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Obama's 'Republican Sequester' 2014 Endgame

Republicans Are Throwing the Game!

By Mark Alexander · Mar. 7, 2013
“Necessity, especially in politics, often occasions false hopes, false reasonings and a system of measures, correspondently erroneous.” –Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 35)
Shhhh! They are asleep!

Ahead of the implementation of sequestration on March 1st, I provided Beltway Republicans and pundits with a comprehensive analysis of Obama’s sequestration strategy and objective under the title, “Obama’s ‘Republican Sequester’ Setup.” Unfortunately, Republican “leaders” have yet to comprehend how they have been set up to fall.

Yes, most Republicans and conservative analysts recognize that for Obama, politics always trumps people, so the focus of his never-ending campaign is now the 2014 midterm election, which will determine, in large measure, his second-term legacy. But they’re still unwitting pawns in Obama’s sequestration game.

Republican and columnists have devoted endless airtime and print to how sequestration was Obama’s idea, how small the sequester cuts are compared to the budget and deficits, how overstated Obama’s dire economic warnings have been, and how Obama’s sequestration cuts in defense are grossly disproportionate.

These politicos and pundits are right on all counts, but they’re so focused on tactics that they’ve completely missed Obama’s macro sequestration strategy – and have done so at great peril to the future of Liberty. While they acknowledge that Obama is intent on winning a socialist Democrat House majority in 2014, none have connected the dots on the role of sequestration in that strategy – and it is a leading part.

While I offer below a few tangible examples of how Republicans should respond to Obama’s high profile cuts in services and personnel “mandated by the Republican sequester,” let me first lay out Obama’s 2014 strategy again and see if it can break through the Beltway gauntlet against grassroots solutions.

1. Despite feigning dramatic opposition to the “Republican sequester” in his national “Chicken Little” tour, both Obama and his congressional Democrats wanted sequestration to occur as it is key to their strategy to use it as a noose to hang Republicans ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. To ensure the implementation of the “Republican sequester,” Obama made Republicans an offer – more taxes and no spending cuts – that they could only refuse. If there remains any doubt that Obama intends to hang Republicans with this strategy, just consider an internal memo picked up by the Washington Times this week, in reply to an agency director who inquired about spreading sequester cuts to lessen their impact. The White House response: “However you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

2. Now that sequestration has been implemented, Obama and his NeoCom cadres will blame the “Republican Sequester” for any and all economic, national security and social ills near term. Obama knows that the net effect of his January $150 billion payroll and income tax hikes, on top of $489 billion in defense cuts already enacted, and estimates that ObamaCare premiums and taxes will add up to more than $500 billion, is a formula for sustained economic recession. Thus, from sequester forth, every negative economic GDP or jobs report, which in reality demonstrates the planned failure of Obama’s socialist “recovery stimuli,” will be blamed on the “Republican Sequester.”

3. Though Obama dramatically overstated the immediate effect of sequester, that exaggeration was intentional. It got the attention of all of his most reliable government plantation constituents, and tens of millions of others who are in any measure dependent on the government for their welfare or income. In the coming weeks and months, when the burden of Obama’s massive tax increases and continued unabated accumulation of debt shows up in poor economic reports, his constituents won’t remember the pre-sequester hyperbole. They will only recall that he warned the nation about the terrible “Republican sequester.” And when Obama employs his classist “politics of disparity” playbook to blame sequester “cuts” for every runny nose in America, with the full support of his public relations network, the Leftmedia and their MSM propaganda machinery, he may well lay the foundation for substantial Democrat victories in 2014.

Thus, Obama’s strategic objective is the evisceration of what’s left of the Republican Party in order that his Socialist Democratic Party can control the Executive and Legislative branches, and most of the Judicial branch, effectively rendering the constitutional pretense of checks and balances null and void. That one-party control is a necessary component of his macro political strategy – breaking the back of free enterprise under the weight of increased taxes, regulations and trillion-dollar annual deficits, and “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

The Blame Shift Game

For the record, I also warned Republicans that before last Friday’s meeting with Obama, he would use it “to tell the nation Friday afternoon that the Democrats did their best to avert the economic trauma caused by the ‘Republican sequester.’” (No doubt he will use the follow-up meeting this week for the same purpose.)

Indeed, that afternoon, Obama called a press conference and cemented his sequester strategy.

Obama: “As you know, I just met with leaders of both parties to discuss a way forward in light of the severe budget cuts that start to take effect today. I told them these cuts will hurt our economy. They will cost us jobs. All of this will cause a ripple effect throughout our economy. It’s happening because of a choice that Republicans in Congress have made. They’ve allowed these cuts to happen because they decided to protect special interest tax breaks for the well-off and well-connected, and they think that that’s apparently more important than protecting our military or middle-class families from the pain of these cuts.”

Obama softened the hyperbole: “Now, what is absolutely true is that not everybody is going to feel it. Not everybody is going to feel it all at once. … That is real. That’s not – we’re not making that up. That’s not a scare tactic, that’s a fact.”

Then Obama set up his 2014 slam dunk: “Even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable; that most people agree I’m presenting a fair deal; the fact that [Republicans] don’t take [the sequester deal] means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right. … The majority of the American people agree with me, including a majority of Republicans. We just need Republicans in Congress to catch up with their own party and their country on this [when] members of Congress start hearing from constituents who are being negatively impacted, as we start seeing the impact that the sequester is having. … What I can’t do is force Congress to do the right thing. The American people may have the capacity to do that.”

In other words, between now and the 2014 midterm election, he will blame the “Republican sequester” for everything that might otherwise be blamed on his own planned economic policy failures, in order to crush Republicans ahead of that election.

Obama’s 2014 objective was aptly summarized by The Washington Post this week, which noted that Obama is “executing plans to win back the House in 2014, which he and his advisers believe will be crucial to the outcome of his second term and to his legacy as president. The goal is to flip the Republican-held House back to Democratic control, allowing Obama to push forward with a progressive agenda on gun control, immigration, climate change and the economy during his final two years in office, according to congressional Democrats, strategists and others familiar with Obama’s thinking.”

So what should House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell do?

First, short of resigning in disgrace for dereliction of duty, they should get their heads out of their, uh, I mean shake off that Potomac fever and stop playing Obama’s game. Call out his sequester strategy and hang it around HIS neck. Obama’s strategy can backfire on him, but only if Republicans start lighting their own brushfires. Thus far, Boehner and McConnell seem lost in Obama’s smoke.

Republicans had better get those brushfires burning in order to obtain political high ground ahead of the Continuing Resolution renewal due March 27, and the debt ceiling debate that will follow. The House has already approved a measure to fund government operations through the end of fiscal 2013 – 267 to 151 with Democrats voting against – but forcing a “Republican government shutdown” may be part two of Obama’s 2014 strategy – if he thinks he can get away with it.

In both cases, Obama is counting on negative economic news to support his position for more taxes, spending and debt.

In the meantime, Republicans and conservative commentators should go for the throat of Obama’s strategy blaming “Republican sequester” for high profile cuts, like suspending White House tours – which, by the way, are conducted by volunteers.

Republicans and pundits should hit all the sequester softballs Obama is throwing their way, out of the park!

For example, Obama’s civilian budgeteers at DoD have cancelled all high profile appearances of military precision flying teams at air show events for the remainder of 2013. Fact is, those events are key recruiting tools for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp, and every hour of flight is a training hour for the pilots.

In response, Republicans should very publicly demand that Obama cancel all political and recreational junkets on Air Force One. Every time Obama and Michelle LaVaughn, and their entourage, jet around the nation and world for political junkets and exotic vacations – they do so at enormous expense to taxpayers and Air Force resources. He condemns corporate executives for using private aircraft, while he has frivolously used one of DoD’s most expensive military assets, Air Force One ($228,288 per flight hour), with the added and much larger expense of all the backup aircraft, Air Force cargo planes airlifting limousines and support vehicles, helicopters, security and support personnel, and their political entourage, all with first class accommodations.

Of course the quick rebut is, “Bush did too,” and for the record, I have always objected to presidents of ANY party wasting tax dollars for vacations and political junkets. However, Obama has used these assets more than any president, all the while spewing his class warfare rhetoric against the one-percenters. Writing about the opulence of the Obama administration in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal,” author Robert Keith Gray notes that $1.4 billion in taxpayer funds was spent on the Obamas last year, including “the biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever” and Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.” Notably, all of the support costs for travel are not included in that $1.4 billion.

It’s time to sequester Air Force One! Additionally Congress should demand that all senior administration officials use commercial transportation for official business rather than the large expensive fleet Boeing executive jets. All savings should be reallocate as offset sequester cuts to vital national security operations.

If Obama really wants to impress America with painful sequester cuts, he should start by canceling vacations and Demo-stumping events on the world’s biggest political platform, Air Force One.

Oh, and Republicans might also want to mention that Obama’s record 20 percent first term increase in government spending dumped more than $6 trillion in debt on the backs of our children and our grandchildren, but that the $253.5 billion increase in national debt in February alone is nearly SIX TIMES the total $44 billion fiscal 2013 sequestration cuts.

Just saying…

PS: This just in from Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest: “We are certainly concerned – I think you could even say, very concerned, about…Republicans in Congress, who repeatedly are throwing up obstacles to a recovery that’s starting to gain traction.” Stay tuned for more…

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178 Comments

Patriot1775@patriott1775 in MD said:

barry and his sociocommunista party are very adept at keeping the Republican's eye "Off The Ball." Where are our strategists? Who are our strategists? We need to get back in the game, and quickly. or we will lose the mid-terms. If that happens, we could all be at the commune planting peas in the spring. America needs to wake up. The gooberment can't give you everything without someone having to pay. Get out the vote! don't be lethargic. move on,org never sleeps. The Takers are ready for the free ride.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

notoshariah in CA said:

Why are the GOP---CPAC letting Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan
direct things? These two are associated with the BROTHERHOOD.
They prevented patriots like Robert Spencer and Pam Geller from being there.
This is how the GOP loses even more support. Go Figure!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I've always said the p[resident is playing chess and we're playing checkers. For this I was berated. Now we've been set up. We are to narrow minded, we live in a bubble, we talk in a bubble, we'll eat and die in a bubble.
1. messaging, we don't have one. It's everyone else fault, blame everyone but ourselves for messaging.
2. Times have changed. No one cares about legitimate rape, let's don't talk about it but lets do it.
3. we push a social agenda that burns the woman and middle class
4. We are perceived as helping the rich and corporations.
5. We refuse to see major issues we make. In Little Ark the police can follow you around the city via cameras. Where's the uproar, I know against the will of the majority, lets pass an abortion band, forget about private rights.
Mich, lets take away the right for you to decide who is mayor, city council, lets have a corporation take over the cities, counties in Mich. Let's have Anyn Rand land. Until Ryan I'm willing to wager most of you never heard of her or her philosophy, now we're all experts. As for corporations, who bailed them out,?
Let's quit pretending the big bad government is coming to take our guns for we are to busy taking away our own freedom.
there's more to it than messaging. Let's look at ourselves.
6. lets the poor starve for it's all handouts but by golly lets wave the Bible to show how Pharisaic and holy we are.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

karl knudson in fontuna ca replied:

ITS NOT ONLY LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS THAT CAN WATCH WERE YOU GO ITS ALL ACROSS THE BOARD.THERE IS CAMERAS ON EVERY CORNER

Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

geo2man in washington said:

The man continues his compulsive lying strategy .There are NO cuts -only a reduced amount of spending .It is time for the GOP to get on boaard with the TEA Party -it is conservative America's only hope .

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

concerned in CO in Greeley CO said:

Why no one looks at the Federal retirement programs and attempts, even though it may take 25-30 years to correct is not comprehendable. Most persons are living longer, yet some federal priograms allow "retirement" at age 37. Figure the present value of these progarms and there is no stopping the deficit increase!

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland replied:

That's news to me! What federal program can you retire from at age 37?

The only thing I can think of is a 17-year old enlisting in the military and completing 20 years of service to his or her country. Of course that person had to make it through 5-6 promotions against a very competitive group of peers and faced an extremely steep "vesting cliff" for retirement.

Imagine telling a civil servant, "Thanks for working for us for 19 years. Unfortunately you needed to work for 20 to get retirement." Their union would be screaming from the mountain tops, yet countless thousands of servicemen and women leave the military prior to 20 years with ZERO.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis replied:

Military retirement is not profitable. IF you earn retirement, at twent years you may receive a military pension of half of your BASE PAY. Base pay is about alf of your total income during your military career. So when you retire at tweny, you will get less than half, to nearly as little as one quarter of your take home pay while you were active duty. The military retiree no longer can reside on a military facility, so the loss of the few, some costly, benefits occur there as well. Military bases are fewer and farther between, so if your next career is not likely to be close enough for you to use facilities on base. VA hospitals require a financial "means" test to get care. If you earn too much money, you must reimburse VA. And there are few military skills in demand among the civilian world - competition for a job that pays as much is not tough, it is an uphill battle.
No, do not envy the military retiree their meager pension. Unlike Social Security, the military retiree really did earn that pension. The military retiree earned it with extreme risk to life and all manner of deprivations and hardships. Instead, honor that retiree, and insist our nation provide a retiree enough to make the loss of twenty years of life worth the cost for more citizens.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

JtC in TX replied:

Well said Maj. But, SS is earned as well, it's money we pay in. BTW, after 20 years of AD service my AF "retirement" is about $15k a year -a real windfall. LOL

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hop in NY said:

We need to find a way to impeach this bastard, and soon.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Well I'd help ya, Glenn, but you'd be approaching the throne unarmed ;-)

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Sandra in CA replied:

It is my understanding that impeachment (accusal) is only good if the one being impeached is legaly holding the office. By his own words he has declared he is not a natural born citizen I don't care where he was born. His father was not a citizen therefore he is not a natural born citizen. If he were to be impeached, then tried and booted out of office would he still be entitled to retirement? What about all the EOs he has written, would they still be in place? He needs to be arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned and all benefits removed and every EO cancelled. And every Senator, Congressman and Judge who knowingly aided and abetted him by doing nothing need to be removed from office and fined or imprisoned for their complicity. You cannot be nice about this. It is treason of the highest order and needs to be stopped. We may never recover from it but it is certain death to our way of life if nothing is done and soon.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Henry in Illinois replied:

Sandra in CA :
I totally agree with you . What do we realy know about this impostor clown .?
And NOBODY seems to question that , the one who did , Andrew Breitbart , died under mysterious circumstances .

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

And the Coroner who examined the body, DEAD!

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Frank B. Dori in Houston, T replied:

The individual proports to be presidential is in a mode to divide and conquer by 2014 so that he and he alone will dictate his socialistic/communistic policies to destroy the greatest country that ever had Gods grace to be the best ever!! He is a nobody who will go down in history in infamy. He has only one point is to achieve and to continue his s/c policies beyond 2016!!! It is exciting to know his government is TRANSPARENT while painted black one can not see the large picture let alone an iota of TRUTH.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

karl knudson in fontuna ca replied:

MY FEELING ON ANYTHING HE PUT INTO PLACE IS NOT VALID JUST FOR THAT REASON ,HIS FATHER WAS A KENYAN,NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN THAT MAKES OBAMA,END OF EVERYTHING ,AND IT WILL BE CERTAN DEATH FOR ALMOST EVERY AMERICAN.THAT IS THERE PLAN END GAME ,AGENDA 21,IF SOMEONE DOESNT GET ER DONE, THE IMPEACHMENT

Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

David in Little rock replied:

Sorry...america spoke in Novemeber.

To bad you people did not listen.

Your time is over.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Jerry O'Donnell in East Syracuse said:

I can't believe we are the only ones that can see this. In 2006 the Democratics declared the Republicans were the enemy. Than declared war on the same and are out to destroy the enemy. They won the battle in 2008, lost a little ground n 2010, won some back in in 2012, and expect to have total destruction of the Republicans in 2014.
Please wake up America before it's too late.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

American Rifleman in McKeesport,PA.15132 said:

Sorry,but I see nothing but rinos,in the Republican side of Congress. There are a few,Sens. Cruz,and Paul,and those who relieved Paul in his filibuster.
I said it before. We need to put McConnel out to pasture,and remove bonehead,from speaker of the house.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Pete G. in MS said:

The sequester was proposed by the White House, passed by his congress and signed into law by the president.
Those facts should be hung around their necks like the rotting carcass around the neck of a chicken killing dog.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

David in Little rock replied:

It was forced in be by Republicans, so...no.

But keep lying.

It makes you look stupid

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Taylor in New Caney, Texas said:

In a word, Obama's governing sucks! I am fed up with his strategies his back door policies, his bullying our Congress and threatening the people. He needs to go! How in the world is Congress allowing this man to even reside in the White House let alone, continue to stay in office. Oust him out one way or another. He must go.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Ellietson Rogers in Fuquay Varina, NC said:

Some facts to remember. 1) Obama said he wants ro fundamentally transform governmeny. 2) He belongs to the group of radical progressives who will tell lies to make their point. 3) He has no record of accomplishment or as a leader.
The question is who is leading him and a good case can be made that ir is George Soros.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

American Rifleman in McKeesport,PA.15132 said:

To the credit of The Patriot Post U.S.,you gave the Romney/Ryan camp ammo to use against bamer,during the campaign. They refused it because a higher authority set the fix,for bammer. They must have drank the same Potomic laced cool-aid. Romney hid during the final two weeks,before the vote started. Now he speaks up?! Go lie down in a salt mine.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Jiggs in Millen, GA said:

Well, most of the Republicans are asleep. There may be a couple who are not, namely Rand Paul, who is filibustering on the drone thing, or Lindsey Graham who let Obama have it on being CIC. I really don't know what John McCain is doing, but I suspect if he is having dinner with the President, he is thinking about caving or after dinner acid reflux. My two Senators, Chambliss and Isakson, seem to absent from the game. I assure Isakson, I will never vote for him again, not even for dog catcher. Chambliss is retiring, so who cares? When Lee Ioccocca wrote his book, "Where Have All The Leaders Gone?" I wasn't sure, but I am now, they all have gone to Congress and into a life of leisurely, useless nothingness. All Obama wants is more taxes. Venezuela's leader died of cancer. I just wish our cancer would go away.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Abolt in Florida said:

It is time to stop articulating rational thought. We need to stop "throwing our pearls before swine". The Left will NEVER agree with us. It is time to start realizing that politics is BLOOD SPORT. The Democrats know this, but it seems OUR leaders don't. They are cowards!! The GOP should go to work every day in the same way a soldier goes into battle, willing to give his life for the "cause". The LEFT is the enemy. If they win we should expect NO QUARTER from them. We must treat them the same! If we don't stop this Cadre of Marxists, the blood will certainly flow in our streets all across this once great Land!

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

David in Little rock replied:

The PLANET will never agree with lying, murdering psycho wingnuts

Get used to it

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Craig in Pasadena said:

The sequester is a penny-ante distraction to occupy Americans while the Continuing Resolutions flow like water, allowing 4 going on 8 years of trillion dollar deficits.

Obama is a Marxist, and he's going to to destroy the middle and upper classes through coming hyper-inflation from years of monster deficits. Then he'll pose as the saviour, while a desperate nation grants him extraordinary powers to set prices and wages, nationalize industries, etc. Count on it! And we don't have a Winston Churchill or Ronald Reagan to tell us that it's happening under our very noses!

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Joseph Randolph in Xena, Wisconsin said:

We do not have a president in the White House--we have only a politician.
J. Randolph

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

"We do not have a president in the White House--we have only a politician"

No, Joe, we have a whole lot more than that. We have a Sunni Muslim intent upon reducing the United States to a second-rate power and he is doing a spectacular job. The Rules For Radicals playbook is working and we are nothing more that swirling turds in the toilet bowl of life ;-)

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM