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Obama in 2011 Wasn’t Saying Sequester Would be Ruinous

by Keith Koffler on February 26, 2013, 9:45 am

The White House is trying to shirk responsibility for the sequester it designed by claiming nobody ever thought Republicans would be crazy enough to allow it, and yet at the time of its creation in 2011 it was clear the administration believed the sweeping cuts, while designed to force action by Congress, were a real possibility.

The president and his aides are currently portraying on a daily basis the apocalyptic consequences of allowing the sequester to take place, describing mass layoffs, excruciating flight delays, illegal immigrants pouring over the border, and threats to national security.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney last week suggested the sequester was never really thought to be a possibility.

We don’t want it. It was designed to be bad policy. That was the whole point. The sequester was written in a way that would assure that Congress would never let it happen.

But in the summer 2011, the White House was not so “assured” that it would never happen, and it designed the sequester so that if it occurred it wouldn’t slash certain Obama priorities.

On July 29, 2011, as the negotiations reached their endgame, Obama suggested he would only agree to a sequester that he could live with should it come to pass:

And if we need to put in place some kind of enforcement mechanism to hold us all accountable for making these reforms, I’ll support that too if it’s done in a smart and balanced way.

In announcing on July 31 that a deal had been reached, the president described the “tough cuts” that both Democrats and Republicans would find “objectionable,” not the end-of-the-world scenario being put forward today by the White House.

The White House also went to great lengths in 2011 to assure Americans that entitlement programs would not be touched, a clear sign it believed the sequester was not such a far-out possibility.

A fact sheet released by the White House in the wake of the sequester agreement said the deal . . .

Deploys an enforcement mechanism that gives all sides an incentive to reach bipartisan compromise on historic deficit reduction, while protecting Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries and low-income programs.

It’s worth remembering also that the deal that included the sequester was designed to get rid of something the White House viewed as truly unstomachable – a potential default on U.S. debt – and replace it with an incentive for compromise that was tough but not ruinous.

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RickW February 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

“and it designed the sequester so that if it occurred it wouldn’t slash certain Obama priorities”…………Since these priorities are basically Entitlement type spending, doesn’t this mean Obama’s plan violates his Constitutional oath to “Preserve, Protect and Defend..” this country? Sure sounds like an impeachable offense to me.

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Langley Spook February 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

why is it called “Entitlement type spending” when in reality it should be called “WELFARE type spending”.
I hate the use of the word “entitlement”…

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RickW February 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Agreed, LS. I drank some Kool Aid(tm) before I typed it. :>)

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srdem65 February 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

MrObama wrapped the sequester around his shoulders and proclaimed himself as a fiscally responsible leader who was changing Washington’s spendthrift ways, knowing the after the upcoming election the Repubs would bail him out by capitulating in fear of draconian cuts to critical programs. At the time, he and his advisors believed that the Repubs would never agree to cutting the military budget.

Now, when it seems that the Repubs will do nothing about the sequester but allow it to happen, MrO finds himself in a desperate flurry to blame them for the upcoming collapse of all civilized programs that keep us safe and the loss of millions of critical jobs that keep America moving.
The recent chicken-little warnings by several different cabinet members are hardly making a dent in the public’s sensiblities and if they are paying attention , they don’t believe it.

We can assume that this administration will do everything it can to make sure that we, the people, suffer in the most damaging manner with the proposed cuts. And, they have to do it immediately, not in due time, to give at least a modicum of credibilty to their warnings that the sky will fall.

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Just2old February 26, 2013 at 1:23 pm

You nailed it srdem!

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Michael February 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

It’s appropriate that Obama is trying to rewrite history the way the Soviets used to.

He will continue to do that as long as the media lets him. And, so far, they are all supporting the doomsday scenarios that they are painting.

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Julie Brueckheimer February 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

I just can’t wait until Friday when we can disprove The Little Boy Who Called Wolf one time too many.

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Scottso February 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

Fill in the Blank:

We don’t want it. It was designed to be bad policy. That was the whole point. The __________ was written in a way that would assure that Congress would never let it happen.

* Debt Ceiling
* Expiration of George Bush’s Tax Cuts to All Americans
* Affordable Care Act
* Dream Act
* Gun Control
* Federalization of Student Loans
* Sequester
* All of the Above

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Girly1 February 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

The malingerer-in-chief has kicked the can down the road for four years; now it’s time to pay the piper. Or so you would think. Instead, he chooses to ramp up his campaign to destroy the GOP and, in the process, he will undoubtedly do harm to innocent Americans.

Today he is campaigning in Newport News – where the plans to renovate the carrier Abraham Lincoln (ironic, eh?) and plans to send a second carrier to the Persian Gulf are on hold. 90,000 Pentagon workers will be furloughed. All he can say is “Republicans don’t have to let it happen’! How do you sleep at night, Mr. ‘Tax and Spend’?

At a gathering of governors yesterday, he said: Democrats and Republicans don’t have to let it (sequester) happen. There are more areas where we can do a lot more cooperating than I think we’ve seen over the last several years. To do that, though, this town has to get past its OBSESSION with focussing on the next election instead of the next generation.” It’s not ‘this town’, Mr. Obama. Look in the mirror – it’s YOU who has the obsession with destroying the two-party system and turning this country into an oligarchy!

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Susan February 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

He always tries to make himself look like the outsider fighting against this dysfunctional federal government. That is how he shirks responsibility for any of the fallout resulting from his disastrous policies.

Like srdem said, he will make it as painful as possible for we the people if the sequestration goes through. As a lowly federal employee, I remember the 1995 government shutdown. Wasn’t one of the furloughed government employees, but it turned out to be a paid vacation for those who were. The Clinton administration made sure to shut down services that would hurt as many Americans as possible. He closed down the State Dept passport office; closed public access to the Grand Canyon; forced tourists to check out of the government run hotel at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii; and even shut off public access to Hot Springs National Park in his Arkansas home town. Not one single federal bureaucrat lost a penny in pay from that farce of a government shutdown.

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William February 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

“[D]esigned the sequester so that if it occurred it wouldn’t slash certain Obama priorities.”

It’s good to see that golf and flying to separate vacations weren’t on the chopping block.

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veritaseequitas February 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

So now that the blame for sequestration can be laid squarely at Barry’s feet, the left is scared of the blow back?
Thanks to Bob Woodward’s book it is now out in the air that the WH with Little Barry Boo Boo at the helm is the author of this puerile manipulation of the American people.
While I hate the thought that I and others who work for the DOD may be furloughed, I absolutely cannot wait to watch the circus sideshow that is approaching.

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cincycinco February 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Lies During Fourth Year
“The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”
Politifact.com

“Mitt Romney raised nursing home fees eight times.”
Politifact.com

“Mitt Romney called the Arizona law a model for the nation.”
Politifact.com

“Planned Parenthood provides mammograms”
Spero News

“We got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system”
cbsnews.com

Benghazi violence was caused by an internet video & demonstrations
State Department

“Mitt Romney Plans to fire Big Bird”
Politifact.com

“Under Gov. Romney’s definition … Donald Trump is a small business.”
politifact.com

Because of Obamacare, “over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it’s true — but they’ve gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.”
politifact.com

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration”
abcnews.com

Romney and Ryan will gut pell grants for low-income college students.
Factcheck.org

My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years.
Factcheck.org

2008 Campaign Lies
I will walk the picket line with you, if workers are denied the right to bargain
Youtube

No more wiretapping of citizens
Youtube

Mr. Ayers as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” but “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
News Busters

I had a uncle who was one of the, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ann Dunham spent the months before her death in 1995 fighting with insurance companies that sought to deny her the coverage she needed to pay for treatment.
Mounting Heath Care Lies

Didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was Radical
Dreams of My Father – A radical Socialist.

Would have the most transparent administration in History
Cato Institute

We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way.
Boston Globe

I’ll get rid of earmarks
Source: Any bill passed during presidency

When a bill lands on my Desk, The American people will have 5 days to review it before I sign it.
Campaign Speech

My father served in World War II.
The Videos and the Facts

Have troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2009
News Video

Seniors Making less than 50,000 will not have to pay taxes
YouTube

Present Votes Are Common In Illinois
NPR

I Won Michigan
Huffington Post

I won Nevada
The Nation

I don’t Have Lobbyists
US News

I Have Always Been Against Iraq
Washington Post

My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country
CNN

Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.
Obama Campaign Video

I Barely Know Rezko
Sun Times

My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church
ABC News

Bookends it nicely. For more, go to;

http://obamalies.net/list-of-lies

Or, just look up pretty much anything Obama ever has said…

Nothing new here. (sarc on)Down the memory hole with it! It’s Bush’s fault, and it’s racist for you to suggest otherwise! What, do you hate children or something? (sarc off)

Of course, Democrats in general tend to forget a lot of things;

‘* The number of Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery. There were six from 1840 through 1860.

* The number of Democratic presidents who owned slaves. There were seven from 1800 through 1861

* The number of Democratic Party platforms that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject. There were 20, from 1868 through 1948.

* “Jim Crow” as in “Jim Crow laws and the role Democrats played in creating them. These were the post-Civil War laws passed enthusiastically by Democrats in that pesky 52-year part of the DNC’s missing years. These laws segregated public schools, public transportation, restaurants, rest rooms and public places in general (everything from water coolers to beaches). The reason Rosa Parks became famous is that she sat in the “whites only” front section of a bus, the “whites only” designation the direct result of Democrats.

* The formation of the Ku Klux Klan, which, according to Columbia University historian Eric Foner, became “a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.” Nor is there reference to University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease’s description of the Klan as the “terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”

* Three-fourths of the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in the U.S. House came from Democrats, or that 80% of the “nay” vote in the Senate came from Democrats. Certainly there is no reference to the fact that the opposition included future Democratic Senate leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia (a former Klan member) and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore Sr., father of Vice President Al Gore.

* Martin Luther King was a Republican, re-registering as a Democrat as part of the negotiations, and so were most blacks Republicans (the party of Abraham Lincoln) until that time. Facts like these are part of the reason the Progressives consistently fight to re-write and edit the history that is taught and skew media productions. ‘

More here, too. Obviously.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread887108/pg

“It wasn’t there, you didn’t see it, it’s all Republican lies!” – Any Democrat

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Just2old February 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Hey,c’mon he had an election to run….

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Scottso February 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

he acts like he is still running for election.
he doesn’t govern. just campaigns.

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Darkangel February 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Meanwhile, The Washington Times is reporting that several hundred “low priority” illegal aliens have been released from US custody, with Big Sis blaming the sequester.

Discuss.

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Susan February 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Preezy Revenge decides which agencies will suffer the 2% reduction in increase. His lieutenants are falling all over themselves to win his favor by punishing US so they can avoid being targeted for the reduction. Perfect examples are Big Sis releasing the illegals and Ray TheHood shaking down air travelers.

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Tea Party at Perrysburg February 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

When talking to the Des Moines Register, he let slip he was planning on letting it go forward?…

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baidu July 6, 2013 at 8:38 am