Christie on sequester: “I don’t have the first damn idea what they’re doing down there”

posted at 7:26 pm on March 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

After last week’s CPAC snub, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back to hammering his role as an outsider-looking-in to DC’s inexcusable dysfunction at a press conference in his home state this afternoon. Via National Review:

If the federal government can’t cut one cent out of a dollar, and not bring the economy and the country to its knees, then the government is in awful shape to begin with. The fact is that you’re talking about, in this fiscal year, $42 billion in a $3.6 trillion budget. … We’ve done much harder things in New Jersey in much shorter periods of time… The worst thing about sequester in my view is that they’re not spending any time talking about entitlement spending, which is where we really need to focus on over the long haul to make a big difference in our long term fiscal health as a country. … If anybody in this room thinks they understand Washington DC, please come on up, stand behind the podium, and you give the answers, because I don’t have the first damn idea of what they’re doing down there. … Real leadership would get this fixed. Get everybody in a room, and you fix it. And you don’t let them leave until you fix it. That’s what real leadership is, not calling a meeting two hours before the thing’s going to hit to have a photo-op in the driveway of the White House.

I wouldn’t call this “blasting President Obama” so much as I would ‘strategically pointing out just how much better somebody with real leadership skills (although I can’t for the life of me think of who) might be able to handle the situation,’ but meh, the point still stands. The fact that Obama’s complaint about the entire sequester situation was that the federal government couldn’t possibly handle these types of relatively piddling cuts without disaster and that we hence need still more revenue — completely glossing over the need for entitlement reform with his total deficit-apathy — is beyond pathetic.


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