In yet another attack on President Obama, Sarah Palin was vicious in her condemnation of the President in her recent interview on Fox. Here is the actual interview of Palin. The relevant portion of the transcript of the Palin interview is as follows:
VAN SUSTEREN: Bob Woodward says the sequestration was his administration’s idea
PALIN: They started it! They’re the ones who came up with the idea! They’re the ones who sold it to Congress! And now they’re trying to push it off on Congress!
PALIN: And “they” is Barack Obama as an individual told the American people last night that it was just a proposal of Congress’s and it wasn’t going to happen. It’s a law. He signed it.
He has no respect for the different branches of government, for the Constitution that mandates that he, as the executive, will fulfill the will of the people via Congress. And last night, you know, one thing after another with the false charges and false claims. Romney could not keep up with all the untruths, with the lies. So don’t be surprised on this Libya attack, too, that things aren’t as they had appeared for those weeks.
VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, thank you.
PALIN: Thank you so much, Greta.
Obama never said sequestration was just a proposal, he said it wouldn’t happen. Here is the actual footage:
So what is sequestration? It is the name given to mandatory cuts to federal programs; it is a prohibition for Congress from spending money that has now been prohibited from being spent. In essence money is being “sequestered” or taken away from federal agencies.
In August Obama signed the Sequestration Transparency Act which requires his administration to detail just how painful the sequester’s cuts would be. The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate, and an almost unanimous vote in the House of 414-2. According to the bill the Obama administration must lay out specifics about the $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense programs that will take place at the start of 2013 if Congress is unable to agree on another deficit-reduction plan before the end of the year. Jim Hensarling(“”R-Texas), the House Conference Chairman, applauded the signing of the bill by Obama saying, “[t]he American people deserve to know how their commander-in-chief intends to implement half a trillion dollars in cuts to our national security which his own Secretary of Defense compared to ‘shooting ourselves in the head.’”
The co-chair of the supercommittee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), said the law “will make sure that every member of Congress and the public understands the impact of sequestration, as well as the need to replace both the defense and non defense cuts in a balanced and bipartisan way.” Thus the statement by Obama that sequestration would never happen, was clearly a strong statement by Obama that he would guarantee a resolution would occur, not a declaration that the bill did not exist.
Fact checkers agreed that while this declaration committing to a resolution of the budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans is new for the President, it is not inaccurate. David Plouffe explained that “everyone in “Washington agrees that sequester “should not happen.”
Thus Sarah Palin has attacked the President of the United States for declaring that compromise would be forthcoming. While the Senate, the House, and the President are working to limit the increase of the deficit, and find a compromise to ensure that the debt is not increased, Sarah Palin creates more animosity between the parties by calling Obama a liar. Instead of encouraging more cooperation between the President and lawmakers, Palin not only adds fuel to the fire, but starts a fire where none existed. By the passage of the sequestration bill almost unanimously by Congress, and signing the bill into law by the President, there is unanimous recognition by all parties that we must face, head on, the challenges of reducing the federal deficit. It is easy for the quitter to foster animosity and encourage an impasse between Congress and the President, but that doesn’t help the American people, and only serves to make it less likely that a resolution will be reached. Palin desires failure of President Obama, even if it means disastrous consequences for the American people. Instead of being part of the solution, Sarah Palin quit her elected position as Governor, and has now taken the self-appointed position as trouble-maker. A “terrorist” is defined as a person who creates fear and promotes violence. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/terrorist Instead of working toward resolution of the overwhelming financial crisis facing the entire country, Sarah Palin continues to widen the gap between the parties. Instead of encouraging resolution, she inspires revolution. The Republican Party and the Tea Party have recognized the inappropriateness of her vitriolic ranting, and refused to give her a voice at their conventions and rallies. Fox News must refrain from giving her a national platform from which to spew her destructive diatribes.