Obama’s about-face on the sequester

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Back in January, Glenn shared that his New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to avoid saying President Obama’s name and playing any audio of his remarks. Anyone who breaks this rule is fined $20 per offense. While there have certainly been some bumps in the road – very expensive bumps – Glenn, Pat, Stu, and Jeffy have really seemed to take the challenge to heart and are feeling much better for it.

Last week, Glenn intentionally broke his own rule, saying “that guy’s” name three times, when he proclaimed: “Socialism is not my religion, government is not my church, and President Obama is not my god.”

Glenn went on to say the line two more times, costing him $60. But he it was $60 well spent. “And I said it gladly and I put $20 in,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And then I said it again and I put $20 in and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to give you 40 because I’m going to say it again.’ And it felt good. Now Pat has come to us and said, ‘I have to play the audio from that guy.’”

“I sent this to Pat last night,” Stu said. “And I said to him, ‘I don’t know that we could play this because we’re going to get fined if we play it, but it’s so good.’”

With the automatic spending cuts set to kick in on March 1, Pat and Stu dug up some audio that shows President Obama’s blatant about-face on the issue.

Up first, Present Obama had this to say about the sequester in November 2011:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Already some in Congress who 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 of domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.

Based on these comments, Obama’s stance is pretty clear: there is no getting out of the automatic spending cuts, but 15 months later, the President is singing quite a different tune. During a press conference yesterday at the White House, Obama had this to say about the effects of the sequester:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: …Emergency responders like the ones who are here today, their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Airport controllers and airport security will see cutbacks which mean more delays in airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.

“Wait a minute. So hold on just a second,” Glenn said. “This is making my blood boil. This is why we don’t play this guy.”

The hypocrisy is astounding, even for this president, but perhaps the most ironic part of Obama’s recent remarks is how he keeps referring to the layoffs that will supposedly target firemen, teachers, and educators. Unless circumstances have changed in the last 24 hours – firemen and teachers do not work for the federal government.

“How many federal teachers and educators do we have? How many teachers are on the federal payroll? I want to know the number,” Pat said. “I want to know the exact number because it’s zero! Federal teachers? There’s no federal layoff of teachers.”

“But this is a strategy from this president, which is, when he makes these big speeches and public policy pronouncements, it comes out and he targets the things that only the people on the right care about,” Stu countered. “You know, again the border patrol, FBI agents, crime; federal prosecutors, crime; letting criminals go, more crime; airport security, terrorism; teachers and educators, family; child care for your kids, family. He goes after the rightwing catch phrases, the rightwing care groups, and he targets them to get them on board because he knows he’s already got [Democrats]. They blindly follow.”

At the end of the day, the sequester is not substantial enough to actually prevent a credit downgrade or get government spending anywhere near under control, but it is a start –a start conservatives and Republicans should stand behind.

“It was [Obama’s] idea. He came up with it. So let’s use this to our advantage,” Glenn said. “[Be] for sequester. Say, ‘Yeah, it’s about time.’ And if it means that it’s hard cuts on our side, we will go in there and we will target those cuts. Because you can’t tell me that we can’t cut 10% even out of the Pentagon and not survive. We’ll take those cuts, and we urge the president to make more cuts across the board. We want another 10% sequester straight across the board. And after that one, we’ll take another straight across the board 10% cut.”

“They could win that argument with the American people,” Glenn concluded. “But [Republicans] will not do it because they’re big government progressives just as much.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Obama’s hypocrisy is self-evident to anyone bothering to look and listen when he speaks. He is a pathological narcissist and sees himself as a god-king, messiah and savior of the world and the one who must punish America for her success.

    Too many people are missing the larger picture, Obama is ensuring that the blame will fall on the Republicans no matter if he allows the cuts to go forward or if he vetoes any legislation put before him…all he seeks it to crush the Republicans once and for all and establish a one-party system of governance…

    A style of governance we call Communism.

  • landofaahs

    More Obama incompetence. 

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Look well upon the view of a madman known as President Obama, a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways, and Obama is a pathological narcissist of the highest order.

    He is bent on destroying this nation once and for all; and as his insanity grows, so will the time encroach when he will lash out with fury at all who he perceives as being opposed to his will.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    No, more of his incompetence AND his pathological narcissism.

  • landofaahs

    It’s only a cut in the increase.  Instead of spending going up 10% a year, it goes up 9%.  The game is over but the majority just doesa not know it yet.  Guns and ammo, gold and silver, get out in the country and be ready to leave the country if necessary.  Take your Bible with ya.

  • Soulphoenix

    Obama has NEVER cared what he said yesterday, just what he thinks people want to hear TODAY.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    Does Obama want to end Obamacare or end wasteful job creation like the millions dollars on shrimp on a tread mill studying cow farts and other useless crap? Of course not I guess Obama cares more about cow farts and socialism than police firefighters teachers cancer patience and broader patrol.

  • Draxx

    I can see Obummer Killing Off All of the People That Helped Him Get Into Power, so that none of them can use his tactics to take it from him.  I believe he will do exactly what Saddam Hussein did when he took “Control” of Iraq… Simply put he is a total backstabber that is only in it for himself!!!

  • Draxx

    All I got out of Obummer’s Comments, is that he wants to Continue to Destroy Our Country! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

    Elections have consequences! 

  • Guest

    Here’s the thing. It’s OK to point out when someone flip flops. (Beck completely ignored the flip flop nature of the Romney campaign, but that’s because he cherry picks his data.) The problem comes when the person pointing his finger is also a flip flopper.

    For example, when Beck found out Obama had a kill list with an American on it, Beck was “outraged.”

    Then, after the guy was killed with a drone attack, Beck embraced the killing of a bad guy. Principles? What principles?

    Most recently, Beck has opposed killing Americans without due process after the memo leaked justifying the killing of Americans who joined al Quada.

    So Beck is a flip flopper. For Beck to point his finger at anyone for flip flopping is just another example of Glenn Beck being a hypocrite. Oh, there are many examples.

    My question is: how come Beck’s addicted supporters can’t see this?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

    First of all – GB doesn’t have to ‘point these things out’….
    I have pages upon pages of quotes, sources, statistics, and testimony of Obama (and his transfixed sheep) that I’ve been collecting since 2008.
    Most of it is, among other things, hypocritical and it gives a great overall picture of where this ‘person’s’ agendas lie. It makes for quite good reading actually.
    Second – GB merely makes it convenient thru his email updates.
    No one that’s even halfway objective can say we don’t ALL contradict ourselves. For you to post GB’s past contradictions is nothing more than diversion and valdates that the POTUS only says what people want to hear.
    GB isn’t the POTUS – what he says can be judged and filtered via those that read his articles. Or not.
    Obama on the other hand, should be, I emphasize ‘should be’ held accountable as his position in this country dictates. But it’s not because the media is as corrupt as the administration.  If not more-so.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    You’re telling us, which is fine because we already know his character, but the media will not tell Obama, and he is the one who needs to hear his own words thrown back at him, please find out who writes this stuff for him before he goes on another vacation. Has he been to Afghanistan to visit the troops lately?

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Is that not the normal way dictators and wanna-be dictators do things?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

     I submit to everyone that The One’s idea of sequestration backfired and the main reason he is against now is because republicans said ‘bring it on’…….
    That ole reverse psychology did a double reverse.

  • Anonymous

    It’s EASY for this c(BLEEP)nting moslem brotherhood traitor in chief to do an about face, since he has two of them, as ugly as they are.

  • Anonymous

    Progressives do not recognize the importance of restraint.  Progressives will run the country (including Granny) off the cliff because “Forward” is the mantra.  They can’t stop.  Unbridled “progress” is gluttony, a Lie and the scorched earth left behind, junked cities and destroyed lives are testament to the ongoing progressive failures.

    At some point we run out of money, at some other point we run out of people.

  • Anonymous

    This thing about not saying the President’s name on the radio show is juvenile 

  • Rex Stevenson

    So what else is new? Obama has repeatedly proven himself to be incapable of telling the truth, completely devoid of honor and integrity, and has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever as a human being. He’s a national disgrace and a walking, talking billboard for birth control.

    If you want to get ahead in this country, find a good job, earn a great salary, buy a luxury car and own a nice home … apply for a new Social Security card with the name “Percy Leroy Martinez” and hang out a gay Latino bar in the hood.

    Cabinet members like Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta serve at the pleasure of the president and follow his orders, and now many of us are justifiably concerned about Chuck Hagel’s qualifications for Secretary of Defense. Consider this: “It is well known in business that incompetent managers hire incompetent subordinates. A corollary of that fact is that competent persons won’t knowingly work for incompetent managers. Apparently, competence to do the job isn’t relevant in politics … and unfortunately, that’s the biggest problem with our present administration.”

  • Anonymous

    narcisisst king husseinobama is a puppet controlled by the antiamerican terrorists he was raised by so his job is to end free america and create an islamist caliphat husseinobama is an always was an antiAmerican islamist terrorist!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.smitherman.7 Jay Smitherman

    I know I will get flack from Obama supporters but it is a terrible shame (worse that I can describe) that we have a president that has no trouble lying to the Americal people!  He is the one person that should be truthful and what he says is always truthful.  I know that a president must gloss over some things and not revel all, but this president constantly lies even tho the facts are easy to find to dispute him.  If he lies about this, then what happens if he declares something to the Americal people that is truthful and requires his immediate action…they may just say ‘another lie’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.randolph1 Kenneth Randolph

    nothing this man does surprises me anymore I thought Slick Willie was bad.

  • Anonymous

    You got a real obsession going there, nut case, get some help. Thread after thread of this, you sound like a psychopath, I’m sure I’m not the only one forwarding your rants to the Secret Service.

  • Anonymous

    Thread after thread of unhinged shit, man, you are nuts too.

  • Draxx

    Now how the hell is that supposed to scare me Dipshit?  I Already Know I am Blacklisted and Why! 

    You Prove Everyday About Your Stupidity!  You think we don’t know that they monitor sites like Glenn Beck?  I am Exercising my 1st Amendment Rights, so what, that is not a crime (yet until your god-king Obummer tries and take it away).  Besides, how does not liking someone make me a psychopath?  You don’t like us, that would make you a Psychopath by Your Own Definition!!!  I open my mouth to put a Tater-Tot in, You open your mouth to put a Dick-Tater in it…

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Draxx – I have to wonder if Critten and many other of the usual gang of belligerents who argue with everyone are one and the same person; maybe even Nancy Pelosi?

  • landofaahs

    Cause the problem and blame others because they did protest it enough. He only gets by with it because of the “Enemies” of American freedom called the liberal press. I believe that history teaches that one day the liberal media and their families will one day “Sneeze into the sack”.

  • Draxx

    I can see that point, Nancy P. is about as Intelligent as Kree-Tin, and as Devoted to Democratic Socialism…

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to interjusct some more reality items for discussion here:
    1) Jobs in the free economy are both a leading and a trailing indicator of economic activity. Look back and just before the 1st term of this president (with a single party controlled House & Senate) what happened?-Free market business started cutting employees since demand for products was already falling and what was perceived to be ‘in the chute’ for an entirely Democratic party controlled US Gov’t didn’t look good at all for free commerce. So, private companies cut overhead in preperation to be able to survive.
    2) The economy of free commerce has to pick up drastically first to increase demand for products and services BEFORE private businesses will NEED to hire more employees to accomidate the need and keep the employees they currently have from leaving from being overworked.-people can only handle so much work stress-unless the’re slaves or forced workers.
    3) Media has always been about marketshare and $. The MSM has their audience and they don’t want to loose them. Since the emergence of conservative talk radio, FOX and THEBLAZE-among others- the viewer options have divided. As Rush Limbaugh says, “They no longer have a monopoly”.100% of exclusively mainstream media viewers are at least underinformed if not misinformed. Ignorance is bliss and bliss is what they seek. That’s their pursuit of happiness. It is AKA ignorance. Ignorance can be bliss but, ignorance mainipulated breeds suspition. to much suspition results in paranoia. paranoia combined with ignorance and distrust can cause a masking of the true perception of reality and thats where we are now. The INTENT is to misinform. The INTENT is to bring distrust and suspition. The INTENT is to dumb down everyone on one side of politics and crank up everyone on the oposing side to INCREASE the overall tension. They have the emotional we have the rational. We are opposing each other. That’s what THEY WANT. it is NOT what we should want. Like Ayn Rand….I want reason….. I want calmness….. I want honesty and so should everyone. So, the MSM has their flock and their President and they can’t shift to the TRUTH or FACTS because they will have what few ‘viewers’ they have and therefor loose $. Of course the majority don’t pay much attention at all to reason and that’s why they are so easily manipulated plus, the THINk they’re knoledgeable. They can’t explain WHY they believe what they do but they can tell you what they believe….they belive what they have been TOLD to believe, nothing more and nothing less.
    That’s probably enough for now….you all work on the rest for a while.
    Private sector jobs will not pick up untill after the free economy is set free to thrive.
    95% (my estimate) of the jobs lost in the US were/are in the private sector.
    The Progressives are damaging the free economy by both malichiousness and naievete.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marylorraine.cox Mary-Lorraine Ladner Cox

    Department of Defense Education Association (DoDEA: DDESS and DoDDS) employees including teachers are paid by federal government and are facing furloughs.  The system will need to determine how high school students will earn credits with fewer school days.  It looks like Bureau of Indian Education may also be paid federally.  Both systems are currently in a hiring freeze due the situation.

  • Guest

    mudslide, of course, is in denial of the point: Glenn Beck is a big time hypocrite!