Shocker: Politicians Say “Not In My Back Yard” To Sequester


Parochialism is tearing this country apart. We desperately need to cut the federal government down to something taxpayers can actually afford, and while the sequester doesn’t do that it does at least represent substantial spending reductions.

But “not in my back yard” say members of Congress, to the surprise of exactly nobody.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recently asked the Army Corps of Engineers’ top civilian official if she had a way to steer the looming cuts within the agency, making the case that President Barack Obama can’t boost exports by underfunding water projects along the Mississippi River. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been huddling with top Navy officials at the Pentagon and in the Capitol about how to protect thousands of jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and related contractors.

And Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has been sounding the alarm about potential cuts to his state’s White Sands Missile Range and two national laboratories, which help manage the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

The panicked pleas from Capitol Hill offer a reminder about one big reason why Congress has failed to tame the $16.5 trillion debt: Politicians may talk a lot about tightening Washington’s belt, but they get the blame if federal pork stops flowing back home.

That last is the key to this problem. It’s not really the politicians who are to blame. It’s we voters who hold this attitude – it’s we voters who get upset if we don’t get money for our bike paths and dog parks and green energy projects – and the politicians are merely pandering to it.

We voters are schizophrenic. We all say we want balanced budgets, but we’re not willing to pay higher taxes or weather spending cuts to get there. So instead we run massive deficits and gripe cliched things about “broken” Washington.

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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  • realitybasedbob

    … it was the Republicans who passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the House, with 218 of them voting yes.
    So even if administration officials proposed it, it would have remained
    just a proposal if those 218 Republicans hadn’t supported it (no House
    Democrats backed it). Most Republicans agreed at the time that the
    sequestration trigger was a good thing—that it would force everyone to
    get together and agree to a path forward and a long-term budget deal.

    • sbark

      and yet again we have conflicting facts from CNN of all leftwing sources

      BLITZER: — why did the White House come up with this plan in 2011 to begin with?

      BORGER: If you notice, Wolf, the president kept calling this “a manufactured crisis.” Well, in fact, it was manufactured right here in Washington by the president of the United States.

      now just who to beleive…….CNN or the Dailybeast

      • realitybasedbob

        Ya know, bark, you could just look it up to find the truth.
        Sequestration is gop’s baby.

        Oh hell, you’re probably not smart enough to look it up, so here is the link to the gop bill creating sequestration.


        Library of Congress »

        8/2/2011. Title I – Ten-Year Discretionary Caps with Sequester Section 101 – Amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) to revise sequestration requirements for …

        • sbark

          So you are saying Left wing “journalists” Lie then?…………..I’m shocked, I’ve always trusted them to be the final word on any info.
          I see Leftwing Media god Bob Woodward flatly states it was Obama’s Idea also………
          …..or is he another leftwing media god that is lying also?

          • Snarkie

            Sbark uses emotion instead of argument. Employing the stigma of ‘leftist’ epithets for upvotes on a virulent right-wing blog doesn’t take skill or convince normal people of s***.

          • sbark

            ……its not emotions: its called sarcasm to point out extreme hypocricy and confirmation bias of those who hold Obama as a messionic figure.

            Confirmation bias occurs when people look for evidence that confirms their preconceived notions, while ignoring evidence that is contrary to their already held beliefs.

        • Camburn

          Actually, Congress has to PASS an introduced bill for it to become law. The IDEA of the sequester was President Obama’s. That is fact. The Republicans passed it in the House, the Senate passed it, and President Obama signed it.

          I have to give President Obama credit on this one. It was a good idea.

          • Goon

            Camburn is 100% right.

        • Goon

          Back-Door-Boob, The Sequester Idea is the President’s… Obumble is going to own this one.

    • RCND

      How about instead we tell the real truth. Presidents and members of Congress from both parties have created this problem together through their joint efforts to try and please everyone.and hand out as much government pork as they can as quickly as it could be given out. There is plenty of blame to go around for every stripe in the political spectrum

    • Rob

      Gosh, House Republicans backing one of President Obama’s ideas?

      How positively bipartisan of them.

      I hope the sequester passes. We badly need spending reductions.

      • Snarkie

        I know. Time to gut the military budget and unprivatize it all, again.

  • sbark

    and once again……..these are not actually cuts, this entire sequestration is just a very minor slow down in the growth of spending……its just the politicians distorting the news to pull another scam on the taxpayors.
    Actual hardcore cuts in spending in DC do not happen, have not happened since Newt shoved 5 budgets back onto Clinton Lap dance.

  • Snarkie

    “We [Republican] voters who get upset if we don’t get money for our bike paths and dog parks and green energy projects.”

    Port finally admitted he likes spending on bike paths, dog parks, and green energy projects.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I still think Republicans will cave. None of them have a spine. We are in for 20-30 years of tough times

  • PK

    Maybe instead of blaming we the people for electing Congressman who say one thing and do another, blame the establishment parties for selling our country out to special interests. Look at what these corporations pay in taxes.

    GE made $10.4 billion and gets a $4.7 billion REFUND. It’ll make you sick to read. These corporations are the biggest contributors to campaigns of both parties. You’re right Rob, we are crazy to keep falling for this over and over and keep faith in the established parties, but we don’t know what they are going to do until they’re already elected. The American people wanting the money they pay to the Feds to come back to their state isn’t the problem with the deficit, it’s the private Federal Reserve system owned by the biggest banks in the world, that literally own every major corporation throughout every sector of the economy, that pay off politicians to give them unlimited corporate welfare. They hid their empire by owning majority shares through their investment houses. Everything is owned and controlled by a very small group of people.

    “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best
    interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as
    ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to
    build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one
    world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am
    proud of it.” David Rockefeller Memoirs p.406

  • whowon

    I contact our fools in Congress often about adding garbage to “get their fair share” for ND. Hoeven had added some to the Sandy relief bill, until we ALL let them know that we not only don’t expect it, we highly disapprove.

  • Geoff Bosse

    I wonder the outcome myself. Two months ago, as we were dealing with the fiscal cliff to avoid sequestration, Obama got his tax hikes and said we will work on cuts later. Now the later hour is upon us and Obama is calling for more tax hikes……. Will we see another repeat where Obama get’s his hikes and congress will agree to address cuts at a later date. Call the POTUS whatever you want, but he is in fact kicking the shit out the Republicans.

    I for the life of me can’t figure out why Boehnor and the party even go on TV for interviews. Best to just shut your mouth and work behind closed doors. In any negotiation it is not wise to lay your cards all out at once so the opposition has ample time to counter to the media and spin lies. We all know the media will always fault congress and the republicans will never get a fair shake. So my message to the politicians. Shut the heck up and don’t show your hand

  • awfulorv

    There are ten Naval Air Stations operating in California, who are we protecting ourselves from? If the answer is Mexico, we’re doing a piss poor job of defense…

    • Thresherman

      Carriers do not have their aircraft on them when in port, so some of the bases provide support for that. Additionally, Naval air squadrons rotate duty at sea so they have bases on which to train air crews and maintenance aircraft for those not on sea duty.

  • Lynn Bergman

    Edmund Burke, member of the British House of Commons, spoke on March 22, 1775, toward moving his resolutions for “conciliation with the colonies”: “Sir, here is the repeated acknowledgment of Parliament that the Colonies not only gave, but gave to satiety.”

    Today, Senator Ron Paul points out the absurdity of dire predictions if the rate of increase of federal spending is throttled even slightly, realizing that we are “Taxed Enough Already”.

    Just as the British Parliament rejected Burke’s call to reason, our congress is married to the concept of re-distribution of federal revenues in return for votes. God help us when it begins to become obvious to all that a similar outcome to our American Revolution is inevitable.

    Is this point now so obvious that they wish to confiscate our weaponry?

    • Thresherman

      We have come to the point were if anyone suggests that the massive increases that the government gets each year is pared even the slightest amount, it is a “draconian cut”. Simply put, the leftists have so corrupted the language that the average Joe thinks that a “draconian cut” is a reduction from the previous years funding rather than a small reduction in the increase. Except for the military of course, there real cuts in funding from the previous year are called “dividends” by the left.

      BTW, George Orwell called to say “I told you so.”

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    Most people like cuts in the abstract. The trouble is when they get specific.

  • sbark

    caught the term Obamastration………..

  • $8194357

    Just the same liberal hypocracy once again on display..
    Kinda like “everything they legislate”
    for the masses that don’t apply to themselves..
    Gotta hand it to anti gun liberal hypocrits…

    State Senator R.C. Soles (D – NC)

    Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outside Tabor City , N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician’s home county said.

    The intruder, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen andBrunswick counties..

    The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening.

    “I am not in a position to talk to you,” Soles said by telephone. “I’m right in the middle of an investigation.”

    The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public, didn’t hesitate to defend himself with his own gun when he believed he was in immediate danger and he was the victim.

    In typical hypocritical liberal fashion, the “Do as i say and not as i do” Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and took action in what apparently was a self-defense shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is because his long legislative record shows that the actions that he took to protect his family, his own response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have if they were faced with an identical situation.

    It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine.

    But, this is to be expected from those who believe they can run our lives, raise our kids, and protect our families better than we can.