How Is President Obama Not Responsible For Sequestration?
During the debate tonight, President Obama once again tried to shirk responsibility for something he is ultimately responsible for. This time? It was sequestration No only did he say it would never happen, he also tried to act like he had nothing to do with the process. From Politico:
President Obama said unambiguously that the scheduled military cuts ordered by Congress in the absence of a debt-reduction deal will never take place.
Taking criticism from Mitt Romney over the slashes to defense spending set to kick in at year’s end, Obama emphasized that sequestration was not his idea.
“It’s something that Congress proposed,” Obama said. “It will not happen.
First we have Bob Woodward’s book “The Price of Politics” that says it it was an idea that came out of the White House. Secondly, and perhaps the most important thing of all? President Obama signed all this into law. The Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed by President Obama on August 2, 2011. From CBS:
President Obama signed a hard-fought, last-minute compromise bill to avert economic catastrophe Tuesday, saying the deal to cut spending and increase the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit marked an “important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means.”
That article goes on to mention the exact cuts that he was referring to tonight by stating that if the cuts are not either decided upon or made, it will trigger more than $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts.
No matter how much President Obama wants to run away and blame others on this, he signed this into law. It’s on him. I know that he likes to blame others and act like someone else has been president the last for years, but that dog won’t hunt on this. The bottom line is this, not only does a new book clearly state the idea came from his White House, he signed all this into law. Him. No one else. You made your bed, Mr. President. Now you get t sleep in it.