Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Obama again shows NO LEADERSHIP....all he's doing is raising money and running for reelection....

There's no question that Obama is AWOL....all he's concerned about is trying to keep his own job and raise funds...and he's been AWOL since LAST LABOR DAY....What a useless piece of crap he is....

Officials sound warning over defense cuts, GOP lawmakers claim Obama AWOL

Published August 01, 2012

Obama administration officials warned Wednesday of dire consequences for the U.S. military if Congress cannot avert scheduled spending cuts, even as Republican lawmakers charged that President Obama has gone AWOL on the issue.

During another day in Washington marked by officials talking past one another, the Obama administration unveiled new details about the potential impact of roughly $110 billion in across-the-board cuts starting Jan. 2. Half would be to the defense budget.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House's acting budget chief, Jeff Zients, warned in a hearing that the Navy would be forced to purchase fewer ships and soldiers going to war would receive less training.

That approach "is a blunt, indiscriminate instrument designed to force congressional action on achieving a balanced deficit reduction plan," Zients told the House Armed Services Committee. "It is not the responsible way for our nation to achieve deficit reduction."

But just as in the concurrent debate over the expiring Bush-era tax rates, officials have not announced any compromise plan to avert the automatic cuts. In place of negotiations has been a robust round of finger-pointing.

Republicans say Obama should intervene and bring both sides together on a deal, but they say he instead is distracted by campaigning. Democrats say Republicans share in the blame since they endorsed the automatic cuts in the first place and are conveniently ignoring that fact -- the cuts were triggered after Congress failed to agree to a broad deficit-reduction plan last year.

Meanwhile, Republicans have hammered the administration for allegedly trying to "hide the ball" and make the cuts seem less devastating than they are.

Republicans point to two moves by the administration this week. First, the Labor Department advised federal contractors, including defense firms, that they don't have to warn workers about potential layoffs from the cuts -- though a law called the WARN Act mandates such notices go out 60 days in advance, which if followed would happen just before Election Day.

Then the White House budget office said the president would spare military personnel from the automatic cuts.

After the announcement, Republican senators accused the administration of "flailing around" in an attempt to make the massive cut "look less devastating than it actually is."

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New York said that even if manpower is exempted, the Pentagon would have to find the savings in "training, maintenance and modernization."

"We believe the effect of such cuts will be a 'hollow force' as occurred after the Vietnam War," they said in a statement.

Carter said military personnel would be exempt from the automatic cuts, but every other military account would be affected, from weapons to the number of hours commissaries operate.

"Some later-deploying units (including some deploying to Afghanistan) could receive less training, especially in the Army and Marine Corps," Carter said. "Under some circumstances, this reduced training could impact their ability to respond to a new contingency, should one occur."

Compromise, however, seems highly unlikely before the November election as the issue is caught up in the political fight over taxes and spending. Democrats insist any plan to spare the military include tax increases on high-wage earners; Republicans reject any plan that calls for higher taxes.

Twenty-two Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee, including the chairman, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California, and 18 Democrats originally voted to allow the cuts. Thirteen committee Republicans and seven Democrats, including ranking member Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, opposed them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


  1. On please!

    Ignoring the fact that you're given up your critical thinking so impressively that you literally just cut and paste blog posts, this is hilariously misleading and mostly a bald-faced lie.

    The dude talked to ABC News on Monday. But that doesn't count, because apparently only questions from the White House Press Corp counts. Whatever you say, man.

    the OP's [malicious, deceptive, and outright false] accusation is that Obama simply isn't answering any questions. Which is not true. Wherever Palatine is out there, lying, I will be here, to tell the truth. Unless, you know, I'm busy.

    Considering where the economy was on the day he took office, I'd have to say it's been a success. The stock market is way up, and instead of losing hundreds of thousands of jobs per month, we've gained jobs for over two years in a row. The health insurance industry is now under some control, and civil rights have been advanced.

    For anyone doubting his accomplishments, please see the following website:

    obama's no failure, you're just a hateful racist!

  2. You racists make me sick to my ass!

    There is no way the Republicans are working with or for the Obama Administration. Both the Democrats and Republicans have in common not serving the American people, but do it independently of each other. They may be as crooked as the administration or not. You have nothing to back up the notion that Republicans and Obama are working together on this or any other issue. If they were, budgets would be passed, and work would be getting done. How do you come to the conclusions that you post?

    The Republicans have been trying so hard for four years now to make Obama fail. They are the party of shame. Romney chose another unlikeable weasal to stand by his side. SHAME ON THE GOP! Obama is not a failure.