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Haley, GOP governors blast Obama after sequester meeting
Hot Air.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 02/26/2013 12:14:50 PM PST by Kaslin

Barack Obama apparently hoped that a private meeting with GOP governors would help push House Republicans to compromise on the sequester. The meeting backfired in that regard, at least partially. The private meeting so incensed Nikki Haley that she could barely contain herself afterward at the US Chamber of Commerce afterward, and while she expressed frustration with both sides, she delivered a withering shot at Obama for refusing to make even slight cuts in federal spending:

“I could not be more frustrated than I am right now,” Haley told reporters after the meeting. She said that when she asked Obama if he would consider a last-minute plan to shave about 2 percent from the annual federal budget without increasing taxes, the answer was “no.”

“My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget,” Haley said. “This is not rocket science.”

She didn’t spare House Republicans, either, or Senate Democrats for that matter, for taking a week off while this issue sat on the table:

Haley also made no effort to spare congressional Republicans, who took last week off with only a few days left before the sequestration process was set to begin.

“There is no leadership. There is no confidence. There is nothing that shows us that they actually care about what they’re doing,” Haley said. “What they’re doing is playing games, and we as the taxpayers are having to cover for their games. We’re not going to do it anymore.”

Haley also noted that “no one should be going home. No one should be playing golf. No one should be taking vacations.”

Haley wasn’t alone on either score. While governors have some interest in fixing the sequester, those attending the meeting didn’t appreciate the ham-handed approach Obama took to the meeting even before it started, according to Byron York:

When reporters asked about that new state-by-state analysis of possible cuts — which just happened to be released on the eve of the meeting — the governors saw a White House political trap.

“You all got it in the media before we got those,” said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. “So I think it’s pretty clear that those were put out for political purposes … If you were serious about having a discussion with the governors about the implications, you wouldn’t give it to the press before you gave it to the governors.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal added that Obama seemed bound and determined to use the sequestration fight to win higher taxes, willing to hold out the prospect of painful cuts to accomplish his goal.

“I think the president is trying to force us into a false choice,” Jindal said. “The reality is, there is no reason for these cuts to be made this way.” Obama could instruct his Cabinet to emphasize cuts to spending on things like consultants, Jindal said, and not on things like Head Start. “It is the president’s job as the chief executive to prioritize.”

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the governors asked Obama to come up with better cuts, or even to delay future spending, like the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare, if the budget situation is as dire as the administration says. “The answer to everything we got was no,” Haley said.

I think Admiral Ackbar gave the best description of this effort from Obama:

Admiral Ackbar's "It's a trap!" scene

Small wonder Obama chased the press out of the room when the governors wanted to start asking questions.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bobbyjindal; nikkihaley; scottwalker

1 posted on 02/26/2013 12:15:00 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’m happy to see that my Governor isn’t afraid to speak her mind.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 12:23:57 PM PST by servo1969
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To: Kaslin
Sounds like Haley is criticizing both Obama and the GOP leadership, Ed.
3 posted on 02/26/2013 12:24:33 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

This is how a Marxist community organizer works. No surprise. Move on(.org) peasants.


4 posted on 02/26/2013 12:26:10 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

Nikki, you are the man, so to speak. Republicans, Democrats, and Obama are indeed all to blame.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 12:27:29 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Kaslin

You git ‘em, girl!!


6 posted on 02/26/2013 12:36:50 PM PST by cookcounty
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To: Kaslin

It’s Obama’s way or the Highway.

The Democrats are busy kissing his ass and The Republicans are letting him get away with this crap.

Our Congress today is useless, and Obama is taking advantage of it.Bust his ass open and file for impeachment. Stop playing with this buffoon.

Lay out the facts that if we don’t do something we are going into bankruptcy and default.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 12:37:06 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

“””“My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget,” Haley said. “This is not rocket science.”

It would help if hussein had a budget.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 12:37:11 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Kaslin

I have personally been told by some high profile Republicans on a confidential basis that in personal meetings with them Obama is rude, condescending, arrogant, sarcastic, and just basically obnoxious. Like “why am I even wasting my valuable time talking to you troglodytes?”

Most of them react the same way that Gov. Haley did.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 12:38:14 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin
“My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget,” Haley said. “This is not rocket science.”

THIS is the key message, and one that should be the centerpiece of our party message. Ridicule is a tool the left uses, and we need to do it right back. Frankly, Obama is insulting voter's intelligence in saying there is nothing to cut. It is a joke. One could cut 30% tomorrow and it would have no impact on any critical service provided.

10 posted on 02/26/2013 12:47:43 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Kaslin
Small wonder Obama chased the press out of the room when the governors wanted to start asking questions.

I'm more than a little disappointed none of the Governors stood up and said "If the press has to leave, then so do I." You can't have private discussions with Obama. He lies too much about what happens in private meetings.

11 posted on 02/26/2013 12:51:37 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: servo1969

Haley has more gonads than 99.9% of Congress.


12 posted on 02/26/2013 12:53:00 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ilgipper
I rather like that snarky line either after or before pointing out that...

1. Sequester was his idea, and
2. Any pain experienced as a result is a reflection of his priorities.

Short, sweet and simple.

13 posted on 02/26/2013 12:59:14 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Venturer
The Republicans are letting him get away with this crap.

Not exactly sure what you mean.

Obama's not getting away with much this time. He's having to cut the growth in spending but wants tax hikes instead (which it appears he's not getting).

14 posted on 02/26/2013 1:07:31 PM PST by what's up
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To: shelterguy

I think Bammy has produced a proposed budget again this year. Of course it was late and even the Congressional ‘rats panned it.


15 posted on 02/26/2013 1:09:44 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: what's up

It’s not over yet.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 1:31:07 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Well, that’s kind of also why I don’t know why you say he’s getting away with anything.


17 posted on 02/26/2013 1:43:38 PM PST by what's up
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Sounds like she should run in 16


18 posted on 02/26/2013 2:04:14 PM PST by DaiHuy (May God save the country, for it is evident the people will not! Millard Fillmore)
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To: DaiHuy

She’d be a darn sight better than what the Pubbies ran this time (or last).


19 posted on 02/26/2013 2:31:42 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Kaslin; DollyCali; don-o; Force of Truth; Gator113; MontaniSemperLiberi; nakutny; ...
Also see: [SC Gov] Nikki Haley slams Washington after meeting with Obama

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20 posted on 02/26/2013 2:47:57 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: Kaslin

I will never give another penny to anyone with an (R) after their name. I’m a stay homer now. We’re a one party country.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 3:21:51 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Kaslin

Why is Congress letting the Executive branch control the purse strings in the first place? Obama is trying to make the cuts hurt so he can blame that on Republicans. Why doesn’t Congress cut about half of EPA and Homeland Insecurity’s budgets for starters?


22 posted on 02/26/2013 3:22:21 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: what's up

He has gotten away with recess appointments, his own form of amnesty, his EPA rules putting people out of business, his hidden identity even, How much do you need to see before you see what he has gotten away with.?


23 posted on 02/26/2013 3:40:14 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Kaslin
Obama's Jedi mind tricks didn't work.

fear-mongering ->
"Your state will have children starving in the streets if you don't tell your GOP pals to give me everything I want."
"We'll have to turn those illegal immigrants loose if you don't do what I say."
"The Feds may not be able to respond in an emergency if a natural disaster happens."
"You know, we may have to delay business flights in and out your state.."

I don't blame the governors for getting pissed. This teenage, high-school, spoiled-child c*** is unacceptable coming from grown adults who should know how to do their job.

24 posted on 02/26/2013 3:46:34 PM PST by Clock King
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Sorry to hear you have a loser attitude


25 posted on 02/26/2013 4:19:31 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Venturer
It’s Obama’s way or the Highway.

I have been saying that for a longtime,but no one was listening

26 posted on 02/26/2013 4:24:10 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Venturer
It’s Obama’s way or the Highway.

I have been saying that for a longtime,but no one was listening

27 posted on 02/26/2013 4:24:21 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Are you surprised that he is? I don’t call him for nothing the arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave


28 posted on 02/26/2013 4:27:44 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Colorado Doug

Obviously he thinks he is king and everyone has to dance to his tune


29 posted on 02/26/2013 4:36:49 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I wouldn’t have gone if I were governor. Send your top finance guy instead and say, “I’m busy running my state, fixing problems and finding solutions. The President sets the priorities for the Executive Branch. If Pres. Obama cannot find two cents of savings or efficiencies he’s not fit to be President and should step down for someone who can.”

We need to call Obama on this and beat him with it.


30 posted on 02/27/2013 3:16:24 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Colorado Doug

I’ve been wondering why the Representatives haven’t just made a budget with about 30% less money in it than let’s just say, 1998, and say “Here is the 2013 budget”. then let the Senate have conniptions. Just tell them “it’s our way or the highway.” I’ll bet we’d see some compromise then.


31 posted on 02/27/2013 3:41:13 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Paladin2
Obama produces a budget every year. It is a standing joke and is routinely voted down unanimously. He makes a farce out of the entire governing process.
32 posted on 02/27/2013 1:55:51 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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