I’m one of those who is fine with the sequestration kicking in (no, I don’t think it will have some horrible impact on the economy), so all the absurd theater around it over the last few weeks is particularly amusing to me. But the baldfaced lies coming out of the Republicans have reached a fever pitch. And the Worldnutdaily, naturally, is acting as the megaphone for those lies:
Members of the GOP are charging today that President Obama may have been elected to the office, but simply isn’t doing his job, as the nation inched closer to the impact of mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts Obama created.
“I have never in my lifetime seen such a lack of leadership emanating from our president,” said U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, at a press conference today on the effects of Obama’s sequestration program on the military.
Have they read the Constitution? Do they know that only Congress can do anything to stop the sequestration because they control the budget, not the president? Or do they just count on their constituents not knowing that?
“Sequestration was the president’s idea over a year ago, when we tried to fix it, he said no…..now he says it’s Armageddon,” said McKeon.
Yeah, just like you all voted for it and now you say it’s Armageddon and it’s all Obama’s fault. And guess what? 218 Republicans voted for that deal; not a single Democrat did. And Buck McKeon? He voted yes.
U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, said, “Today the president has broken his promise to the American people” that sequester would not happen.
In allowing the sequestration to go through, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., said, “It is unconscionable what the president is doing.”
Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., detailed the effects of these cuts on defense, citing that “50 percent of the cuts are applied against defense.”
“The American people need to know that our defenses are at a low point,” he said. “We will have the fewest troops since 1939 in the Army and Marine Corps, we will have the fewest ships since 1916, we have the fewest aircraft since the air force was created in 1947.”
Wilson hopes the president can come to understand “peace through strength” and reconsider these cuts in the military.
Again, the president can’t reconsider anything. He’s against those cuts as well (ridiculously, as he emulates the Republicans and makes the idiotic claim that a tiny cut to our astonishingly bloated defense budget will harm national security). But I’ll give Joe Wilson credit; he was one of only 22 Republicans to vote no on the sequestration deal, along with every single Democrat in the House. That doesn’t excuse his lies here, but at least he’s being consistent in his opposition to the cuts.