Monday, November 21, 2011

Watch a President use leverage

@ 3:25

Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple..."No." I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off-ramps on this one. We need to keep the pressure up to compromise, not turn off the pressure. The only way these spending cuts will not take place is if Congress gets back to work and agrees to a balanced plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion.
(Emphasis mine)

In other words, unless Republicans agree to increase taxes on the wealthy, the President will veto any attempt to undo the cuts to defense.

Is that clear enough for you Senators Graham and McCain?

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are collaborating on legislation that would undo at least some of the automatic spending cuts aimed at the Pentagon.

Get that poutragers?

But the GOP won't fret over those defense cuts. Because all they have to do is pass separate legislation refunding the Pentagon and Senate Dems (either too scared or too compromised) will cave on that and what will Obama do? Veto spending "for the troops"?


  1. Lawrence O'Donnell is hilarious tonight on the SuperCommittee....he's blasting the Congress, and breaking down how POTUS did so well during the debt reduction talks.

  2. Hell, ALL of the spending cuts should come from the Defense Department.

  3. The Defense Department is primarily protecting international business to the detriment of the American people, and we spend more on defense than every other country in the world combined, so we really do need to cut defense for real. Bullets or bread. I hope Obama can nudge this some, but everything needs work.

  4. In fact, we spend more on defence than the next 14 countries combined! All the cuts should come from defence.
    I also wonder if Panetta & PBO are doing "good cop, bad cop" or if Panetta is off the reservation? I do not trust him from here to the door! I think he only got picked because PBO could not get anyone else confirmed and he had to get Petraus out of Afganistan.
    Congrats, SP for being so on target on the budget deal!


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