Quotes of the day

posted at 8:41 pm on February 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Obama said that with less than a week before $85 billion of automatic across-the-board cuts hit, he still believes that lawmakers “have the opportunity to make the right decisions” to avert the sequester.

“Hope springs eternal,” Obama said during a brief press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “And I will just keep on making my case not only to Congress, but more importantly the American people to take a smart approach to deficit reduction and do it in a way that doesn’t endanger our economy and endanger jobs.”…

Obama added that “this should be a no-brainer.”

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A quick scan of recent headlines and you’ll see that enacting the cuts will make the U.S. a second-rate military power, keep you from seeing part of the Grand Canyon, poison your food and leave you sitting on an airport tarmac for an hour and a half. Also, someone from the federal government will come into your home, kick your dog, take you off the do-not-call list, and borrow your car without filling it back up.

Of course, if you’ve paid attention to these fights before, you know that is a classic case of Washington Monument Syndrome. Threaten to cut government budgets and it always turns out that the amount you want to reduce spending by is precisely the amount that was needed to pay police, firefighters, and teachers. We probably won’t be able to afford to immunize crippled orphans against rabies either, so you heartless Republicans are just going to have to live with the knowledge that you were responsible for the wolves rising to power in the inner cities.

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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy “that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.”

Which leads to the question: Why would Republicans support a measure that threatens national security and thousands of jobs? Boehner and the GOP are determined to allow the $1.2 trillion sequester go into effect unless President Obama and Democrats agree to replacement cuts, of an equal amount, that target entitlement spending. If that doesn’t happen — and it seems entirely unlikely — the sequester goes into effect, with the GOP’s blessing…

The effect of Boehner’s argument is to make Obama seem reasonable in comparison. After all, the president certainly agrees with Boehner that the sequester cuts threaten national security and jobs. The difference is that Obama wants to avoid them. At the same time, Boehner is contributing to Republican confusion on the question of whether the cuts are in fact “deep” or whether they are relatively minor.

Could the GOP message on the sequester be any more self-defeating?

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Democrats get to do the P.C. Shimmy. Traditional presidents go through a normal set of motions: They identify a problem. They come up with a proposal to address the problem. They try to convince the country that their proposal is the best approach.

Under the Permanent Campaign Shimmy, the president identifies a problem. Then he declines to come up with a proposal to address the problem. Then he comes up with a vague-but-politically-convenient concept that doesn’t address the problem (let’s raise taxes on the rich). Then he goes around the country blasting the opposition for not having as politically popular a concept. Then he returns to Washington and congratulates himself for being the only serious and substantive person in town…

He does have a vague and politically convenient concept. (Tax increases on the rich!) He does have a chance to lead the country into a budget showdown with furloughed workers and general mayhem, for which people will primarily blame Republicans. And he does have the chance to achieve the same thing he has achieved so frequently over the past two years, political success and legislative mediocrity.

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Meanwhile, with a budget higher than it was even at the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Pentagon is resisting attempts to force it to audit its own finances. Congress passed a law back in 1990 requiring such an audit, to no avail. Last year, Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act, which would try again to force a look inside the maze of Pentagon spending.

Now, with the Defense Department sounding the alarm about sequestration, some budget hawks on Capitol Hill are doubtful. “It’s difficult to take these doomsday scenarios seriously when the Pentagon can’t even audit its own books,” says a spokesman for Coburn. “We would argue that the Defense Department has the authority to reprioritize funding toward vital needs and away from less vital spending. As Sen. Coburn has detailed, the department spends nearly $70 billion each year on ‘nondefense’ defense spending that has nothing to do with our national security.”

If the sequestration cuts go into effect, many members of Congress will be watching the Pentagon closely.

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Indiana Rep. Larry Bucshon, who represents a once-swingy seat shored up in redistricting, says “the two percent of the federal budget that’s going to be cut by this should not have a dramatic effect on Hoosiers.” Mississippi Rep. Greg Harper, from the Jackson area, just blames the cuts on the president and says “the solution is to raise taxes, it’s just not going to happen.”

And then there’s Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell. A former car dealer, a man who defeated a Tea Party primary challenger in 2010 and took one of the state’s defense industry-heavy Tidewater, Rigell is running around warning of falling skies. “This is not a theoretical problem like it is up in Washington. This is reality,” he tells a Norfolk, Va. station. “This is not a tornado that hits in the middle of the night and you’re totally disoriented,” he tells the Washington Examiner. “You’re tracking it and watching it come up.” He tells the Wall Street Journal that he’s actually open to closing tax loopholes for new revenue — GOP dogma is that loopholes can only be closed if taxes are cuts somewhere else…

I enjoy the new, #slatepitchy argument that gerrymandering is overrated as an issue, and that it doesn’t influence whether members moderate their votes or not, but sequestration’s putting that to a test.

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The Pew poll found that only 27 percent said they knew “a lot” about the sequester, while 43 percent said they knew “a little” and 29 percent said they knew “nothing at all.” The most ignorant are Democrats: 33 percent said they knew nothing at all, compared with 29 percent of independents and only 22 percent of Republicans.

That helps to explain President Obama’s shameless demagoguery on the issue. For a lot of those voters his speeches may be the first time they are hearing about this. I wonder how many of those listening know the sequester was the White House’s idea in the first place, that Obama signed it into law and initially vowed to veto any effort to undo it?

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Via Newsbusters.

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Ken!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

How do I do it?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Scrumpy!! Where are you??

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

LiB

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

CoffeeLover! Over here! EG!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

KCB!!!!

Evening

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Oh, hi EG!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

“GOP Playbook: Chop down the government…hurt..”

You can thank Obama for this..

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Doomsday.

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Threaten to cut government budgets and it always turns out that the amount you want to reduce spending by is precisely the amount that was needed to pay police, firefighters, and teachers.

So true…Bastages.

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

ECB..

We are the only ones…

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

That’s KCB…

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Doomsday.

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Hi B! Checked that out earlier. Says it all. Nice work.

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Evening..

*clink*

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

*clink!*

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

We are the only ones…

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

B’s here. more to come. It is a little early. BTW, that was four in a row…

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

So our political elite ruling class and bureaucrats are looking the American people straight in the eye and telling them that we can’t cut 2% of the amount of increased spending or else they will make our lives a living hell…

… I say bring it, and time to make a list of names for the inquisition.

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Clink!!

Scrumpy must be lost in the script error thread!!!

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

*clink!* and *clink!* to one and all!

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Hummmmmphhhhhhhhhhh…

Now HA is kicking me out to the lobby when I click refresh?!

Good evening fine young ‘cannibals’!! ;-P

I wonder if Basilsbest will wander on in for some ‘chit chat’?

*CLINK*!!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

7% I am with you on that!

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Basilsba11s…!!!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Thirded since Coffee beat me to it!

Hi Coffeelover :-)

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

So our political elite ruling class and bureaucrats are looking the American people straight in the eye and telling them that we can’t cut 2% of the amount of increased spending or else they will make our lives a living hell…

That is the bottom line. I would say that you could compare that to the reduction in American’s paychecks when payroll taxes went up in January. Republicans should use that comparison.

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I wonder if Basilsbest will wander on in for some ‘chit chat’?

*CLINK*!!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

You get a *clink!* and a *wink!*

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

BTW, that was four in a row…

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

:)

It’s tough these days..

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Obama added that “this should be a no-brainer.”

…look!…JugEars is pointing to himself!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

KCB….for some people living paycheck to paycheck with credit card debt…they won’t see it. For those people that 2% hurt.

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

This sequester is all
Hype
Hogwash
Falling Sky
Skittles
Unicorn Farts
We are being Hornswaggled!

And so I say to the lib/dems:

Comede cacas et mori liberales spumae

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Republicans should use that comparison.
KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

But they won’t… :-(

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Have to run a quick errand, if Beta Boy shows up, y’all treat him/her right okay? ; )

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

lol Scrumpy no idea what that translates into….but in my head it is like —spitting caca on liberals….LOL

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

BTW, that was four in a row…

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

:)

It’s tough these days..

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

….especially the way the site has been acting the last couple of weeks!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Is it nutball free tonight? I mean, except for me.

They were really wound up this morning.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

You are probably right. But we had to suck it up. Shouldn’t we expect the government to do its “fair share”?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Not spit but eat O-o!!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Hurry Back Bmore!! I’ll keep a seat warm for ya!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Don’t worry. We will take good care. You can trust us!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

that is the argument they should make!!!!

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Is it nutball free tonight? I mean, except for me.

They were really wound up this morning.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

i’ve done some lurking in the mornings lately. You do have some nutballs! Not you Cozmo!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

7%- yep.

120 million died over this crap last century.

How many this time?

I’m pissed,, and ready to end it. Enough.

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

You know, I’ve been thinking about something. Allah works hard to put together this post every night , and some people just come in here…OK, I can’t do it. Where is Anti-C? He could pull it off.

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Have to run a quick errand, if Beta Boy shows up, y’all treat him/her right okay? ; )

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Eating pie isn’t an errand, it’s a joy of life.

RickB on February 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Okay y’all, I may be slow, but who is beta-boy?

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

RickB on February 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Bmore is hogging the pie? Again?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Okay y’all, I may be slow, but who is beta-boy?

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Basilsbest.

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Under the Permanent Campaign Shimmy, the president identifies a problem. Then he declines to come up with a proposal to address the problem. Then he comes up with a vague-but-politically-convenient concept that doesn’t address the problem (let’s raise taxes on the rich). Then he goes around the country blasting the opposition for not having as politically popular a concept. Then he returns to Washington and congratulates himself for being the only serious and substantive person in town…

THIS is what totally IRKS my IRE!

Americae extremis est a summo descendit

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

KCB on 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

You know, there are good decent people who would come in here every night to discuss the issues, and what do they find?

A bunch of yayhoos just chit chatting about their sorry selfs and playing music like this is some kind of kindergarten!

This is a SERIOUS blog people!

Just stop it.

Or I may be forced to email Allah and Ed about your conduct on this QOTD!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I know right Scrumpy. Many a day I’ve wanted to toss my slipper at the TV while watching him orchestrate that particular move. What gets me angrier is that he is never called on it by either the Rs or the media. And, then the next time you hear the media pundits telling us how reasonable and intelligent O is.

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

From last night.

In other news, every night AP finds and posts serious quotes which are worthy of serious discussion only to have a bunch of morons come here and turn this thread into a chat site. If I was AP I would give one warning and then delete these juvenile “Hi BS” comments and remove the commenting privileges of those who make a mockery of AP’s work.

Basilsbest on February 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

KCB,, Allah does do a good job, and we shouldn’t be so shallow as to…

Nope, I can’t either…

*clink*

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

CoffeeLover on February 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Yeah and the fact that the repubs do NOTHING! Is even worse!!

Makes me wanna spit…

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Not too shabby. Basilsbest with a touch of Bluegill. Skillz!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

But I did!

Me so bad ;-P

*CLINK*

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

*chit*
*chat*

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

*clink!*

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Lol… I think! ;-)

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Basils best what? He must have more than one, huh?

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Shimmy you say.

MontanaMmmm on February 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Liars and hostage takers and extortionists – criminals who should all be in prison.

VorDaj on February 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Since this is hotter the hot buttered toast!

We all need to learn this :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_cO0Y6jJoA

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

®usty

Rusty Allen on February 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Lucille I say!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3-OaNevkfg

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

*clink!* and *clink!* to one and all!

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Site looks great, B! (I answered your email.)

Debt, what debt? *worth the three minutes*

predator on February 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Rusty Allen on February 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Hey Rusty! What’s up?

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Good evening, all.

Rusty Allen on February 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

predator on February 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Good evening!!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Since this is hotter the hot buttered toast!

We all need to learn this :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_cO0Y6jJoA

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Tommy made me aware of this the other night. Lord this is even dumber than that Psy person’s “dance”!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Basilsbest on February 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Oh, another concern nut went minnisoter…great.

As bad as things are and some idiots think we must be all serious all the time.

I have turned the tables and decided to be unserious all the time.

And yeah, unserious ain’t a word…so sue me. Or spank me. It is Friday and I am in my usual Friday night attire.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Rusty, Predator!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Doomsday.

Bmore on February 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

A+

but ya know..cause its me..B+ ;)

bazil9 on February 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

O/T

Big Bird was found dead..
Shot..
An AR gun was found at the scene..
Connected to Fast and Furious..
A witness heard..Allahu akbar

More news at 11.

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Howdy Scrumpy, Ken!

Feeling the sequester panic yet?

Yeah, me neither.

predator on February 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

predator on February 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Priceless!! Thanks!!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Woo Hoo Bazil9 is here!! Hiya!! :-)

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Good evening everyone.

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

We could go sailing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDzyHA0oXhE

katy the mean old lady on February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

*coddled eggs*

I’m going to miss NY’ers when they’re gone.

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

MontanaMmmm on February 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

yee haw! Missed u!
Hope we would cross paths again.

bazil9 on February 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Good evening everyone.

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

*clink*

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I must have missed that oopsie :-(

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

SW EG Cozmo Katy Wolly Montmmmmmm!

Good evening!! :-)

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

All the good folks are here.. too many to say hi to.

wolly4321 on February 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

So, I got bored this afternoon and recorded a little something, please let me know what you think

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Wonderful!

Think we all are in our PJ’s! ;-P

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

*clink*

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Mmmm, always nice to be greeted with a nice adult beverage… :)

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Think we all are in our PJ’s! ;-P

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I ain’t…”evil grin smilie thing”.

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Did my eyes spot some B9?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

It’s ok. Everyone should share that pain.

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Did my eyes spot some B9?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Yes, I believe they did… How are you this evening Ken….

And how are you B9… long time no see…

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Listening now. I like! Is that a pic of you?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

bazil9 on February 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

:) Missed you to, I have been taking a break the kids couldn’t take my mood, had to change it up.
Speaking of gotta step out for a bit, back in a few.

MontanaMmmm on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Two Things i NEVER want to see again:

1. ANYTHING by Rush Limbaugh – he betrayed us like a “suckered” idiot

2. ANYTHING by a poster that I can’t avoid by coming here.

williamg on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I like very very much!! You are rocking it out!! (Applause) ^5!!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Did my eyes spot some B9?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

…yes!…and its PM you are seeing…not AM as has been the case lately.

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Is that a pic of you?

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Yup, afraid so… o_O

SWalker on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

You and me doing the wave. Ready? Go!

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

cozmo on February 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Yeah yeah we know, ur nekked!! ;-P Bwahhhhhh hahahahah

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

KCB on February 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

GO!

Scrumpy on February 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

williamg on February 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

More info please.

Electrongod on February 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

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