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Jumping the Sequester
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel

Original Article

Posted By:Desert Fox, 3/7/2013 7:42:31 PM

The phrase "jumping the shark" describes that gimmicky moment when something once considered significant is exposed as ludicrous. This is the week the White House jumped the sequester. The precise moment came Tuesday, when the administration announced that it was canceling public tours of the White House, blaming budget cuts. The Sequesterer in Chief has insisted that cutting even $44 billion from this fiscal year will cause agonizing pain—airport security snarls, uninspected meat, uneducated children. Since none of those things has come to pass, the White House decided it needed an immediate and high-profile way of making its point.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 3/7/2013 8:14:11 PM     (No. 9213977)

I agree that this absurdity of govt. spending should be broadcast high and low, but can´t the WH justifiably say that these programs originated and were funded by the Congress? And now the Congress is saying -- Hey, America! Look how ridiculous we are at spending your money! Aren´t we bad? But don´t blame us - blame the President - he says that nothing can be cut! We gave him LOTS of stuff to cut! (And America knows Congress will CONTINUE to give him lots of stuff that can be cut). Each state should send its auditor to Washington where the 50 of them would meet together and come up with at least 40% in cuts that can and should be made.

Reply 2 - Posted by: MissMann, 3/7/2013 9:40:54 PM     (No. 9214068)

The 0bama´s spent almost $20 million on recent vacations: at $18k/week, if they would just stay home, that would fund 21 years worth of White House tours...I mean if they really cared about the "little people"!




Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/7/2013 11:06:46 PM     (No. 9214139)

Even older generation democrats would have eliminated their vacations and personal spending before causing taxpayer pain, but not the grifters in the WH today. It doesn´t get more disgusting than Obama and Mooch.

Reply 4 - Posted by: Penney, 3/7/2013 11:49:06 PM     (No. 9214183)

Obama has his priorities: jetting off for golf, golf, golf and basketball. ...WH tours for those whose taxes pay for his & Michelle´s lavish entertainment bills are simply NOT on his must do list. mmm mmm mmm

Reply 5 - Posted by: Davids918, 3/7/2013 11:53:30 PM     (No. 9214188)

The abomination administration is petty and wants to punish WE THE PEOPLE instead of finding actual, real solutions to the spending problem.

We need to keep illustrating how even the increase in taxes on the RICH only produced 1 week´s worth of spending, so where´s the REAL solution from the Democrats?

Reply 6 - Posted by: beamer, 3/8/2013 3:48:28 AM     (No. 9214253)

I think the President has stepped in it. It will be hard for him to get rid of the smell of silly actions to solve our nations problems. He is no leader, but a cry baby who has never made a decision of any importance, for fear of being wrong.....which he is in this case.

Reply 7 - Posted by: kanphil, 3/8/2013 7:00:48 AM     (No. 9214366)

Cancelling WH tours clearly shows O´s contempt for the People and his low opinion of our intelligence. Even Low Info voters won´t fall for it.




Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/8/2013 7:06:39 AM     (No. 9214371)

Our two youngest granddaughters will be doing the sixth-grade thing in DC in June. They are hugely disappointed that the White House might be closed. I tell them I´m pretty sure the President will change his mind on this one before June.

Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 3/8/2013 7:15:30 AM     (No. 9214387)

I wouldn´t set foot in that place until it receives a thorough disinfecting. All manner of lowlife animals have been walking its halls since 2008. Bill Clinton was an angel compared to this bunch.

Reply 10 - Posted by: chiller, 3/8/2013 7:15:31 AM     (No. 9214388)

congress hasn´t passed a budget since ´09 because the dems in the senate prefer to extend the bloated Continuing Resolution. That ´09 had lots of stimulus cash in it, which became part of the baseline budget in succeeding years. Mor spending ! Dems love it

It´s disgraceful. I hear that they now face "no budget, no paycheck ", so they´re finally working on one.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Janjan, 3/8/2013 7:18:05 AM     (No. 9214391)

This a huge PR nightmare on top of the very bad week Obama and Valjar created for themselves. He thought he could stab the Republicans in the back with this. Instead he is blatantly punishing Americans hoping we will all beg Congress to raise our taxes. That´s not going to happen.

Reply 12 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 3/8/2013 7:49:37 AM     (No. 9214455)

It is a childish, "I´ll show you" action.

Cut the Fed Budget? Well I´ll close the White House to tours, cancel fly overs at sporting events, and now lay off 60,000 Border Agents, I´ll show you, we´ll get rid of things you care about, and things that make you proud of this country.

The Federal Treasury must be fed first, even before your kids are.




Reply 13 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/8/2013 8:18:39 AM     (No. 9214501)

Thanks, 2, for that very telling calculation.

We have a Child in Chief, not a commander.

Reply 14 - Posted by: rmagnus, 3/8/2013 8:19:00 AM     (No. 9214502)

Some poor staffer is going to get this hung around their neck. No way Obama admits he authorized it.

My prediction is tours will resume next week.

Reply 15 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 3/8/2013 8:29:46 AM     (No. 9214531)

Jumping the Sequester? Jumping the Shark? Another way of explaining the old axiom, Give them enough rope, they will figure a way to hang themselves. Nearly always happens in history.

Reply 16 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/8/2013 8:40:19 AM     (No. 9214555)

If there´s one thing I´ve learned in life it´s that your negative actions and words will eventually come back and bite you in the butt. Especially if you are arrogant. Karma seems to be particularly averse to arrogance. Choke on it, zippy.

Reply 17 - Posted by: privateer, 3/8/2013 8:44:05 AM     (No. 9214562)

Two reasons the pictured tikes´ plea will fall on Ebenezer Scroom´s deaf ears: they are white kids, they are Lutherans. Now if there were from Mother Moesha´s Akadummy for Righteous-Blood Kool Chirrun, they´d be in like Flynn.




Reply 18 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 3/8/2013 8:50:58 AM     (No. 9214581)

I wonder if people still reach for their smelling salts - aromatic substances used as an inhalant in relieving faintness - when they feel they’re about to pass out. Were I in possession of them, Kim Strassel’s column would certainly cause me to reach for mine:

FTA “We´ve learned that the White House employs three calligraphers, who cumulatively earn $277,000 a year. The Environmental Protection Agency gave $141,000 to fund a Chinese study on swine manure. Part of a $325,000 National Science Foundation outlay went to building a robotic squirrel.”

It’s quite obvious to me that being up to one’s keister in calligraphers and robotic squirrels is totally unnecessary. However, fortunately the mystery of swine manure is going to be exposed for what it truly is. One can never know enough about swine manure. I understand some EPA officials even majored in it while attending the Sandy Hook Institute of Technology.

Reply 19 - Posted by: shamus, 3/8/2013 9:06:08 AM     (No. 9214629)

I support the effort to deny public tours of the White House. Children should not be allowed near people like Obama.

Reply 20 - Posted by: Felixcat, 3/8/2013 9:06:08 AM     (No. 9214630)

The White House calligraphers also have the help of volunteers. I met a woman at an event a few years ago, she is retired and helps out at the WH with rsponding to constituents´ mail. She aid "working" for Laura Bush was a real treat and honor; Moochelle - not so much - only continues to help out of civic senses of duty.

Reply 21 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 3/8/2013 10:07:01 AM     (No. 9214804)

The snow storm here in DC earlier this week makes a good analogy to Sequestration. The local media, looking for a quirky name for the storm, dubbed it Snowquestration. In the end, though, the storm wasn´t nearly as bad as projected, with temps staying above freezing, and the snow melting rather than piling up on the ground. In a similar way, Sequetration, has been badly overhyped, with Odumbdumb and crew predicting apocolypse and making a show of shutting down minor, albeit high profile, programs such as WH tours, while in the real world life is going on as normal. Is it too much to hope that a few eyes have been opened now?

Reply 22 - Posted by: Arby, 3/8/2013 10:55:01 AM     (No. 9214962)

You live by the TelePrompter and you die by the TelePrompter. It´s time for Fauxbama to either govern with compromise or get out of the way.



Reply 23 - Posted by: Butch59, 3/8/2013 11:22:48 AM     (No. 9215016)

While we do see a smidgen of news concerning the sequestration and what is and isn´t doing, we really only hear about it in a small amount of conservative outlets. As such, I don´t look for any real pressure being brought upon Obozo and company. That isn´t going to happen unless and until the MSM jumps on, or rather, off the wagon and starts to report and editorialize what is really happening. And I´m not holding my breath.

Reply 24 - Posted by: Quiet Observer, 3/8/2013 12:52:03 PM     (No. 9215190)

But...but...but...Obama, Pelosi, and several other duly elected Democrats have told us that, "We don´t have a spending problem", so it must true...Right?

They wouldn´t lie to us, would they?

Born Yesterday and just arrived in town on a turnip truck

Reply 25 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 3/8/2013 1:51:40 PM     (No. 9215312)

This should show Republicans that good things can come when they ignore the media and stand up to Obama.

Reply 26 - Posted by: lana720, 3/8/2013 2:29:18 PM     (No. 9215367)

In the meantime, cuts continue to occur:
Due to the current fiscal challenges, the Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) effective 5 p.m. Eastern time today (March 8, 2013). These are the benefits requested through the GoArmyEd.com website. The suspension will remain in effect until the fiscal situation matures.

Someone. Please explain to me just how deep these cuts wil go, another week, month? At the rate we spend, it shouldn´t be long. Since these are cuts in the growth and not entire programs, some cuts do not make sense, such as those run primarily by volunteers.

Reply 27 - Posted by: johngalt1, 3/8/2013 9:28:22 PM     (No. 9215889)

This is a really well-written and relevant article. Thanks, OP!

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