The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, released this video today showing the Obama administration’s comical finger-pointing game over who canceled the White House tours and notes that, despite the canceled tours, the President hasn’t implemented $67 billion in cost savings suggested by his own Inspectors General.
From PJ Media (emphasis mine):
“It’s telling that the president would rather cancel White House tours during the most popular tourist season than roll up his sleeves and get to work fixing our nation’s spending crisis,” Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said. “Just two weeks ago, my committee released a report chronicling $67 billion in unimplemented reforms recommended by the president’s own nonpartisan Inspectors General.”
According to the CBO, the 2013 impact of the sequester spending reductions is a tiny (in terms of the overall budget) $83.5 billion. The $67 billion in savings identified by the Obama administration’s own Inspectors General is more than 80% of that total.
Which just goes to show how this sequesterpocalypse song-and-dance is a joke. The Obama administration can’t unilaterally shift the cuts (though it’s hard to imagine that Republicans wouldn’t have gone along with a shift in this instance), but how is it that $83.5 billion in spending reductions is the end of the world but $67 billion in spending is so inconsequential the Obama administration can let the spending reductions sit around unimplemented.