As Twitchy has reported, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is trying to do the heavy lifting of pinning on the House GOP the looming sequestration spending cuts and any pain they bring, despite the fact that the sequester was President Obama’s idea. NPR did its best to help Carney with his cause, and today Carney got an assist from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Buzzfeed.

Amash also called the GOP’s #Obamaquester hashtag “kind of 2008.”

When even PolitiFact has to admit that the sequester was Obama’s idea, it doesn’t make much sense to argue. Fox News’ Bret Baier pinned down Carney on the air the other night and wasn’t going to let his tweets go unchallenged.

Whether the #Obamaquester hashtag is “kind of 2008” or not, #SpendingIsTheProblem is as timeless as it gets. How’s the budget coming, Mr. President?

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    White House proposal. Bipartisan support. White House proposal is a complete #Fail. Republicans are at “fault”. #WhiteHouseSelectiveMemory

    • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

      No You Idiot, All Parties Are “At Fault”

      What World Are You Living In [?]

      My Bad, You’re A Yahoo Republican, Living In That Fox News -AM:Radio Universe

      Sequester = All Are Responsible

      1. President

      2. Republican Congress, Including Ryan, Cantor, Boehner

      3. Republican Senate Including McCain, McConnell

      4. Democrat Congress Were Against The Sequester

      5. But Democrat Senate Voted Along With Republicans

      Equals [All]

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        But somehow Democrats never get any public blame. THAT is the problem. And are you really pushing that the President AND the Democrat Senate folded because of the power of John Boehner? They make him cry every other day.

        I’m sorry. I guess you’re a DKos Democrat, living in Uranus and a PBS/NPR universe.

        • marylandman

          Wait, you can’t distinguish between the propaganda of Fox and the impartial reporting of NPR and PBS? No wonder this country is in the toilet.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            You’re making the flawed assumption that everyone possesses your substandard intellect and must be spoon fed the news of the day by government funded outlets. Out of curiosity I do not have cable so no Fox for me. As a loyal and faithful viewer, certainly you can give me some instances of propaganda that you’ve noted on their non opinion driven programming, right?

        • marylandman

          Wait, you can’t distinguish between the propaganda of Fox and the impartial reporting of NPR and PBS? No wonder this country is in the toilet.

      • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

        Don’t you LOVE how the Lefties start by calling everyone names. So happy to hear I got under your skin OMAAR. Hoping the rest of your life is just as irritating. Because #caring

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        You do realize that the point of contention lies in the fact that the administration is singularly blaming Republicans while ignoring their own role, right?

  • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

    I guess we now know why Amash was “forced” off the Budget committee earlier this year.

    • http://www.redstateeclectic.com AngelaTC

      Because he said the sequester idea was bullsh&^ from the start? Yeah, that’d be it.

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        No, because he’s a POS who puts his EGO before the country.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

          Speaker Boehner Statement on Senate Passage of the Budget Control Act

          Posted by Speaker Boehner Press Office

          August 1, 2011

          Press Release

          House Speaker John Boehner
          (R-OH) issued the following statement upon Senate, passage of the Budget, Control Act to cut spending and avoid default.

          “This is a positive step forward that begins to rein in federal spending, but it’s only a step. We should save the celebration for when a Balanced Budget Amendment is ratified, the deficit is fixed, and our economy has returned to creating jobs.

          “I congratulate my friend Senator McConnell on his remarkable leadership in guiding this legislation through the Senate.”

        • marylandman

          Jeez you Republicans are crazy. This is the problem with politics, if you put country over party, the Republicans tar and feather you.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            If you want the country to thrive, spending must be cut. Sequestration would slow the rate of spending, yet now the Republicans are being vilified for these “cruel and painful” cuts that they voted for, per the President’s insistence. That is a rational position….how?

          • marylandman

            But if you cut spending too quickly, as Europe has done, you cause more recession. I’m not saying that spending is too low, or that cuts are not necessary. I’m saying that the fact Justin Amash is being pilloried for daring to defy the party line is a problem. It’s bad when it happens on both sides. I believe that having many differing voices in politics benefits us all. I’m sad to see Ron Paul go (again) because his voice is invaluable in our government.

            Also, Republicans were once in agreement with the President that sequestration risks putting us in another recession. Now that they realize they’re unlikely to get new cuts OTHER than sequestration, they embrace it.

          • Ronald

            Congratulations for finally saying something that makes sense.

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            I’m not a republican, asshat & people who support Obama are putting party over country, so stop spewing your projection all over me.

        • marylandman

          Jeez you Republicans are crazy. This is the problem with politics, if you put country over party, the Republicans tar and feather you.

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

    So, ‘The Kings’ little cretin has a minion…how nice

    • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

      List of 27 Senate Republicans who voted for sequestration – or
      automatic budget cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending –
      as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011..

      SOURCE: Senate Roll Call vote for S. 365 on Aug. 2, 2011

      Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

      John Barrasso (R-WY)

      Roy Blunt (R-MO)

      John Boozman (R-AR)

      Scott Brown (R-MA)

      Richard Burr (R-NC)

      Thad Cochran (R-MS)

      Susan Collins (R-ME)

      Bob Corker (R-TN)

      John Cornyn (R-TX)

      Mike Crapo (R-ID)

      Mike Enzi (R-WY)

      John Hoeven (R-ND)

      Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

      Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

      Mike Johanns (R-NE)

      Mark Kirk (R-IL)

      Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

      Dick Lugar (R-IN)

      John McCain (R-AZ)

      Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

      Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

      Rob Portman (R-OH)

      James Risch (R-ID)

      Pat Roberts (R-KS)

      Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

      John Thune (R-SD)

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

        You already posted this, a few comments below…

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Jay Carney (EOP)✔
    @PressSec
    .@BretBaier We didn’t come up with “disingenuous” PR campaign trying to avoid responsibility for something Rs & Ds passed together.

    Right, Jay. You never do that, except for always.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

      Congressman (R) Justin Amash

      “I think it’s a mistake on the part of Republicans to try to pin the
      sequester on Obama,” Amash said. “It’s totally disingenuous. The debt
      ceiling deal in 2011 was agreed to by Republicans and Democrats, and
      regardless of who came up with the sequester, they all voted for it. So,
      you can’t vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the
      other guy for its existence in law.”

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        This issue of blame is about not just sequestration, but most of the legislation of his entire term. I’ll never argue that the spineless Rs in Washington supported and voted for this. But that in no way alters the fact that President Obama finds a way to blame every problem on someone else. He also has a cheering section in the media to bolster his charges.

        The President blaming a failure on someone subordinate to himself is akin to a General blaming a battlefield defeat on his Sergeants not doing their job. He’s is SUPPOSED to be a leader. Maybe if he’d find some time away from the golf course or bball court he could work with Congress instead of ignoring them and then later blaming them for what ends up on his desk.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

          The “Golf Course” Swipe

          Its Congresses Job To Legislate

          Its President Obama’s Job To Be The Executive

          You Can’t Run From Facts, Majority Republicans ..

          In The Congress & Senate Voted For The Sequester

          2011: John Boehner Said “I Got 98% Of What I Wanted”

          OK: That’s The Legislative Leader Of The House [Congress] Speaking

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            So, they did what the President insisted they do- to cheers from the left and jeers from the right-yet you still wish to absolve the President of culpability? You’ve succinctly proven Bair’s point regarding liberals and ownership.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            So, they did what the President insisted they do- to cheers from the left and jeers from the right-yet you still wish to absolve the President of culpability? You’ve succinctly proven Bair’s point regarding liberals and ownership.

    • Kevin Gallagher

      This is why Obama is so brilliant. He doesnt care about fixing this country. All he cares about is making it look like the Republicans are the problem so the Democrats can impose their socialist agenda against us, and guess what, it’s working. Amash is not the problem, people like Boehner and McConnell are the problem. Amash was kicked off of his previous appointment because he refused to go along with the Republicans to make it look like they were cutting spending when really all they were doing was slightly slowing down what Obama wanted.

      • TheAmishDude

        No. Obama is stupid, but he is dishonest and destructive. If you are both dishonest and destructive you can accomplish quite a lot when faced with people who have a conscience.

        • c2

          ^^^ THIS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

      After 2010 Elections..

      Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee Was 100% Correct..

      There is an extraordinary advantage of an incumbent.

      “And I’ll tell you something else people don’t think about: a divided
      government is good for the executive branch. The gift that the
      Republicans gave to him was that they’re gonna control at least the
      House of Representatives, and they don’t have — and he doesn’t have a
      filibuster-proof Senate.

      What that means is that when the executive and
      the legislative branches fight, the executive always wins. I was a
      governor ten and a half years with a very, overwhelming Democrat
      legislature.

      If you get something done, it’s because you’re a great
      consensus-builder.”

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    This was a given……now asks us if we care.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

      I Could Give A Rat’s Back Side, What [You Or They Care]

      Facts Are Stubborn Things, Like 2008 & 2012

      Republicans Getting Their A!!es Handed To Them In National Elections.

      So I Agree With You, I Don’t Care

      Just Stating Facts Over Fox News, Republican Lies

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        How great. Democrats won and your grandkids are now slaves to the federal treasury. You must be extremely proud.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

          Fox News Alternate Universe, No Matter What President..

          Whether Republican Or Democrat

          We Are All “Slaves To The Federal Treasury”

          Under Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr & Bush Jr.

          Did They Set Your Silly A!! “Free From The Federal Treasury”

          Go Away

          • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

            OOOOmaar, you delusional fool…. Maybe YOU should go away if this site upsets you so. Angry liberals, I swear…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            Did the previous administrations that you reference sign off on as muc spending as Obama has, necessitating gross amounts of quantitative easing?

          • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

            You [2] Bird Brains

            Washington — Each year in early February, the U.S. president sends to Congress The Budget of the United States Government.
            A 1921 federal law, the Budget and Accounting Act, mandates the
            president prepare and submit such a document “no earlier than the first
            Monday in January, and no later than the first Monday in February.”

            On February 4, President Bush made budget history in two ways:

            • He submitted the funding proposal in an electronic format; and

            • He put forward a federal spending plan that topped $3 trillion.

            http://www.america.gov/st/usg-english/2008/February/20080206172457abretnuh0.161297.html

          • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

            Remember, House passed the sequester, 269-161. Who voted yes?

            174 Republicans – Including Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan

        • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

          2009 Budget Is George W.Bush’s Dumb A!!

          Bush said his budget “achieves some important objectives. One, it
          understands our top priority is to defend our country, so we fund our
          military, as well as fund the homeland security. Secondly, the budget
          keeps our economy growing.”

          The $3.1 trillion spending request for fiscal 2009 is designed to
          address the nation’s economic challenges, ensure sustained prosperity
          and security and help balance the budget by 2012, according the White
          House. It would freeze funding for most domestic programs and seeks to
          slow the growth of so-called entitlement programs like Social Security,
          Medicare and Medicaid — which provide payments to which all U.S.
          citizens who meet eligibility criteria are entitled.

          Although the $3 trillion proposed by the president is an enormous
          sum of money, total annual spending by the U.S. federal government in
          recent years has hovered around 16 percent of the nation’s gross
          domestic product (GDP). Total government spending, including state and
          local governments, accounts for about 28 percent of GDP in the United
          States, a level that is one of the lowest among industrialized nations.
          In many countries in Western Europe, government spending accounts for
          half of the GDP.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Isn’t it also a fact that Republicans “had their @sses handed to them” in years past (2000,2002,2004,2010)? What is your point?

  • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

    Hey Jay Carney, how about u & Obama get your LIES together. Obama said during the debate the sequester was aWH idea. He also said he would NEVER let it happen.Another Lie.

  • Howzah123

    “You can’t vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the other guy for its existence in law.”

    *cough* Iraq War vote *cough*

    • Silenttype78

      Thank you!!!

    • Kevin Gallagher

      Snopes has a good article proving all of the quotes from the Democrats from 1998-2003 talking about Saddam and his WMDs and how they were happy to vote for the war in Iraq.

      • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

        Snopes? Wow, shocking, to say the least. That was back in the DAY, I guess.

    • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

      Mail I got from SEIU. Not sure why I always get these, but see who they BLAME here! God, why do we hate kids so much? haha

      Last night in the State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out his
      plan to create jobs and grow the middle class, invest in education and
      healthcare, and pass commonsense immigration reform that has eluded us for
      decades.
      The President’s vision is an America that works for everyone and one we
      strongly support.
      The political conversation about immigration reform shows promise, but the
      same cannot be said about the budget debate. On March 1st, automatic
      across-the-board budget cuts take effect and millions of people who rely on
      these services will see the rug pulled out from beneath them.
      Take Mark Krey’s story, which is a perfect example of what’s at stake.
      Watch this video and share Mark’s message with your friends:
      http://action.seiu.org/page/share/sotu13
      Mark is a special education paraprofessional in St. Paul, Minnesota.** If right
      wing extremists get their way and allow the automatic budget cuts to go into
      effect, Mark’s job will be in jeopardy and the students he serves will be
      subject to overcrowded classrooms and a much steeper road to success.**
      As President Obama said again last night, **America can’t cut its way to
      prosperity.** We need a balanced replacement to the automatic budget cuts that
      doesn’t sabotage our economy, our children’s futures, and the well-being of
      millions of Americans.

      Stand with President Obama and share Mark’s video.

      Share this video and enlist your friends in our fight for an
      economy that works for everyone.
      In Solidarity,

      Mary Kay Henry
      International President
      SEIU

    • marylandman

      It’s not like those Democrats who voted for the Iraq war were lied to by Bush and Cheney though… oh… wait…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        The fact that they were operating with intelligence, regarded to be credible, from the International community doesn’t faze you? When Hilary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and John Kerry stated that Iraq would have to be toppled before Bush became the President, were they purposely misleading the public? For what gain, in your opinion?

        • marylandman

          You make good points, some of which we’ll have to disagree on. There is strong evidence that Bush was fixated on Saddam as soon as he came into office, and I believe that had Gore been President, we would never have gone into Iraq. Ultimately, many Democrats who voted for the war realized in hindsight that it was a mistake, and have said as much. With sequestration, Republicans are trying to pin all the blame on Obama without ANY acknowledgement that perhaps it was a mistake to put sequestration into law.

          Also, are politicians never allowed to change their minds when new evidence presents itself?

          But you are correct that Saddam successfully (to a degree) misled the intelligence community into thinking he had WMDs, so I will concede that point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        The fact that they were operating with intelligence, regarded to be credible, from the International community doesn’t faze you? When Hilary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and John Kerry stated that Iraq would have to be toppled before Bush became the President, were they purposely misleading the public? For what gain, in your opinion?

      • Howzah123
    • marylandman

      It’s not like those Democrats who voted for the Iraq war were lied to by Bush and Cheney though… oh… wait…

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Gimme a break with this Amash guy. So, you got punted from the budget committee. THat’s how it goes, sport. Politics isn’t for kids His recent antics are doing nothing but giving the Lib media fodder to bash Cons which isn’t going to do a thing to help get a budget passed. He’s needs to get over whatever crawled up his butt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

    Congressman (R) Justin Amash

    “I think it’s a mistake on the part of Republicans to try to pin the
    sequester on Obama,” Amash said. “It’s totally disingenuous. The debt
    ceiling deal in 2011 was agreed to by Republicans and Democrats, and
    regardless of who came up with the sequester, they all voted for it. So,
    you can’t vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the
    other guy for its existence in law.”

    Live With Facts, Or Live With Your Alternate Fox News Reality

    • FranklinWasRight

      That is not a fact, it is an opinion, notice how it starts with the words “I think.” That is the problem with the media and the party in power, the Democrats, they don’t even understand the meaning of the word fact anymore.
      Actually, I think they do understand the meaning between a fact and a opinion. But they also know that their voters, like you, are easily fooled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

    Speaker Boehner Statement on Senate Passage of the Budget Control Act

    Posted by Speaker Boehner Press Office

    August 1, 2011

    Press Release

    House Speaker John Boehner
    (R-OH) issued the following statement upon Senate, passage of the Budget
    Control Act to cut spending and avoid default.

    “This is a positive step forward that begins to rein in federal spending, but
    it’s only a step. We should save the celebration for when a Balanced
    Budget Amendment is ratified, the deficit is fixed, and our economy has
    returned to creating jobs.

    “I congratulate my friend Senator McConnell on his remarkable leadership in guiding this legislation through the Senate.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

    2011 Debt Ceiling Deal, Leading To Sequester..

    John Boehner: “When You Look At This Final Agreement -We Came To With The White House, I Got 98% Of What I Wanted. I’m Pretty Happy”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-20086598/boehner-i-got-98-percent-of-what-i-wanted/

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.deweerd Daniel De Weerd

    Y’all forgot Rep. Amash’s response to Carney.
    http://media.reason.com/mc/ekrayewski/2013_02/carneyamash.jpg?h=342&w=450

    • awm48

      Amash should have thought of that before handing the gift wrapped sound bite to the WH. Media awareness fail!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

    Even without the sequestration, America’s debt will be completely
    stabilized at 73 percent of Gross Domestic Product by the end of the
    decade with just $1.5 trillion more in savings, according to a new study
    from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

    The cuts agreed to in 2011 and the savings from letting the Bush tax
    breaks on the richest 1 percent expire have already put a serious dent
    in the short-term debt expectations.

    Stabilizing the debt with $1.5 trillion more in savings — $1.3
    trillion from cuts and $200 billion from interest savings — will give
    policymakers breathing room before making serious cuts to Medicare or
    Medicaid, where — as White House spokesman Jay Carney pointed out today —
    our spending problem really is.

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/what-the-gop-wont-tell-you-our-debt-is-nearly-stabilized/#.URzn49CWiCY.twitter

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReadItForYourselves Omaar Aziz

    Remember, House passed the sequester, 269-161. Who voted yes?

    174 Republicans – Including Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan

  • Guest

    When the sequestration cuts come to Obama’s desk, he could’ve vetoed them. Yet, he DID NOT!

    • Jerry Camp

      Well, he wrote the sequester, so…

  • Guest

    When the sequestration cuts come to Obama’s desk, he could’ve vetoed them. Yet, he DID NOT!

  • http://twitter.com/pcedwards Patrick Edwards

    ins’t this ron paulite justin amash?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645789451 Caree Severson

    Way to be Rep Amash!

  • Mark81150

    Haven’t heard that hapless hack Carney tell a truth yet..

  • Nathan J. Forck

    Nice hit job by Twitchy unnamed “staff” on Rep. Amash. He happens to be 100% accurate, not that you establishment hacks care. The one guy left in Congress who actually VOTES conservative, and this is the thanks he gets. Sad.