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|Subject: Re: Woodward: Why Is Obama Lying?||Date: 2/25/2013 3:12 PM|
|Author: CCinOC||Number: 672978 of 744138|
But why don't you ask those calling Owebama a liar how they know what he believes about who initially proposed sequestration?
Alright, I will, because I have more intellectual integrity than you do.
This is the problem, isn't it? Unless we have audio or video showing that Owebama actually conceived and promoted sequestration, we have only Bob Woodward's testimony as "evidence" that the conversation went down as he says it did. Woodward wrote:
The White House chief of staff at the time, Jack Lew, who had been budget director during the negotiations that set up the sequester in 2011, backed up the president two days later.
"There was an insistence on the part of Republicans in Congress for there to be some automatic trigger," Lew said while campaigning in Florida. It "was very much rooted in the Republican congressional insistence that there be an automatic measure."
The president and Lew had this wrong. My extensive reporting for my book "The Price of Politics" shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors -- probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.
Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.
Nabors has told others that they checked with the president before going to see Reid. A mandatory sequester was the only action-forcing mechanism they could devise. Nabors has said, "We didn't actually think it would be that hard to convince them" -- Reid and the Republicans -- to adopt the sequester. "It really was the only thing we had. There was not a lot of other options left on the table."
Republicans should get on media as broadly and frequently as possible to tell the story from their POV. They should NOT let the narrative be driven by libruls because, as we know, liberalism is a mental disorder.
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