It’s a fact that the Sequester spending cuts were not only the product of Team Obama but they were made law because of Obama’s insistence. Remember what Obama told House Republicans in November 21, 2011 (emphasis mine):
“Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.”
That means Obama forced House Republicans to include the Sequester cuts in the budget deal of 2011 because those were exactly the kinds of cuts he wanted.
But now that we are days away from these Sequester cuts kicking in Obama has reversed his stance and says these cuts are now bad and he’s blaming the House for them.
“So these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls. This is not an abstraction — people will lose their jobs.”
Again, here is the video (money quotes come after 1:10 mark):
I saw this tweet from @RBPundit and his simple yes or no question made a lot of sense.
Asking Obama flacks why Obama came up with the sequester gives the flacks room to wiggle. Ask them why he threatened to veto anything else.—
RB (@RBPundit) February 20, 2013
Surely Obama supporters won’t deny an obvious fact that it was indeed Obama who pushed for these across the board cuts and wanted the Sequester included in any deal. I put that theory to the test with two Leftists who engaged me on twitter.
My first encounter was with @dirkz1:
But that is exactly what the Sequester cuts are – across the board cuts with half of them hitting the Department of Defense. So why is Obama upset?
I gave @Dirkz1 an opportunity to answer the simple yes or no question.
I’m still waiting on that response.
Here is another exchange with @gemimms:
He answered the yes or no question (he said no) but I don’t think he watched the video all the way through so I gave him another chance to watch the video and on two occasions he denied an easily proven fact.
It appears that this simple yes or no question is like Kryptonite to Leftists!