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The White House Court Jesters of Sequester

By Michelle Malkin · Feb. 27, 2013

Traffic alert: There's a massive clown car pileup in the Beltway. And with the White House court jesters of sequester behind the wheel, no one is safe. Fiscal sanity, of course, is the ultimate victim.

President Obama has been warning America that if Congress allows mandatory spending “cuts” of a piddly-widdly 2 percent to go into effect this week, the sky will fall. The manufactured crisis of “sequestration” was Obama's idea in the first place.

But that hasn't stopped the Chicken Little in Chief from surrounding himself with every last teacher, senior citizen and emergency responder who will be catastrophically victimized by hardhearted Republicans. Curses on those meanie Republicans! How dare they acquiesce to the very plan for “cuts” – or rather, negligible reductions in the explosive rate of federal spending growth – that Obama himself hatched?

How low will the kick-the-can Democrats go? Among the ridiculous claims the administration is making: The National Drug Intelligence Center will lose $2 million from its $20 million budget. That scary factoid appears in an ominous Office of Management and Budget report purporting to calculate the Sequester Disaster. So lock the doors and hide the children, right?

Wrong. As Reason magazine's Mike Riggs points out, the NDIC shut down in June 2012, and some of its responsibilities were absorbed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ready for more reckless, feckless farce? Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano played Henny Penny during a panicked speech at the Brookings Institution Tuesday. She warned that her agency's “core critical mission areas” would be undermined by the sequester. To cynically underscore the point, “waves” of illegal aliens were released this week from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night, but would not say how many or from which detention centers.

The real punch line, as I've reported relentlessly, is that the catch and release of criminal illegal aliens has been bipartisan standard operating procedure for decades. The persistent deportation and removal abyss allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens – many of them known repeat criminal offenders – to pass through the immigration court system and then disappear into the ether because we have no determined will to track them down and kick them all out of the country.

While Napolitano shrieks about decimation of the DHS workforce, DHS workers tell me that the double-dipping of retired ICE brass – who get back on the payroll as “rehired annuitants” – is rampant.

While this open-borders White House phonily gnashes its teeth over the sequester's effect on national security, its top officials are lobbying for a massive nationwide amnesty that would foster a tsunami of increased illegal immigration for generations to come. The shamnesty beneficiaries will be welcomed with open arms, discounted college tuition, home loans and Obamacare. And as every outraged rank-and-file border agent will tell you, DHS top officials have instituted systemic non-enforcement and sabotage of detention, deportation and removal functions.

In another emetic performance, Obama parachuted into a Virginia naval shipyard this week to decry Pentagon cuts that would gut our military. But I repeat: The reductions in spending are CINO: Cuts In Name Only. If the sequester goes into effect, Pentagon spending will increase by $121 billion between 2014 and 2023. Fiscal watchdog GOP Sen. Tom Coburn adds that $70 billion is spent by the Defense Department on “nondefense” expenditures each year.

Send in the clowns. Wait. Don't bother. They're here.



HardThought in Kansas said:

The so-called "cuts" are just a decrease in the amount of increase there will be over this year's budget.

All the screaming and whining is over candy canes they haven't gotten yet and now won't get.

Give me a break. This fiscal insanity must stop.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

If all the waste and graft in government programs and agencies were known to the American people it might open their eyes. Wait, I must be delusional! 47% of the country could care less as long as the "freebies" keep coming. The only way to stop this insanity is for taxpayers to revolt and say enough is enough. No more subsidizing the parasites who live off our hard work. Flood the IRS with requests for extensions on April 15th if you owe taxes and when that extension runs off ask for another. The only problem is if the Federal Reserve prints money to cover the lack of tax income from individual taxpayers. That would mean printing money with nothing to back it up. Wait, don't they already do that? We may be doomed anyway.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

PH in DE replied:

Unfortunately, getting an extension on filing your taxes does not mean you don't have to pay the taxes by April 15th. You have to estimate how much you will owe and send that in with the extension request by April 15.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM


"Send in the clowns" - good one Michelle! Sad, but oh so true!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

This piece contains a whole litany of uses and abuses from the so-called president. Where's the list of Republican "actions" in response to the abuses on this list? Nowhere. Why? They don't exist.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

rippedchef in sc replied:

no balls,no honor,no integrity,no courage,no patriots-pathetic weak suoer victims mandated to rule by an entire society of idiots looking for rewards

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Tex, as long as the RINO's are in the leadership in the House and Senate there will be no change in the go along to get along policy. Boehner and McConnell have got to go.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Mindblown in Flyover USA said:

In addition to the RINOs, the other thing that must go is Baseline Budgeting. This boondoggle was put in place in the '70s. It mandates increasing the budget 7-10% every year regardless of actual need or rate of inflation or GNP. Rather than sequester how about just freezing the budget and hiring?

It may well take a meteor to wipe out the clowns so we can start over with sensible people who understand that the baseline for budgets every year start at 0 just like yours and mine. With most of the people in DC now that will not happen.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"Send in the clowns. Wait. Don't bother. They're here."
And they're masquerading as our President and his administration.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

JAC in Texas said:

This is just major B.S.! Since the so-called sequestration is really only a reduction in the amount of the budget increase, the only people who will actually have a budget cut are all of us who actually are working, and we already had our 2% budget/pay cut on 1 January when the FICA tax was reinstated. That's an actual budget cut, not a phantom one!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

If Ms Napolitano is so damned worried about the DHS budget, perhaps they should not be buying 400,000 targets shaped like white American men, women, and children, and two billion rounds of ammo. Where in the hell is the need for such a boondoggle. Folks, the feds are coming after us. It`s past time for a rebellion!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

ArmyofOne in MN said:

Let's not get down on clowns...they at least offer up some laughter! What we have in Washington is no laughing matter. With a bunch of crooks, criminals, traitors, thieves, and a host of other law breakers, clowns would be a huge step up!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

You have correctly I'D the LEFT; moochers, parasites, vermin, slackers, carpet baggers, sloths, sluggards, lay-abouts, renegades, bums, OWS, kriminals, con artists thieves, goats, blowhards, liars, gypsies, tramps, b@st@rd kases, communists, socialists, takers, scoundrels, beggars, ingrates, unholy, and pagans. (partial list)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM in sc replied:

Tod, What a fantastic list of names for the scumbags. Would love to see your WHOLE list. Congratulations!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM