Boehner Cuts Congressional Use Of Military Jets

From the Washington Post:

Boehner to curb codels due to sequester

By Paul Kane | February 27, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is curbing taxpayer funding of congressional trips abroad as part of the belt-tightening prompted by automatic spending cuts that begin Friday, according to Republicans.

In a Wednesday meeting with his Republican Conference, Boehner told the lawmakers that delegations headed abroad are forbidden from using taxpayer-funded military aircraft once the cuts take affect, according to Republicans in the room. This includes trips to review ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, severely limiting lawmakers ability to visit the war regions

These trips, referred to as “codels,” are usually set up months and months in advance and include everything from visiting legislatures in other nations to reviewing the impact of climate change on the South Pole.



Fewer People Now Believe In ‘Global Warming’

From the UK’s Independent:

Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming

Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

By Sam Masters | 28 February 2013

Public concern about environmental issues including climate change has slumped to a 20-year low since the financial crisis, a global study reveals.

Which could have something to do with the fact that global warming stopped more than 16 years ago. A fact even admitted by Professor Phil Jones, who is the director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

Fewer people now consider issues such as CO2 emissions, air and water pollution, animal species loss, and water shortages to be “very serious” than at any time in the last two decades, according to the poll of 22,812 people in 22 countries including Britain and the US.



Federal Union: We’ll Fight For Furlough Back Pay!

From the New York Post:

Fed unions vow: We’ll get payback

By S.A. MILLER | February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — The dreaded federal spending cuts set to start tomorrow won’t reap any budget savings from furloughing government workers — if their powerful union gets its way.

“We will absolutely fight for back pay in the event of a furlough,” said Cory Bythrow, spokesman for the National Federation of Federal Employees. “Why should hardworking, middle-class federal employees have to suffer because our elected officials can’t clean up the mess they created?”

And never mind that the cost of lavish federal union benefits and pensions has greatly contributed to our deficit problem.

That would erase any budget savings or debt reduction resulting from the furloughs, which is supposed to be the whole idea.



ICE ‘Ordered’ To Free 26% Of Detained Illegals?

From the Washington Free Beacon:

An Administrative Amnesty

Sequester cuts not deep enough to justify release of illegal immigrants, experts say

By Lachlan Markay | February 27, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement division was ordered last week to reduce their illegal immigrant detainee populations to 26 percent below the legally required level, according to a research organization that monitors immigration issues.

That reduction is significantly greater than those required by the impending budget cuts the department has cited for the release of the detainees…

According to Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, ICE was recently ordered to reduce its detainee populations even further.

“Last week, ICE field offices all over the country were ordered to reduce the number of detainees from 34,000 to 25,000 by March 1,” Vaughan said in a post on the group’s website…

If true, who gave this illegal order?


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ICE Official Not Resigning Over Illegals Release

From the Associated Press:

AP: Homeland Security official resigns

February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.

In an email obtained Wednesday by the AP, Gary Mead told coworkers that he was leaving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of April. Mead is the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE.

Mead had told co-workers of his resignation in the email sent Tuesday, hours after U.S. officials had confirmed that a few hundred illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman said Wednesday the White House was never consulted but described the immigrants as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”

Note the careful construction of this article.


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Obama To Meet With Congress – After Deadline

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Obama, top lawmakers to meet Friday on budget cuts

Obama, congressional leaders to meet Friday to discuss automatic spending cuts

By Josh Lederman and Jim Kuhnhenn | February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.

President Barack Obama will meet at the White House Friday with House and Senate leaders of both parties several hours after the deadline for averting the cuts, known in Washington-speak as a "sequester," has passed.

That’s our Obama. Always a day late and many billion dollars short. (To the best of our recollection, Obama has never once met a deadline.)

This would put the White House and Congress essentially in the position of looking past the cuts to the next looming fiscal showdown: A March 27 deadline to continue government operations or force a government shutdown.


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WH ‘Threatens’ Bob Woodward Over Comments

From the Politico:

Woodward at war

By MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI | February 27, 2013

Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about – and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.

Why was Woodward warning the White House about his upcoming article, anyway? Was he afraid of ‘losing access’? But also notice the Politico’s headline. Woodward is the culprit here. Not the Obama White House.



Bankrupt Solar Co. Must Bury Hazardous Panels

From the Denver Post:

Colorado orders Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste at four sites

By Mark Jaffe | 02/26/2013

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says Abound Solar is responsible for thousands of "unsellable" solar panels containing cadmium in warehouses. Barrels of toxic liquid also were found.

Colorado health and environment officials have ordered Loveland-based Abound Solar, the bankrupt solar-panel maker, to clean up hazardous waste at four Front Range locations.

Don’t worry, it’s ‘green’ hazardous waste.

The Abound facilities are storing thousands of "unsellable" solar panels and thousands of gallons of toxic liquids, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports.

"The Department views these 2,000 pallets of solar panels as a characteristic hazardous waste for cadmium," a report on a Denver warehouse said…

So the Obama administration is trying to force us to put "hazardous waste" on our roofs?


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Racists, Bloomberg Defeat Liberal White Woman

From the Associated Press:

Anti-gun Democrat shoo-in to replace Jackson Jr.

By SOPHIA TAREEN | February 27, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — The newly-elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech.

But it remains to be seen if Robin Kelly’s primary win Tuesday night in the Chicago-area district, aided by a $2 million ad campaign funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC, would fuel the national debate.

This is a classic example of race even trumping gender. In reality, Ms. Kelly, who is a political nobody, was only nominated because she is black. And, otherwise, a white liberal Democrat woman would have won the nomination.



AP: "Wary" Of Crises, US Tunes Out Sequester

From the Associated Press:

Wary of crises, Americans tune out budget cut talk

By JOSH LEDERMAN | February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.

The AP’s sub-literate headline writer must have meant to say ‘weary’ of crises. Otherwise, if Americans are "wary" (‘on guard’) they would be sure to tune in.

They know the shtick: Obama raises the alarm, Democrats and Republicans accuse each other of holding a deal hostage, there’s a lot of yelling on cable news, and then finally, when everyone has made their points, a deal is struck and the day is saved.

Again, this is what passes for journalism in 21st century America.



WP: Sequester Will Sock A Vulnerable Economy

From the Washington Post:

Sequester will sock a vulnerable economy

By Jim Tankersley | February 26, 2013

The U.S. economy won’t collapse when the automatic spending cuts start hitting after Friday’s deadline. A few economists even say the sequester and its indiscriminate whack at the budget could eventually help the economy grow faster than it would have otherwise.

But somehow the headline doesn’t reflect that. And the Washington Post is counting on the fact that most people will only read the headline.

And, in fact, the article never mentions this aspect again, until its final paragraphs. Where it is immediately shot down. (See below.)

That’s the silver lining. Here are the clouds: The sequester is coming at a particularly inopportune time in the still-fragile U.S.


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Obama Releases 100’s Of Illegal Alien Criminals

From the New York Times:

Mass Release of Immigrants Is Tied to Impending Cuts

By KIRK SEMPLE | February 26, 2013

Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday.

The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.

And we know there is no way they could slip away if they are ‘supervised.’

But the decision angered many Republicans, including Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia…

“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Mr.



Phil Gramm: US Survived The 1986 ‘Sequester’

From the Wall Street Journal:

Phil Gramm: Obama and the Sequester Scare

Governing isn’t about blaming someone else. It is about choosing.

By PHIL GRAMM | February 26, 2013

President Obama’s message could not be clearer: Life as we know it in America will change dramatically on March 1, when automatic cuts are imposed to achieve $85 billion in government-spending reductions. Furloughed government employees, flight delays and criminals set free are among the dire consequences the president has predicted. If the Washington Monument weren’t already closed for repairs, no doubt it too would be shut down.

Scare tactics such as these are similar to the ones that were made when I co-authored the first sequester legislation in 1985, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.


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Obama Fights Having Power Over Sequester Cuts

From the New York Times:

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

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and MICHAEL D. SHEAR | February 25, 2013

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.



AP: ‘Budget Impasse’ Is Holding Back Economy

From the Associated Press:

AP survey: US budget impasse holding back economy

By Christopher s. Rugaber | February 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political standoff over the U.S. budget is slowing the U.S. economy — more so than any hesitance by Americans to spend freely.

That consensus emerges from the latest Associated Press Economy Survey just as the budget impasse in Washington is about to trigger automatic spending cuts across the economy.

Many of the economists think consumer spending has slowed in response to higher tax burdens but will rebound later in the year.

Huh? Who are these crackpots who believe that higher taxes cuts back on spending? And are they some of the same economists who are worried that the Republicans resistance to higher taxes is holding back the economy?


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