Talk about arrogant. First she declares news reports that she released illegal aliens because of the sequester a lie. Then she blames it on underlings. And finally she threatens to do it again unless the GOP caves and gives Obama the tax increases he wants.
And all in the space of 15 minutes!
During a Politico Playbook breakfast in Washington D.C. this morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano bitterly denounced the news media last week for revealing that the agency released over 2,000 illegal immigrants ahead of the sequester cuts.
“That is really not accurate,” she insisted.
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Napolitano’s statement clashed with a March 1 report by The Associated Press, which said that internal agency documents show that her managers had already released 2,000 detainees, and planned to release 3,000 more detainees.
Napolitano’s threat reflects the White House’s determination to ramp up public distress until the GOP agrees to another tax increase.
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As for ratcheting up the discomfort, the AP was running a story about delays at several airports yesterday and blaming it on the sequester. Meanwhile, several UK newspapers as well as FoxNews reported that there wasn’t any delays at these same airports. Who to believe?
Believe this. If there were delays, just two days after the sequester took effect, it was because someone on high issued orders to federal employees to drag their feet (even more than they already do). The cuts were infinitesimal and even if they had the power to affect personnel performance, it would take months to see that happen.
But Obama doesn’t have months to let this gradually impact the people. Besides, he knows too well that if change comes too slowly, people might not even notice or worse, get used to it.
It was gradual, incremental, creeping Socialism that brought to this dystopian hell. Unless the sequester causes sudden, extreme pain, people might realize that such spending cuts aren’t so bad. They might even demand additional sequester legislation every year, gradually whittling away at everything the Democrats worked so hard to create over the last few decades.