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3/6/2013

Obama Administration Continues to Lie About Impact of Sequestration

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:26 am

A leaked email has the budget office telling an administrator to manage his budget in such a way that it does not contradict official claims about the impact of sequestration:

A leaked email from an Agriculture Department field officer adds fuel to claims President Obama’s political strategy is to make the billions in recent federal budget cuts as painful as possible to win the public opinion battle against Republicans.

The email, circulated around Capitol Hill, was sent Monday by Charles Brown, a director at the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C. He appears to tell his regional team about a response to his recent question on the amount of latitude he has in making cuts.

According to the partially redacted email, the response came from the Agriculture Department’s budget office and in part states: “However you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

And since we said the impact would be bad, you need to manage the budget to make sure the impact is bad.

Even if you have to lie. Which, they are lying. How are they lying? Here are a couple of examples:

Lie No. 1: Janitors got a pay cut. First, remember when Obama claimed janitors were getting a pay cut? There are new lies on that front. Glenn Kessler starts out by reminding us:

At a news conference last Friday, President Obama claimed that, “starting tomorrow,” the “folks cleaning the floors at the Capitol” had “just got a pay cut” because of the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester.

That story got four Pinocchios. But that was just the beginning. It was reported that janitors were having overtime cut, and the White House clung to that thin reed. Jay Carney said: “On the issue of the janitors, if you work for an hourly wage and you earn overtime, and you depend on that overtime to make ends meet, it is simply a fact that a reduction in overtime is a reduction in your pay.”

The thin reed just broke. Kessler reports today that janitors get almost overtime: “[O]vertime amounts to only [a] pittance of the overall pay — about $6.50 a week on top of wages of $1,000 a week. That’s much different from Carney’s claim of having to ‘depend on that overtime to make ends meet.’” Four more Pinocchios for that one.

Lie No. 2: We Must Cut White House Tours. This one starts to fall apart upon examination. It turns out the White House Visitors’ Office employs a staff of seven. And tours are self-guided. Meanwhile, the federal government is still hiring. And the White House pays a calligrapher — a calligrapher! — $96,725 a year. The Weekly Standard says: “In all, the White House appears to employ 3 calligraphers for a yearly total of $277,050.”

Clearly, the idea that tours need to be cut is a bunch of horse droppings. I like Louie Gohmert’s idea: until the tours resume, no money to take the President to or from a golf course. Ha.

Let’s do some Army of Davids stuff. What examples can you find of the White House lying about the sequester?

78 Responses to “Obama Administration Continues to Lie About Impact of Sequestration”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I know this is not sockpuppet Friday, but I must express envy toward the current administration. I thought “Baghdad Bob” was bad, but these characters provide way too much competition. I used to hold the record as the world’s greatest prevaricator, but now that record is threatened.

    Baron von Munchausen Phd (b48c12)

  3. Assume that every word out of thier pie hole is a lie and you won’t make an ass/u/me.

    firefirefire (b0457e)

  4. sequestergeddon already feels very last week

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  5. You might be a Republican if you politicized Benghazi for months then minimized the sequester that cut $79 million from the Embassy security budget.

    Since Republicans took control of the House two years ago, we’ve seen a threatened government shutdown, followed by a first-ever debt-ceiling crisis, followed by another threatened government shutdown, followed by another threatened government shutdown, followed by a “fiscal cliff,” followed by “the sequester,” followed by another threatened government shutdown, followed by another debt-ceiling crisis.

    Dumb, obstinate, on the wrong side of history,

    Dad (b17026)

  6. Spending ourselves into oblivion would put us in the ‘right’ side of history, would it?

    Icy (a71933)

  7. Read the fine print on the calligrapher article…
    They employ 3 white house calligraphers at a cost of $277,050 per year

    sequestration my A$$.

    To steal a line from the Joker “This country needs an enema and I know right where to stick the hose.”

    MaaddMaaxx (981b21)

  8. And make Barry pay his own grees fees.

    Seriously folks, Barry and his whole staff need to be spanked and sent to bed without their supper.

    f1guyus (647d76)

  9. Dad – spamming that same nonsense does not make it so.

    When was the last time the Senate followed the law and passed a budget? Kthxby

    JD (4f721c)

  10. It has ONLY been during the past two years that hitting the debt ceiling has been a crisis?
    Your selective memory over what Senator Obama said about GWB and the debt ceiling is very cute. I guess he had it wrong back then; so his flip-flop is okay, because the current “we don’t have a spending problem” position is the way to go. Right?

    Icy (a71933)

  11. The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents–uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico.

    Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester.

    Icy (a71933)

  12. The wrong side of history is 2 unpaid for wars. Just how long did you think it was going to take to repair that damage?

    The U.S. budget deficit for fiscal year 2011 fell to $1.089 trillion, $200 billion smaller than it was in 2010, and nearly $300 billion smaller than when President Obama took office.

    Dad (b17026)

  13. “Dad” – do you even have a passing acquaintance with the truth?

    JD (4f721c)

  14. What do you think the truth is, JD.

    You’ve simply got to expand your horizons beyond Fox News and Rush Limbaugh!

    Perry (329aa5)

  15. food stamp isn’t in the repairing business

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  16. What kind of leader works hard to score cheap, political points:
    A useless POS empty-suit HACK!

    The fight is ON for the ’14 Off-Year Election.
    If the People allow the Dems to pick up just one seat in the House or Senate, they will deserve everything that will be coming down upon them.

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

    On another topic, the L.A. Mayoralty Race:
    Congratulations L.A., you’re going to have a run-off between tweedle-dum, and tweedle-dummerer.
    The policies that they represent, that of the bureaucracy and PE Unions, is what has given L.A. the quality-of-life that it currently enjoys;
    but they proclaim that they are the instruments of Hope & Change (where have we heard that before?).
    Tell us Eric and Wendy, have you picked a date yet to file for BK?

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  17. Federal deficits:

    Bush –
    FY 2009: $1,413 billion

    Obama -
    FY 2010: $1,293 billion
    FY 2011: $1,300 billion
    FY 2012: $1,089 billion
    FY 2013*: $901 billion (projected)

    Dad (b17026)

  18. Only one problem Gramps, the FY-2009 expenditures under Bush were done under the authority of a CR. On Jan-21, the Congress presented Obama with all of the expenditures that Bush had threatened to Veto, then the Stimulus.
    So, once more, you’re wrong (and stupid).
    FY-2009 was just another Reid/Pelosi/Obama Spend-Fest!

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  19. 1* – Presidential control
    2* – Senate control
    3* – House control

    D = Democrat R = Republican

    Year Nominal Dollars Inflation Adjusted 1* 2* 3*
    2001 $127.3 B Surplus $164.9 B Surplus R D R

    2002 $157.8 B Deficit $201.02 B Deficit R D R

    2003 $377.6 B Deficit $470.82 B Deficit R R R

    2004 $413 B Deficit $501.21 B Deficit R R R

    2005 $318 B Deficit $373.24 B Deficit R R R

    2006 $248 B Deficit $282.14 B Deficit R R R

    2007 $161 B Deficit $178.1 B Deficit R D D

    2008 $459 B Deficit $488.82 B Deficit R D D

    2009 $1413 B Deficit $1509.62 B Deficit D D D

    2010 $1294 B Deficit $1360.67 B Deficit D D D

    2011 $1299 B Deficit $1324.16 B Deficit D D R

    2012 $1100 B Deficit $1100 B Deficit D D R

    2013 $900 B Deficit $884.96 B Deficit D D R

    Source: Whitehouse.gov – Historical Tables (Table 1.1)

    rrteach (dcdaba)

  20. Bush –
    FY 2009: $1,413 billion

    Lie. You know it. We know it. That Dem budget was signed by Obama, and loaded with crap.

    JD (4f721c)

  21. You’ve simply got to expand your horizons beyond Fox News and Rush Limbaugh!

    This is a standard leftist rhetoric trick. It is meaningless. And shows how silly you are. I could not tell you what time Rush comes on, what channel he is on, nor what channel FoxNews is on my cable. I don’t need Rush or Fox to know you and Dad lie.

    JD (4f721c)

  22. The leftists desperately do not want to talk a out Obama’s lies about the draconian reductions in the rate of growth.

    JD (4f721c)

  23. (Perry’s?) Dad attributed FY 2009 spending to President Bush. However, the Congress, both houses of which were controlled by the Democrats, passed the annual appropriations bills for only Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs before the end of President Bush’s term; the rest was funded via continuing resolution, at FY 2008 levels, because the Democrats expected Barack Hussein Obama to win the election.

    On February 23, 2009, the Omnibus Apprpriations Act was introduced into the House of Representatives; by March 11, President Obama signed it into law. It had already been festooned with all kinds of goodies and additions, and it was a substantial increase in federal discretionary spending without including the 2009 porkulus bill.

    FY 2009 appropriations should have been signed into law by President Bush, had the Congress done its job on time.

    The Dana who looks things up (3e4784)

  24. Here’s my favorite. Had the President proposed a budget, and had the President’s party in the Senate passed a budget, then the President would have something of a point that these cuts he’s now required would be automatic and non-discretionary on his part.

    But because they didn’t do their jobs, the sequester gives him all the discretion he needs to determine which programs, projects, and activities he wants to cut and which ones not to cut. Congress doesn’t need to pass any new law giving him that authority which he threatens to veto.

    The law he’s already signed does everything that the new law would have.

    The Sequester Revelation Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage.

    According to Mr. Obama and his budget office, the sequester cuts are indiscriminate and spell out specific percentages that will be subtracted from federal “projects, programs and activities,” or PPAs. Except for the exemptions in the 2011 budget deal, the White House says it must now cut across the board regardless of how important a given PPA is. Food inspectors, say, will be treated the same as subsidies for millionaire farmers.

    Not so fast. Programs, projects and activities are a technical category of the federal budget, but the sequester actually occurs at the roughly 1,200 broader units known as budget accounts. Some accounts are small, but others contain hundreds of PPAs and the larger accounts run to billions of dollars. For the Pentagon in particular, the distinction between PPAs and accounts is huge. This means in most cases the President has the room to protect his “investments” while managing the fiscal transition over time.

    Congress might have intended for the sequester to apply to PPAs, but they also wrote a sloppy law at the 11th hour. The Budget Control Act of 2011 disinterred the lapsed sequester rules of the Gramm-Rudman Deficit Control Act of 1985, though without anyone looking at the details.

    Gramm-Rudman said the sequester applies to accounts, not PPAs, under a temporary “part-year” budget. As it happens the government is operating under just such a continuing resolution now, not a normal appropriations bill. If Congress returned to regular order in 2014 or later, the sequester would indeed trickle down to PPAs.

    This is great! Recall that an “automatic trigger” was entirely a WH idea. And they deliberately went back to Gramm-Rudman to come up with that mechanism; sequestration.

    Nobody looked closely at that mechanism. Not the people who wrote the bill; Congress. But not the people who decided to resurrect Gramm-Rudman in the first place; the WH. They never looked at what the rules under Gramm-Rudman were before they proposed it.

    The GOP seems to have fallen into a manure pile and is about to come up smelling like roses. All they have to do now is read the law as it exists and they can call BS on these WH “bring the pain” cuts.

    Obama’s hand isn’t being forced. That never was the case. But he has nothing to hide behind now; no excuses for making the cuts he chooses to make that the law he signed doesn’t even require him to make.

    It’s a beautiful thing to see someone hoist on their own petard. But hoist on their own petard twice? First by not looking at the details of his own proposal. Second by being of the party that refused to pass a budget.

    Steve57 (60a887)

  25. JD, you are permitting your ideology to destroy your creditability.

    There simply is no denying the economy which President Obama inherited from day one in office.

    Ask Hank Paulson!

    Perry (329aa5)

  26. Dana – that was the bright line starting point for the Dems avoiding budgets for political reasons. Since that point, no budgets.

    JD (4f721c)

  27. Perry – again, you lie. It is habitual for you. I never questioned the state of the economy. I, and others, pointed out that Dad’s numbers were BS.

    JD (4f721c)

  28. JD, sometimes I suspect Perry honestly doesn’t know the difference between the economy and the stock market, or between the economy and the federal budget.

    Or for that matter between the federal budget and the stock market.

    Otherwise I doubt he’d write the gobsmackingly stupid stuff he usually does.

    Steve57 (60a887)

  29. See, Perry, I’m sticking up for you!

    Steve57 (60a887)

  30. Why is it that no matter how bad it gets Good Ol’ Barry can get away with murd–, when will the sheeple stop taking BigPharma’s sleeping pills?

    DJ6ual
    http://www.pghcouponing.com

    DJ6ual (08c3a5)

  31. 17, 19. 2013 projections are probably at least half of the likely expenditure.

    The only caveat is the length of the shutdown. It is three weeks and counting and the ‘crisis’ has not yet bubbled up to page one.

    “This is going to be great.”

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  32. 23. Comment by The Dana who looks things up (3e4784) — 3/6/2013 @ 9:17 am

    What you said was undeniably true. However, you conveniently chose not to mention the economic context of that time, when we damn near had Great Depression II when the President took office. This shortcoming is typical you, Dana!

    What you snarkishly refer to as the “2009 porkulus bill”, actually the ARRA, popularly called the stimulus bill, what a godsend which helped to turn us away from a depression, together with the EESA of 2008, the bailout bill.

    By virtue now of hindsight, we certainly did the right thing at the time on an emergency basis. There was not time to do otherwise, though at the time I wanted the stimulus to be larger re infrastructure repairs generating more jobs, a win-win scenario.

    PS: Just like old times over here, eh Dana, though the odds against are yet more overwhelming? So?

    Perry (329aa5)

  33. 25. “There simply is no denying the [hairline, forehead, eye spacing and nose] which President Obama inherited[].”

    He is plainly Franklin Marshall Davis’ bastard. Drinking bud of Stanley, photographer of Ann, Marxist mentor of the Alien.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  34. Nobody looked closely at that mechanism

    Obama’s a Big-Picture Guy, and can’t be bothered with the nitty-gritty of governing.
    His staff is composed of Morons, some with PhD’s, but Morons nevertheless.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  35. So, Perry. You admit that “Dad”s figures were dishonest. You continue to be intentionally obtuse, accusing people of not acknowledging that the economy was in bad shape. And you ignore the failure of the pork laden Dem wish list porkukus, amazingly claiming we need more. The roads and bridges trope is especially funny, given the recent accounting showing that they are in good shape, compared to other points in history.

    There is no end to which leftists won’t tax. And spend.

    JD (4f721c)

  36. Speaking of resemblances:

    Did anyone else pick up on the facial comparison of our new SecState in his interview shown on yesterday’s Fox Special Report?
    I swear, that with all that pancake they used, and his hair combed back, he looked like a dead ringer of G.Washington on the $1 bill.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  37. A godsend.

    We couldn’t parody you if we tried. And since that was inserted in he budget, that became the baseline for all subsequent spending. So that one time emergency expenditure has occurred every year since.

    JD (4f721c)

  38. Since most of the history books will be written by kids saddled with the biggest default in human history, I rather doubt they will be kind to Ogabe or Shrub, Slick, Pere Booosh, or either major party.

    Just sayin’.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  39. Oh, ADP said yesterday private industry created 198K jobs on the strength of, you guessed it, ‘seasonal adjustments’.

    Since the Manufacturing PMI came out today at -2.0, all those charges of Industry sitting on the sideline athwart piles of cash are baseless slander, eh?

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  40. Well, the firearms industry is doing quite well.

    Thank You, Barack Obama!

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  41. A summation of Perry:

    You get stories from Obama all the time. The story is pretty simple, deliberately so, and large chunks of it are hogwash. But it’s believable enough for enough people:

    In the beginning, there was Bush, and Bush was bad. There was war, and it was bad; the war created the deficits, and so did Bush’s tax cuts for the rich. Because all the money went to tax cuts and wars, the government didn’t make necessary “investments” in “roads and bridges” and “green energy.” People couldn’t get health care. The oceans were rising.

    Then we elected Obama, and it started getting better immediately! Okay, not everywhere, and maybe the progress and improvement was really hard to measure, but Obama inherited the worst crises of any president ever. Nobody could have generated better results than he did. The arc of history bent more toward justice, and better days are ahead, just you wait and see . . .

    Now, you can come up with dozens of objections to those few sentences, but for the average Obama voter, that’s the gist of the state of the country from 2001 to today. It’s not all that different from your usual religious narrative, you have a fall of paradise (the election of Bush) the Devil (Bush), the messiah figure (Obama), the coming of a new kingdom and ultimate utopia. The purpose of the believer is to continue to believe in the redeeming messiah figure in the face of skepticism and doubt, because belief in him makes you one of the special and enlightened ones, and so on.

    Steve57 (60a887)

  42. Dad – The wrong side of history is Obama’s war on the private sector, success in America and future generations. Just how long do you think it is going to take to repair the damage of our worst and most divisive president in memory?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  43. daley, it will take at least the first two terms of the M.Obama Administration.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  44. Charlie Cooke today says the 1.6 Billion rounds the DHS is stockpiling is just a tempest in a teapot.

    Everyone knows any Federal agency with a letterhead has its own swat team. DHS is just ahead of the curve.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  45. Dad – Perry complained about lack of context. Obama is much better about not paying for things than Bush. He incurred more debt in one term than Bush did in two and spent it on things with no discernible benefit to the U.S. except temporary payback for campaign supporters. Labor force participation rates are at 30 year lows, the economy is flat. Truly we live in magical times under the Sun King.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  46. “daley, it will take at least the first two terms of the M.Obama Administration.”

    askeptic – Every American will be forced to do their part to have marvelously toned arms.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  47. 46. askeptic – Every American will be forced to do their part to have marvelously toned arms.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 3/6/2013 @ 10:34 am

    Curvee labor on all those shovel ready infrastructure projects should be just the ticket.

    I can hardly wait until DHS arrives in their MRAPs to enlist us.

    Steve57 (60a887)

  48. Curvee = corvee

    Steve57 (60a887)

  49. “Curvee labor on all those shovel ready infrastructure projects should be just the ticket.”

    Steve57 – Digging holes and filling them in across the country that nobody can pay for.

    Winning The Future

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  50. Where did Dad and Perry go?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  51. Daley – doesn’t matter. They don’t actually respond, they just repeat the same lies, then move on to the next.

    JD (4f721c)

  52. Perry wrote:

    What you said was undeniably true. However, you conveniently chose not to mention the economic context of that time, when we damn near had Great Depression II when the President took office. This shortcoming is typical you, Dana!

    Given that the point was being made to correct Dad’s assertion that the FY 2009 spending was entirely President Bush’s responsibility, there was no reason to mention anything else.

    I argued, all along, that the best thing we could have done was nothing at all, and simply let the economy adjust on its own. Given that after all of the ramped up spending under President Obama has left us with an official unemployment rate which is still slightly higher than when he took office, and that our economic growth has been not only anemic, but measures as the worse recovery performance since the Depression, it would seem to me to be hard to argue that the President’s policies have been very helpful.

    You assume, as the basis for your arguments, that we would have had another depression, but that can’t be proved, nor did any other country go into depression, save Greece, which was using the same methods President Obama tried.

    The always accurate Dana (3e4784)

  53. I keep expecting the next link to announce the end, but its like Archimedes’ race of Achilles versus the turtle.

    http://moonbattery.com/?p=26623&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Bicycles raise the rider’s rate of respiration and need to be taxed accordingly.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  54. “Daley – doesn’t matter. They don’t actually respond, they just repeat the same lies, then move on to the next.”

    JD – Maybe we’ll get better chew toys next time.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  55. 54. Ah, that was Zeno’s Paradox, Archimedes came much later and in Sicily.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  56. Just so you know, WH tours may be cancelled.

    But the USDA is still underwriting the California Small Farm Conference March 10-12 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Fresno.

    Come enjoy the local wines and the dishes prepared by guest chefs. Here’s the schedule.

    Sunday, March 10

    7:00 am – 6:00 pm Conference Registration Open

    8:30 am – 3:30 pm Field Courses

    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm Farmers’ Market Managers Workshop

    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Scholarship Orientation

    5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Tasting Reception

    Monday, March 11

    7:30 am – 4:00 pm Conference Registration Open

    9:00 am – 10:15 am Open Plenary Session

    10:30 am – 12:00 pm Session 1 – Workshops

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking Luncheon (No Speaker)

    1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Session 2 – Workshops

    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Session 3 – Workshops

    4:40 pm – 6:00 pm Face to Face

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Banquet and Keynote Address

    Tuesday, March 12

    7:30 am – 9:30 am Conference Registration Open

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast and Keynote Address

    9:15 am – 10:45 am Session 4 – Workshops

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session 5 – Workshops

    Good news. If you still want to go registration is available on site.

    Steve57 (60a887)

  57. #SequesterThis Meat inspectors have to go, but fine wines are still on the USDA menu.

    In April, the penny-pinchers at the USDA will also sponsor the Priester National Health Extension Conference in Corvallis, Oregon. The pressing object of this four-day event will be to “provide resource support to professionals and community leaders working to improve community health,” although attendees will sneak in their own wine tasting. We recommend the state’s pinots.

    Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn noted in a Tuesday letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that while these conferences may be “fun,” or “even educational,” they reveal an agency unable to set priorities that serve taxpayers as opposed to its own bureaucratic interests. The agency fans public fear about salmonella outbreaks even as its public servants serve themselves haute cuisine.

    Mr. Coburn and others are providing Americans with a window on this and other fiscal contradictions at #SequesterThis on Twitter, and we recommend that readers take a look. Then decide if the federal government is so wonderfully efficient that it can only cut spending that most hurts the public.

    Steve57 (60a887)

  58. To paraphrase Paul Masson:

    We will release no whine before its time.

    Sequester for thee, but not for me.
    The Little People may not visit the White House, or the Washington Monument (conveniently closed for maintenance/remodeling), but how dare you restrict the vital activities of the Nomenklatura!

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  59. USDA offices nationwide need to be visited by pitchfork bearing constituents (torches optional – tar & feathers mandatory).

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  60. Have they furloughed the people at the Dept. of Energy whose it is to run around revoking oil drilling permits?

    Steve57 (60a887)

  61. And how about the people at EPA who conduct the Al Armendariz-style crucifixions?

    Steve57 (60a887)

  62. Hauser’s Law:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-06/guest-post-look-us-taxes-and-hausers-law

    So when Dwight E. saw rates rise to top at 90% we briefly spiked well above 20% revenues to GDP but the returns regressed to the mean.

    So now, Succubus wants to ever increase rates to stay above the mean? Naw, he doesn’t even know what the ‘mean’ means.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  63. The sequester is already exacting a toll in Europe:

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/03/car-sales-plunge-10-in-germany-12-in.html

    800K Federal employees will have to give a Ford a look see now that Audis are out of reach.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  64. Definitive understatement:

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/03/fully-prepared-for-currency-war-says.html

    Japan got off the line first, usually an advantage, in the all out war, but China has enough foreign currency to buy the world’s gold twice over.

    Spain has blown its heater and now receives the blindfold.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  65. Might be easier to make a list of non-lies.

    htom (412a17)

  66. Don’t forget to note the War on Women part of that caligrapher story:
    Particia makes $96,725.
    Debra makes $85,953.
    Richard makes $94,372.

    Patricia is the Chief Calligrapher, and makes a mere $2,353 more than Richard, her male assistant. Richard meanwhile makes $8,419 than Debra, his female coworker.

    Why does Richard make almost 10% more for doing the same job as Debra?
    Why does Patricia make barely 2.5% than Richard when she has to supervise both Richard and Debra?
    Why is the White House engaging in such blatant discrimination against women?

    Sam (133e2f)

  67. Why?
    Muslims do not believe in equality.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  68. htom’s entire post said:

    Might be easier to make a list of non-lies.

    I think you already did.

    The precise Dana (3e4784)

  69. Perry wrote:

    What you snarkishly refer to as the “2009 porkulus bill”, actually the ARRA, popularly called the stimulus bill, what a godsend which helped to turn us away from a depression, together with the EESA of 2008, the bailout bill.

    By virtue now of hindsight, we certainly did the right thing at the time on an emergency basis. There was not time to do otherwise, though at the time I wanted the stimulus to be larger re infrastructure repairs generating more jobs, a win-win scenario.

    Really? We all know that you believe that to be the case, but we can’t know that a depression was avoided; we can never know what would have happened down the path not taken.

    But we can measure what happened against the the claims made for the porkulus plan. Unemployment, we were told, would be held to a maximum of 8% — the CBO guesstimated 8.5% — but unemployment soared to 10.0%, and even now is officially at 7.9%. The graphs provided by the President’s minions indicated that the unemployment rate would be around 5.6% in July of 2012; kind of makes you wonder just how astute the President’s economists were.

    More, those same economists projected that if we didn’t pass the pork plan, unemployment would top out at 9%; by the President’s own criteria, the porkulus plan not only didn’t work, but actually made things worse than if we had done nothing at all . . . which just happens to be what I was arguing at the time. Does that make me right in the eyes of the President and his apologists? Why, no, of course not: they simply move the goalposts and tell us that things would have been even worse without the stimulus plan, yet another unprovable assertion.

    Moreover, if we look at the established facts, we can see that the current recovery, if we can call it that, has taken much longer and been far less successful than any post-recession recovery since the Depression. By the objective measures the President set when selling his stimulus plan, and by the economic record of past recessions, the Obama economic plans have been failures.

    The Dana who's now home from work, writing whilst dinner is still cooking (af9ec3)

  70. A-freakin-men

    JD (4f721c)

  71. ==What you snarkishly refer to as the “2009 porkulus bill”, actually the ARRA, popularly called the stimulus bill,…which helped to turn us away from a depression==

    No Perry. Please get the terms straight. The 2009 thing pretending to be an economic stimulus did not have to be a porkulus but Democrats made it thus. A properly targeted stimulus (instead of the one they passed that simply rewarded stupid money losing pipedream projects favored by Obama supporters, and poured money into the unions and pet companies AKA payback fronts of Obama contributors) actually might have been effective in helping us get out of the recession we’re still in at least partly because of the porkulus.

    elissa (bd8b1c)

  72. JD, you are permitting your ideology to destroy your creditability.
    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 3/6/2013 @ 9:20 am

    – Yeah, JD. Get yourself edumacated already!

    Icy (a71933)

  73. Re: #17 and #19 … Fiscal year shenanigans and rewriting history

    Dad and Perry both seem to enjoy swimming in the muddy waters of FY 2009. Wiki has the following summary of FY 2009:

    The United States federal budget for fiscal year 2009 began as a spending request submitted by President George W. Bush to the 110th Congress. The final resolution was approved by the House on June 5, 2008.[2] The final spending bills for the budget were not signed into law until March 11, 2009 by President Barack Obama, nearly five and a half months after the fiscal year began.

    The beauty of the Federal fiscal year is that it is so maleable and confusing to most people, particularly under hte one’s leadership which has been characterized by the Senate’s refusal to pass a budget, which is the normal way of demarking a fiscal year. In this case, Bush loaded the FY 2009 budget with $430B of TARP spending in October of 2008, just before the election. At that point, the budget (yes they had one in 2009) projected a deficit of $430B for the year based on the June 2008 budget passed by the House plus a bit more for TARP. Bush’s TARP expenditures are credited with increasing the deficit by $245B according to an early 2009 CBO report. The total TARP expenditures ended up at about $430B, including hte ones constributions. TARP is now mostly ($405B) paid back by the private entities who received support.

    TARP has thus served two important purposes for hte one: it increased Bush’s portion of the FY 2009 deficit; and as it was paid back, it decreased the real deficits hte one is responsible for.

    As 2009 unfolded, it became apparent that tax revenues were going to be much less than Bush anticipated (about $600B,) and expenditures were going to be much greater (about $400B.) The new administration did the only responsible thing as they were fine tuning their expenditures in the early part of 2009 … they blamed it on Bush and pushed ahead on the race to financial oblivion. After all, increasing unemployment benefits is one of the best investments Pelosi can imagine, and with this sort of leadership tempered by RINOs pushing Cash for Clunkers (yes that was in 2009 also) we entered an era of financial fantasy.

    Dad and Perry need to find some new themes for their falsehoods. Bush is not responsible for the $1.4T deficit of 2009. hte one signed off on 2009 expenditures, and he is responsible for it. Indeed, the failure of this, his first encounter with a budget, may well be the reason hte one has been so reluctant to step into these dangerous waters ever since.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  74. Thomas Sewell used to ask his students the following:

    Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?

    The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

    In light of the leaked email, seems like business as usual.

    Tanny O'Haley (4c5a96)

  75. #67 Sam, pay for performance is the reason for the disparity. Like many in the WH, Debra often forgets to dot her ‘i’s.

    Fred Beloit (9e81ce)

  76. Obama’s Sequestration is injuring the nation!

    cerw (fafa86)

  77. The Administration’s Thin Complaints About the Sequester

    Last Friday, President Obama claimed at a news conference that janitors at the Capitol would be suffering pay cuts as a result of the sequester.

    The Washington Post fact-checker column said no, this wasn’t really true, so White House staffers rejoindered that even if they weren’t taking actual pay cuts, per se, the janitors would be givin gup overtime pay that they really needed. Now, the Washington Post has investigated this claim as well, and found it underwhelming:

    First of all, we should note that the White House’s story kept evolving as we reported last week’s column. It’s almost as if the president’s aides had to scramble to come up with reasons why the president could be correct, without actually knowing the facts.

    So, when we forwarded to White House aides an AOC memo saying no furloughs were planned, White House aides latched onto a line about overtime reductions. For a couple of hours, we were also told that the janitors were on contract — and contracts were being curtailed. But that line of reasoning turned out to be incorrect. Then, after the statements from the Capitol were issued, there was no longer any response.

    …There is a differential for the overnight shift, so the night janitors earn an average of $51,644 a year and the day janitors earn an average of $49,481.

    And the overtime pay? It averaged $304 per employee in fiscal year 2012 and $388 per employee thus far in the current fiscal year. “Cleaning technicians do not earn what I would consider to be a great deal of overtime pay,” Swanson said.
    In other words, overtime amounts to only pittance of the overall pay — about $6.50 a week on top of wages of $1,000 a week. That’s much different from Carney’s claim of having to “depend on that overtime to make ends meet.”

    This is not the first time that the administration has been caught making grossly exaggerated claims about the impact of the sequester:

    Duncan’s claim, on one of the Sunday morning shows, that teachers were already getting pink slips because of the looming sequester was actually the second time he had made this assertion.

    …Oddly, however, the Education Department for days was unable to cough up the name of a single school district where these notices had been delivered. Then, on Wednesday, Duncan appeared before the White House press corps and produced a name — Kanawha County in West Virginia — with a major league caveat. “Whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know,” he said.

    Duncan’s spokesman, Daren Briscoe, said in an e-mail that “the information shared on the call was that just over 100 teachers and Head Start teachers had received layoff notices.”

    …Our colleague Lyndsey Layton helped unravel the mystery.

    She discovered that these were not layoffs, but rather “transfer notices” sent to 104 Title I teachers for reasons unrelated to the sequestration cuts.

    Moreover, these aren’t matters of opinion where the administration can simply argue assumptions; these are easily checkable statements with hard numbers attached. From this I infer that the administration is having a hard time finding concrete examples of bad things that the sequester is going to do.

    I have a feeling these kidz in the WH who graduated from the Karl Marx Klown Kollege have never had to show their work before. And they really think these guesses they’re pulling out of they’re rectums are pretty durned accurate because, how couldn’t they be? They went to an Ivy League school.

    Ahh, but in other news of the devastation wrought sequestzilla:

    Source: Preparations underway for Obama vacation on Martha’s Vineyard

    Steve57 (60a887)


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