Posts Tagged ‘sequester’
March Madness commenced yesterday and President Barack-toligist huddled with ESPN to enlighten America on his picks for the NCAA men’s basketball tourney. Funny how he can entertain ESPN in the Oval Office yet thousands of school children from across the country are currently banished from the “People’s House.”
While the President was able to submit his NCAA bracket on time this year his respect for budgetary deadlines continues to be elastic. This is nothing new; it’s the fourth out of five years Obama has broken the law with regards to getting his budget proposal to Congress. By law the President is required to submit a federal budget the first Monday in February – Congress is still waiting.
The bracket fest with ESPN was completed prior to his departure to Israel on his ‘do you love me?’ tour. Interestingly, this year our Commander-in-Chief has selected his winners conservatively—something rare for the White House.
Take a closer look at the President’s bracket and three of the states of Obama’s Final Four picks (Louisville, Florida, and Indiana) have unemployment rates higher than the national average.
The President has Indiana University taking the championship home. Not sure they are happy about him jinxing their chances.
It’s a shame that politics has to enter March Madness, but to the President everything is political — even gracing us with his expertise in college basketball. Maybe he should stick to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Is that still on?
Did you know that one piece of Starbucks’s banana walnut bread has 490 calories? A quick google search of “calories in banana nut bread” shows that a piece of your average, homemade version contains less than half that many. When I heard this surprising information, I couldn’t help but think of our federal government’s budget compared to the budgets of hardworking taxpayers. Taxpayers trim the fat in their family budgets and live within their means, but Washington? They don’t cut the fat, their priorities are bananas, and they’re all nuts.
Just look at former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano’s sequester shenanigans. As the Homeland Security Secretary, Napolitano oversees the nation’s airports. This morning, she claimed our airports, specifically LAX and Chicago’s O’Hare, were experiencing major delays because of sequestration “budget cuts,” which both airports have denied. Only in bloated Washington can a reduction in the rate of spending increase be considered a cataclysmic cut.
The current administration is so bananas, it manufactures crises to make cheap political points. But, this time, they just might have gone too far. Poll after poll shows that the American people want spending cuts. They know Washington can cut back. So what’s an ideologue who’s completely incapable of compromise to do? Feign catastrophe of course. For weeks, President Obama described post-sequester America as a world of near-chaos with rotting food on grocery store shelves, youth roaming the streets, and pay cuts for U.S. Capitol janitorial staff. Like so many of Obama’s nutty claims, not one of these things actually happened.
This video by American Future Fund explains the sequester issue:
Darn funny stuff.
The wailing and gnashing of teeth that has been coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue about the sequester would make you believe that the Mayan calendar ends on Friday, March 28. Obama is playing politics with the sequester and manufacturing a crisis.
President Obama says that meat inspectors are going to be laid off, that lines will be longer at the airport because of cuts to TSA, that special needs children will go without essential services, that teachers will get laid off and that our economy will go into deeper decline.
If that were really true, any real leader would work to avoid such catastrophe.
But we don’t have a real leader in the White House. We have a fear-mongerer. Here is the Commander-in-chief of the greatest nation on earth scaring people about spending “cuts.”
I put cuts in quotes because the sequester doesn’t actually cut spending at all. It merely reduces the rate of growth, by a devastating 3%!
Obama has repeatedly said that he is serious about spending cuts, but the very prospect of a miniscule reduction in the rate of growth has him running around like Chicken Little. That’s not serious.
And, ultimately, neither is the sequester.