Susan Duclos @ Wake Up America:
Liberals seem to be a tad upset (big surprise) over a video reminder from November 2011 of Barack Obama threatening to veto “any effort to get rid of the sequester cuts,” continuing on to say “Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts – domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off-ramps on this one.”
Following that statement, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed two bills that would replace those sequester cuts with spending cuts more palatable that the ones set to go into effect on March 1, 2013, those bills died in the Senate.
FACT: House Republicans are the only ones who have addressed the president’s sequester, and have passed two bills replacing it with responsible cuts and reforms.
- The sequester was the Obama administration’s idea – as Bob Woodward has explained, the White House proposed itand insisted it be included in the 2011 debt limit agreement. See page 326 of his book where he makes that clear.
- The House passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (HR. 5652) in May 2012 and the Spending Reduction Act (H.R. 6684) in December. Learn more about them both here.
- Senate Democrats never passed legislation replacing the president’s sequester. It took the GOP-led No Budget, No Pay Act to get them to even consider passing a budget for the first time in four years.
- President Obama doesn’t have a replacement plan either. He hasn’t even said when we’ll see his budget — which islate, again, and which could have addressed his sequester.
Now Obama and Democrats want to replace that law, which is all spending cuts, across the board, with cuts and tax revenue, meaning more taxes and Obama is suddenly all for finding an “easy off-ramp,” just a little over a year after he said he would veto any attempt.
He is so desperate now that he has taken to his bully pulpit once again to play the same old song, as Peggy Noonan accurately describes it, “Government by Freakout.”
It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout.