Reminder: Sequester “Originated In The White House”

Reminder: Sequester “Originated In The White House”

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White House Operatives Are Hoping You’ll Forget That They Were Actually For The Sequester Before They Were Against It

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:“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. We need to keep the pressure up to compromise — not turn off the pressure.” (President Obama, Remarks, 11/21/11)

 

‘Idea For The Draconian Spending Cuts Originated In The White House’

 

“The book ‘The Price of Politics,’ by Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, makes it clear the idea for the draconian spending cuts originated in the White House – and not in Congress … Woodward describes the behind-the-scenes haggling last year that laid the groundwork for sequestration.” (“Bob Woodward Book Could Bolster Republican Attack On W.H.,” Politico, 9/7/12)

 

·         WOODWARD: “Lew, Nabors, Sperling and Bruce Reed, Biden’s chief of staff, had finally decided to propose using language from the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law as the model for the trigger.” (Bob Woodward, “The Price Of Politics,” Pgs. 339-340, 2012)

 

·         WOODWARD: “At 2:30 p.m. [on July 27] Lew and Nabors went to the Senate to meet with Reid and his chief of staff, David Krone. ‘We have an idea for the trigger,’ Lew said. ‘What’s the idea?’ Reid asked skeptically. ‘Sequestration.’ … Well, it could work, Lew and Nabors explained.”  (Bob Woodward, “The Price Of Politics,” Pg. 326, 2012)

 

WH Plan: Cut Half From The Defense Department

 

WOODWARD: “Well, it could work, Lew and Nabors explained. What would the impact be? They would design it so that half the threatened cuts would be from the Defense Department. ‘I like that,’ Reid said. ‘That’s good.’”  (Bob Woodward, “The Price Of Politics,” Pg. 326, 2012)

 

“Big cuts would hit the military.” (“White House Report Details Effects Of Automatic Budget Cuts,” The New York Times, 9/14/12)

 

“Top defense officials have warned that further cuts to defense could hurt national security. And defense contractors have been saying for months that the cuts could result in significant layoffs in their industry.” (“White House Details Fiscal Cliff Spending Cuts,” CNN Money, 9/14/12)