Obama’s Sequester Con Blows up in His Face: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

“Dumb, inexcusable and unnecessary.” That’s what Barack Obama called the unthinkable, the thing that he declared last fall would never happen, the so-called, “sequester,” mandatory reductions in the rate of growth for various federal agencies. Dumb, inexcusable, unnecessary, and also his idea, as it is now universally acknowledged. Here’s the reality: The One rolled the dice and he lost. He bet that the Republicans would be unwilling to allow the Defense Department, which is taking the brunt of the “cuts,” to see its budget reduced, and he was wrong. Now, he is engaging in a cringe-inducing, passive-aggressive game, one in which he says “If you don’t do what I want, and send more money to Washington for me to throw down various ratholes, I’m going to inflict as much pain as possible on the American people.” Thanks to Bob Woodward, everyone acknowledges that this horrible, unimaginably terrible reduction of 2.3% in the rate of growth in federal spending, yet he continues to refuse to own it. Is he delusional, and doesn’t he realize that the Lame Stream Media may be turning on him? This whole thing is starting to look like that Florida sinkhole, with Obama in the role of the guy who was swallowed.

This man’s unwillingness to accept responsibility for any of his actions is part of a pattern. He has spent to the last five years speechifying against “those who caused our economic problems in the first place,” by which he means the private sector in general, and those evil Wall Street profiteers specifically, several of whom became part of his administration. Our guest, Peter Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at AEI, general counsel of the US Treasury Department and White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, will join us to discuss actual cause of the financial crisis of 2008. That’s the subject of his new book, Bad History, Worse Policy: How a False Narrative About the Financial Crisis Led to the Dodd-Frank Act. Surprise–the government, not the private sector, bears most of the responsibility, and “community organizers” like Barack Obama were instrumental in causing the mess in the first place. Whether it’s the sequester or the housing bubble, perhaps we should adopt the same policy that I advocated back in the day when O.J. Simpson was looking for “the real killer.” We should send the Celebutard-in-Chief a mirror.

Justice Scalia has the Left even more unhinged than usual over his comments in last Wednesdays oral arguments about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Tune in today for the rest of the story.

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Unintentional Comedy, or Is He Just a Dullard? Hagel’s Disastrous Hearing.

I didn’t watch all of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing today, but the part I did see was a disaster for the nominee. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thought that this performance made Barack Obama’s turn on the stage during that first presidential debate last year seem like a triumph. Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post reports “[a} long-time Capitol Hill Democrat astounded by the hearing tells me, “It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.” Gee, I wonder why he said that … Perhaps this story from CNS News could shed some light on that.

“I do not know enough” about Defense Department programs and technology, Chuck Hagel admitted in today’s hearing. “If confirmed (as Defense secretary), I intend to know a lot more,” Hagel promised.

Hagel told the hearing that, in addition to these Defense Dept. details, “There are a lot of things I don’t know about.”

All Rightey then! Nothing like on the job training. Look how well it worked out for Barack?

And please check out this terrific post from The Power Line, describing Sen. Ted Cruz’ devastating questioning of Hagel.

Cruz played excerpts from a tape of Hagel’s 2009 appearance on al Jazeera, in which a caller suggested that Israel had committed war crimes. In responding to the question, Hagel did not dispute the caller’’s statement. Cruz also pointed to statement by Hagel that Israel had engaged in “the sickening slaughter” of Hezbollah, which sounds a bit like war crimes.

Taken together, these pieces of information show that Hagel regards Israel as a criminal state, or at least is comfortable with that characterization. Hagel tried, with the same lameness he displayed most of the day, to talk away around this conclusion. He stated that both sides — Israelis and Hezbollah — had slaughtered each other. Perhaps Hagel will produce a tape in which he accused the Palestinians of engaging in a “sickening slaughter” of Israelis. Perhaps he will produce a tape (from the period before he was in the running for a cabinet job under President Obama) in which he took exception to the claim that Israel has committed war crimes. Perhaps, but don’t hold your breath.

So, does Chuck Hagel simply not give a rat’s rear end if he gets this gig or is he just not very bright? Another question that occurs to me, one that I’ve asked before. How can any thinking Jewish voter have pulled the lever from the One?