By Henry Decker

Republicans Outraged After Sequester Forces Cancellation Of White House Tours

March 6, 2013 3:38 pm Category: Memo Pad 131 Comments A+ / A-
Republicans Outraged After Sequester Forces Cancellation Of White House Tours

As the budget sequester begins to take effect, it appears that some of its biggest cheerleaders are suddenly losing their stomach for austerity.

On Tuesday night, the White House announced that all public tours would be canceled effective Saturday, due to staffing reductions in the Secret Service caused by sequestration. Several Republican congressmen — many of whom had previously dismissed the impact of the sequester — immediately reacted with indignation.

Days before the cuts were scheduled to take effect, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) wrote that “the hysteria in Washington over sequestration is both strange and amusing,” referring to the cuts as a “mini-diet” that only “shaves a tiny portion off the federal budget.” After the cancellation of White House tours, however, Graves took a sharply different tone.

“Canceling all self-guided White House tours is the latest shameless political stunt by the president, who is twisting basic government efficiency into an extreme consequence,” he told Roll Call. “As the White House doors are slammed in the face of average Americans, I want to know if they will still swing wide open for Hollywood and the liberal elite.”

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), who recently hinted that she has no sympathy for those pleading to be spared from further budget cuts, released a statement saying “I believe closing the doors of the White House to the American people is wrong.”

Similarly, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) raged to Roll Call: “It’s the old, ‘If you don’t [approve] this bond levy for the school district, we’re going to eliminate football…I understand the strategy of the administration: They’re trying to make it as ugly as possible to put as much pressure as possible on Republicans to change their position. It’s just not going to happen.”

Additionally, pertpetually crazy Texas representative Louie Gohmert — who had previously dismissed the sequester as a “tantrum demanding more money for government” — responded to the news by introducing legislation seeking to block President Obama from playing golf until White House tours are reinstated.

These House Republicans’ outrage is strikingly hypocritical, given their shared responsibility for the budget cuts that forced the tour cancellations. Their total refusal to even consider a deal including new tax revenues made avoiding sequesration impossible.

Furthermore, their stunned reaction to the cancellation of White House tours severely undercuts the GOP’s position that spending cuts will have barely any noticeable affect on Americans’ day-to-day lives. If these congressmen consider the cancellation of White House tours to be an “extreme consequence,” one wonders how they’ll describe the severe cuts to unemployment benefits, veterans benefits, educational programs, and other targets of sequestration.

A recent Pew poll found that, despite their enthusiasm for generic deficit reduction, Americans oppose almost every possible specific spending cut. So as the cuts begin to impact programs that matter far more to the average voter than White House tours, expect to see a lot more congressmen suddenly becoming much less comfortable with slashing the budget.

Photo: dcJohn/Flickr.com

Republicans Outraged After Sequester Forces Cancellation Of White House Tours Reviewed by on . As the budget sequester begins to take effect, it appears that some of its biggest cheerleaders are suddenly losing their stomach for austerity. On Tuesday nigh As the budget sequester begins to take effect, it appears that some of its biggest cheerleaders are suddenly losing their stomach for austerity. On Tuesday nigh Rating:

More by Henry Decker

This Week In Crazy: Gay Massages Ruin The Military, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Gay massages destroy the military, yet another call for secession, and so much more.

Read more...

Midterm Roundup: Down To The Wire In New Hampshire

Get the latest headlines from the campaign trail.

Read more...

Midterm Roundup: Democrats Jump Back Into Kentucky

Get all of the latest news from the campaign trail.

Read more...

Tags

Comments

  • Sand_Cat

    You missed the point: cutting unemployment benefits, veterans’ benefits, and educational programs is what the Republicans want, not something they’ll consider an unwanted consequence. That’s how they were induced to vote for sequester in the first place, not something they wanted to prevent.

  • 4sanity4all

    Do these Republicans think that anyone is going to feel their pain? They called for it, they refused to back down, now they don’t like how it’s playing out? They have the reasoning ability of a termite.

    • plc97477

      but not as much intelligence

  • Diogenes67

    The Republican Outrage Machine keeps rolling along.

  • http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/ Nomad

    This is an example of their game plan from now until 2014. Every cut will be an outrage with a lot of exclamation points and capital letters. It will be called “Obama playing politics.” Every misery will be Obama’s fault. Expect them to attempt to use hate for the president to escape blame for the cuts.

    However, the public has to be reminded over and over: Congress neglected its duty, preferred to stick to its narrow principles rather than compromise or even negotiate and this is the result.
    The bottom line is that according to the Constitution it is Congress that has financial powers, not the president.

  • http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/ Nomad

    I’d like to ask Simpson, Miller and especially Gohmert how it was that despite all the extreme sequester cuts to both social programs and the military, congressional salaries (on average $174,000 ) remain safe.
    They shouldn’t be paid for neglecting their constitutionally mandated duties.

    According to a Washington Post article:

    Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.) have introduced one of the latest, which would reduce congressional salaries if federal employees are furloughed.

    “This is an obvious step to hold Congress accountable for the job we need to get done,” McCaskill said in a statement announcing the legislation.

    It sounds like a good step toward “basic government efficiency” that Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) demands.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Since they only work 3 days a week, I think their salaries should be modified accordingly. If they want to be a part-time Congress, they should get benefits cut, as do part-timers in the private sector.

      • CPAinNewYork

        Give it up, granny. Those Congressional freeloaders have been pulling the part time act for a long time and nothing is going to be done to stop it.

        • latebloomingrandma

          I know. It was a wishful thinking, tongue-in-cheek bit of snark. People in charge of their own salary are hardly going to cut it.

        • neeceoooo

          You’re right but it would be nice if that could be part of the discussion

    • Pamby50

      I am still of the belief that they should only be paid for the days they serve in Washington. They are only scheduled to be in DC 126 days. That is a part-time job. Part-time jobs in the private sector have no benefits.

      • mah101

        On top of which, even part time employees are expected to do their jobs or get fired. How can we fire Congress and WHY do we have to wait two more years to do it? What part time employee in the private sector (other than CEO’s and Wall Street bigwigs, of course) can avoid doing their job, destroy the credit rating and good faith of the firm for which they work, and STILL get paid, receive cushy benefits that their employer doesn’t even have, and not have to suffer any consequences? Try doing that at McDonalds and see how long you last.

        Last Congress was the most worthless Congress ever. This one is tipping the scale from most worthless to harmful.

        We could use a national system of propositions. Put it to a popular vote… who should be the first to suffer the cuts that result from Congressional ineptitude? I know Congress will never act responsibly, but it sure would be nice to have a way to make them get to work on the people’s business.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

          It seems to me that since all the Republicans in Congress signed Norquist’s pledge to not raise taxes no matter what, they could be thrown out of office and charged with breaking their oath of office. That pledge that signed is in direct conflict with their oath of Office. It should be used them to legally remove them from office and also the fact that they are not following the oath of office in anything else also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Suspending White House tours may be symbolic, and meant to highlight the impact of an austerity program, but I can’t help smiling when I hear those who have been pushing for spending reductions to balance the budget voice outrage at the potential impact of the goal they pursued so earnestly during the past 3 or 4 years. Their feigned outrage is not because WH tours have been cancelled, but because the targets of their strategy have not yet been affected. What they are really interested in is cuts in social programs and education, and until they see reductions in those areas they will continue to insist on more cuts to “starve the beasts”. The acid test will come during the next debt ceiling exercise in a couple of weeks.

    • old_blu

      Yeah I don’t think they realize that the cuts are also going to cut somethings that they like. On another note, I always thought the White House was the American people’s house and we just loaned it to the president and his family while he served us. Not that I plan on going there (anytime soon) but if I did I think I should be able to go inside and look around. IMHO

      • TheSkalawag929

        It is the people’s house. But just like you may have some relatives you wouldn’t want roaming around your house unsupervised so it is with the people’s house.

        • old_blu

          hahaha, that’s funny, and you are right, and if and when I go there I would fully expect to be monitored while I was there, but I would still want the option of going inside. (when they close it that option is gone)

          • TheSkalawag929

            I would expect and demand the same. But the monitors don’t work for free and no monitors no tours.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/QPAPIJDUCL2ZBHO7MP3G2FNSN4 Juanita

            It makes sense that things that are not necessary would be the first to go. The White House is a historical place to visit, but not a necessary place. It does not provide medical care, food, clothing, or shelter during the tours. These are the things the Sequester will affect.

          • plc97477

            They will be able to reopen as soon as we get rid of a few more repungics.

          • angelsinca

            quote: …repungics…
            why don’t you just call them stupid poo-poo heads while pressing your thumb to your nose and wiggling your fingers? It’ll be easier to spot the party.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

            There are so many haters out there who are just waiting to do damage to anything American.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

          The tours also require that everyone who enters go through a security screening and a recent news item says 60,000 of those folks are going to be furloughed because of Sequester taking effect.

          • TheSkalawag929

            The cuts will have very little effect. People will hardly notice.

            Right????

      • lana ward

        Those tours are done by volunteers!!!!! Obama is just pissed he didn’t get his own way!! He is mean and hateful!!!

      • plc97477

        As long as the nation is full of crazies with guns who want to hurt Obama (you know who you are) we need to keep people out until it can be made safe for the first family.

        • angelsinca

          This is a good one. If I get this right, the tours have ended because the first family is not safe. They are hardly ever there.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

            The tours was stopped because there are other people that stay and work in it besides the President and the President’s family. Also to protect the White House itself.

          • angelsinca

            Of course. thanks

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

            Hate to tell you this. They are not there because they work at all hours. Besides, why not compare with the CEO perks all over the country, which includes gated communities, armed guards, huge pensions, enormous stock options, etc. etc. etc. And they are not leading the country with near 350 MILLION people in it.

          • angelsinca

            I don’t care about the perks for the first family. This family uses a bit more than their predecessors, but that’s beside the point. I care that the White House tours were cancelled to prove a political point. As one of The People, i don’t like being an unwilling pawn in the politician’s gamesmanship.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

        Tell us when you are eating a meal, and we’ll send over some tourists to see your house.

    • gahoof

      Good morning, Dominick. Good to see you on WaPost. I certainly enjoy your NatMemo posts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        Good morning from sunny, but not so warm, Central Florida.

    • CPAinNewYork

      I can understand the Republicans’ frustration. White House tours is about the closest that they’re going to get to the presidency for a long time to come, now that the common people are wise to their act.

      • lana ward

        There was no reason for this except Obama is pissed he didn’t get his own way.–THE TOURS ARE DONE BY VOLUNTEERS!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Blaine-Coleman/1398192559 Blaine Coleman

          And I suppose the VOLUNTEERS also double as security? Your anger is both laughable and sad…

          • lana ward

            Obamas anger is because he didn’t get his own way. Your anger is because Obama didn’t get his way. He’s pitiful. If he would quit giving billions to our enemies he could pay security for tours. He is absolutely useless!!!

          • angelsinca

            Lana-your heart is in the right place. But, please turn around and run toward the other goal. thanks

          • lana ward

            Obama is a mean hateful evil old hack

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

            Boo!!!

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

          Like I responded to you above Lana – you’re wrong!! The tours also require that everyone who wants to see the Whitehouse go through security screening and 60,000 people involved with security are going to be furloughed. It’s not Obama – it’s those nitwit GOP legislators who wouldn’t even agree to giving up one corporate tax loophole.

          • lana ward

            Like I said, the reason he closed our house was to be mean!! I knew he was low but not this low!!!! It is unbelievable you let this horrible thing stay in power. I can’t wait for him to get what is due him!!!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

            Where in the hell were you withyour nasty remarks when George Walker Bush closed the White House to tours for almost 5 years? You need to check yourself into a mental ward because you are going crazy. Also when was the last time you went on a tour at the White House or have you ever been to see the White House. You can’t get through the gates until a screening by security at the gate, before being allowed to enter the White House you go through another security check. It has been several years since I did the White House tour but my tour was done by someone that was being paid to give to give tours not Voluneteers. You had betterbe worried about what is going to happen to you when your spirit leaves your body and you go to were it is always very very very hot and never cools down.

          • lana ward

            If he would give up golf, he could keep the WH open . But no golfing is more important. He just gave our enemy Morsi $250 million, but can’t keep the WH open?? He’s furious he didn’t get his way on the sequester so this is one way to get even

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

            How shallow you are, Lana.Go back to your social contacts where you won’t be exposed as the empty headed one.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

          Another idiocy by people who want to create facts from fantasy.

      • joeham1

        You may be to common to understand what this President is doing to this country!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

        Lana, every time you open your mouth you demonstrate just how dumb and clueless you are – if you really think it’s only volunteers that give people tours of the Whitehouse you really are clueless – everyone allowed to enter the Whitehouse compound has to be screened by security personnel. And in case you haven’t seen it, a recent news item says 60,000 security personnel will be notified of being furloughed because of the Sequester cuts; that includes border personnel, airport screeners, and others, including those who would screen folks coming into the Whitehouse.

        • angelsinca

          Good comrad! The committee congratulates you on your undying loyalty to party doctrine. Your continued allegiance is needed to thwart the evil republicans from conquering Beloved Leader. LOL

        • lana ward

          Funny, Obama just gave Morsi M B terrorist $250 MILLION but doesn’t have enough money to keep the WH tours open? No one believes it. He is mean and hateful. He’s sooo pissed he didn’t get his way on the sequester, he will do things for spite. You’re the one who’s clueless, you have a venomous snake for a leader–people are finally seeing through his lies. Finally

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y4ZDB2PEBKOYCFTDDMIFZVRU4E ANN

            You think Obama pissed ? I don’t think he is. He just knows the republicans are selfish, self centered and think only about the 2%. You can see a pissed person by looking at McCain. He still can’t believe he lost’

          • lana ward

            There are other places snake could cut, WHY did he choose the WH?? About taxes, Snake promised only the wealthiest 2% would see a tax hike. Instead 77.l percent are seeing higher taxes. Snake has just allowed 13 new tax increases to further slow the economy, wreck the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work. So yes, snake is pissed he didn’t get his own way and he’s punishing all Americans because of it!!!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

            Better to cut from older people, from people needing medical care, from students to get an education. Now we can be outraged on White House Tours.After all,that is certainly more important than that 47% who rely on the government.

          • lana ward

            Everything this fraud does is an outrage!

          • angelsinca

            quote: He (Obama) just knows that republicans are selfish, self centered and think only about the 2%.

            You think he’s petty too, huh? Not the leadership trait we were looking for.

          • lana ward

            Canceling just one of the Royal Familys’ lavish vacations could keep the WH open for our kids for almost 2 years. Why won’t they cancel l vacation for our kids????

    • lana ward

      Obama is evil and mean. Those tours in the WH are done by volunteers!!! He’s throwing a fit because he didn’t get way on what he once was for!!! People have planned months ago to visit the WH. Obama is a spoiled, evil devil!!!

      • WhutHeSaid

        Stop lying, Satan spawn. White House tours require a Secret Service Tour Officer in every room the public visits, and they are NOT volunteers.

        • lana ward

          They are volunteers. He has no right to close the WH to visitors. He is a mean spiteful , evil , spoiled brat. He needs someone to beat the shit out of him. Might straighten him up!!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

            Did you get your mommies permission to be on the computer tonight???

          • lana ward

            Communist lover

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

            Fascist lover.

          • andy39eck

            do the secret service men work for free the Lana-banana brain????

          • lana ward

            He just gave Egypt another $250 million. I think that would cover it numbnut. Newt Gingrich and others said they would pay to make sure OUR house stays open. I knew he was low, but not this low. What a disgrace this pompous evil joker is!!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

            For your declining mind, the President cannot give any Country money without the approval of Congress. Congress approved giving Egypt the money and then passed it along to them. Get this through you mentally deficited brain, when it comes to money the President can ask the Congress for money to give countries like Egypt money without Congress’s approval Edypt does not get the money.
            I will ask again Where in the hell were your nasty remarks after George Walker Bush closed the White House to tours for something like 5 years?

          • lana ward

            And just why was it closed during that time, Hmm?

          • lana ward

            A year of WH tours cost far less than a single one of the Royal Familys’ lavish vacations!!

          • andy39eck

            so the security services work for free do they Lana-Banana brain???

    • angelsinca

      The outrage isn’t over the effects of reduced spending. As a citizen you ought to be insulted the president offers the people as a sacrifice for his political postering, once again. But you have to be objective to see it.

  • dellmartin

    Of course they are outraged! They would much rather cancel veterans’ benefits than have to tell one of their constituents “sorry, no White House tour today”.

  • neeceoooo

    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don’t stand in the doorway
    Don’t block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There’s a battle outside
    And it is ragin’
    It’ll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin’.

    Bob Dylan–1964

    • latebloomingrandma

      Timeless!!! Like Shakespeare.

      • neeceoooo

        so true

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HJIWONQOW4EAYMCA4QH2DDJMBU MARK

      Still ringing true after all these years.’And though the rules of the road have been lodged,it’s only peoples games that you got to dodge.And it’s all right Ma,I can make it” B.Dylan

  • Debsvoice

    Eliminating guided tours of the White House is hardly an outrage. Secret Service employees needed for these regular tours are expensive. The public doesn’t just walk itself thru the White House! What is outrageous to be eliminated because of this sequester idiocy, lies and hubris on the part of the GOP are the cutbacks of feeding children and the elderly who have no other means. Cutting out/down Head Start and the Childrens Defense fund. Not taking care of our Veterans who are physically and emotionally battered by a war started by the Cheney/Bush administration based on total deception. Not being able to raise minimum wage. Cutting unemployment benefits. Cutting back on border security, and so on, and so on. The effects are going to be more devastating than any of us can imagine because our government WORKERS, not Congress, not the Senate, not the House remain untouched. They keep their overpaid salaries, vacations every few months to do nothing but destroy middle america and the poor from A to Z. What this is doing to the morality of the common man is repulsive. As one who has paid into Social Security for almost 50 years and have huge medicare deductions taken out of those benefits, like millions of Americans, I feel sorry for myself, but I agonize for all the people in my country who have and are getting nothing while the billionaires and muti millionaires bask in their wealth.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Our local news had a story about some imminent cuts to a few Head Start programs in our area. White House tours is a faux outrage. When it comes to cuts, look for nice to have vs needs to have. I’m waiting for all the military bands and choruses to take a hit. Ever since I heard there are more musicians than state department workers in the field, I thought something was terribly skewed in our spending priorities. This is in the nice to have category, IMHO. We always hear about all the government paid “stupid stuff.” Can’t we put someone in charge of “stupid stuff to cut” and start there? With all the geniuses in the business world or at universities, what a project that could be.

      • sigrid28

        LOL: Geniuses in the business world or universities.

        • latebloomingrandma

          Hmmmm–I just thought there are apt to be more “geniuses” there than the Congress and one of their committees.

          • sigrid28

            Like you, I wish they were geniuses. Universities like Princeton might have a Paul Krugman on their faculty, but administrators at many colleges and universities are now under scrutiny for giving themselves exorbitant salaries while as many as 60% of classes are taught by part-time adjunct professors paid below minimum wage with no benefits–same as the corporate model. At this point, if the government won’t hire smart, sensible women like you and me to oversee budget cuts, I think a good solution would be to clone Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton.

      • plc97477

        Obama has already gotten started on cutting stupid stuff.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

          He’s managed to streamline quite alot of agencies and has managed to cut the size of our government by over 565,000 in his 1st 4 years after Bush had added around 2,000,000.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UHE4MJP5FHMFIEAOGEQHETUGDQ Rvn_sgt6768

      2014 elections should be the time to start the “Voters Revenge”. How long must we wait to throw these ass clowns out?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HJIWONQOW4EAYMCA4QH2DDJMBU MARK

        Don’t wait on my account,I’m ready to start now!

      • latebloomingrandma

        Unfortunatley, because of republican gerrymandering, we may be stuck with these yokels until 2021. It was one of ALEC’s goals to complelety reshape the country back to the early 1900’s.

        • sigrid28

          This idea depresses the hell out of me, too. But then I think that there might be some Republican voters in gerrymandered districts who are centrist, or women, or Independents, and I have a little hope. Republican screaming about cuts at the White House and the Pentagon will reach the majority in gerrymandered districts–even in Red states. As this drags on, who will they blame for the sequester?

          Then I think of those who vote Republican and are not in the Fox News bubble, who might be startled by the local effects of sequester cuts to Meals on Wheels or Head Start. There might be Republican women voters saving over $100 a month on contraceptive medication who begin to like Obamacare after all. There might be seniors approaching 62 and jobless, thanks to the Republican refusal to support jobs initiatives or economic stimulus, or seniors lacking health insurance and waiting for Medicare. Once they find out about it, will they want Paul Ryan’s perverse budget?

          I cannot wait to volunteer on the phone banks during the lead-up to these midterm elections in 2014. We can call on Republicans as fellow Americans to vote against these failed, destructive policies. Maybe they will.

          • latebloomingrandma

            I like your optimism. I’m not there yet.

          • sigrid28

            I say to you, as my son used to say to me, when he was three and we had to change plans on the spur of the moment, “Maybe tomorrow.”

      • neeceoooo

        2014 seems like a long time to wait

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

      Bravo!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HJIWONQOW4EAYMCA4QH2DDJMBU MARK

    Oh Brother,another case of the pot calling the kettle black. Twisting government efficenciency into “extreme” consequences? Really? Is that all these mooks have? After using that technique for several years we can be sure that repubs know all about it.The level of their degeneration is astounding.I didn’t know that it was possible for elected personell to go that low.I wish that they would stop proving it.It is an old show.

  • rpg1408

    What a bunch of fools and hypocrites they are. The GOP has truly become the Party of Stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mayorj12 Jack Ragan

    In my opinion, closing of the White House Tours is a MINOR start to the upcoming effects that will be forthcoming nearly daily and of much more hurt to us, the common folks.

  • roguerunners

    They want to “block the President from golfing”??? How about the President block them from leaving to do whatever it is they do when they are not there and demand they DO SOMETHING when they are!

    • docb

      The President has taken 84 vacation days in 4 plus years..GWB took 254 days in the years from 2001 to August 2003…Goehmert is an idiot!

      The White House Tours are a Secret Service call in part! Minor point and minor perk but what are the repubs cutting in their staff and expenses for the sequester they caused?

      • roguerunners

        Yes, yes…Hypocrisy at it’s very best!

      • http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/ Nomad

        Bush’s extended vacation time is probably the only reason we still have a country at all.

    • mah101

      Please don’t block them from leaving! And when they do, lock the doors to the Capitol so that they can’t get back in.

      • neeceoooo

        I like that

      • Debsvoice

        That is he best “solution” I have heard yet! Change all the locks and call in the National Guard (if we still have one that is)!

        • plc97477

          When we don’t have to pay for congress, we can afford a National Guard

    • plc97477

      If only he had the power to do that.

      • mah101

        Yes, however unfortunately that is how dictatorships and revolutions start. Frustration with those who are supposed to be doing the people’s work but who are instead promoting their own gain (cue La Marseillaise) and the justifiable need to do something to restore the functioning of government “by the people and of the people”.

        Be careful what you wish for…

  • m8lsem

    “If these congressmen consider the cancellation of White House tours to be an ‘extreme consequence,’ one wonders how they’ll describe the severe cuts to unemployment benefits, veterans benefits, educational programs, and other targets of sequestration.”

    I would suggest that depends on which voices they are accustomed to listen to, and which voices they are accustomed to ignore. As Chaplain of one local outfit of a national veterans organization, I am already painfully aware how long it takes for a veteran’s claim for benefits to be processed, and those same congressman have failed and refused to up the budgets necessary to fix that problem. Those Congressmen don’t listen to ordinary people; they only listen to people like the Brothers Koch, which people could care less about budget cuts just so long as tax and subsidy laws respecting Big Oil are unaffected.

    • mah101

      Since it is apparently a widely held belief in the GOP that poor disadvantaged people are poor and disadvantaged because they are lazy takers who freeload off the labor of the virtuous wealthy, I really don’t think they care about unemployment benefits, educational programs, and veterans.

      But White House tours are a painless freebie they can toss off to their constituents with no effort or consequence so as to build and maintain loyalty among their voters.

      Bread and circuses, fellow plebes…

  • m8lsem

    It has also long been known that every federal program is favored by a majority of the people. That majority is not made up of the same people one on issue as on another, however, and a whole depends on how the issue is framed by the pollster. If we listened to each other, we would have to agree that taxes would go up to support a growing budgeted expenditure. But the religiously rightist don’t listen, and I would expect the religiously leftists don’t listen too well either.

  • mah101

    Reporting on Republican outrage is a bit like stopping the presses to report that a 3 year old is throwing a tantrum. At this point, this is standard political process for the stupid party.

    Yet, unfortunately, it works. Look at O’Reilly’s rant, name calling, and finger pointing. It’s all bluster and bully, challenging reality with some made up fantasy that conforms to what they want to believe. And people buy it as a result of a lack of critical thinking, extremely poor reporting and journalism, and confirmation bias.

    I just ask two things. Remember what REALLY caused this mess – going at least back to the debt ceiling fiasco of 2011 – and vote appropriately in 2014. And second, get active, sign petitions, talk to people, uncover reality from beneath the load of obfuscation that the extreme right drops on everything, get involved in local and national organizations, in other words do everything possible to overcome the gerrymandering advantage that allows the GOP to keep winning congressional seats even as they loose the popular vote.

    Either that, or lock the doors to congress and send them all home so we can start over…

    • plc97477

      They have proven that getting involved really does help and it is something most of us can do.

  • elw

    It is called chutzpah, demanding the cuts then crying when they do not like what happens. The Republicans continue to misjudge how people will react to their silly rhetoric and policies. They also continue to forget that this is a digital age and everything they say is recorded and documented. People will remember their claims that the average person will not be affected. The results will be felt in the next election when once more the Republicans lose on the National level.

  • notafoxfan

    this is a ridiculously small thing compared to the big picture of our economy,the sequester, and what is to be cut..if the people who do the tours are indeed “volunteers” and not on the us taxpayers payroll,then the fuss about budgeting for theses tours would have to be paying the security personnel,at the whitehouse, who, by the way, will not be cut no matter what the budget..a “tempest in a teapot” so to speak..and by the way, if they are paid by taxpayers dollars,you can bet they are not making any125k per year as our congressmen and senators do!!!

    • irishtap

      Thanks notafoxfan, well said.

  • montanabill

    It is nice that Henry Decker has a place where he can call people names and indulge in histrionics. Just a bit of a counter point from World Magazine.

    Despite all the warnings about upcoming furloughs, the federal government had listings for more than 600 new jobs as of March 4, the first full workday after the cuts. They included postings for librarians and painters. They also included 23 openings alone for a recreation aide, reaction specialist, or recreation assistant. The Agriculture Department is seeking three “insect production workers.” Those new hires would work on helping control the bollworm population in Arizona.

    Federal spending also didn’t subside in the run up to the cuts: The Transportation Security Administration, an agency Obama administration officials warned would not be able to staff airports at normal levels after the cuts, added a $50 million contract for new uniforms the week before sequestration started.

    That should not be surprising in a government culture where the White House’s chief calligrapher earns $96,725 a year. (Her two assistants make $85,953 and $94,372).

    So why the furor over sending chunks of the government’s budget back four years to 2008 levels?

    The histrionics underscore the nation’s culture of federal dependency. A class of politicians and journalists cannot fathom that the nation can lose $85 billion in government dollars and not collapse.

  • joeham1

    It’s funny how the National Memo frames the story. The President waits until the day of the sequestration to negotiate and now won’t take the blame for his own idea. Then you have hacks like Dominick who won’t mention what the effects of a trillion dollars a year in deficits will do to this country. The Memo and Dominick act like the right is evil because they want to reign in the insane spending of this administration.

    God Help us!

    • irishtap

      Another obtuse reaction by a member of the right. The “FACT” is the deficit is S-H-R-I-N-K-I-N-G. Look it up! I defy you to list a single area where this president has done A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G that will add to the deficit. This president is responsible for the lowest percentage of spending since Eisenhower. Any spending plan this administration has put forward has been presented with offsets. He did this while taking Bush’s two wars off the credit card.

      Conversely, all you short sighted dimwits on the right conveniently forget your ‘MBA’ hero president that is largely responsible for the straits we’re in. Not to mention his failure for 911! Remember this : Clinton handed Bush a surplus (and) WARNED him about Bin Laden. Bush made up a war to attack a nation that had NOTHING to do with the attack (killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the process) while ignoring Bin Laden and Afghanistan. Before we went into the ‘fake Iraq war’ Bush gave us the ‘Department of Homeland Security’ (the largest single agency addition to the Federal government in history). Later Bush and his orderlies devised the ‘Prescription Drug Bill’, again off the books, absurdly, without the common sense provision to allow the government to negotiate prices. The tax cuts, no one asked for which most certainly DID NOT pay for themselves.

      You people no longer have a party, your just fodder for the sick – twisted cult the once proud GOP has become. You want some honesty for what the republican party has turned into without my rant? Check out an article by Mike Lofgren entitled : Goodbye to All That, observations of a Republican political operative who left the “cult”. He’s certainly no fan of democrats but, he is damned honest about the decline of the party he dedicated his professional life to. He’s a man we should ALL listen to. Lofgren is the man the GOP should rebuild around.
      Read it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002098039422 Bill Leathen

    To Obama it is all theater. He is trying to destroy the Republican Party for sure and institute the attitude that only the government can take care of you. I predict that he will get some concession from the republicans and then re-open the WH with much fan-fair, taking credit for restoring a long tradition. Jimmy Carter punished US athletes taking away the Olympics to get back at the Russians. Obama punishes school children who travel to Washington to get back at republicans. WAY TO GO BIG O.

    • english_teacher

      Actually, I think the Republicans are doing a good job at destroying themselves and I’m hoping that they continue to do so.

  • itsfun

    The tours are done by volunteers. Obama doesn’t own the White House, the American people do. When Obama doesn’t get his own way, he will do anything he can to hurt people. He will only cut things that hurt people. This isn’t really a cut anyway. Only a politician can say that a raise of $98 instead of $100 is a cut. It is still a raise of $98. I went to the horse track once with a friend. He spent over $50 on a race and got $10 back. He said he won $10 not that he actually lost $40. This the same kind of thinking our politicians have.

    • Aliced95

      When I toured the White House several yers ago, the National Park Service employee was the one who kept order in the long line.

    • WhutHeSaid

      Not touring the White House ‘hurts people’? Oh horrors! I can just picture the local hospitals filling up with tour-deprived citizens on life support.

      White House tours require staffing by Secret Service Tour Officers. They cost real money. If you feel so strongly that it’s ‘your house’, and therefore you can decide what needs to be done to operate it, why don’t you personally volunteer to cut a check for the necessary funds to staff the tours?

  • lana ward

    He didn’t have to do that, he wanted to do that!! He’s a mean , hateful son of a bitch. Does this mean he won’t sell rooms to the stars to make money?? No more intertaining hollywood whores?? That is suppose to be our house, we pay the bills but he has made it his house. He has to be the most hateful person ever to have lived

    • WhutHeSaid

      No, I’m betting that you are far ahead of Obama in the contest for the ‘most hateful person’ award. All you appear to do, all day every day, is spew your bitter hate for a man you don’t know — because he’s black, of course. Satan is beaming with pride over you, and he’s surely stoking the coals for the day that you go at long last to your eternal home in Hell.

      • lana ward

        You’re a racist. Why aren’t you on MSNBC with all the other racists???

        • WhutHeSaid

          You are the one who attacks Obama every single day of your life with a lunatic obsession. Why? Because you are a racist, of course. Nobody is fooled. Satan loves racists, and you are one of his very best — he will have an especially hot fire for you to roast in when he calls you home to Hell.

          • mah101

            I don’t know if lana is a racist, but I can say based on the constant posts by this person that lana is truly in need of either some professional mental help or institutionalization.

            This person cannot cope with reality.

            There is no point in engaging in discussion with lana, there is no capability there to distinguish fact from fantasy and no desire to do so. Don’t waste your time on ignorant fools.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Lana is indeed a racial and religious bigot, and I feel that she occasionally needs to be reminded that her lies will earn her an eternity roasting in Hell. I don’t expect it will change her ways, but at least she cannot say she wasn’t warned.

    • JDavidS

      Just how expensive is your crack habit, Lana?

  • JDavidS

    Kinda like how all these Republican armchair generals are all hung-ho for war, yet never one time put their own ass on the line. Right along with the most gutless bastard of all… Ted Nugent.

  • judgeglenda

    im looking forward to airports shut downs thats when you will hear them cry. thats when people will wake up and give their thoughts.most have been quiet. obamas not pissed its the repubs. they are pissed at him and the country for electing him and they want to make it hard on everbody. so will see how everything turns out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.crawford.714 Jean Crawford

    Well these egregious bullies could have “come to the table” a lot sooner, and actually worked to find solutions/compromises rather than “waiting it out” in an effort to bully/bulldoze our president into last minute concessions all the while making the president look bad and portraying them as the “last minute wonder boys”. Really?? They truly must stop the Stupid Pill Diet they are on, most of us have left “the fog” long ago.. May they have interesting lives.

  • ayayaboy

    Republican congressmen and women crying foul for only cutting their bodyguard and outdoor affairs allowances but they always bash the little unemployment assistance average person gets. Shame on hypocrits. Mr. President cut congressmen and women salaries and allowances for doing their job. Why pay them without working?

  • http://www.facebook.com/yves.francois.52 Yves Francois

    Since the Halls of Congress are not shut, perhaps We The People should swarm the Capitol and get these idiots to do the job for which they ere elected. And since they are so concerned about spending cuts, how about footing their own medical plans, and all the other assinine perks they are getting oof OUR BACKS!

    This is ENOUGH already. You lost the election. The people has spoken. Put yourr tails between your legs and accept defeat graciously.

    OOPS. I forgot Gracious and Republicans should not be used in the same sentence.

scroll to top