What is it with this administration? Have they become so used to media not questioning them that facts are no longer relevant? Do they believe there are so many ‘low information voters’ that whatever they say will be believed without question?
Consider just this week. As you recall, the Obama administration was for the sequestration before they were against it. But, as Jay Carney says, “It’s irrelevant.”
Still…hail, fire and brimstone. All hell would break loose if the sequestration was allowed to happen.
Or so they said…
Obama on March first said, “Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”
But that statement was worthy of a Four Pinocchio fact check by the left leaning Washington Post. The head of Capitol employees had to rush out a memo stating, “We do not anticipate furloughs for AOC employees as a result of Sequestration.” (You can see the memo at the above link…)
Not to be outdone, Education Secretary Arne Duncan had to backtrack when he recently claimed schools were already firing teachers in anticipation of sequester cuts taking effect.
Caught in his exaggeration, Duncan admits he misspoke, saying, “When I said ‘pink slips’ that was probably the wrong word,” he said to reporters, according to multiple reports. “Language matters, and I need to be very, very clear.”
On Monday, even after signs that the sequestration might have less impact than previously stated by the administration, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano cited Chicago, LA, and Atlanta’s airports as suffering from security checkpoint lines that were “150 to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect”. Specifically, she said: “We’re already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry, the big airports, for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend.”
Au contraire Ms. Napolitano.
Officials with airports cited by Napolitano as examples of how the sequester would delay airline travelers say she’s wrong — they’re not delaying flights one bit. “We haven’t had any slowdowns at all,” said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport who was on duty all weekend. Hartfield and O’Hare airport spokemen also denied delays.