Rich Galen

Well, well, well. Here we are. March first. Sequester Day. America Held Hostage; Day One.

President Obama has been crisscrossing the country proclaiming the dire effects of March 1 if the Republicans in the House didn't bow to his demands. We don't know what his demands are, but he spent a lot of money accusing the GOP of not caving into them.

The Department of Homeland Security is made up, apparently, of the only group of people in America that believed Obama. A division of DHS got a jump on Sequester Day by letting "several hundred" illegal aliens who were in jail, out of jail and into what a spokesperson called "placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release."

Putting aside the fact that if this more cost-effective form of supervised release were available before the sequester, why didn't DHS take advantage of this money-saving capacity?

Maybe using NON cost-effective, NON appropriate forms of keeping track of illegal aliens awaiting - whatever they have been awaiting - is yet another example of worthless Federal programs that, when added together, lead to a $16.5 trillion national debt.

The guy from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) organization who is in charge of making those kinds of decisions announced his retirement on the same day his organization announced the release of the illegal aliens.

The Associated Press - a known mouthpiece for the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives - put two and two together and got: Fall guy. DHS denied he was resigning because of the illegal alien release but that "he had told his bosses weeks ago that he planned to retire."

If nothing else DHS should be sent to the Cabinet Penalty Box for astonishing stupidity in the face of a growing public relations crisis by announcing his long-planned retirement on the same day as the prisoner release.

Speaking of public relations crises, the Obama White House has done something no one - not even its worst critics - they could have accomplished. The administration of Barack Obama is being compared to the administration of…Richard Nixon.

No. No. I'm serious about this.

During the whole Watergate thing back in the early 1970s, Richard Nixon had his staff compile (and keep up-to-date) what became known as an "enemies list." These were people that Nixon thought were a danger to his Presidency, if not the nation.

Who would do that? Who would use the power of the White House to threaten and intimidate Americans - including reporters - for speaking ill of the President?

Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at