The Obama Regime’s strategy to win back the House in 2014 is to blame Republicans for failing to come to a deal to avoid sequestration. Obama spent weeks before the the sequestration deadline exaggerating and lying about the impact of the cuts, which in fact, only serve to slow the growth of federal spending. Even the left-leaning Politico listed 6 Obama administration sequester claims that have been shot down by fact checkers.
Last Saturday, SNL made fun of Obama in a skit lampooning his over the top sequestration demagoguery.
But that hasn’t stopped the Regime from executing a strategy to maximize the pain caused by the cuts.
As The New American reported:
Among the tactics apparently used by at least part of the Obama administration is to make the public as annoyed with the results of the sequester cuts as possible, if a leaked e-mail message from the Department of Agriculture is to be believed. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown told his department’s employees, in an internal e-mail obtained by the Washington Times, that “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
Certainly the Obama administration has made a number of high-profile decisions to cut popular programs that have annoyed voters, such as cuts to air traffic controllers (creating airport delays) and ending popular White House tours that schools have long planned as field trips. These kind of cuts would fit the profile created by the Agriculture Department e-mail.
The e-mail — dated Monday, March 4 — was perhaps necessary because so many of the dire Obama administration predictions have proven to be wild exaggerations or outright lies. ABC News compiled a list of 57 nearly apocalyptic predictions by the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress, including greater damage from severe storms, locust plagues against farmers’ crops, more forest fires, opening up federal prisons and setting criminals free, and even the federal government leaving the nation’s nuclear weapons unprotected. (Many of the claims come from this White House “Factsheet.”)
The Obama Regime has also been claiming that due to the sequestration cuts this year, tens of thousands of American children will not be vaccinated.
As I wrote at the Conversation, earlier, today:
The White House website even has an interactive map that shows the number of children it claims will not be receiving vaccines thanks to evil Republican “hostage takers”. But it turns out that Obama had already planned even larger cuts in his 2013 budget.
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) managed to elicit an admission from a Regime official that Obama had already planned cuts nearly twice the size of the sequester cuts to the Section 317 program during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing.
You can watch that incredible video, here.
Even though there is so much fat in DHS and ICE, it would be easy to cut 2-3% of the budget, Janet Napolitano chose to release thousands of criminal illegal immigrants who should be kept under lock and key because they pose a danger to the public. Her hands are tied, you see because of sequestration.
Now, a park ranger has come forward to claim the Regime resisted efforts to lessen the impact of sequester.
Fox News reported:
A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told FoxNews.com that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut “interpretation services” — the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.
“Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger said.The National Park Service is among many federal agencies warning of a major impact from the sequester cuts, which took effect last Friday. The agency has warned of delayed access to portions of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks, closed campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reduced hours at the Grand Canyon visitor center and other ramifications.
After the Obama administration announced the White House would be canceling all tours due to the sequester, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) suggested that Obama not use federal money for golfing until the White House reopens its doors.
But when asked about this simple request on Friday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to respond and attacked Republicans for calling sequestration cuts “great news” and “cheering” on the cuts.
Republicans are “cheering the cuts”? No, they’re jeering your despicable Alinsky tactics. Nice feeble attempt at a Jedi mind trick, loser.
Can you imagine what would be happening if a Republican administration tried anything this craven and corrupt? Yet these swine, protected as the are by a Praetorian Guard that would make Caesar proud, feel safe from public condemnation even with the bad optics of Obama riding in his golf cart at taxpayer expense, while the nation’s school kids are denied entry to the People’s House.