Carney Can't Answer Woodward Book Charge that Sequester Was White House Idea | cnsnews.comWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney did not know if potentially forcing $500 billion in cuts in the Defense Department budget originated from the administration, as a new book by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward asserts.
"I don't know where the idea came out of," Carney told reporters. "There have been sequesters – I think in Gramm-Ruddman there was a sequester, the idea of a forcing mechanism. I think everybody in the process when there wasn't a grand bargain to be achieved because of the Republicans refusal to accept balance, the idea of a forcing mechanism was agreed upon and then it was a question of what would be contained within that forcing mechanism."
The book will be released on Tuesday, but several media organizations have reported that Obama administration officials sought the military sequestration.
yup, according to the watergate wonderboy, these draconian defense cuts, which secretary of defense panetta says would be "devastating" and which could cost 100K jobs in virginia alone, are all obama's
of course, the responsibility for this meat ax approach to defense jobs is just one of the takeaways from woodward's bombshell, the price of politics, out tuesday
the more significant revelations are:
1. the president was "voted off the island" by the congressional big 4, led by harry reid and his brave chief of staff david krone, in a white house meeting called by the president on july 24, 2011
the president was "asked to leave the meeting he called in his own house"
"that was it, congress was taking over"
2. the last minute call by obama for 400B more, when new revenues of 800B had already been agreed upon, was the cause of the collapse of the grand bargain
Woodward book chronicles Obama's fiscal policy battle with congressional Republicans - The Washington Post