Re: Administration implementation of Oquestration impacts developed for maximum pain
posted at 2/25/2013 10:56 AM EST
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
However, for the record, I disagree. If he owns any part of it it's a lot smaller than the GOP.
The GOP can't expect to do things like take the debt limit hostage and then issue a no-compromise demand for a spending-cut only package, and expect people to blame the President.
It's like the payroll tax cut. Blaming Obama for its expiration is downright dishonest if the GOP outright completely refuses to extend it.... and a deal must be made to avoid an impending crisis. That they created. For that purpose.
Well Bob Woodward would disagree woith you as he has with the WH. Highly under reported, no surprise.
Bob Woodward: Obama owns sequestration
Journalism icon Bob Woodward wrote in a new Washington Post op-ed first that the sequester was the âbrain childâ of the White House, calling out President Barack Obama for saying it was created by Congress.
My extensive reporting for my book The Price of Politics shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Jack Lew, then-budget director during the negotiations] and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors "probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government," Woodward wrote on a piece posted on Friday night.
Woodward continued: "Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-Nev.]. They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved."