Thursday, February 21, 2013

Obama defended his sequester with veto threat. Now blames everyone else for it

The sequester and its automatic spending cuts belong to Obama. Now President Obama is blaming Republicans in Congress. For what He did.

Belongs to Obama? Yes. First, he proposed it, according to famous reporter Bob Woodward of Watergate fame. Politico

“Then-OMB Director Jack Lew, now the White House chief of staff, and White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors pitched the idea to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). (Bob Woodward book could bolster Republican attack on W.H., Politico, Austin Wright, September 7, 2012)

“Lew, Nabors, Sperling and Bruce Reed, Biden’s chief of staff, had initially decided to propose using language from the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law as the model for the trigger. It seemed tough enough to apply to the current situation. It would require a sequester with half the cuts from Defense, and the other half from domestic programs.” (The Price Of Politics, Bob Woodward, 2012, p. 341)

Then in November, 2011 he threatened to veto any Republican effort to end the automatic spending cuts of his sequestration.

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“Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No,” Mr. Obama said from the White House briefing room Monday evening. “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”

“There will be no easy off ramps on this one.,” he added.

Why doesn't Obama accept responsibility for what he did and defended with veto threats?

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