With sequestration cuts due to hit both domestic programs and defense spending in a matter of weeks, the White House has plenty of motivation to distance itself from its own plan. The automatic cuts were put in place to pressure the president and Congress to find places to cut the fat, but the House GOP has been alone in that search. As Charles Krauthammer wrote at National Review Online yesterday:

Naturally, the Democratic Senate, which hasn’t passed a budget since before the iPad, has done nothing. Nor has the president — until his Tuesday plea.

The GOP should reject it out of hand and plainly explain (message No. 2): We are quite prepared to cut elsewhere. But we already raised taxes last month. If the president wants to avoid the sequester — as we do — he must offer a substitute set of cuts.

Otherwise, Mr. President, there is nothing to discuss. Your sequester — Republicans need to reiterate that the sequester was the president’s idea in the first place — will go ahead.

The GOP has its own hashtag linking the sequester with President Obama: #Obamaquester.

To his credit, Boehner’s fighting back, linking to the White House’s own report on the effects of the sequester, along with an explanation:

Republicans agree the sequester is the wrong way to cut spending, and agree the consequences are harmful. That’s why Republicans have twice passed legislation to replace it with common sense cuts and reforms.  But without a plan to prevent his sequester, the president is out of excuses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Achilli/695168658 Justin Achilli

    I would be happier if they did their jobs instead of delivering sassy repartee into their own echo chambers via social media.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      Well if they aren’t on Twitter they are either passing more BS laws or spending more money so I am all for them staying on Twitter.

  • KansasGirl

    Hey, Carney, were the 95 dems that voted with the pubs up for re-election?

    • waltermitty2012

      Prior to that, the House voted against raising the debt ceiling without conditions by a vote of 318 to 97. All 236 Republicans and 82 Democrats voted to defeat the bill.

    • Shawn

      The house always has elections every 2 years, read the constitution.

  • southerntragedy

    Oh. Puh-leeeeze! Here is your inspiration song. Weasel. No offense, Zip! Xoxoxoxoxo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlTJrNJ5lA

  • Maxx

    Maybe the reason we haven’t had a budget in four years is because all of these nitwits are too busy tweeting and checking their facebook pages. How about doing yer freakin’ job you tools.

  • Kingofthehill

    You guys click the WH page? See the threats they are making? They are so pathetic, just like the gun debate, they just run off of emotion… Careful, ifyou don’t give in you will cause:
    -70,000 young children would be kicked off Head Start
    -2,100 fewer food inspections could occur,
    -several thousand researchers could lose their jobs
    – Cuts to mental health: If a sequester takes effect, up
    to 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally
    disturbed children could go untreated (Gee, could this tie in with the gun debate?)

    Its all threats and im sick of them acting like this. If you don’t agree they just threaten all this doom and gloom to get more people to make decisions off of emotions.

    • Slapweasel

      “Head Start”, as we all know, is a taxpayer-funded baby-sitting program that has lied about its attributes and advantages from day one. It is nothing more than mothers with no traditional partner-help foisting kids onto government-approved social workers.

      “Food Inspectors”, as we all know, are Government-Sector employees with no incentive to keep the public “safe”. Their only incentive is to come up with enough violations to justify their continued employment and pension.

      “Researchers”, as we all know, are Government-Supplied professors and grad-students whose coercion-racket relies on the opinions of whatever administration happens to be in charge at the time.

      …The “mental health” aspect is the purest of the political plays against-the-grain I’ve ever seen.

      …”It’d be a shame if something happened to the ‘mental health’ aspect of your argument. I’d cut that immediately and blame it on you.”

      • Jamoni Wench

        OK, so I just read the list. Interestingly enough, I’m good with all of the cuts so far. Talk about drama queens. Also – the stupid “fact” sheet is titled – ‘Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security’.

        I LOVE the classy warfare in the title alone! But, they lose again. Since I don’t believe they care about, um, “Middle Class” Americans, I want to see the fact sheet on how it will hurt their rich butts.

        Remember, they tried this just a month or so ago – and it worked. Scared the Republicans into giving all of us a pay cut. To protect the Middle Class Americans and all. So we already know they’re lying, don’t we? This time, let’s not give in. Let’s see where Obama decides to take this. The House has already passed two replacements. The Senate is holding this up. So is the bully in chief.

    • beebop1952

      Its a shame they don’t threaten Egypt or Syria …. oh wait. The WH does threaten and the world laughs …

    • agroulx

      2,100 fewer school-lunch police inspections is a good thing.

    • G.

      Why is there never talk of WH or congressional pay being cut or held? Or a myriad number of unnecessary gov depts being pink slipped? Fear mongering for the aged, infirm, or weak (well those outside of congress anyway) and our defense are always first choice. These farging people have got to go, their crap gets real tiring after a while…

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    This guy is the worst. It’s one thing to be “The King” but to be his smarmy little minion. pathetic…

  • APW

    Carney is a weenie.

    • Red Fred

      Agreed. So tired of Obama trotting this little guy out to speak to issues that should be addressed by the President. Of course, that works out well, since he never knows the answer.

  • dthorny

    It’s so bad in the Obowma economy that Julia just lost her Foodstamps and WIC card.