Today’s chutzpah award goes to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who threw a stone in a glass house so hard he shattered the entire master bedroom and the walk-in closet as well.
Briefing reporters aboard Air Force One, Carney called on House Republicans to return to Washington, sneering that they should approve a tax increase he knows they oppose and that everyone knows won’t be touched until after the election.
One step that the House of Representatives could take tomorrow, if they saw fit to return to Washington to do a little work, would be to pass the bill the President proposed and the Senate passed, which would make sure that 98 percent of the American people did not see their taxes go up on January 1st. That would alleviate some of the so-called fiscal cliff. And if Republicans were serious about addressing that issue, they would pass that bill tomorrow.
Do a little work? This from the White House where the nation’s business has been on hold for about six months while President Obama busies himself with getting reelected.
Forget work. He doesn’t even have time for golf anymore!
Carney also fibbed – I’m trying to be nice here – that Obama wasn’t plowing new ground last night when he remarked that the sequester – which would force billions in Defense cuts if a budget cutting deal isn’t reached – isn’t going to happen.
This was a pure deception by Obama – the whole idea of the sequester is that it could happen, because that’s the way it will force action.
What the President said last night was a reiteration of what his position has long been, which is that the sequester, which was designed and passed by Congress, was never meant to become policy. It was never meant to be implemented. It’s a designed trigger, a forcing mechanism to compel Congress to make the difficult decisions required to reach a balanced deficit reduction package.
Not meant to become policy? That’s not what the president said. He said: “It will not happen.” Obama needed to get out of a jam, so he made something up and figured Carney would clean up the mess the next day.