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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.

Which is our next regularly scheduled ‘end of the world’ crisis. (After that, we will have the next ‘debt ceiling crisis’ in May.)

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House talks, arranged Tuesday, are designed to be a "constructive discussion" about how to keep the cuts from having harmful consequences…

And never mind that Obama has been telling us that it is impossible to prevent these cuts from destroying the country.

With the cuts now imminent, the administration continued its campaign Wednesday to cast them in dire terms. Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared in the White House briefing room to detail what he described as bad choices in reducing assistance to schools and early childhood programs.

"The only choice I can make would be to hurt fewer poor children and help more special needs kids, or do the opposite," Duncan said. "It’s a no-win proposition." …

But the AP can’t be bothered to note that Mr. Duncan’s claims about the sequester cuts are a tissue of lies. (Like almost all of the administration’s claims have been.)

From the Washington Post:

Teacher pink slips claim by Duncan not backed by evidence

By Lyndsey Layton and Karen Tumulty | February 27, 2013

The descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific–and, in at least some cases, hyped.

Even the Washington Post is starting to notice!

“There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

When he was pressed in a White House briefing Wednesday to come up with an example, Duncan named a single county in West Virginia and acknowledged, “whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know.”

And, as it turns out, it isn’t.

Officials in Kanawha County, West Virginia say that the “transfer notices” sent to at least 104 educators had more to do with a separate matter that involves a change in the way West Virginia allocates federal dollars designated for poor children…

[An official] said those 104 notices will ultimately result in the elimination of about five to six teaching jobs, which were likely to be cut regardless of the sequester.

In addition, the county notified all of its Head Start teachers that they may be out of a job, not because of sequestration, but because the Obama administration had recently labeled the Kanawha County program “deficient”, a designation that requires it to compete for funding instead of getting an automatic renewal.

The county is assuming that it will not operate a Head Start program next year, one county official said, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk about the program.

Hey, what’s another lie from this administration?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama To Meet With Congress – After Deadline”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And the “meeting” lasted seven minutes but was a mere photo-op for captain you-didn’t-build-that.


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