Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rush still dumb and WRONG Again

Rush was spotting off on his radio program today about the sequester.  As usual, he was blowing a lot of hot air, basically demonstrating that he had no idea what he was talking about.  Of course, Rush follows the basic rule-of-thumb of all blowhards.  If you say something loud enough, often enough and with enough conviction, most people will assume you know what you are talking about even when you don’t have a clue.

A lot of what Rush was saying about the sequester was just plain wrong, when it wasn’t both wrong and stupid.  One remark caught my attention.

According to Rush, Obama has full discretion concerning how to allocate the cuts once the sequester happens.  Of course that is DEFINITELY NOT TRUE.

The legislation says:  "Except as otherwise provided, the same percentage sequestration shall apply to all programs, projects, and activities within a budget account (with programs, projects, and activities as delineated in the appropriation Act or accompanying report for the relevant fiscal year covering that account, or for accounts not included in appropriation Acts, as delineated in the most recently submitted President’s Budget)."  See: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/feb/21/barack-obama/barack-obama-says-sequestration-cuts-will-be-indis/

No, Rush.  It would be illegal for Obama to pick and choose what programs, projects and/or activities to cut.  The cuts have to be the same across-the-board.  That’s precisely why they are so stupid.
It is amazing how totally uninformed Rush Limbaugh is.  In this case, he apparently doesn’t even know what his good Republican friends are doing.  If so, he would have known that some Republicans have proposed giving Obama discretion over which programs to cut and which to fully fund precisely because Obama DOES NOT have the discretion Rush said he had.  See: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/us/politics/obama-urges-congress-to-find-compromise-on-cuts.html?pagewanted=all

Now, of course, the Republicans who are proposing to give Obama more discretion over the cuts aren’t any more serious about that than they are about really addressing the largely imaginary deficit problem.  Can you imagine Republicans wanting to give the President MORE power over spending?  No, they just want to force the President to choose between things like funding education or providing food for the needy, etc.  Make him choose and then yell and scream about how awful his choices are.  Sneaky politics, but Obama isn’t buying. 

Rush—Dumb and wrong again as usual. 

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