Yes they are. Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, former New York City Mayer Rudy Giuliani called out Team Obama’s obvious push to make the "effects" of sequestration as damaging -- and noticeable -- as possible:
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday it was “absurd” that the White House was shutting down tours because of the sequester.
“Closing the White House [tours] is absurd, it’s a joke,” the former GOP presidential candidate said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
In an email to members of Congress earlier this week, White House officials announced they were cancelling the tours because of sequestration, the automatic $1.2 trillion cuts in federal spending over a decade that took effect Friday.
According to the email: “Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours… We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular spring touring season.”
The “Fireman First” approach to governance is back in full swing, it seems. Rather than telling TSA agents they’re going to have to wait a little longer to get their new uniforms or cutting taxpayer funding for video games, the Obama administration prefers to cut programs that will inconvenience and alarm the public. Perfect. (Don’t forget, also, that when Republicans offered the White House more leeway to make unilateral cuts, thus making sequestration less unpalatable, they declined and threatened to veto such a proposal). Perhaps this is one reason why The One’s approval rating is sinking … fast? Via Ed Morrissey:
A Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Wednesday showed 43 percent of people approve of Obama's handling of his job, down 7 percentage points from February 19.
Most of that steep drop came in the week to February 26 when it was becoming clear that Washington was going to be unable to put aside partisan differences and agree to halt automatic budget cuts which started last Friday.
Confounding the White House's efforts to blame Republicans for the cuts, most respondents in the online survey hold both Democrats and Republicans responsible.
As Carol noted last night, President Obama took a solemn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution of the United States (and, by extension, every citizen living under its guiding principles). But sadly, he seems utterly determined to make the lives of middle class Americans as painful as possible in the hopes of making Republicans look bad. Why? Because he recognizes if -- and only if -- Democrats recapture the House of Representatives in 2014, can he implement his radical agenda and cement his legacy. That process is already underway, my friends, and won't be letting up anytime soon.