G.O.P. Drafts Plan to Give Obama Discretion on Cuts
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are preparing to counter increasingly dire warnings from President Obama about the impact of automatic budget cuts with a plan to give the administration more flexibility in instituting $85 billion in cuts, a proposal they say could protect the most vital programs while shifting more of the political fallout to the White House.
Actually, as the chief executive, Obama already has this power. Which is why Congressional ‘earmarks’ are so popular. Without them, the President has very wide latitude about where the money Congress allocates gets spent.
The plan is vigorously opposed by the administration, which said Monday that it would do little to soften the blow to military and domestic programs…
Which is also very telling. Naturally, Obama doesn’t want to be revealed as the man behind the curtain who will be ultimately responsible for whatever terrible consequences come from reducing our growth in spending by 1%.
Cuts that he will try to make as painful as possible, so that no one ever suggests making any reductions to government spending ever again.
Seeking to shift responsibility for the cuts to Mr. Obama and to defang attacks by the White House, Republicans were expected to unveil legislation on Tuesday that they said would mitigate some of the biggest concerns. The measure would let agencies and departments cull programs that were long ago proved to be ineffective, and would make sure critical federal functions like air traffic control and meat inspection were spared.
But White House budget officials are leery. If Congress grants the White House the authority to protect air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and national parks, the administration’s carefully devised high-pressure campaign that has been mounting for weeks could deflate.
Moreover, the White House would take on the responsibility of deciding which programs to protect and which to expose — and the political consequences that go with that…
And we can’t have Obama ever take responsibility. After all, he is just a figure head. Our ‘celebrity in chief.’ ‘King Kardashian.’
Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, dismissed the Republican plan, saying that no amount of flexibility could mitigate the damage of the automatic cuts. He said such changes could help only “on the margins.” White House officials fear that the legislation would give lawmakers the false sense that they had voted to take the sting out of cuts that will hurt no matter what flexibility the administration has…
Once again, these ‘cuts’ are just one penny on the dollar. And they are not even cuts, but just a reduction in the rate of increase. In fact, the federal government will still spend a lot more money in 2013 than we did in 2012, even after adjusting for inflation.
Meanwhile, as usual, Obama is talking out of the other side of his mouth in public
Buy them books and buy them books... but these liberals idiots, the low information voters .. all they do is eat the teacher.
They never learn, they are gulible usefull idiots to the Obama regime.