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Obama Resists Simple Fixes for Sequestration Cuts

Nancy3239 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 6:07 AM
That's a great idea. They could also defund all those czars. There is nothing in the Constitution providing for appointing or paying these clowns.
Lars795 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 8:43 AM
Drifter33 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 8:31 AM
You're right, both of you.

I'd also go so far as to slash the White House Operating Budget--fix it where Obama needs to buy replacement light bulbs and toilet paper out of his own pocket. And--"perish the thought"--I'd cut the first lady's "budget" down to zero--let her pay for her legions of "assistants" on her own.

But that's just me--and I play "hard ball".
The little secret of sequestration is that the Obama administration could fix much of the problem pretty quickly. But it doesn't want to.

Congress tells executive branch agencies how much money they can spend and how they should spend it. Sometimes the instructions are broad, and sometimes they are quite detailed. Cabinet secretaries and lower-downs are bound to work within those congressional directives.

But if Cabinet officers want to spend the money differently, there is a long-established process for doing so: They ask Congress for permission. It happens all the time, with lawmakers routinely giving the executive branch the OK...