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Post Don't Contradict the President
Created by John Eipper on 04/15/13 7:38 AM

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Don't Contradict the President (Randy Black, USA, 04/15/13 7:38 am)

In his 13 April reply to my post about Istvan Simon's "mail merge" letter from Sen. Barbara Boxer, John Eipper noted, "In his recent speeches, President Obama is also fond of the ['common-sense'] epithet when talking about gun legislation. I wonder if this is a coincidence, or if there has been a central directive?"

I cannot speak directly to the "common sense" directives that may or may not be direct orders from the White House, but I can speak about another direct order from President Obama to his minions in various federal offices to not publicly embarrass him by disagreeing with him.

When the Sequester matters approached, the White House issued warnings by the dozens that federal offices would shut down, federal employees and local police departments would lay off hundreds of thousands, the sky would fall, people would die and so on, should the Republicans refuse to get in line with the President's demands. Naturally, a month in, few of those dire predictions have come to pass at the level that Obama and his staff had predicted.

We were warned by the president that the TSA would lay off thousands of security personnel at the nation's airport check-in-and-take-off-your-shoes facilities, and that delays in air traffic would hinder travel. Never happened.

We were told that air traffic control towers would close by the hundreds and that the regional airports would halt operations. They even released a list that could not be verified. Ditto the nation's police departments, the post office, medical facilities...the list goes on. This "the end is near" prediction regurgitated by Obama and his shills over weeks was nothing more than a "duck-and-cover" bunch of nonsense reminiscent of the 1950s.

Common sense told me that a 4 percent reduction in money coming out of Washington, DC would be more of an irritant than a total shutdown of government. Even the Fed's warnings that thousands of layoffs in the nation's capital turned out to be nothing more than a few days of furloughs over the next year. Despite Obama's predictions, the feds still found the $960,000 to put in new shrubbery around the US Ambassador's residence in Brussels.

During this brouhaha, the administration sent out a directive to all listening that instructed federal officials to not embarrass the President by disagreeing with him with facts.

From one of those presidential directives: "The Obama administration denied an appeal for flexibility in lessening the sequester's effects, with an email this week appearing to show officials in Washington that because they already had promised the cuts would be devastating, they now have to follow through on that.

"In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mr. Brown asked 'if there was any latitude' in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.

"He said he was discouraged by officials in Washington, who gave him this reply: 'We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs. So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.'

"'This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the sequester cuts for political gain,' said Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas (Republican)."

JE comments:  Randy is correct that the sky hasn't fallen yet from the Sequester, but isn't it more or less standard policy that if you work for him (or someday, her), you don't publicly contradict the President?

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  • Effects of Sequester; Bombs in Boston (Richard Hancock, USA 04/15/13 2:57 PM)
    In response to Randy Black's post of April 15, the Sequester has forced the shutdown of tower services at several Oklahoma airports, some of which have a traffic of only one flight per day. Airport towers were closed at both of our two major universities--Oklahoma State U and the University of Oklahoma. In both cases the tower service was renewed.

    At OSU, the City of Stillwater picked up the tab. OU did the same, and both of these airports remain open as formerly. The feds don't have to do everything. All we need to do is to go back to our former successful tradition of letting the locals take care of some services that are really needed. Most of them will find a way.

    JE comments: Yes, people are resilient. And resourceful.

    The big news just over the wire: two bombs exploded at the finish line of today's Boston Marathon. At last check, there are two deaths and many injuries. Definitely a crime of opportunity, as street races of this sort are almost impossible to secure.

    This is an obvious human tragedy, and yet another milestone of society's loss of innocence: city marathons will never again be the same.

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