The White House Court Jesters of Sequester

Traffic alert: There’s a massive clown car pileup in the Beltway. And with the White House court jesters of sequester behind the wheel, no one is safe. Fiscal sanity, of course, is the ultimate victim.

President Obama has been warning America that if Congress allows mandatory spending “cuts” of a piddly-widdly 2 percent to go into effect this week, the sky will fall. The manufactured crisis of “sequestration” was Obama’s idea in the first place.

But that hasn’t stopped the Chicken Little in Chief from surrounding himself with every last teacher, senior citizen and emergency responder who will be catastrophically victimized by hardhearted Republicans. Curses on those meanie Republicans! How dare they acquiesce to the very plan for “cuts” — or rather, negligible reductions in the explosive rate of federal spending growth — that Obama himself hatched?

How low will the kick-the-can Democrats go? Among the ridiculous claims the administration is making: The National Drug Intelligence Center will lose $2 million from its $20 million budget. That scary factoid appears in an ominous Office of Management and Budget report purporting to calculate the Sequester Disaster. So lock the doors and hide the children, right?

Wrong. As Reason magazine’s Mike Riggs points out, the NDIC shut down in June 2012, and some of its responsibilities were absorbed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ready for more reckless, feckless farce? Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano played Henny Penny during a panicked speech at the Brookings Institution Tuesday. She warned that her agency’s “core critical mission areas” would be undermined by the sequester. To cynically underscore the point, “waves” of illegal aliens were released this week from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night, but would not say how many or from which detention centers.

The real punch line, as I’ve reported relentlessly, is that the catch and release of criminal illegal aliens has been bipartisan standard operating procedure for decades. The persistent deportation and removal abyss allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens — many of them known repeat criminal offenders — to pass through the immigration court system and then disappear into the ether because we have no determined will to track them down and kick them all out of the country.

While Napolitano shrieks about decimation of the DHS workforce, DHS workers tell me that the double-dipping of retired ICE brass — who get back on the payroll as “rehired annuitants” — is rampant.

While this open-borders White House phonily gnashes its teeth over the sequester’s effect on national security, its top officials are lobbying for a massive nationwide amnesty that would foster a tsunami of increased illegal immigration for generations to come. The shamnesty beneficiaries will be welcomed with open arms, discounted college tuition, home loans and Obamacare. And as every outraged rank-and-file border agent will tell you, DHS top officials have instituted systemic non-enforcement and sabotage of detention, deportation and removal functions.

In another emetic performance, Obama parachuted into a Virginia naval shipyard this week to decry Pentagon cuts that would gut our military. But I repeat: The reductions in spending are CINO: Cuts In Name Only. If the sequester goes into effect, Pentagon spending will increase by $121 billion between 2014 and 2023. Fiscal watchdog GOP Sen. Tom Coburn adds that $70 billion is spent by the Defense Department on “nondefense” expenditures each year.

Send in the clowns. Wait. Don’t bother. They’re here.

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  • AdinaK

    Michelle, those of us who are not sitting on our brains, surely intuit that the fiscal cliff is meant to go overboard. For if this isn't the case, wouldn't the construction of the economy be uppermost, as opposed to its deconstruction –

    Besides, if actions speak louder than blah, blah, blah, then this "adventure" would not have taken place –

    Elementary. As the kiddies say, easy peasy.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • davarino

    Smoke and mirrors. There are tons of useless jobs and expenditures that could be eliminated without having to touch any of these critical functions. Its all a game and "We The People" know it. "We The People" should threaten to stop paying our taxes till a budget is passed without all the BS. After all, it is OUR money, and they work for US.

  • guest

    It has been decades since the congress worked for us. They work for the party that sent them. Disgusting, and worse the media parrot the propaganda the corrupted members vomit daily to them. To hear my newest senator a quack named kaine the sequester will stop the shipyards in Norfolk, as well as prevent the sun from rising. kaine works for harry reid and the criminal block of the senate, not at all for Virginia or its citizens, thanks to the 17th amendment for this folly. It will also prevent the criminal in the white house from seeing data that will allow his lowness the vision he needs to okay the keystone pipeline, a project of massive importance to our future prosperity. The States must assert their rights and tell his lowness where to go over these issues. Damnedocrats are the problem, most definitely, not the solution, but our repubs all sit down to pee so nothing will get done until the revolution comes.

  • Jeffrey Ronny

    Is it really true man that Obama parachuted into a Virginia naval shipyard? If it is then i hope that he has got lots of experience from flying parachute and awfully he will try more in future as well, Thanks