Obama Fights Having Power Over Sequester Cuts

Obama Fights Having Power Over Sequester Cuts 

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G.O.P. Drafts Plan to Give Obama Discretion on Cuts

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Comments

  1. livelonger

    More Troll BS reverse upside-down twists on the Constitution.
    The President only signs bills created and passed by Congress.
    He can submit as many ideas as he can think of … Butt …
    he can only pass what is given him by the rules of the Constitution.

    Republicans can tell him he has power to be the dictator, but
    he doesn’t really have the power other than to sign a Congressional
    bill or no.

    Smug Mug is a low-information idiot.

    March 05, 2013
    1. jillsthoughts

      Brn is hilarious. I’m starting to think he is really Stephen Colbert, with the idiot ideas and links he comes up with. He’d just be too damn dumb (oh, wait a minute, a “low information” nutcase) if he really believed all the shit he brings to Thoughts.

      March 05, 2013
      1. Delmarva

        The new terminology for conservatives like bernice is “low-intelligence” voter…..

        March 06, 2013
    2. livelonger

      Yes. He seems to be a disciple of Frank Luntz, a GOP writer that puts twists on everything we’ve seen the past years; so he’s practicing creative writing. The idea is to take a weakness of your own and twist it on someone else. I saw much of the same coming out of South Carolina a few years ago, following Fox, Limbaugh, and Breitbart. Some of Brn’s stuff is pure paranoid schizo; amazing how a person gets through a day with that blarney running through his head. No estimation that he’ll ever admit to Constitutional law procedure in government until the ‘black guy’ goes.

      March 05, 2013
      1. Delmarva

        I have always pitied the conservative…..I mean, low-intelligence voter. It must be terrible going through life always looking over your shoulder……Always being depressed. I really feel sorry for them…..NOT!!!!

        March 06, 2013
    3. Brn2bfree

      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.

      March 05, 2013
  2. Delmarva

    You talk through your ass bernice……..When he acts on something, it is treason. When he doesn’t, because he doesn’t have the authority, he is criticized. Nobody really cares because you guys are so hypocritical.

    March 05, 2013
    1. Brn2bfree

      And we can’t have Obama ever take responsibility. After all, he is just a figure head. Our ‘celebrity in chief.’ ‘King Kardashian.’

      March 06, 2013
      1. jillsthoughts

        Hey, you guys have Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood and Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donald Trump. Are you embarrassed by the list of celebrities that endorse your agenda?

        March 06, 2013
      2. Delmarva

        Right, only a low-intelligence voter would have an inane response like that bernice. Kind of re-enforces the phrase “low-intelligence voter”, huh!

        March 06, 2013