Skip to comments.Obama to Veto Any Attempt to Roll Back Automatic Cuts After Committee's Inability to Reach Deal
Posted on 11/21/2011 8:08:19 PM PST by presidio9
President Obama said he would veto any effort by lawmakers to repeal a requirement for $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts to be triggered after the Super Committee failed to agree on terms to save the country $1.2 trillion over a 10-year span.
There will be no easy off ramps on this one, Obama said at an afternoon press conference where he laid blame squarely on Republicans who refused to bend in their defense of tax cuts for the wealthy during debt talks. We need to keep the pressure up to compromise, not turn off the pressure.
He went on to promise that the deficit will be reduced by at least $2.2 trillion in the next decade one way or another. He included the roughly $1 trillion in cuts approved in August.
"The only way these spending cuts will not take place is if Congress gets back to work to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion," he said. "They've still got a year to figure it out."
These automatic spending cuts are designed to fall evenly on the military and domestic government programs beginning in 2013.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as well as lawmakers in both parties have warned the impact on the Pentagon could be devastating.
"In my four decades involved with public service, I have never been more concerned about the ability of Congress to forge common-sense solutions to the nation's pressing problems," Panetta, a former House budget committee chairman, said in a statement.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a statement about the mandatory cuts to defense, calling the sequester of $600 billion in defense spending a threat to the national security interests of the United States and cannot be allowed to occur.
After months of talks,
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The Republicans were idiots for getting into this crap.
The Dims don't understand that we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. The Repubes and RINOS don't have the backbone to target cuts where they are needed most - the endless gov't giveaway train. Well, tough - let the cuts begin!
It seems they are idiots on a daily basis these days?
Who in HELL every thought this stupid-committee idea would ever work??
Of course, as always, there really aren't any cuts, only reductions in the rate of spending increases. They act like it's a big deal when it's not even a good start.
Exactly! WTG Boehner and crew. Bunch of idiots.
The republicans have given Obama the stage to act like the tough guy in holding the line and forcing the mandatory cuts to go into effect. The media will not mention that the action doesn’t take place until 2013 or that he will change his tune after he gets reelected!
Weird... Ubama blames Republicans but then gives a warning to his own party of big spenders that he will veto their attempt to spend more. I guess this means the government is going to have to learn to live with the automatic 16% increase in spending it will be left with.
What a SOB.
Spend us into oblivion, then set us up with defense cuts to reduce the debt.
Correct. With Republicans controlling the House, the only roll-backs will be on military cuts. Obama gets to cut military spending and act like he's just being fiscally responsible.
In 2012’s campaign, this is all going to blow up in Zero’s face, and in Panetta’s, and in what passes for the faces of the ugly Demwit bastards in Congress.
The republican always fall into the Democratic trap that they will play by the rules. When will they ever learn? Play by the Democrats rules and win!
It doesn’t matter. Obama is bluffing. As a defender of the welfare/warfare state, he doesn’t really want the automatic cuts. The GOP should call his bluff and embrace sequestration. They have an opportunity to paint him in a corner if they do this.
This guy is a brain hemorrhage..
Is the FBI penetrated and compromised?..
What does the U.S.A. do when they elect a virtual Traitor?..
Bend over and assume “the Position”..?..
This was the compromise for raising the debt ceiling... amazing isn’t it? Failure after failure. Surrender upon surrender.
and they want OUR votes?
Dictator in Chief.
Absolutely. RINO leadership has taken us for a ride into the depths of foolishness.
Republicans don’t like spending cuts? Only if the cuts affect the fellow behind the other tree! Tough luck.
I see that Herman Cain has revised his 999 plan on his sight yet again.
Now he has removed all mention of his procedural points that called on the Super Committee for approval.
He is backing away.
The truly wealthy don’t have to show ‘income’. It’s those who are upwardly mobile middle class who get nailed by the democrats.
“It doesnt matter. Obama is bluffing. As a defender of the welfare/warfare state, he doesnt really want the automatic cuts.”
—Yep. The only reason he’s saying this is because he already knows it’s not really going to happen. The “automatic” domestic cuts will be smoke and mirrors, and will be pushed back and never actually go into effect.
When will the Debt Ceiling need to be raised again?
That will be the key event.
“The Republicans were idiots for getting into this crap.”
Indeed they were, they let the democrats convince the public that shutting down the federal goverment would have catastrophic consequences.
For that alone many of them deserve not to be reelected.
There’s something oddly surreal about this whole farce - the ‘rats/libs/media are apoplectic about the supercommittee’s inability to agree to $1.2t in deficit reduction, and the downside is that we’ll then have $1.2t in deficit reduction? Smoke, mirrors, and nonsense the lot of it. There’s no cuts. Just meaningless budget projections of what the federal budget will be doing a decade from now (from people that couldn’t even draft a budget for last year, nor this one, nor the one after).
One thing must be remembered the GOP holds the house if the money is there they can probably find $1.2 trillion (over 10 years) about any time they want to and pass a spending cut bill (say September 2012)and lift the automatic cuts to military and social spending. I can see it now the march with the big gavel like with Obamacare.
If a (R) is elected, I am afraid he will be cowed by the media and choose to play nice with the (D)s.
If I heard and understand this correctly the budget is on an upward glide path that makes these ‘cuts’ puny. If one just let the budget grow, net of cuts, we’ll still be broke. And soon! But keeping the tax rate increases off the table will reinforce the point. Washington is sucking America dry!
Notice how NOBODY ever suggests that the current Government accounting trick of Baseline Budgeting should be eliminated?
For the big bucks we are paying our Civil Servants, they should account for every Taxpayer Funded dollar allocated to their Departments.
I spent many years justifying my Budget Projections while working for a large Corporation. Unless there was a requirement for year to year expansion of services to my Clients, the Budget was static or cut.
Any Merit Pay or Bonus Money paid to me was based on Operational Savings. There was no built in increase. If I didn’t find the savings, they would hire someone who would.
The absolute waste in Government Spending is beyond my comprehension. I only had an 18 Million Dollar Budget to look after.
Well, since the supercommittee is a failure, you could cut spending by eliminating the budget for the supercommittee. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
more like FTTPC , the first is self explanatory, the rest, the tax paying citizen , we are truly screwed by both sides of this equation.
If the current generation does not end up paying for this BS, surely the next 2 or 3 will,assuming the whole ball of dumb assry does not collapse.
I personally believe that the whole house of cards will collapse into anarchy sooner than later.
So we are past FUBO,we are into F the world, for when the USA goes so does the rest.
I have no crystal ball nor am I a doomsayer, however our elected leaders refuse to face reality, they would rather kick the ball into the next administration.
The time for kicking this is past, it is now time for our elected leaders in the house/congress to SOGOTP, if they are unwilling to do what is needed they need to leave.
Ignore the OWS and MSM, they are lost cause.
Speak with you children, neighbors, family and pols. Make them understand that if we continue on this path everyone loses.
We all know exactly what we think about Obama - even those with buyers remorse.
The Republicans are
were idiots for getting into this
There, Jim, I fixed it for you.
Possibly before the election if the economy weakens and revenue falls, from what I have read.
I think you’re right but that’s all the more reason for the GOP to embrace the sequester. Now that Obama has committed to defending them as a bluff he can’t easily back off if the GOP calls his bluff.
I agree...but if there is any chance for the automatic cuts (the only realistic option now for those who truly want smaller government) to go into effect is if the GOP is smart enough to embrace them. Otherwise, you’re analysis is spot on.
This is where his media goes to work. Them that should be called his "Post Failure PR Team", will be spinning this every way they can to put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the six republicans on the committee.
Obama, Kerry and Washington State's poster girl for dental hygiene, Patty Murry will be portrayed as saintly devotees to the American good who have been beaten down by hateful conservatives.
It is already happening. Today’s NPR report was a textbook case of pro-Obama shilling. Nevertheless, there are ways to fight back if the GOP plays this right.
MLK said, "It is not the voices of your enemies that you will remember, it is the silence of your friends."
He stacked the supercommittee with far left liberals and directed them not to budge.. What in the world is there to agree with here? Gutting defense and leaving most everything else alone fits in with HIS agenda.. and yours apparently. Shameful.
The bill should originate in the House, not in some Supercommittee attic closet. WTF ? Whoever did not see this clustermuck coming is an imbecile.
"I agree...but if there is any chance for the automatic cuts (the only realistic option now for those who truly want smaller government) to go into effect is if the GOP is smart enough to embrace them."
But if you agree that there won't be any real domestic cuts when all is said and done (beyond phony accounting), then that's essentially sacrificing defense cuts, and getting nothing in substantive domestic cuts in return. There's no leverage there- domestic spending will continue to spiral out of control, and you will have even less power to stop it going forward.
On what basis, do you make that claim? Obama may want to be dictator but he doesn’t have the power to single out any agency without cooperation by Congress. Super Committee or not, it will take an affirmative vote by Congress to override the automatic cuts and single out the military. As long as Congress doesn’t make such a vote, the military will not be singled out and the automatic cuts, IF they are allowed by Congress to take place as scheduled, will hit BOTH the military and domestic spending.
"On what basis, do you make that claim?...As long as Congress doesnt make such a vote, the military will not be singled out and the automatic cuts, IF they are allowed by Congress to take place as scheduled, will hit BOTH the military and domestic spending."
It doesn't take too much insight to realize that Obama and the Dems will work quietly over the next year to cut as much in defense as possible to appease his base (but not too much to appear weak), while at the same time acting like he's really going to allow domestic cuts to occur- which of course they never will. This is why the lefty blogs and pundits were all ecstatic about the super-committee failing.
And once the defense cuts happen- but the domestic ones don't- the game is up. I'm sorry, but from a solely tactical perspective, this is why Ron Paul is wrong.
Work quietly? How? Will he issue executive orders overriding Congress? Will he repudiate his defense secretary who has circled the wagons against any cuts?