BOHEMIA, NY, Mar 8 – “President Obama’s attempts to blame Republicans for imposing allegedly onerous federal budget cuts may ultimately backfire on him. His fear-mongering raised so much interest that even some in the mainstream media now acknowledge that Mr. Obama was the author of sequestration, as it is called, in the first place—not the House Republicans,” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens said.
In his third Presidential Debate last fall, the President stated that the sequester was “not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”
David Gregory of NBC, not widely known for being tough on the administration, challenged the president’s chief economic advisor Gene Sperling on that point in an interview last week. After patiently listening to Sperling’s lengthy attempt to sidestep the issue, Gregory forced Sperling to admit that yes, the president did not tell the truth, Weber explained.
“Nor did he tell the truth in the days leading up to the sequester’s initial implementation when he and his surrogates publicly repeated several times a day that the sky would fall and that the budget cuts would have far-reaching effects on us all. The sky did not fall, his efforts to pin the blame on the GOP failed and, as it turned out, most people think the imposition of budget reductions is a good thing. In fact, many believe that the cuts do not go deep enough.”
Weber cited the “tepid” reactions of the three major credit rating agencies, Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. They told reporters that sequestration will have little or no positive impact on the country’s credit standing. They indicated that a lot more cutting needs to be done.
Seniors seem to overwhelmingly agree with that notion, according to Weber. He pointed to a new AMAC Web site poll, which asked members and visitors whether they believe government spending via the sequester was good or bad. “An exceptionally high number of responders took the survey – 5,877 of them – and an overwhelming majority of them, 97% of them – said it is time we cut spending.”
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