Obama rejected a plan by congress to give him control over which cuts to make where in place of the blunt cuts of the sequester. He says it choices would be too hard. He also invokes a false narrative.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama brushed off a Republican plan Tuesday to give him flexibility to allocate $85 billion in looming spending cuts, wanting no part of a deal that would force him to choose between the bad and the terrible. …..
“You don’t want to have to choose between, ‘let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid, or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?’” Obama said. “You can’t gloss over the pain and the impact it’s going to have on the economy.”
What a mendacious claim! We’re studying shrimp on treadmills, Chinese prostitutes’ drinking habits, and fish to see if we can learn something about democracy from them. We’re spending about $35/gallon for biofuel for ships in our navy. ….. and the list goes on and on. Zero can’t cut that out of our budget? He doesn’t want to cut that crap out of our budget? He’s a national embarrassment.
In the Republican-controlled House, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said he’d already done his part, complaining that the House twice passed bills to replace the cuts with more targeted reductions.
“We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” Boehner told reporters.