September 8, 2012
Perhaps the single most important role of an American president is that of Commander in Chief – head of the United States military. Last month Barack Obama signed a Democrat-sponsored bill setting a budget showdown for considerable cuts to the the nation’s defense budget. In essence then, President Obama himself set a very specific deadline and demanded Republicans meet that deadline. Problem is – Barack Obama has now missed the very same deadline he signed into law just a month ago - instead spending the days traveling across the country asking for votes and money as the American military waits and wonders what its own near future will look like.
And he wants to give America four more years of this kind of leadership?
One month ago, the president signed the “Sequestration Transparency Act,” a law that imposed upon him a 30 day deadline to outline what Pentagon spending will be cut. That deadline was last night.
White House press secretary Jay Carney today said White House officials would hand in their assignment next week.
In a statement, Sen. John Thune, R-SD, author of the bill said that “Americans of all stripes are required to play by the rules and follow the laws of the land. Unfortunately, by disregarding the sequestration reporting deadline, the Obama Administration seems to think it is above the law. The American people deserve to know the president’s plan for implementing these cuts, some of which our military leaders have said will compromise our nation’s ability to protect itself. Every day that the administration delays being transparent with the American people on the sequester moves us one day closer to going over the fiscal cliff.”