Crying Wolf

It's gonna be bad! (Or probably not!)


  1. How budget cuts could affect you

    This seems like a stretch:

    More than half of the nation's 2.1 million government workers may be required to take furloughs if agencies are forced to trim budgets. At the Pentagon alone that could mean 800,000 civilian workers would be off for 22 days each, spread across more than five months — and lose 20 percent of their pay over that period. Other federal agencies are likely to furlough several hundred thousand more workers.

    Meanwhile ... the sun did come up today! Whew!

  2. More untruth: Obama: "The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut"

    The president's mention prompted Carlos Elias, the superintendent of the U.S. Capitol building and the Capitol Visitors Center, to email his employees within hours of Mr. Obama's comment.

    "The pay and benefits of EACH of our employees WILL NOT be impacted," Elias wrote.

    "There was a specific mention in the news today by a high ranking official that said 'The employees that clean and maintain the US Capitol will receive a cut in pay' (not specific quote but very close to it)," Elias continued.

    "This is NOT TRUE," wrote Elias. "Therefore, I request that you please notify all of our employees about the importance of ignoring media reports."

    The president's apparent error comes days after critics of the administration's messaging on the sequester's effects pointed out Education Secretary Arne Duncan's failure to back up a claim he made on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.

    "There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can't come back this fall," Duncan said on Sunday.

    When pressed days later at a news conference, Duncan pointed out only one school district that was handing out pink slips and added, "whether it's all sequester-related, I don't know."

    Kanawha County, W.V., the district in question, later said that the layoff notices they're handing out would affect a handful of teachers and would have been handed out sequester or no.

  3. It's kind of like - What if we had a budget sequestration and nobody cared"

  4. Sequester Revisionism:

    The White House is spinning the sequester, but it keeps getting caught in a web of deceit. First, it was the White House's fatuous claim that the sequester cuts weren't their idea. Now the White House claims it favors the very spending reforms it has spent two years blocking. No wonder John Boehner has declared that going to meetings at the White House to reduce the deficit is a waste of time.


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