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Obama Suggests Sequester Wasn’t Designed to Happen

by Keith Koffler on February 19, 2013, 12:20 pm

In a startling claim, President Obama today said the sequester he agreed to was never designed to happen.

“The whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing tax loopholes and so forth,” he said. “And so this was all designed to say we can’t do these bad cuts; let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration.”

The claim is part of a White House speech in which the president sought to wash his hands of the potential effects of the sequester, repeatedly intoning that “Congress” must act and not “allow” the draconian cuts to take place.

And yet, no deal to avoid the cuts will happen without Obama’s agreement.

The president, who still suggests the current state of the economy is George W. Bush’s fault, in his remarks today insisted on tax increases he knows Congressional Republicans oppose as part of a deal to avert the sequester.

Surrounding himself with they type of first responders he says might lose their jobs if the sequester goes into effect, Obama painted a dramatic portrait of the consequences of failing to avoid the massive cuts.

“Are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole?” Obama asked. “Are you willing to have teachers laid off, or kids not have access to Head Start, or deeper cuts in student loan programs?”

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Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Maybe I’m a bit thick, but I would think that the Republicans would look good at this point sticking to their guns on no more taxes. After the last cave-in (January?) and what we are learning more and more daily about the taxes hidden in Obamacare, you would think even the low information voters (brilliant phrase, Rush) are realizing that their taxes have already gone up.

Swedishlady February 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Yes Julie, I hope they stick to their guns. Don´t play his game anymore. Step aside, let the sequester happen and make O explain it to the voters. Who knows what will happen…..

Quintis Arrius February 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

True that.
Sequester is 1 dollar out of 41 dollars (85 billion versus 3.5 trillion dollars)

Stella (@ranchdancer) February 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

How many times does Barack Obama have to prove he can’t be trusted or believed? The sequester was his idea, did he ever say “but it’s only meant to scare the crap out of you to make you do things MY way.” What will it take to wake Americans who worship him, to wake up and realize he is a con man and does not have America’s best interests at heart not even for a heart beat or two.

owen_kellogg February 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Since the sequester was indeed designed by him, how exactly did he design it to happen? Another Obama-Fail.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Con man-in-chief.

AZ Granny February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

He’s a con man-in-chief with his own traveling road show, just like in the old movies. He travels in grand fashion, tells grand stories and skillfully but slyly deceives the public. Then he packs up the big show and moves on to another place to start all over and try to deceive (charm) more people with yet another product or lie to sell.

Moe February 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Reminds me of the old Neal Diamond song, Traveling Salvation Show.

Susan February 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Preezy Revenge IS Brother Love! Love that song. This clip is from Johnny Cash’s TV show and he spends a few minutes trading songs with Neil Diamond beforehand.

AZ Granny February 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

I thought of the Steve Martin movie “Leap of Faith” where he played a con man/preacher with a traveling show but Brother Love is better. Love that song too!

Moe February 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hint to Granny, I smell a viral video here…

ImNoDhimmi February 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

Or the old Burt Lancaster movie, “Elmer Gantry”.

AZ Granny February 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

IND, how could I have forgotten that movie. Elmer Gantry is another excellent choice! Moe, maybe Granny Jan will fire up another video soon. There is definitely enough footage for a video about the flim-flam man in chief.

DeniseVB February 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I can’t wait to see his “campaign” schedule for the next few days to explain to Americans “It’s not me, it’s them!”

Otis Driftwood February 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Karma.. plain and simple. It has come home to roost, and since he has also pissed off the WH press corps he may not get as many love votes as before. Maybe even the MSM might catch on too.

And.. hahahaha.. still Bush’s Fault. Mr. O owns this one. The need to flip the cassette tape over to side B.

srdem65 February 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

First responders are paid by the patient, the city taxpayers, or by any insurance held by those who need help.
Teachers are paid from our local homeowners and business property taxes.
Head Start is a failure that has morphed into a low-income daycare.
If college loans are harder to get and the amount available is smaller, then higher educational schools will adjust their fees.

It’s time for those government employees who only add to the regulatory and confiscatory climate of anti-business should be sent to the un-employment line to taste what they have wrought.

Star February 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Yes! Agree. But he just gabbles on about the burning homes, poor little ignorant toddlers deprived of graham crackers, horror upon horror that can only be relieved by more borrowing and wasting…it is almost funny. It’s so over the top. And still people don’t get it–they feast their eyes on the Snidely Whiplash Republicans standing guard over Warren Buffett’s moneybags–wait, isn’t he on the other side, isn’t someone else looking out for his catsup factory purchases so the Secy of State can get richer, someone we all know….?

WMP February 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Yes, Yes and Yes – I agree wholeheartedly.

All srdem65 comments are correct – commenting specifically on student loans – absolutely – if students can’t get as many loans they will either make better choices about where they go to school OR schools will start being more competitive with their pricing to get quality students. From what I understand from an associate in our office – the student loan program was changed to forgive them after 20 years anyway (some specifics I won’t detail here)

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Great comment! One half of the nation are parasites living on the other half.

BoKnowSequester February 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I hope the White House budget falls under the sequester knife…

DeniseVB February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I thought the same thing, they have got to trim it down to at least the UK Royal Family’s level. :)

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

You remind me that Obama’s golf instructor over the long weekend (8 cracks at $l,000/hr.) has also instructed the King of Morocco.

Lizzy February 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Did he not remember the autopen signed the Sequester or do they not communicate? Idiot and he’s got more chutzpah than is healthy.

Quintis Arrius February 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

To paraphrase: “I just came back from a wonderful golf vacation in Florida and the insolence, the insolence of these Republicans to not bend over and grab their ankles is insulting to me, your President!!!!”

Star February 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I dunno, Mr President–you decide on the cuts–are the first responders what you choose? It’s your call. This whole thing was stupid as two boxes of hair anyway–you just wanted the subject off the front pages for the election and now look what you got! Now YOU fix it with your self-professed giant brain.

srdem65 February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

does the WhiteHouse put out the Bat signal for first responders, or adorable children or middle-aged women to head forthwith to the President’s side? How’s that happen?

Star February 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

All the lists his worker bees keep ?? (They live in the hive in back.)

Star February 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

They had some NIH researcher on NPR the other day wailing about the lifesaving research that would be slashed. What about her–her plans? Oh, she already had another post in Eur, just in case.

Regina February 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I am so tired of him being a bully and fear pusher… how he uses the american people as if he is really doing what we want. 3 more years of this load of crap and the real question is will we ever be the same?

Michael February 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

That’s the worst part of it, Regina.

It’s not like the US will recover on Jan. 21, 2017. It will take many, many years to repair the damage that this guy has done and will do.

But in the meantime, it will be a very long four years.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Just ask Swedishlady. She says Sweden is just coming out of the hole started in the 1970s.

sablegsd February 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

You think he’s leaving? I don’t. We have our first Emperor.

joelc February 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Obama is the biggest gamer we’ve ever had as president. He’s playing head games with the American people and many of them are buying his line. Remember, his plan is to destroy the Republicans. We have to keep our focus on the mid-term elections.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

We can’t wait until then. The Republicans have to take a stand and say, “They shall not pass” right now.

sablegsd February 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Rule of Law is already dead. Elections are rigged, courts are rigged. There is no solution to be found there.

veritaseequitas February 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The epitome of disingenuousness.
But I guess when you have hoodwinked and conned the American voters not once, but twice, who can blame you if you think you can say any idiotic thing that comes into your head and get away with it.

lc southern February 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

It appears all will now suffer for the choices of those who thought they would get a free ride…Republicans must stand firm now and let Obama’s plan happen.

DeniseVB February 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

It’s common sense household budgeting …. you don’t spend more than you take in. And if the going gets tough, you do without the fun stuff for awhile, like nice golf and ski vacations, $900 dinners, riding around in your personal gas-guzzling limos and planes, fancy dresses, personal trainers and stylists. Oh wait……

Langley Spook February 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I have to take an “Intro to Economics” class for a degree program. I am going to protest I do need to take this “Intro to Econ” class because I am going to get a job with the US Government and everyone knows the US Govt. DOES NOT follow any basic rules of economics.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm

That is common sense household budgeting, but how many Americans follow it? The nation is addicted to credit from the top down. I actually know someone who was “to the right of Attila the Hun” until September 2008. Went to Hawaii every year for Thanksgiving with the family, had an illegal cleaning her house, despised the Acorn voters. But then her house went under water and she started paying the mortgage with her credit card. Now she makes $12,000 a year, went bankrupt, lost the house, and now she and her three able bodied non-working dependents are the biggest liberals and Obama lovers you’d ever meet.

Corey February 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

What a freakin’ waste of oxygen.

Radegunda February 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

When Obummer wants to reference average workers that we’re supposed to empathize with, he usually begins with “teachers and firefighters” — both groups on the public payroll. And both probably getting above-average compensation. Teachers get their salaries for a very short work year. Firefighters obviously do dangerous things, but they also have a lot of time to sit around waiting for the next call.

It’s hard for Obummer to empathize with the average (non-unionized) workers who actually work the whole year to produce the wealth that pays the salaries of teachers and firefighters and overpaid federal bureaucrats.

Radegunda February 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Not just hard for him to empathize … he doesn’t want to empathize with private-sector taxpayers. He sees people either as funding sources for his statist schemes, or as dependent clients of the state.

AFVet February 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I hope that it goes through and then the repubs make sure that it is known that Obama signed it.
I hope that they are tired of of the intimidation Obama wields through his constant repudiation of any that would dare to confront his policies.
This will a good test as to whether the house has the nuts to stand up to him.

Girly1 February 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

The creator and star of the Bogeyman Theatre is also the Decider! Bogeyman Barry gets to decide what to cut. Will it be State and local funding for first responders. fire fighters, starving childen, and the elderly; or will he cut funding for some of the 90 govt. funded GREEN projects?

With eleven days to go until the sequester deadline, Obama is visibly desperate – how sweet it is! He got himself into this one – the GOP will not rescue him (hopefully).

AFVet February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I think it’s time under this administration to rename the Rose Garden, the Ruse Garden.
I’m with you Girly1, I sincerely hope the GOP does not fold on this one.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Last I checked, the Constitution provides for the Congress, the House in particular, to set the budget. It is only that Obama say yea or nay.

AFVet February 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Obama to say yea or nay.
The congress can override his veto.

sablegsd February 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Yes, they will. Very little, if any, difference between the insane, regressive commiecrats and the insane, regressive repuplicratlites.

Quintis Arrius February 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Completely insane logic. Dornier come to mind. Really.

Girly1 February 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Sorry to be off topic, but did anyone catch this story over the week-end? Obamcare is imploding as we speak, the economy is in shambles (Walmart reported the worst sales – ever), we’re about to welcome millions of strangers from foreign lands to join the gravy train, and we are about to be sequestered. Maybe Obama should donate his own brain to science to determine how one human being was capable of destroying the world’s only Super Power!

The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.

Read the whole story:

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I did. All of those stories in fact. Drudge had the story of the brain study paired with an article on a geneticist who says that human intelligence is getting weaker d/t mutation. It makes sense: remember when Red Delicious apples first came out and think of how mushy and tasteless they are today.

FLDemFem February 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

The Red Delicious problem is more about early harvest and bad shipping than mutation. Off the tree at the right time they still taste great.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Dang! I thought I had such a good metaphor.

ImNoDhimmi February 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

Barry wants the human brain studied in order to control people’s thoughts.

Darkangel February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Yesterday, he was using children as props; today, it’s first responders. What’s he going to do tomorrow? Put a bunch of kittens in the background and say “Gimme what I want, Johnny, or else these cute little kitties are all gonna get it”?

This man has no shame, no scruples, no conscience, no sense of propriety, and no moral compass. That such a singularly evil, evil man won two national elections does not speak well of our people.

Judgement will soon befall this Nation, and I tremble when I think of how severe it will have to be.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Notice that he hasn’t used any “doctors” in white coats lately?

Langley Spook February 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm


AZ Granny February 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

He needs to think about using another line than trying to scare us with criminals being let go. They’re already letting criminals go. 12 million of them. Illegal immigrants.

AFVet February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

He is running out of theater, at least to those of us that see what he is.
His drones will lap up anything he presents to them, until it affects them.
The problem is however, by that time the rest of us will have endured the socialistic policies possibly to our demise.

Susan February 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

It isn’t about the so-called “cuts”, it’s about destroying the Republican party. The fear and demagoguery about sequestration is just the latest political ploy – a manufactured crisis. There are no cuts, just a miniscule reduction in projected growth. Not to mention, it’s only $85 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget. As Rush said, if your earn $100K, it would be like losing a quarter.

Looks like Preezy Revenge is already campaigning for the 2014 mid-terms. He’s pretending he’s the great savior sent to rescue the poor, downtrodden, and defenseless low information voters from the “meat cleaver” being wielded by those big, bad, evil Republicans. Unfortunately, the sycophant media keeps providing cover for his bald faced lies, so those low information voters who get their news from them won’t even realize they are being bamboozled.

AFVet February 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Exactly right Susan.
It’s all a big chess game.
The congress holds the Queen.
We will see how they wield that power.

TimW February 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Exactly right Susan. This president has one singular overarching goal and that is the destruction of the Republican party. Obama has such unbridled rage and hatred of the Republican party that he is more than willing to harm the country in pursuit of his goal. Every single decision he makes is based on how can he hurt the Republicans without any regard for whether it is good or bad policy for the country.

Anne Lieberman February 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm


Flashback: Obama Vows To Veto Any Effort To Undo Sequester Cuts…

Susan February 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Busted! Although, if a tree falls in the forest and there isn’t anyone around to hear it, does it make a sound? Not if the state-run media has anything to say about it.

proof February 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

““The whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them… unattractive and unappealing”

Shorter Obama: “Stop me before I ‘govern’ again!”

ArnoldLayne February 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Cheap Kabuki theater by POTUS.

He sure loves the props- children for gun control, ‘first responders’ for budget cuts.
… and Tiger Woods where the cameras aren’t allowed.

veritaseequitas February 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

What a total moron. He treats Congress and the American people like they are children to be manipulated into doing what he wants them to do. Can we say enough already and kick this ass to the curb? He is worse than worthless.

Kristie February 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

We can’t get him to stay in the White House long enough to do what he was hired to do…he cannot govern. This whole administration is guilty of high treason, yet they thumb their collective nose at us. WHY isn’t the House doing something about this besides sucking up to Hillary Clinton.

Darkangel February 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Because there’s nothing they CAN do. If they impeach him, the Senate won’t remove him from office–even if the GOP runs the table in the Senate in 2014. They can’t get to 66 unless some Democrats cross the aisle. And while that MIGHT happen in 2015 if things fall apart, there’s no chance of it if the Democrats keep the Senate. So, impeachment is a non-starter. It’s dead on arrival in the Senate, assuming Harry Reid even lets the trial happen.

“Wait,” you say. “Harry Reid can’t stop impeachment proceedings. The Senate’s required to do that by law.” Well, okay, but the Senate is also required by law to pass a budget every year, but when was the last time Reid’s Senate did that? If Reid can break the law to protect Obeyme, he will.

Impeachment is not going to happen.

The only other way Obama would leave office peacefully is by resignation, and that’s not going to happen, either. Forget shaming him out of office: the man has no shame, so no matter how much pressure the public puts on him, he’s not going to step down. Period.

That means that Obama will either leave office peacefully on January 20, 2017–which is most likely–or else he will die in office. It’s frightening, but alas, it’s true.

Melvin Hoskinson February 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Just proves they don’t know what they are doing and have no idea how to fix something they created. There needs to be some tough decisions. First; I would cut all of their salaries in half and give it to the DOD; then open up the Keystone Pipeline project and tell the welfare recipients to report to work on Monday morning so they can earn their income; then I would fire all of the czars as they know nothing when it comes to advice. Make Obama stay at the WH and quit traveling all over the country campaigning. Those suggestions won’t solve all of the problem; but it’s a start.
Oh oh; I forgot to mention; quit messing with our 2nd Amendment right. It was written the way it was so you guys can’t change it. Now get to work on the debt problem.