Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?

posted at 12:41 pm on February 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Among the complaints about sequestration coming from the White House in recent weeks has been that the sequestration is much too indiscriminate, and that its rules pretty much legally require them to implement the cuts via budgetary hack job. Well, be careful what you ask for, Mr. President, ’cause you just might get it. From Human Events:

With barely 48 hours to go before the $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts known as sequestration set in, a plan initially offered by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to permit the five service chiefs to make the required cuts began to take shape Tuesday night. But where Inhofe’s initial concept would permit the five service chiefs to decide where the defense-related cuts will be made in their individual services, the latest version—in which Inhofe was joined today by freshman Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)—would be much broader and allow cuts in domestic spending to be determined by the appropriate administrators of their government programs.

On Fox News last night, Senators Pat Toomey and Jim Inhofe outlined their rationale for trying to allow the Obama administration further discretion in implementing the spending reductions, via the WFB:

The proposed plan is making the rounds on the Hill and garnering some support, but there are both Democrats and Republicans who aren’t so fond of the idea. Politico reports:

But the plan appears to have the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and is being advanced by conservative Republicans who don’t want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer. …

Supporters of the Republican sequester replacement proposal circulated by GOP Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma believe it would make it harder for the administration to argue that the automatic cuts would imperil everything from food safety to airport security and give military leaders the flexibility to spare the most important programs from cuts. …

“Congress has a constitutional responsibility to authorize and appropriate for the nation’s security,” McCain said Tuesday. “And why give that responsibility over the president of the United States — and that renders us not just ineffective but irrelevant.”

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, is wary of ceding too much power to Obama to shift dollars.

“We ought to be watching that,” Shelby said. “You give a president all the power in the world, you’re giving up a lot.”

Anyway, whether the Senate proposal gains enough steam or not, as the President so dolefully communicated in yet another of his sequester-campaign speeches in Virginia on Tuesday, that approach simply won’t due:

Congressional Republicans have reportedly been working on legislation that would maintain the deep cuts in the sequester but give the president more leeway on what agencies to cut—effectively, a tactic to make him responsible for the results. …

“Lately, some people have been saying, ‘Well, maybe we’ll just give the president some flexibility. He could make the cuts the way he wants, and that way it won’t be as damaging,’” Obama said.

“The problem is when you’re cutting $85 billion in seven months, which represents over a 10 percent cut in the defense budget in seven months, there’s no smart way to do that,” he said. “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?”

Because, we need more revenue! Or something.


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What they gave Adolf, in the ’30s.

May these fools be stricken from power, every one of them.

Wake up America.

This is for bayam, exclusively.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

To Hades with all who shirk their constitutional duties, from the Lilliputian president on down.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The Sequester Revelation
Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323884304578328211144987052.html

Colbyjack on February 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The Sequester Revelation
Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage.

He has already exempted his own salary, the Goon in Chief.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

It’s not a question of if, but how, and how spectacularly stupidly the GOP caves on the sequester.

They completely ignore the fact that these cuts are not even cuts, and the best possible outcome for conservatives will be if the world doesn’t end March 2 after the PANIC! garbage Obama has been spewing.

wildcat72 on February 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The stupid Rs should loop this all day.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

So we will defeat him by giving in? Am I retard or did we not just witness McCain, er I mean Romney go down in flames trying that approach?

abobo on February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

May all who use the term “cuts” with the sequester spontaneously combust.

YOU are fooling the people…not that the latter are already Heney Boo Boo types.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

McConnell is an incredibly aristocratic insufferable buffoon, who deserves to be primaried for 1001 reasons, his king-like idiocies foremost.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I’m confused. I thought this was just a reduction in the increase of spending.

“You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?”

Wasn’t the funding there last year for the disable AND poor kid? And they can’t be helped by only a 10-15% increase instead of 20-30%?

Ditkaca on February 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

No No NO!!!

This pansy-**sd political maneuvering is no longer idiotic this is downright destructive and these republicans calling for this should resign IMMEDIATELY or be impeached for dereliction.

What kind of moron thinks “Hey, let’s give Obama the right to confiscate weapons this year… It’s only temporary and golly that’ll show people how evil he is and well rally the people to our cause” thinks that’s a rational, let alone a GOOD idea?!

Skywise on February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This is just like a high stakes Poker game, and Inhofe and Toomey are calling the bluff of the big spender, Obama, who has made a big bet. Not such a bad move when you get down to it!!!!

tomshup on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

“The problem is when you’re cutting $85 billion in seven months, which represents over a 10 percent cut in the defense budget in seven months, there’s no smart way to do that,” he said. “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?”

Hey Barky, you’re president. Put on your big boy pants.

This year’s budget is still larger than last years, which was larger than the year before.

gwelf on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

“The problem is when you’re cutting $85 billion in seven months, which represents over a 10 percent cut in the defense budget in seven months, there’s no smart way to do that,” he said. “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?”

He is honestly trying to sell the idea that there is simply no place left to cut in the federal budget. Unbelievable.

And, I’m about to explode. A 10% cut in the defense budget in seven months. Aaaaaargh! The defense budget will still be larger this year than it was last year. Reducing how much growth you thought you might have is not a freaking cut. There are NO CUTS. It’s a myth.

Shump on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Sure, give more power to the Adolf-aspiring Fool.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Shump on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Hey man, don’t you remember 2011? It was like Mad Max out there when the government wasn’t spending as much as it did in 2012.

gwelf on February 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

My question is that if a deal is worked out, do we round up the illegals again. How foolish to just let them go before the cuts.

rjoco1 on February 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

This is just like a high stakes Poker game, and Inhofe and Toomey are calling the bluff of the big spender, Obama, who has made a big bet. Not such a bad move when you get down to it!!!!

tomshup on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Except the Rs always play circular firing squad. They are the stupidest creatures.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

“You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?”

No, you just don’t want to make the hard choices and have your fingers on it, that’s all! That is what governing is, champ! Something you have non idea how to do. Why is it always kids and the military with him? The worst president ever.

Patriot Vet on February 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

It’s not a question of if, but how, and how spectacularly stupidly the GOP caves on the sequester.

With tails between legs, they grovel in their master’s presence and lick his shoes in an expression of contriteness, begging for a kind pat on the head.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

And now Rush is carrying their water…

C’mon Rush… What ever happened to “the media will never soon the story in the GOPs favor”. Why would this time be any different?

Skywise on February 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?

Hey guys, how about we charge you, put on trial, convict and then hang both of you for sedition and treason from a streetlamp right out in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

If they gave Obama that authority, Obama would hold a press conference announcing their incompetence to do the job and that he’s now forced to make the ‘tough decisions’ and cut all Republican programs.

No thanks.

HopeHeFails on February 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I can barely think of anything more awful and silly than this. Barky needs to have far less power over …. everything – and that includes holding the POS liable for the un-Constitutional power grabs he constantly engages in. Congress needs to grab firm hold of the budget (making a friggin budget would be a good first step) and take as much power away from Barky’s 84 IQ, third-world, dog-eating, America-assaulting hands as possible. Inhofe is a great guy but he’s dead wrong on this. There should NEVER be any discussion about giving Barky more power over anything, and especially not something that Congress has the Constitutional duty to run on its own. When Barky abuses his power (again, as he has done so in contravention to the Constitution DOZENS of times, already) then he needs to be impeached, triued, tossed and brought up for criminal trial. Other than that, there’s nothing to discuss with the Indonesian POS.

The GOP should have learned this back during the debt-limit farces when Barky threatened to stop servicing the debt, but the idiots in the GOP House could never get their act together and pass legislation forcing Barky to obey the 14th amendment – which he had violated by going on TV every damn day and threatening to default on our debt when there was no financial reason for that to even come close to happening (another instance when Barky should have been impeached, tossed, and criminally tried).

This is all so pathetic. America – taken down by an 84 IQ affirmative action, third world, ineligible, dog-eating retard who was raised as a muslim in the largest muslim country in the world. Unreal.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Disgusted beyond words.

Carnac on February 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Can Commander Zero just be appointed Chancellor?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

“I didn’t want to have to cut this but Republicans tied my hands.” Give him the power and that will be his response for everything, same as what it would be if you left it alone. Only difference is that he’ll cut everything defense related and nothing social welfare related. Don’t do it.

crrr6 on February 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Can Commander Zero just be appointed Chancellor?

Meh, just cut to the chase and encourage him to sign an EO proclaiming himself Imperial President for Life(TM). Who’d disagree with that?

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

And right on queue ABC news frames Obama’s last minute meeting as “He’s trying to get the Republicans to stop harming America but they won’t listen” and then follows that up with a story from “smart” people about how destructive the sequester will be.

Yeah… I’m sure if the Republicans cede constitutional power to Obama the press will turn around and blame him for it… Like they are now for signing the sequester bill into law.. I’m with Woodward… This is Madness…

Skywise on February 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

This has Paul Ryan written all over it. Always oting with the Democrat’s on major legislative issues while intellectualizing a reverse-psychology conservative explanation.

Giving more power to this guy is simply that … It gives more power to a marxist wanna-be-dictator. Reasons matter not.

Carnac on February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?

lolol. The party of let’s cut everything the middle class enjoys while allowing the “business creators” to get away without feeling any pain now wants to punt the cuts to the president that was overwhelming elected by Americas middle class? This gets funnier every day.

HotAirLib on February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Ohhhh, I get it now: politicians are playing political games with one another and therefore, our lives affected by such, while we the People are surviving the days and nights and trying to look out for those we love who depend on us.

We’re so silly to have ever expected those politicians to actually be making any practical sense or doing something as foolish as representing what we the People want. Those games, they’re what’s important…

/D.C. two step.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Always oting with the Democrat’s…

Carnac on February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I know you meant to type, “always voting with…” but the typo there is very funny, “always oting with…”

Funny.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I smell a cat turd.

Y’all, when you walk amongst cat turds, you’ll get some cat turds sticking to your shoes.

Let the cat turds stick to the shoes on the Daily Kos site.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

“You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?”

Making tough choices is part and parcel of being a leader. CEOs of companies have to make these choices. Presidents of non-profits have to make these choices. But for some reason, Obama thinks that as President of the US, the only tough choices he has to make are which golf course to play this weekend or which resort to send the wife and kids for vacation #77.

prigsbee on February 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

These clowns can’t even defund Big Bird — cowards!

racquetballer on February 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Hey James. The reason you don’t give obama (in particular) flexibility of sequestration is because, like everything else he does, he will misuse it, politicize it, and save his crony friends, and beat you over the head with it. When will you ever learn? When will you ever learn? Gee Eve, this apple certainly looks delicious.

Old Country Boy on February 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Meh, just cut to the chase and encourage him to sign an EO proclaiming himself Imperial President for Life(TM). Who’d disagree with that?

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Excellent point. Hitler loved using emergency powers.

The appointment process might take too long.

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Commander Transparent.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?

two things:

1. Why do we need Congress?

2. What good is the gop?

Just go ahead and give the power to the only one in D.C. that wants to use it apparently.

ALL HAIL OBAMA………Our Great American God.

Congress?…..pisseth on them they are worthless.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

+1

cmsinaz on February 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

“I didn’t want to have to cut this but Republicans tied my hands.” Give him the power and that will be his response for everything, same as what it would be if you left it alone. Only difference is that he’ll cut everything defense related and nothing social welfare related. Don’t do it.

crrr6 on February 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Everyone who is, at least, paying attention understands, as you do, that that’s what Obama is about. It’s his modus operandi at this point — quite clearly so — to “blame Republicans” for ANYthing that Obama can use to push himself up farther on his giant wall of corruption.

It’s Obama’s wall, he built it, he wanted it, he dreamed of it before he built it, now he’s built it, he’s using a very tiresome (but effective with his low information supporters) method to dishonestly redirect attention for all liabilities onto “Republicans.”

His supporters are engaged in an “us-vs.-them” mentality without any shades of information that enlightens them beyond that. It’s sports to them, it’s a “our team is gonna’ win” and “their team are the losers” mentality and it’s not going to change and Obama clearly knows this and uses this limitation in his supporters to his own corrupt ends (and they’re clueless to see he’s exploiting them because, ‘our team, rah, rah’…).

It’s WHY Obama’s wife goes dancing and jumping around and has that “let’s move” thing going on: it’s encouraging the low-information supporters to “get busy” doing nothing except being jumping beans for Obama and enjoying being exploited because, well, “our team,, rah, rah…”

Obama will blame “Republicans” for any and all liabilities or even make more up just so he can further denigrate “Republicans”. It’s his modus operandi, it’s the method of operations of him, a Corrupt Master.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Two more things.

1. Either the gop ruling class is in on this whole destroy the Constitutional republic and giving all power to our President.

2. Or they are complete idiots.

I’m going with #1. NO ONE, NO ONE, can be this stupid.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

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OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Can Commander Zero just be appointed Chancellor?

Barky always dreamed of being the new Sukarno, which is why we have that “natural born citizen” thing written in …

At this point, Barky feels right at home, as if he was back in good, ol’ dog-eating, muslim Jakarta where he was raised and formed his demented personality.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Codavilla is right. We functionally have one party, and 2/3 of Americans have no political representation at all. I expected the Institutional Republicans to cave. That is one of the safest bets in Washington, DC. But to have the supposed “leader” [English is too imprecise a language; there needs to be a word for the most Omega person being in charge.] of the Republicans in the Senate to back the idea of eagerly yielding the Legislative power in the Constitution to the wanna-be Nikolai Yezhov in the White House leads inevitably to the question, “Why is there a Republican Party if they are as eagerly trying to destroy the Constitution as the Democrats?”.

Subotai Bahadur on February 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

1. Either the gop ruling class is in on this whole destroy the Constitutional republic and giving all power to our President.

2. Or they are complete idiots.

I’m going with #1. NO ONE, NO ONE, can be this stupid.

Oh, I dunno about that. While one can be a complete idiot without partaking of Choice #1, Choice #1 is not exclusive of Choice #2.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Why don’t we just get it over with and make BO king. It’s what the majority of the country aches for and 100% of the liberals, democrats, leftest and media hoes have wet dreams of.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Hey Barky, you’re president. Put on your big boy pants.

This year’s budget is still larger than last years, which was larger than the year before.

gwelf on February 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Obama’s supporters DON’T KNOW what his spending OR his budget (which is nonexistent) even is or ought to be or anything else. They’re all too occupied going “rah, rah, yeah” and that’s about it.

His supporters are not informed, they are not capable of making realistic evaluations about ‘REAL STUFF’, and worse, most I’ve heard from don’t care to know about any of “that stuff.” They only know that White people are to blame, that heterosexuals aren’t fair and that rich people have jets they shouldn’t deserve because they should be paying for the block’s food stamps. And, oh, yeah, that Republicans hate immigrants and that Brown people own MericA.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I expect this sort of stupidity from the Weeping Boner, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Vichy Right GOP turds, but …

Et tu, Toomey/Inhofe?

I’m pretty much out of words for all this.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

The GOP should hug Obama and tell him he’s welcome to enact his budget at any time. Let him think about that one.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I respect Inhofe in general on many of his views but he needs to explain in specifics just what he’s up to here with this, uhh, notion of his.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Why don’t we just get it over with and make BO king. It’s what the majority of the country aches for and 100% of the liberals, democrats, leftest and media hoes have wet dreams of.

Ya know, if Barry suggested to the nation that “we” would be better off in making him our permanent leader and there is simply no one better suited for being Imperial President (TM) and also do away with that divisive, obstructive, and prettynearuseless CONgress, I betcha he’d get a lot more support than we could imagine.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Just asking: who would be the “best” to be leader of the GOP House?

Name the existing person already in Congress who would be the best to be taking the preferred, better course at this time.

I’m just asking. I don’t know the answer to that.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The country is done. Stick a fork in it. There aren’t any leaders anywhere.

Mirimichi on February 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Just asking: who would be the “best” to be leader of the GOP House?

Name the existing person already in Congress who would be the best to be taking the preferred, better course at this time.

I’m just asking. I don’t know the answer to that.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Bachmann. Without a doubt.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Can Commander Zero just be appointed Chancellor?

Barky always dreamed of being the new Sukarno, which is why we have that “natural born citizen” thing written in …

At this point, Barky feels right at home, as if he was back in good, ol’ dog-eating, muslim Jakarta where he was raised and formed his demented personality.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I’m going to rub that in because Obama has proven to those paying attention (while not to those who aren’t) just WHY that “natural born citizen” requirement was included in the Constitution as to the Executive Branch of our government. Obama has proven WHY it’s important and WHY it’s devastating to our Republic form of government when it’s violated however marginally (debated views follow here as to how that is defined).

People born IN the U.S> to parents from other nations even still maintain a CULTURAL loyalty to “foreign” interests, not to us. It’s something that is even rewarded, if not heralded, today, to cheer on one’s other-homeland-people-locale-values-beliefs.

I’m not saying people shouldn’t feel proud of who they are, where their parents are from, etc., I’m only saying that AS TO THE PRESIDENCY, when there exists this “loyalty to elsewhere” AS TO BELIEFS AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE USE OF GOVT., it, in Obama’s case specifically, runs contrary to our Republic.

Because most of the world is socialist, communist or dictatorial, keep that in mind, so the people who originate in most of the world and then come to the U.S. bring those expectations with them for at least a generation if not two or more.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

In the real world, private businesses do budgets. To do a budget they engage all the various stake holders and departments to determine what they are forecasting for next year in terms of revenue. They also look at what they expect their costs to be. Each department head comes up with some sort of educated estimate on what they need to operate their department for the next year. If the Corporate office tells them they need to find 10% in savings to reduce costs, they do it, however begrudgingly. The key here is that the people on the ground doing the work tell the higher-ups what is feasible. The higher-ups set the top-line number that they want to achieve but they don’t tell the departments how to allocate that money. Why? Because in a large corporation is it is impossible for the handful of people at the top to know enough to provide detailed budgeting. All they can do is set a target, it’s up to the departments to hit it.

So while it may seem like an abrogation of duty on Congress’ part to “cede” some of this authority, it is, in fact, the only workable way to do this BUT it should be done BEFORE appropriations are decided, not after. This all stems from baseline budgeting and moving the baseline every year. Start from zero, tell me what you need, I’ll tell you what we have to spend. Fit the two together – wa-la, a budget.

BillyWilly on February 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Bachmann. Without a doubt.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Her beliefs, yes, I agree about that.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Why not just send everyone of those idiot politicians home and put that mess on auto pilot?

rplat on February 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Why not just send everyone of those idiot politicians home and put that mess on auto pilot?

rplat on February 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

There ISN’T any “auto pilot” and by Obama not passing a budget (ever, past or present), he’s ensured the current conundrum if not splattered national economy all over the Wall o’ Obama.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Well, what the hell did you expect?

What in the last 20 years history of the stinking Republicans in the Senate Fraternal gave you folks any expectation or hope that they would NOT capitulate to media and Presidential pressure?

Especially when they get the chance to ‘feather their nests’ a bit further and put the knife in the back of the peasants that they hate, again?

LegendHasIt on February 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Hmmm…I’m getting the impression that a certain Obama ghoul is cackling in a room somewhere while rubbing his tiny, ugly hands together about how “all my plans have come to fruition…”

It must be a big moment for Obama when he sees how well he’s wrecked just about everything. And he has more in store.

I think the ledge we’re on today is something Obama had in mind all along. His rope swing is “Republicans are to blame, yeeeaargh.”

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Just asking: who would be the “best” to be leader of the GOP House?

Name the existing person already in Congress who would be the best to be taking the preferred, better course at this time.

I’m just asking. I don’t know the answer to that.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I don’t know either. But, I do think that it all ties back to Boomtown, what Hannity aired on his show a couple of weeks ago. I think that they are all in cahoots, just looking out for themselves.

Mirimichi on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I hope everyone remembers this come election time. The GOP conservative wing is DEAD DEAD DEAD. Do NOT VOTE FOR ANY GOP candidate. If you are worried you are giving power to the libs who cares they are doing it for you! We MUST have a new constitutional party.

Not that it matters the country is doomed given future unfunded liabilities and the moochers and looters.

jdsbengaltiger on February 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Inhofe is a republican first. He also voted to give the Muslim Brohood fighter jets about a month or so ago.

I’m telling you the gop is dead, dead, dead.

And please Obama destroy the republican party? They have KILLED THEMSELVES.

We have one party rule in America with the Democrat/Communist party in charge of it all. The only difference in the Soviet rulers and the U.S. is we all still have the right to bear arms…….oh, wait.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Meh, just cut to the chase and encourage him to sign an EO proclaiming himself Imperial President for Life(TM). Who’d disagree with that?

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Excellent point. Hitler loved using emergency powers.

The appointment process might take too long.

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Commander Transparent.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

:Obamacackle::cackle::cackle::hey, what’s on your menu, are you gonna’ eat that? How about some golf?

Obama: never let an emergency go to waste.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Inhofe is a republican first. He also voted to give the Muslim Brohood fighter jets about a month or so ago.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Yikes, did not know that.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I don’t know either. But, I do think that it all ties back to Boomtown, what Hannity aired on his show a couple of weeks ago. I think that they are all in cahoots, just looking out for themselves.

Mirimichi on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Gahh…it’s like the only thing left to say is “stay off the road.”

Reference: dialogue from THE ROAD.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Incredible. Nails….Coffin…GOP

Mr. Arrogant on February 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Peace in our time; victory through surrender!

You would think that by now, if the Pubs were serious (I know–they’re not), they’d realize the MSM won’t allow Obama to be held responsible for any of his schemes that don’t work. And, if someone else does something good (like the one who actually shot bin Laden), O will get the credit.

Pfft!

Liam on February 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Under the current re-authorization comedy of federal spending and budget approval – he already has a great deal of latitude, absent specific statutory language. He is the executive. That it says within the DOD the pres can manage those cuts as he sees fit is not a Hilter-esque ceding of power.

The One apparently is getting a little worried.

Zomcon JEM on February 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

“The problem is when you’re cutting $85 billion in seven months, which represents over a 10 percent cut in the defense budget in seven months, there’s no smart way to do that,” he said.

Except, of course, that not all the cuts go to DoD. The $40-odd billion for DoD are painful enough (about 8% of baseline) without his poor math making it sound worse.

Either way, this is stupid for the Senate GOP. The House had this right last year: same level of cuts, but well-delineated where they fall. Don’t make the cuts indiscriminate–but also don’t leave all cuts up to the CinC.

johnny alpha on February 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I have no party to vote for and will soon have no country.

alanstern on February 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

“You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid?

I love the mentality behind this. So much more “personal” than saying….. You don’t want to have to choose, let’s see, do I bail out the UAW pension funds or give money to my fundraisers for fake energy companies.

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Zomcon JEM on February 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I’ve posted it before but it bears repeating. Why has not one reporter asked the rogues gallery of cabinet and agency officals predicting doom over sequestration a very simple and obvious question.

For example: Secretary LaHood, please explain why you can’t run your department with the $74B you’re getting. Are you honestly sitting there and telling the American public that there isn’t one dime expended out of your department that could be cut to meet the current fiscal realities?

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

WHY do we NOT want to give Obama any more flexibility regarding anything having to do with the Budget? How about it would be like making Karl Marx Secretary of the Treasury? How about it ould be like putting an Alcoholic in charge of running your bar? This man called George Bush ‘Un-American’ for adding $4 trillion in debt over 8 (EIGHT) years during 2 wars…then proceeded to add $6 trillion of his own debt in only 4 years. His 1st bill was nearly $1 Trillion & contained over 7,000 ieces of pork (another broken promise). He set deficit-spending records for ‘In a Month’, ‘In a Year’, & ‘Total’…then proceeded to break those records. He is responsible for the 1st Credit Rating Downgrade in the nation’s history!

Much like Bill Clinton looked at the American people in the face and LIED by saying, “I did not have sex with that woman’, President Obama – once AGAIN (seemingly DAILY these days) – looked into our eyes and LIED by saying, “Our government doe not have a Spending Problem.” REALLY? Your tax dollars were used for the following last year:

1. “RoboSquirrel.” $325,000 was spent on a robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel.” This National Science Foundation grant was used to create a realistic-looking robotic squirrel for the purpose of studying how a rattlesnake would react to it.

2. Cupcakes. In Washington, D.C., and elsewhere across the country, cupcake shops are trending. The 10 cupcake shop owners who received $2 million in Small Business Administration loan guarantees, however, can only boast so much of their entrepreneurial ingenuity, since taxpayers are backing them up.

3. Food stamps for alcohol and junk food. Though they were intended to ensure hungry children received healthy meals, taxpayer-funded food stamps were instead spent on fast food at Taco Bell and Burger King; on non-nutritious foods such as candy, ice cream, and soft drinks; and on some 2,000 deceased persons in New York and Massachusetts. Food stamp recipients spent $2 billion on sugary drinks alone. Improper SNAP payments accounted for $2.5 billion in waste, including to one exotic dancer who was making $85,000 per year.

4. Beer brewing in New Hampshire. Despite Smuttynose brewery’s financial success and popularity, it is still getting a $750,970 Community Development Block Grant to build a new brewery and restaurant facilities.

5. A covered bridge to nowhere. What list of government waste would be complete without a notorious “bridge to nowhere”? In this case, it’s $520,000 to fix the Stevenson Road Covered Bridge in Green County, Ohio, which was last used in 2003.

6. A reality TV show in India. The Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program spends $200 million a year to help U.S. agricultural trade associations and cooperatives advertise their products in foreign markets. In 2011, it funded a reality TV show in India that advertised U.S. cotton.

7. Studying pig poop. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $141,450 grant under the Clean Air Act to fund a CHINESE study on swine manure and a $1.2 million grant to the United Nations for clean fuel promotion. (We borrowed money from the CHINESE & gave it BACK to the CHINESE to fund a study. They benefitted from that money & now we have to pay that money back to them because we borrowed it from THEM to begin with! SERIOUSLY?!)

8. Amtrak snacks. Federally subsidized Amtrak lost $84.5 million on its food and beverage services in 2011 and $833.8 million over the past 10 years. It has never broken even on these services.

9. Using military exercises to boost bio-fuels. The U.S. Navy bought 450,000 gallons of bio-fuels for $12 million—or almost $27 per gallon—to conduct exercises to showcase the fuel and bring it closer toward commercialization. It is the largest biofuel purchase ever made by the government.

10. Conferences for government employees. In 2008 and 2009 alone, the Department of Justice spent $121 million to host or participate in 1,832 conferences. (This is the same Justice Department whose head perpetrated 3 FELONY counts of PERJURY before Congress over.

Obama is running around the country fulfilling his role as ‘Fear Monger-In-Chief’, scaring people over cuts to the amount of projected INCREASED DEFICIT-SPENDING, not even over STOPPING deficit-spending, passing a BALANCED Budget, or even passing a budget (which he hasn’t done in 4 years)! Anyone who wants to give him MORE flexibility to do what he wants is insane!

easyt65 on February 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

During President Barack Obama’s meeting with U.S. governors at the White House Monday, the president dismissed members of the press to hold a private, hourlong discussion with the visiting state executives. Whatever was said after the cameras left the room especially incensed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. . . .
“I could not be more frustrated than I am right now,” Haley told reporters after the meeting. She said that when she asked Obama if he would consider a last-minute plan to shave about 2 percent from the annual federal budget without increasing taxes, the answer was “no.”
“My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget,” Haley said. “This is not rocket science.”

The White House of “NO”

J_Crater on February 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Obama Nov 21, 2011: “I will veto ANY attempt to prevent the sequester.”

J_Crater on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Why has not one reporter asked the rogues gallery of cabinet and agency officals predicting doom over sequestration a very simple and obvious question.

For example: Secretary LaHood, please explain why you can’t run your department with the $74B you’re getting. Are you honestly sitting there and telling the American public that there isn’t one dime expended out of your department that could be cut to meet the current fiscal realities?

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

THAT ^^.

I heard yesterday on Fox that it’s reported there’s SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS that the Dept. of Trans. CAN’T ACCOUNT FOR. In other words, “it’s missing or cannot be accounted for.”

Not “even” several MILLION but SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS. Just gone,, absent, “missing” spent on unknown activities and/or persons…no one can say where it “went”, SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS.

It is ENTIRELY UNTOWARD that our federal govt. has command over quite so much money every year from taking it from hardworking (and under duress) taxpayers and then squanders it or worse, “loses track of it in the billions of dollars” in just one agency and that’s not addressing the “other billions” other dept.s have somehow “lost” or squandered.

It’s IMPLAUSIBLE that our federal govt. can’t curtail expenses, it’s just implausible beyond the point of criminality that the current pretense is being made by Obama and the Left that there’s some impossibility of reducing debt and spending.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?

blow me!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Folks I can imagine that these Republicans are saying he can have flexibility because it isn’t going to matter to Obama’s all or nothing strategy. It might expose it as what it is but with low information voters I think this kind of back and forth is read by only us who aren’t uninformed.

Conan on February 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Ya know, if Barry suggested to the nation that “we” would be better off in making him our permanent leader and there is simply no one better suited for being Imperial President (TM) and also do away with that divisive, obstructive, and prettynearuseless CONgress, I betcha he’d get a lot more support than we could imagine.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I’m assuming every Democrat, and the entire leadership of the Institutional Republican party as a floor to the support. If Obama promised to replace Congress with a hereditary House of Lords, and lied and promised the Republicans appointment to the Noblesse de Robe

Under the Old Regime, the Nobles of the Robe or Nobles of the Gown (French: Noblesse de robe) were French aristocrats who owed their rank to judicial or administrative posts — often bought outright for high sums.

they would gladly vote to abolish the Constitution; before they were taken away and “disappeared”.

Given the events of the last couple of decades, it is not unreasonable to posit the question, “At what point is the government no longer legitimate?”. Or in terms my ancestors would understand, “How do you tell when the Mandate of Heaven has been withdrawn?”.

Subotai Bahadur on February 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

This is the dumbest idea I have heard of yet. Do these fools not realize that Obummer is going for the maximum pain possible for the American people with the power he already has?? And they want to give him more power to mess up things?

I am completely disgusted. I put my heart, prayers, and soul into the 2012 campaign because we have a disabled child who will be hurt by Obummercare. My husband is retired military. Thanks to Obummer cancelling contracts in favor of hiring yet more government workers my husband has only had 2 months work over the last year. The only health insurance we can afford is the military’s Tricare program. The government is breaking its promise to provide retirees and their family with health care at reasonable rates and it really angers me because my husband wouldn’t leave the military sooner because he always said we needed the health care. (Our child is so disabled that Tricare was already going to have to insure her for life.) Now our medical expenses are going up, up, up. I’m an unemployed pharmacist (was laid off thanks to too many illegals invading our little hospital and not paying anything) and I’m having to decide what health care my husband (who is also partly disabled, thanks to serving in Iraq and Afghanistan) and I can do without so we can pay for medical care for our children. The military retiree organization that keeps us informed has found out that Obummer’s real plan is to cancel our health insurance and tell us to go buy insurance from the exchanges or to make Tricare unaffordable for most retirees. We will not be able to afford insurance from the exchanges. Our health insurance will be gone – it will be as if my husband had never served his country for 24 years.

We are only surviving now on my husband’s meager retired pay and help from relatives. We are living on one-third to one-half of our former income and I am completely disgusted that the Republicans would try to pull a stunt like this. I want to know more about Senator Ron Johnson saying that Boehner will lose the speakership if he caves this time. I feel like we don’t even have a country anymore, that I’m living in some foreign land or something. Where did my country go?

sherrimae on February 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

This gets funnier every day.

HotAirLib on February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

…the comment at 3:45 PM applies to HotLips and my tickle-bone too!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

We are so screwed. The demonrat commies play for keeps while the repub leadership plays with themselves. Good bye America.

johnny reb on February 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM