“The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”
— President Obama, in the third presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2012
Doom! It’s the end! Life as we know is over because we are cutting $85 billion out of the increase in spending in a three trillion dollar budget. At 11:59, the president will sign the Sequester!!!
Go buy your milk and water. Stock up on batteries. Batten down the hatches.
President Obama’s Sequester speech today was a marvel of arrogant condescension. He psychotically talked about the Sequester as if he was a bystander and had nothing to do with it.
Obama is the architect of Sequestration! It is surreal to watch him lie and have the American public not notice.
Obama began his speech today by saying our businesses are finally coming back [our economy contracted last quarter but we mustn’t let facts get in the way]. He then spent the next minute complaining about the dumb arbitrary cuts that shouldn’t happen.
Here he is saying he will veto any effort to eliminate the sequester:
Here he is saying the Sequestration will never happen:
Here is Max Baucus saying that the Sequestration was Obama’s idea:
Here is Bob Woodward saying that Sequestration was Obama’s idea:
Here is Jay Carney saying that Sequestration was Obama’s idea. The Republicans were snookered and went for it:
In October, President Obama gave an interview with the liberal Des Moines Register which he asked them not to publish. They complied for weeks. The reason? A slip of the tongue!
In the interview he acted as if the Sequester would happen while he was denying it would happen to Bob Schieffer to Mitt Romney and to the world.
This is the piece that Obama did not want reported:
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Rick, let me answer you short term and long term. In the short term, the good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it?
So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.
It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs.
When Sequester was put through, Republicans said it was the only way Obama would sign a spending bill.
Obama refuses to put through a reasonable budget and has refused for four years in violation of the law.
Obama wants to spend without limit. He wants the debt ceiling removed. He continually says that we must pay for the bills we have racked up. He spends and then he taxes.
We are going to have a $20 trillion dollar debt by 2016. We are heading for disaster but it’s not because of the 2.4% cuts forced through by Sequester.
President Obama offered Republicans a Sequester deal with more taxes and more deficit spending. It was an offer they had to refuse. It was not balanced and it was not fair.
President Obama wants the Sequester despite his feigned contempt for it. He loves cutting defense and he wants to inflict as much emotional pain on the American people as possible.
He has two goals. He wants the people to think spend and tax is necessary but mostly he wants the Republican Party diminished until they no longer have an ounce of credibility. It’s hard to be dictatorial when any part of Congress gets in his way.
Check out WaPo’s four Pinocchio rating here.