the defense contractors. After their cowardice last fall, these deserve to be cut.

As to the GOP: ignore President Clymer.

As to the rest of us: call your representatives and senators: this incessant spending that is destroying our nation.

The GOP needs a backbone, and Democratic members need to learn that we are sick of their lies.

matthew8787 on February 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Has Obama overdone Nightmare on Sequester Street?

…that’s like asking if JugEars… isn’t a POS

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

OMG, federal employees might have to do some actual work! How can we be so heartless, cutting into their long lunch hours and Internet cruising? I worked for the government many years ago, and there was a group of women who literally spent all day playing cards. I never saw them do one lick of work, but they couldn’t be disciplined or fired, and I’m sure you can guess the reason. As a summer intern, I decided to straighten up a supply cabinet that was in total disarray, thinking that I was doing something helpful. Instead, I was disciplined by the department supervisor because I was messing with someone else’s responsibilities. In other words, I made them look bad and they didn’t like it. So, cutting 3% of an already bloated, out of control budget? Cry me a river.

College Prof on February 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

College Prof: While I certainly agree that there is way too much bloat in the federal worker area, the issue is that the cuts are due to seniority.

Therefore, this is going to hurt productivity because the system does not reward it. Reform the system, or there is no way to implement cuts that will also not impact other areas.

And, sure, you can argue that we could lose half of our federal workers. Probably, we could. Half of the federal workers could do all the work. (We probably could cut more than half.) But it’s a specific half. When cuts occur, the people who are let go are, generally, the more productive ones, because the people who ‘get work done’ are not spending their time ensuring their own continued employment (i.e., being ‘political’).

Finally, the people who are dead weight now are NOT going to suddenly ‘do more work’ when there are fewer people. Less work will get done.

Again, you must change the civil service system if you want to cut costs without impacting productivity.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Time for bark and mooch to take a vacay with 500 or so of their best friends to some 5 star resort located in some remote location.

acyl72 on February 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

The real and immediate impact of sequestration is not on the DoD civilians though, it is on the contractors.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

That depends on the type of contractor. For equipment development or purchases that are terminated or slowed down no doubt their parent companies will cut people from the workforce that are no longer required. However, support contractors to government agencies have fully funded contracts for a minimum of a year. Those funds are contractually obligated and cannot be cut or recalled. So, contract employees will not be facing any type of furlough in the near term.

However, for government employees the immediate axe will fall on those filling temporary or term positions. Regular government employees will get a 30-45 day notice before furloughs kick in. How the furlough process will be executed is still TBD. Many of the military Services have already instituted a hiring freeze. An easy tool to save money, but a blunt one that takes no account of the criticality of any particular position. Of course this all comes on top of no pay increase for the last three years.

There’s no question the federal government is a profligate spender. But, there is also a reason sequestration was seen as a step no one really wanted to come to fruition.

SoonerMarine on February 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

so is the sequester good or bad? I’m confused…

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Nothing stiffens the spine of a congressman than phone calls from home.

I have called mine – have you called yours?

Zomcon JEM on February 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Exactly. Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3132

Call senators too – Ds and Rs.

matthew8787 on February 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

There aren’t enough people who see him for what he is.

The takers outnumber the makers.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Yep :(

gophergirl on February 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Never have we as a people been so divided by our government, but united in fear.

At what point do we state that Mr. Obama is beneath the job for which we’ve been told he is so well suited?

Occupying an executive office which is expected to lead what has purposely been from our founding a divided government, takes a plethora of skills. It takes leadership, bold positions, vision and above all else the ability to unite people in solving our most difficult challenges. That is the story of our country and how most crisis’s have been solved. It is the essence of American exceptionalism and our culture. It is the source of our strength- this quality of uniting, together, and in equal partnership. America’s strength is her people, all of them.

The Office of President has never been one solely based on the desires of one man who constantly cajoles others to fully accept his positions, unchanged, or face the wrath of his propaganda machine. That is either the act of a dictator or someone who fancies himself infallible. Either way, it is a person not suited for that honorable office.

Moving opinion polls against your adversaries, especially when the results are often questionable, is not a leadership strategy in a republican democracy. And having the media essentially provide cover with what can only be called a mostly dishonest propaganda machine has a shelf life in a republic.

People know the reality of their condition and the longer it continues in unabated misery the false promises, platitudes of hope and demagoguery are revealed for the malicious, trifling, inadequacies they truly are. I for one, believe we may be at that point.

This is but another crisis of Mr. Obama’s making. The solutions are evident and will take real leadership to solve, but the emperor has no clothes.

Marcus Traianus on February 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

We also need to start and change the perception that government spending is a positive impact on the GDP – almost always a negative. The problem is that since so much is overloadingly borrowed, cutting it won’t show immediaite benefits.

But from here on in all govt GDP should apply as about a .2% per dollar spent REDUCTION in GDP calculations.

Zomcon JEM on February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

It is always government by freakout.

What did Peggy Noonan expect from a ‘community organizer’ (formerly known as agitators)?

ghostwalker1 on February 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Yes, he’s overdone it. The private sector has taken a huge hit, in case he has forgotten.

Other government employees, like I was, take pay cuts whenever there is a budget shortfall. Two or three times in my career, we took a 5% cut with furlough days. We hardly noticed the cut and enjoyed the extra days off.

Why shouldn’t the federal workers do the same?

PattyJ on February 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

For the record: there are no cuts. The sequester is a reduction in the projected spending increase. After the sequester kicks in the government (at all levels) will spend more during the next year than it spent last year. Period.

InterestedObserver on February 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Call any Congressman – D or R – switchboard is open 24 hours/day: 202-224-3121. Ask for any of them. If you can’t reach one b/c the “VM is full” look up an office in their home state.

We simply MUST stop caving. If we cave, we’ve lost so stop it. But they need to hear from us. I did talk with a co-conservative about #s of calls state and national people get: Rs vs Ds: he settled on 20Ds to 1 R – no wonder they believe they can do anything.

And, the low info voters are encouraged to do so: upworthy.com.

Support the NRA, and “NO” on guns, anything to do w/ O Care, etc.

MN J on February 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

. I can easily see the orange crybaby sneaking off to the White House to cut a deal with the enemy.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Just as a side note:

Did you (anyone) ever think that there would come a day when anyone would refer to the POTUS as “the enemy”? And know that it’s true. That the president is not just an inept SCOAMF…but is an actual enemy of America, the American way of life and all that America stands for.

Dangerous times, my friends. With worse on the way.

Solaratov on February 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Cat’s and Dogs living together, Mass hysteria!

Galt2009 on February 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Glad I wasn’t the only one to whom that occurred. And you forgot the human sacrifice.

OBQuiet on February 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

What effect do all the successive fiscal cliffs, ceilings and sequesters, have on public confidence? On the public’s spirit?

I’ll tell ya what effect: it has Peggy Noonan shoping at WAL-MART, for cryin’ out loud!

Captain Scarlet on February 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I agree that the system needs to be changed, but cutting 3% from the growth of the budget isn’t cutting anything. Nobody will lose jobs. They may not get the COLAs to which they have become so accustomed, but the Chicken Little scenario that Obama paints is just plain unrealistic and amounts to blatant fear mongering. The feds usually cut through attrition, so some of the folks at the top will be asked to take early retirement so they can start their double dipping through second careers earlier than they had planned. I reiterate, “Cry me a river.”

College Prof on February 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It shows the world we lurch from crisis to crisis by habit now. This makes us look incapable and beset.

It doesn’t make us look like that.
We are incapable and beset by a 52-48 majority.

LiB

fjb3795 on February 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The only way Obama get’s away with his shenanigans is with a complicit media.

OxyCon on February 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

College Prof: I agree with you, but my mother _is_ losing her job because of the sequester. You can’t really say ‘nobody will lose jobs’ in the face of that.

Scott H on February 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Obama wanted the sequester. He requested it and the Congress gave him his way. Now he is bellyaching and lying because he thought the economy was going to pick up. It did not. He was hoping a renewed economy would offset the government cuts.

He surrounded himself with firemen. Firemen are not federal employees. They are city or state employees. This was such a ploy to convince the American people, who he thinks is uneducated. He has fooled 51% of the electorate through these half truths.

Portia on February 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

so is the sequester good or bad? I’m confused

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

…we know!…that’s why you wear diapers..

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Sequester? Heck, I’m ready for Sequester 2, Sequester 3, and Sequester the Final Chapter. Cut, baby, cut!

Too bad, Barky. Sequester is what you wanted to get re-elected, now open your mouth and take your medicine!

gordo on February 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

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