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Obama: Sequester Won’t Happen, Not His Idea

From the Politico:

D.C. caught off guard by Obama sequester vow

By PHILIP EWING | Tues October 23, 2012

President Barack Obama startled Washington during Monday night’s foreign policy debate when he said billions in automatic Pentagon cuts “will not happen" — a line that could weaken his bargaining power during an epic spending and tax fight expected when Congress returns.

That and the fact that he will be a ‘lame duck’ President.

Obama was responding to criticism from Republican rival Mitt Romney that American national security is at risk if the defense cuts are triggered in early January.

"First of all, the sequester is not something I proposed, it’s something that Congress proposed," Obama said.

This is simply not true, of course.

As even the Politico pointed out back in September, Bob Woodward wrote in his latest book, ‘The Price Of Politic,’ that sequestration was first dreamt up by Obama and pitched to Congress by Obama’s then OMB Director, Jack Lew.

"It will not happen."

This is of course news to everyone. Probably even to Obama.

The remark stakes new ground for the president, who has said he wants to avert the sequester cuts by taking a "balanced" approach to solving the budget debacle — meaning he will not sign off on a deal that cuts spending, but doesn’t increase revenues. His strongest bargaining chip: the sequester cuts, which he may have just taken off the table.

After the debate, White House senior adviser David Plouffe toned down the president’s remarks, saying that “everyone in Washington agrees that sequester ‘should not happen.’” …

Hilarious. This is the best they can spin this?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said the president is "not a dictator yet," expressing surprise over the president’s prediction during the debate that sequestration "will not happen."

In fact, the sequester cuts are the law and they will take effect on January 2nd, unless Congress passes a new law. And Obama himself has threatened to veto any law that doesn’t replace sequestration with huge tax increases. Which is not going to happen.

But laws are for little people. And, after all, Obama can just issue an executive order bypassing the law, as he is wont to do.

"I was astonished, I almost fell out of my chair when the president said, ‘Don’t worry, sequestration won’t happen.’ We’ve been begging the president to sit down with us to avoid what his own secretary of defense said would be a devastating blow to our national security. He just said, ‘Don’t worry, sequestration won’t happen.’ He’s not a dictator yet," McCain told POLITICO Live.

Other Republicans piled on as well with attacks about what they called wasted months in which Obama hasn’t negotiated with lawmakers over a way to avert sequestration…

Those evil Republicans are always "piling on."

Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner wondered whether Obama would follow up his statement with a proposal to solve the problem.

“If the sequester isn’t going to happen, as he says, will the president finally offer a plan to solve the problem?” Smith said. “For the past year, the president has refused to show any leadership in resolving the sequester he proposed, so forgive us if we have doubts about his newfound desire to solve the problem."

A Romney campaign spokesman echoed that line. “The only people that have proposed a serious plan to stop sequestration have been the Republican house,” John Noonan said. “Sequestration was his idea, so it’s no surprise he’s not making an effort to stop it.”

That’s okay. As usual Obama was speaking to the low information voter.

And they will believe anything he says.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama: Sequester Won’t Happen, Not His Idea”

  1. wirenut says:

    After hearing and now reading this,,, I have a sudden urge to regurgitate the last four years of “Whoppers” being shoved down my brain. The movie, “OBAMA”, or “HOW GREAT THOU ART”, is about to come to and end.
    The main feature is, “HOW TO BUILD A NATION”. Starring, “We The People”.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Never believe anything until it’s Officially Denied™

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