Dear America,okay Panetta, how about we just say, "come and get us" -- maybe even throw out the white flag and cry "'uncle", too? Due to the sequester...military readiness is in double time jeopardy.
Responding to all the dust stirring up, Bob Woodward made these remarks on MSNBC:
"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said on MSNBC.
"Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?"
...and to continue reading full story, go to the Business Insider, here.
G note: We are marching double time today, so hydrate and try to keep up...
Day after day -- the perception that the world is going to come to an end with the sequester is a totally manufactured, heavy artillery, draconian and dramatic drone dropping of propaganda, only propped up by virtue of a sleazy, ignorant, sheepish, gutless, liberal- biased media base that seems dead set on supporting this "progressive" radical in office no matter what; especially considering that the truth is, this President has the explicit authority to decide where the cuts come from.
But that's just getting ahead of ourselves.
Here are the facts -- via Bob Woodward -- from his column in The Washington Post. [you have to read it, for I have no time to bring you up to speed]
But just in case you are still concerned, here's Obama, from November 2011:
"Already, some in Congress
are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts.
My message to them is simple:
I will veto
to get rid
of those automatic spending cuts
– domestic and defense spending.
There will be no easy off-ramps on this one."
...and to continue reading this full story, go to The National Review, here.
That's pretty clear, isn't it. "There will be no easy off-ramps on this one."
"I will veto
to get rid
of those automatic spending cuts
-- domestic and defense spending."
Ah hem, Mr. President...careful there....you just might regret saying that...
But let's get back to Bob.
Um, you're gonna regret that...the nerve of you...saying something not-so-flattering of this White House and giving the impression that Obama is displaying " a kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time." Seriously? The real question is, are you daft, buddy boy bob? You do know who you're dealing with, right?
And right on cue, let's get back to the scoop on CNN -- with Woodward and Blitzer. Here's the full story and the video...can't say I never do anything for you.
And then -- with some digging -- look what I found...
It's all about the background conversation between Bob and Gene Sperling, economic advisor to the president, and this quote is courtesy of Fox Nation and Politico's Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei...
From Gene to Bob, in an email:
"But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start."
"...My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize."
For more, go here. [by the way, typos not mine]
But Oh-oh say can G see -- for once again this administration is caught in the middle of making disingenuous agreements with the opposition....as part of the genuine and cooperative efforts of both sides to strike a deal in order to move forward -- when in fact, this congress was dealing with a guy who has no intention of keeping his word. As the seasons turn, turn, turn -- this president would manipulate the system over time and eventually get back to re-mitigating tax hikes all over again, and all while demagoging the republicans. Which looks an awful lot like "moving the goal post." But thank you, Gene, for putting the DNA of the agreement that was never really an agreement in writing for us. But I digress.
FOR MORE on the "republican sequester setup" -- read Alexander's post from The Patriot Post, here (don't hate; I told you to hydrate).
How can this president continue to get away with this stuff?
Last I heard, "NO" means no.
So make no mistake -- this president lied to himself, congress, and more importantly, to the American people when he said, "I will veto any effort to get rid of the automatic spending cuts [aka the sequester] --- domestic and defense spending."
But to top it all off, what is on the agenda today for this president?
Courtesy of Lynn Sweet, one of the president's favorite home town criers --
10:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
11:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT
receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:40PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT
meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
12:30PM Press Briefing
by Press Secretary Jay Carney
considering everything will be coming to a screeching halt as of zero dark hundred tomorrow, something doesn't seem quite right....am I missing something?
By the way, today's lunch: crow, with cake following. yum.
Make it a Good Day, G
Celebrating 600 blogs today!
But you know, if the sequester happens,
if famine takes over,
if the stars begin to fall from the sky,
if bombs start bursting in air,
this just may be my last.
good times...good times.