Not Enough Secret Service Personnel For White House Tours, But Plenty For A Party

U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Visits White House

The scandal-plagued Obama administration isn’t canceling plans for yet another star-studded party at the White House, despite canceling tours of the presidential residence earlier this year claiming sequester spending reductions made it mandatory.

Later this month the President and First Lady will play host to Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Carole King and more:

As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will host a concert in the East Room honoring singer-songwriter Carole King, who will be awarded the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. President Obama will present the award as he did when the Library of Congress honored Stevie Wonder (2009), Sir Paul McCartney (2010), and the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David (2012). The program will include performances by King, as well as Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.

You’ve got to love the priorities. Even if we stipulate to the idea that the sequester spending reductions, which were really just a slow-down in the rate of spending growth, were as terrible as the Obama administration wants us to believe, shouldn’t the President and First Lady’s parties be the first to go? And then the tours of the White House for school kids and the public come somewhere after that?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Is this a good time to chat about how President Obama has shrunk our deficit beyond the wildest dreams of so called economists and we’re on track to have it be 2.1% of our economy in a couple of years?

    • LenYol

      Today’s Federal Debt is about $16,954,908,267,000.
      Is this a good time to chat about how obama increased the debt $10 trillion since taking office?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Gosh, you’re right, I mean we’re almost down to about double the last Bush-era deficit.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Oh rube, just imagine what a force you could be if only you had truth and facts on your side.

        So as part of our effort to explain some of the discussion we’ll address this point: Mitt Romney said the deficit has doubled under President Obama. Is that right?

        Well, let’s look at the numbers.
        When President Obama took office in 2009 the deficit was already running at close to a record-setting pace. At the end of that fiscal year, it was $1.4 trillion. That’s “trillion” with a “T”. Ouch.

        Fiscal 2012 ended on Sept. 30. The final figures aren’t yet in, but at the moment the Congressional Budget Office projects the deficit will be … (drum roll) $1.1 trillion. So smaller. Not doubled at all.

        http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2012/1005/Presidential-debate-101-Did-Obama-really-double-the-deficit

        The CBO projects a $642 billion budget deficit for fiscal year 2013, down more than $200 billion from its February estimate and the smallest annual shortfall since 2008.

        http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/05/14/budget-deficit-cbo-estimate/2158945/

        • jl

          Except that Bush didn’t sign for FY2009 spending, Obama did on Mar 11, 2009. In 2009, congress did not complete work on time for most of the appropriation bills. A Democratic controlled congress purposely held off on the big spending portions of the appropriation bills until Obama took office. They did so for the purpose of jacking up spending. So about 1.4 trillion of that spending is erroneously attributed to Bush when it’s really Obama. Sorry you didn’t watch Fox news- you might then have some facts.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            So in your “mind” the dems did not vote in spending under bush but waited so they could up President Obama’s deficit numbers, is that what your going for there, jl?

          • Jl

            Well, what’s in my mind happens to be reality, as opposed to yours. Look it up. Of course, if you’d watch Fox News you would know this.

          • tony_o2

            “waited so they could up President Obama’s deficit numbers…”

            They waited so they could get their spending bills signed. It didn’t matter if the actual hikes took place under Obama, they could just blame Bush because he was still in office at the beginning of FY09. And apparently it worked. Even though Obama signed those spending bills, you still gobble up the line that he “inherited” the deficit.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Born/802903253 Mark Born

          lets assume you’re correct — so what? he left 4 Americans to die. and there is no CBO to deny that.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            It’s true, Bush killed more Americans Thant any of the others in our lifetime.

            Bush put troops in harms way unnecessarily, and all for a big lie.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Born/802903253 Mark Born

            really how so? seeing how the left AUTHORIZED the war with Iraq and the UN had a specific mandate to AUTHORIZE the war…but by all means, enlighten me.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Bush was the president who chose to invade Iraq.

          • Neiman

            Typical Hannitized dishonesty, like Gay Bob he deals in outright lies and half-truths, refusing to be honest. Yes Bush chose to invade Iraq, with the consent and enthusiasm of most members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, in which Madame Hillary and the late Marxist Leader Ted “I kill my dates” Kennedy made even more ardent appeals than did Bush.

            But, presenting all the facts does not help your lying cause does it Hannitized? That is what people do that are interested in the truth, they present both sides unvarnished and allow others to decide; while lying liberals never deal in all the facts.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Thanks for agreeing with me that Bush was President when he chose to invade Iraq.

            So where was the lie?

            Hannitized? I don’t even watch Sean Hannity.

            You have marijuana poisoning.

          • Neiman

            More of your lies. Bush AND effing Congress chose to invade Iraq, they voted to authorize that war, it was not done by Bush alone. So, you LIED!

            I don;t do drugs, don’t project your many perversions on me.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            No, Congress authorizes force but only the President chose to invade. It was his decision alone….he’s the decider.

            You lied.

            No need to use foul language, Dhummy.

          • Neiman

            All you are doing is playing liberal word games, you know that when Congress authorizes force they are agreeing with his decision to invade and SHARE responsibility. Just keep lying, you are only making a fool out of yourself.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Word games? Is that all you can come up with when your specific statements are proven wrong?

            He’s the decider, he could have allowed the inspections to continue and avoid the war. He chose not to….it was his decision, alone.

            You lied.

          • Neiman

            Like a typical lying liberal, when I accuse you of word games, you cannot offer facts but only continue to play word games. It is all liberalism has to offer, lies.

            The United States Congress authorized his going to war and they are, even almost every Democrat, except Comrade and America hating Obama, accessories in his actions.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            I offered facts, he’s the commander in chief. Congress can not send troops into an invasion, only the President can do that.

            Bush was the decider. He broke it, he owns it.

          • Neiman

            Yes, the President is the Decider, like Obama and his tapping journalists emails, Benghazi and the IRS scandal. Yet, in war the Congress must at a minimum give their support for that decision and that makes them accessories to that decision, just as every Democrat is an accessory to the wholesale slaughter of over 55 million helpless, innocent babies.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Born/802903253 Mark Born

            Actually it was the Democrats who urged him to…don’t believe me?

            http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/02/dems-f08.html

            golly gee, so hard to stick by your guns with facts aren’t in your corner.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Yeah, you need reading lessons.

            Your article says the Dems were complicit. That’s entirely different.

            You’re not very intelligent. To put it mildly.

          • 7point62

            Parcing participles again, mr nuance.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Ah yes, a memory of such CONVENIENCE!!!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H3WmN7Ly5k

            Carry on Gusty!

          • LenYol

            You moron.

            “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
            President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

            “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
            President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

            “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
            Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
            Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

            “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
            Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

            “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
            Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

            “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
            Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

            “There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
            Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

            “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.”
            Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

            “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
            Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

            “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
            Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

            “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
            Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

            “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
            Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

            “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
            Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

            “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have alway s underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
            Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,

            “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do.”
            Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

            “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
            Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

            “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real …
            Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

            NOW THE DEMOCRATS SAY PRESIDENT BUSH LIED, THAT THERE NEVER WERE ANY WMD’S AND HE TOOK US TO WAR FOR HIS OIL BUDDIES??? Right!!!

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            You fool, the authorization to use force was just a threat for him to allow inspectors in to the country.

            It serves that purpose to disarm Saddam. We didn’t need Bush to rush an invasion.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Born/802903253 Mark Born

            actually that too is incorrect….read up on UN Resolution 1441. Some big boy words in there, so go slow, mkay?

          • LenYol

            You dope.

            17 UN resolutions…authorization to use force and all those dems pushing for it. Inspectors don’t disarm anyone. But thanks for admitting that he had WMD and needed to be disarmed.

            You moron.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Powell and Condi said something else.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN_-HTjy-_w

          • LenYol

            So you’re saying all the dems including Clinton, Gore, Pelosi and Kerry were lying….I see.
            And you’re saying Hussein didn’t use WMD on the Kurds…I see.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Leonard, were Colin and Condi lying then or did they lie after those statements were made?

          • LenYol

            Bobbie, prior to Bush being elected, was President Clinton, Albright, Berger, Levin, Daschle, Kerry and Pelosi lying?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            No.

            Did you watch the video?

            Powell, bush’s Sec of State, flatly stated Saddam was not a threat. Rice, bush’s National Security Adviser stated America has kept arms from him and he has not rebuilt his army.

          • LenYol

            And yet prior to Bush being elected, from President Clinton on down, they knew, and said he had WMD’s, has used them and was developing more. Were all those dem/lib/communist leaders lying?

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
            Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

          • LenYol

            “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that
            Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing
            capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.
            “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
            murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a
            particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
            miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp
            for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein
            with weapons of mass destruction is real …
            Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

            “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
            that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
            weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
            He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
            al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
            Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
            chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
            Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

          • Neiman

            See, Gay Bob is winning, not on the facts, but because he has succeeded in taking you off message with his damnable lies. Why? He cannot win defending Comrade-Chairman Obama, he must fight another subject and he is and by that distraction, he is winning.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, is it a fact that bush’s Sec of State and National Security Adviser said Saddam had nothing just months before they both said he had something?

          • Neiman

            I am not your pal, which makes you a literally damned liar.

            The subject of the thread and Len Yol’s comments are about Comrade-Chairman Obama and him being a party animal that wastes taxpayer money to party down, but will not spend a dime to keep the “peoples house,” not his house – the “peoples house,” open to “the people” that own that damn house. Get help with your ADD!

          • 7point62

            Ideological subversion and brain washing fool tool.

            Re-educate your sorry social justice indoctrinated a$$.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3nXvScRazg&feature=player_embedded

          • LenYol

            Bobbie, is not winning anything. He’s being proven wrong on his position, as is Tin_For_Brains. You on the other hand is his stooge who is so easily sucked into his religious rhetoric and his mocking of you and your position.
            Go away.

          • Neiman

            Okay, be a damn fool, that is your privilege. He wins by taking you off message, you have lost because you are a fool.

            Learn English, it would be “You on the other hand “are” his stooge;” not, “You on the other hand is his stooge.

            You are right, that is why I warned you, I have often allowed that cretin to distract me and played his game too long, he is demonic.

          • LenYol

            Considering that “the message” was in reply to Tin_For_Brains and bobbie jumped in, I’m still very much on message. You, regardless of whether it “is” or “are” you remain his stooge, and always will be.

          • Neiman

            As I said, you have free will to be a damn fool and argue what he wants to argue and get you off the subject of Obama. You are exercising that right and playing the fool quite well.

            Using “is” makes you sound like an idiot, I was trying to correct that impression, while you are confirming the truth of that assertion.

            I see you are actually a liberal, anti-Christian and a close friend of Gay Bob – congratulations for picking such scum company.

          • LenYol

            And as I have said, my “message” was to Tin_for_Brains, and then your old pal bobbie jumped into the conversation.

            “I see you are actually a liberal, anti-Christian and a close friend of Gay Bob – congratulations for picking such scum company.”

            And, I see, as usual you are wrong, on so many levels.

            It’s Sunday, shouldn’t you be in church?

          • Neiman

            You responded to Gay Bob, you allowed him to take you off the message of the thread. You lost, you played the fool, just as I have often played his demon games too long to my regret – he has demons on his side. But, I defend your right to play the fool, we all do on occasion, your feelings are just hurt being caught and all.

            Sunday? Not that it is any of your business, I am preparing a full dinner to take to a small family gathering at my dying sister’s home, where my grandson and I will be doing some necessary work at her place on a day available to us. Now don;t you feel like an ass?

            It is time for you to grow up. When you call him my pal, you are promoting his lies and that makes you a liar as well.

          • LenYol

            Yawnnnnnnnn…You’re as boring, and wrong as everyone says you are.

            It was at this point, and in response to Tin_For_Brains that I jumped in:

            two_tinfoil_hats
            ” It’s true, Bush killed more Americans Thant any of the others in our lifetime.

            Bush put troops in harms way unnecessarily, and all for a big lie.

            But Hey..our freedoms are safer now that Saddam is gone, or something.”

            Enjoy your Sunday, adios.

          • Neiman

            You are a first class bastard aren’t you? I mentioned visiting a dying sister and you replied “enjoy your Sunday,” which makes you a first class pig.

            I still defend your right to play the fool, it is your free will choice and you play it well.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Sorry to read about you sister, Old Pal. It’s a good thing you’re are doing going to her.

          • Neiman

            I would have very much appreciated your comments if you had not started with that lie about me being your pal. But, with the lie, I must accept even your other thoughts as being lies as well.

          • LenYol

            You sir are the piece of crap. You claim to have a dying sister, and here you sit on a blog.
            You’re obviously an uncaring selfish piece of garbage, and an obvious fraud.

          • Neiman

            1. I told you that at the time I was fixing a dinner for a small gathering and could comment as I paused between each thing I was doing.

            2. She is 80 years old and has had single cell carcinoma of the lungs for over a year and chemotherapy has not helped so far. I am not consumed every moment with her illness and can still blog as I have time.

            3. Since my last comment today I have been away at my sister’s home on Donner Summit.

            4. Because of your many comments you remain a first class bastard.

          • LenYol

            You sir remain a turd. Even from RBB you could not accept his obvious implied concern and well wishes.

          • Neiman

            So it is okay to start with an obvious lie, a claim refuted many times and then you expect the target of that lie to believe the person is sincere and honest with their other words? You sir, remain a fool and a low life bastard.

          • LenYol

            I, like everyone else, doesn’t give a rats a$$ what you think.
            But it was quite obvious that RBB expressed his concern and well wishes.

          • Neiman

            “I, like everyone else do not give a rats a$$ what you think,” not doesn’t Learn some English butthead.

            Is that how a person expresses genuine concern and well wishes for another person in your world, starting with an insult and a most damnable lie? Yes, for you liberal bottom dwellers, but not for decent people. Had he left off the insult and lie, as I said to him directly and not you his sister, I would have appreciated his comments, but as they were cloaked in insults and lies I knew they were false.

          • LenYol

            Thanks for the correction. You may now return to your religious fanaticism.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            You are losing stooge, as Leonard has got you off message and has you correcting spelling intead of defending Bish’s war, like a useless employee of the education system.

          • Neiman

            Notice that Gay Bob and in fact most liberals, they suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, they cannot stick to the subject, but must say “Hey, look over here,” so you start arguing their issue and they win by our not forcing them to focus on the issue at hand.

            There is no proof of either Condi or Colin lying at all, to honestly make statements on available information, if that information changes later it does not make those inaccurate statements into lies, only inaccurate based on later information.

            By the way, Gay Bob is the uncontested crown prince of liars.

          • two_amber_lamps

            RBB’s contention there were no WMD’s is right up there with
            Ahmadinejad’s insistence that the Holocaust never happened…

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halabja_poison_gas_attack

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            2 dim bulbs, your bush told us there weren’t any WMD’s.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soohikNdbWs

          • two_amber_lamps

            My Bush? Lol… Silly Bobby’sworld… still living 5+ years in the past?

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Two_dim_bulbs contention that there were the WMD’s talked about is right up there with 9/11 was a Bush/Cheney conspiracy.

          • LenYol

            After the WMD’s were shipped to Syria, as evidenced by the satellite photo’s, of course nothing could be found…except the 500 tons of yellow cake uranium.

            And then there’s always the statements of all those dem/lib/communists.

            “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
            President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

            “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
            President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

            “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
            Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
            Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

            “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
            Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

            “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
            Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

            “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
            Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

            “There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
            Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

            “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.”
            Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

            “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
            Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

            “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
            Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

            “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
            Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

            “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
            Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

            “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
            Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

            “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have alway s underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
            Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,

            “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do.”
            Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

            “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
            Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

            “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real …
            Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            So bush invaded a country he knew did not have WMD even though he had pictures showing them being shipped to Syria, is that what you’re going for Leonard? Why didn’t bush invade Syria where he knew the WMD was?

          • LenYol

            Were all of them shipped? Was the 500 tons of yellow cake shipped?

            Was Al Gore wrong?

            “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
            Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

            Was John Kerry wrong?

            “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that
            Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing
            capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.
            “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
            murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a
            particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
            miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp
            for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein
            with weapons of mass destruction is real …
            Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

            Was Hillary wrong?

            “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
            that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
            weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
            He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
            al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
            Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
            chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
            Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

            Were they all wrong, before and after Bush was elected? Is that what you’re going for bobbie?

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            The yellow cake wasn’t “found” it was under lock and seal before the war and weapons inspectors knew about it and regularly monitored it before the invasion. Only after the invasion did it get stolen and therefore become a danger.

            Your history is horrendous and dangerous. The war actually made us less safe.

          • LenYol

            I’m sure you noticed that he ran away from the conversation when he was proven wrong by the statements of his own dem/lib/communist politicians.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            You’re statements about the yellow cake is false and you’re lying about it to strengthen you’d weak argument.

            FAIL.

          • 7point62

            10X
            The leftist nuance of:
            “We were fore it, before we were against it
            for political reasons”.

          • LenYol

            Prior to Bush, not only were they for it, they knew it was true!!

          • 7point62

            I read a book written by a General of Saddam’s who happened to be a Christian….
            (Saddam kept him around because he was the only military aid who wouldn’t lie to him and tell him what they thought he wanted to hear instead of the truth)
            He stated the whole of the middle east knew how Saddam
            used Red Cresent ambulances and airplanes to keep the WMD moving when UN inspectors were in country…
            It ended up going to Syria a week or two before the war when an “unexpected dam collapse” required surrounding countries humanitarian aid…..
            He was amazed how the American media and government kept those facts hidden from the American people when the rest of the world knew the truth about it.

          • LenYol

            I also remember Colin Powell showing satellite photo’s of tractor trailers being loaded from weapons depots and heading to Syria.

          • 7point62

            Yes sir.

            Do you as well remember an unexplained explosion
            close to the North Korean boarder bright enough to be picked up on satellite on a rail train if I remember right…
            Folks figured it was a stealth bomber raid taking out arms being shipped out of Iraq.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Bush had his Iraqi stooge lie about those trailers to justify war, then gave him a nice cushy job.

            Then the admin set Colin Powell up to repeat the lies they fostered.

          • LenYol

            Did Clinton have Sandy Berger lie, you moron?

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
            Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18,

            1998

            Hey dopey, was Al Gore lying?

            “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
            Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

            You’ll always be an ignorant turd.
            Now go parrot what someone else has said. Want a cracker before you go?
            Brahahahahaha!!!!

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            What does that have to do with the subject you raised? Colin Powell was given bad intel from Bushs stooge who lied to get the CIA to approve lies, then have Powell repeat them.

          • LenYol

            Who was Bush’s stooge? Did the satellite photo’s lie?
            The subject I raised was there was evidence even before Bush was elected that Hussein had WMD’s, and used them. Did Sandy Berger lie? Did Al Gore lie? Did John Kerry lie? Did all the other dem/lib/communists lie before and after Bush was elected?
            Sorry your stupidity keeps you from keeping up.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            The 45 minute lie was told by Allawi, whoBush made PM.

            I didn’t say Bush lied, he got Allawi to do that.

          • LenYol

            Tell everyone who got the Clinton’s, Levin, Berger, Kerry, Pelosi, Albright, Daschle and a bunch of other dem/lib/communists to lie before Bush was even elected.
            Then tell everyone who told the satellite photo’s to lie.

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
            Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

            Your stupidity is astounding.

          • 7point62

            condi, colin and allawi all three the evil Bush stooges?
            Wow and you say I wear a tin foil hat, fool…
            And meantime…
            Back at soviet central planning Moscow west…
            Errr I mean the Marxist social justice DC plantation…
            Its destroy from within agendas rolling
            “FORWARD COMRADE”
            just as they were designed to do so long ago, apologist….

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3nXvScRazg&feature=player_embedded
            Ya know, the anti communist government voices from conservative land.

          • 7point62

            Naw…
            they had Sandy sneak sensitive documents out in his socks to cover Clintons a$$..

          • LenYol

            That’s a whole different dem/lib/communist scandal/coverup.

          • 7point62

            Yeah…Tru that….
            Alinskys by any means…..

          • 7point62

            Reaching for straw men arguments again
            shark bait.
            What if?
            An alien came down in a UFO…
            Ya…ya…
            That’s the ticket, aliens in UFOs came down and
            made the Bushmaster “evil AR” GOP president
            force his uncle Tom’s Condelisa and Colin to submit to
            his evil war of aggression to ? ect…ect..ect..
            Leftist hack…

    • jl

      If those are the “wildest dreams” of some economists, then they need to learn to dream a little larger, don’t you think?

    • Onslaught1066

      Is this a good time to chat about how this good news comes on the heels of the sequester and how even more sequester will result in even more deficit reductions until liberals heads assplode from the shear joy of it all?

    • silverstreak

      Yeah…that’s really great news.
      From 2014 to 2023 we’re only going to spend $6 trillion more than we take in.

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/05/17/the_642_billion_excuse_118456.htm

      Nothing has changed but the arrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    • 7point62

      What is “really” going on with this administration, apologist?
      Can you still defend it with a clear conscious?

      NO SURPRISES HERE FOR THOSE OF US WHO SAW IT COMING –
      THE REST OF YOU DESERVE IT !!!

      Thanks for voting for Obama—
      the equivalent to “thanks for nothing.”

      Look who’s new in the white house!
      The foxes are now living in the hen house…

      What does this tell you? Let me know if any one thinks this is the way to go and that Obama is on the right track, doing what is best for America and Americans and the very future of our nation, its security, its sovereignty.

      Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development
      for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

      Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser

      Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC)
      Organization of the Islamic Conference

      Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser –
      founder Muslim Public Affairs Council
      and its current executive director

      Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar –
      Islamic Society of North America

      Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based
      Neighborhood Partnerships.

      The foxes are now living in the hen house…
      Now ask why aren’t you concerned!

      Lenin and /Stalin had apologists just like you liberal dribble fool tools.

    • JoeMN

      The deficit, which was over a trillion dollars after Obama’s failed stimulus now stands at 845 billion, a 300 billion dollar reduction.

      This means government is still spending 845 billion that it does not have.

      2.1 % huh ?

      Obamacare will blow that number out of the water

      http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/341589/gao-report-obamacare-adds-62-trillion-long-term-deficit-andrew-stiles
      Still care to “chat” ?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Is this a good time to chat about how President Obama has shrunk our deficit beyond the wildest dreams of so called economists….

      Lol…. Your messiah promised to cut the deficit by half by the end of his first term…. he’s increased it by over $6T. Bobby, you’re high…. again.

      http://24.media.tumblr.com/e5519bcedac65e7ef31ac5b309592c20/tumblr_mfuowrJt4F1r5eox8o1_400.jpg

      • 7point62

        Roof Hits…
        CHOOM CHOOM
        comrade brother.

    • henrycat

      As an analogy, I am so proud of myself….. In the last four years I have run up a mountain of debt on my credit cards but, Instead of spending $1000.00 more than I make each month with interest eating me alive……, Now I have managed cut it down to only $750.00 per month more than I earn. Is that progress or what?????

      • tony_o2

        You’re going about it the wrong way. You should have planned to increase your deficit to $1500 and then settled with only $1250. That’s the “progress”ive way to cut spending.

        • henrycat

          Yep….. and that new Lexus I was going to buy this year…… have now decided to buy a Fiat instead…. Will cut my spending by about $60,000. Thanks to the Obama Administration for some solid financial leadership….

    • 7point62

      If socialism really works?
      Why all ya all gotta lie, steal and cheat and decieve
      so much boob………

      Big corrupt government “IS” the problem….
      Such a “sinister conservative voice”, huh apologist..

      http://conservativevideos.com/2013/05/jail-to-the-chief/http://conservativevideos.com/2013/05/jail-to-the-chief/

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I’ve had it with this punk ass charlatan. Just impeach him for the good of the nation. We can tolerate the retard Biden for a while

    • two_tinfoil_hats

      The words punk ass and retard really add a to the quality I this low ranked blog.

      • henrycat

        Low ranked????? Where have you been???? “SAB makes top 100 Conservative Blogs again” see main page. Number 88 from 89 isn’t bad at all….. Doesn’t appear to be sliding…… Good job, Rob….

  • silverstreak

    According to the Institute for Energy Research, the Department of Energy has spent nearly $26 billion since 2009 on its Section 1703 and 1705 loan programs. However, these two programs only yielded 2,308 permanent jobs — meaning the cost to taxpayers was $11.25 million per job.

    http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2013/05/08/does-11-million-jobs/

    But remember…if we cut one penny out of the budget,old folks and children will starve!

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Is it fair to say the quitter from Wasilla is a right proper idiot?

    Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas.

    https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151616666133588

    • LenYol

      Is it fair to say that you’re still obsessed with Palin? Of course it is.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Proof that leftists like Bobby demand the death of chivalry.

      Why do you hate women?

      • 7point62

        He is a liberal social engineer usefool tool.

    • henrycat

      realitybasedbob is no Sir Walter Raleigh…… he won’t even open his own doors….

  • 7point62

    The ideological driven devils world loves its own.
    They will cheer the false cause as the ship sinks out from underneath them.

  • awfulorv

    It is now crystal clear that we could have saved ourselves much trouble, and expense, if we had simply imported the Zimbabwean general assembly, and their head honcho, Robert Mugabe, to run our country in 2008. They would have enjoyed the vacation, and the resultant legislative, and administrative chaos would, almost certainly, have been the same, at a savings of trillions of dollars.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Amandla!

      -Obamugabe

      • two_tinfoil_hats

        Good morning dizzy, how was the Big Mac this morning? Did it increase you’re blood sugar level?

        How many children are you going to rape today, Pederast?

        • two_amber_lamps

          Calling all cars! Calling all cars… be on the lookout for a potential Gusty/two_douche_bags/hanniturd sighting! I see you’ve taken to your buddy Elli-nasty’s bad habits of inventing history, but that’s hardly surprising since you’ve both proven yourselves to be mentally deranged.

          Impersonate any 5 year old girls on MN area hockey blogs lately? How about paying your fare share and paying off your TAX LIEN debt to the state of HI? They’re broke and could really use the cash…

          • 7point62

            The plane boss…
            The plane.

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