For a few months up to now, President Obama’s Cabinet members had been kept under wraps as far as talking about the effects the looming sequestration could have on the day-to-day lives of Americans. Now, however, is the time for maximum fear mongering, so in addition to the White House’s usual display of human props (firefighters, police, teachers, etc) the gag order has been lifted on Cabinet members:

They’ve even turned their Cabinet members loose, dispatching them across the country after previously keeping them under a gag order on the spending cuts. The White House put the Office of Management and Budget in charge of the messaging on the domestic side of the cuts for agencies, keeping agency heads on a short leash when it came to talking about sequester — leaving Obama to do most of the talking himself. The Cabinet trips suggest the White House realizes they need to bring new voices into the fight as both sides jockey to avoid getting blamed for the cuts in the closing days.

Currently leading the Cabinet member charge is Ray LaHood, who’s telling air travelers that their odds of dying of natural causes while waiting in line at security checkpoints are about to go up:

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has a frightening message: Air travel could get worse.

The Obama Cabinet member and former Republican congressman made a surprise appearance at Friday’s White House press briefing to warn that the looming automatic budget cuts set to go into effect on March 1 could lead to even longer air travel delays.

“Travelers should expect delays of up to 90 minutes at peak airports during sequester,” starting on April 1, LaHood said. “It’s going to be very painful for the flying public.”

Maybe the lines would move faster if they’d call a moratorium on comprehensive screenings of wheelchair-bound little kids and their stuffed animals.

LaHood’s currently Obama’s favorite tool because he’s allegedly a Republican (any actual “Republican” would have resigned before agreeing to administer Cash for Clunkers).

And what good scare mongering would be complete without threats to the health of children?

The automatic spending cuts to the federal budget that will take place beginning March 1 unless sequestration is prevented could expose thousands of children to lead poisoning and other toxins, according to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

“Cuts to our office of healthy homes and lead hazard control and related programs would result in more than 3,000 of the most vulnerable children not being protected from lead poisoning or other hazards in their homes,” Donovan said Thursday at a hearing on the sequester portion of the Budget Control Act of 2012.

So we’ve got Obama pushing for $50 billion more in “stimulus” that apparently we can easily afford no matter what, but the same administration can’t find a way to shift a few dollars around in the budget “for the children”?

The upcoming days and weeks are sure to be a circus.

Update: Candy Crowley on CNN called out Ray LaHood big time this morning.
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Slightly off topic, did you see Kyle Larson & company do their impression of the US economy in the age of Hope & Change at the Nationwide 300 yesterday?

View from the stands here.

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67 Responses to “Obama Turns Cabinet Members Loose to Scare the S*#t Out of Everybody About Sequestration”

  1. SignPainterGuy on February 24th, 2013 3:13 pm

    This whole sequestration "crisis" cat was let out of the bag over a week ago when a news woman (forgot her name) talking to Woof Blister on Commie News Net. went off-script and identified it as "created by Obama" !

    Here`s what appears to me to be the proper perspective on the size of the "cuts": http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2013/02/22

    Candy "Debate Mistake" Crowley made a really good point, but I`d say she could have done a whole show on gov`s way of "throwing more money at problems only to see them get worse". Look at our gov-run ed. system; it costs WAY more than when we were in school, but everything about it is less efficient, kids are poorly educated, infrastructure is falling apart and they`re screaming for MORE $$$ !!!

    Sad and scary at Daytona yesterday. My prayers for all those injured and kudos to all who helped to get them the attention they needed and the crews who worked deep into the night to make fence repairs.

    Go Danika !!

  2. backwoodsconsr on February 24th, 2013 8:04 pm

    Kyle Larson has a hell of a lot of talent. I noticed him when he ran a few truck races last year. He was very impressive. Last week he ran in a stock car race on a .4 mile oval track NASCAR temporarily put in place on Daytona's back straightaway. He took a damaged race car and chased down the leader for the win. The next night he ran very well in an open-wheeled modified race on the same track, despite having never driven one of those things before.

    Keep an eye on him. He's destined for greatness.

    I recommend watching Speed Channel's new show "Are You Faster Than A Redneck". I saw the first episode Friday night and it was hilarious. There will be two episodes Monday night at 9:00 PM.

  3. backwoodsconsr on February 24th, 2013 9:54 pm

    There are similarities and differences between the big wreck and the economy. Kyle Larson's car lost its whole front end; the rest of are losing our ass.

  4. dissertation help on February 24th, 2013 10:07 pm

    Look at our gov-run ed. system; it expenses WAY more than when we were in university, but everything about it is less effective, children are badly knowledgeable, facilities is dropping apart and they`re shouting for MORE He took a broken competition car and pursued down the innovator for the win. The next evening he ran very well in an open-wheeled customized competition on the same track

  5. SignPainterGuy on February 24th, 2013 11:23 pm

    "….lost its whole front end…..", and spit out the flaming "economic" engine right at the base of the grandstands !

  6. Doug on February 24th, 2013 11:32 pm

    At the start of the final lap it looked like Danica was a good bet for third, but she fell back a bit and got boxed in.

  7. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 12:16 am

    Yeah, she ran 3rd most of the race, set 2 records for NASCAR and sorta, more or less admitted what the announcers were saying, "She was afraid of making a mistake".

    RECORDs:
    1) 1st female pole qualifier
    2) 1st female to lead a Green Flag lap

    and I wonder if there wasn`t a 3rd) 1st female to finish in the top ten ?

    All in all, a very good performance for her. Also, it looks like the Gen. 6 cars are gonna make for exciting racing; they`re squirrely !

  8. backwoodsconsr on February 25th, 2013 12:21 am

    It's been a long time since I've seen much of the 40 car freight train draft that they were doing today. That was reminiscent of the '80s. If they could figure out to how give the drivers the ability to slingshot around somebody without help we'd have some serious lead-changing going on.

  9. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 12:34 am

    The way it was explained on that new hi-tech `puter screen, one train can pass another train, but two single cars side by side get all squirrely ! I guess it`s something like an old Beetle trying to pass an 18 wheeler, up hill ….. on a windy day !

  10. backwoodsconsr on February 25th, 2013 12:41 am

    I blame the restrictor plates, which unfortunately we seem to be stuck with. Those cars would probably be doing 240 without them. I remember one driver talking about the big Olds Cutlass Supremes and Ford Thunderbirds they ran back in the '70s. He said, "We had the best racing with the worst aerodynamics."

  11. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 12:48 am

    I watched some of that open-wheeled racing on the back stretch – I didn`t know they did that there. Interesting that the pits were down in the chicane.

    Harry Gant was bad to tear stuff up and still come back to win.

    A story goes that Darrel Waltrip, back in the days when you could replace an engine during a race and legally re-enter, blew his engine at Bristol, replaced it in like 10 laps w/ cautions, re-entered, caught Caution flags just right and finished top 3 or maybe he won. It was confusing hearing it told. Darrel didn`t dispute it.

  12. backwoodsconsr on February 25th, 2013 1:12 am

    That short track was something they just started this year. I hope they continue it.

    I don't know about the blown engine story, but I remember DW falling 13 laps behind at Dover replacing a transmission and getting 7 of those laps back.

    Bud Moore was credited with giving the shortest interview ever when a pit reporter asked him why his car had fallen out of the race. Bud replied, "Blowed up!" and walked away.

  13. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 1:16 am

    Yeah, square bodies and bias ply tires; true "stock cars". They also had 427 – 429 cu. in. engines that made over 900 horse pressures ! They get 850 ish out of 355s now; imagine what a 427 free spinning big block would make now ! 9,000 + RPM was unheard of back then !

    F-1 motors are restricted to 18,500 now as are motorcycles.

  14. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 1:27 am

    Awesome Bill turned 220 something in a T-Bird at Talledega back then, before restricter plates.

    Motorcycles were doing over 205 off turn 2 and across the stripe at Daytona 6 years ago. Don`t know about now.

  15. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 1:34 am

    Yours may be the correct version of the same story; It`s been years since I heard it. I remember several drivers and crew chiefs sitting on stools in a semi circle, everyone was laughing and talking over each other. Kenny Wallace was among them, if you know what I mean !

  16. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 2:26 am

    http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20130224/NEW

    Waynesville is two towns west of me, our county seat. She could have been injured so much worse !

  17. ak47 on February 25th, 2013 10:52 am

    OMG! Without the government we're all sure to die horribly!!

  18. backwoodsconsr on February 25th, 2013 11:05 am

    I've never thought about what just a lugnut could do at that speed. But then, baseball players have been severely injured by fastballs doing half that speed.

  19. Marshall_Will on February 25th, 2013 1:29 pm

    "It's going to be very painful for the flying public"

    You mean more painful than it is now? And has been for the last decade +? Beat me w/ a wet noodle. Bring it on…

    Is the inference here we'll sell our grandkids out because we were unwilling to wait another 15 mins. in line to get patted down a (3rd) time? When we're already Trillions in debt?

  20. Truesoldier__ on February 25th, 2013 2:34 pm

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Candy Crowley's new found interest in asking this administration tough questions?

    Now, Presidential Debate Commission Co-Chair Frank Fahrenkopf is calling Crowley a "mistake" as a moderator.

    According to Jon Ralston, the Nevada-based political journalist, Fahrenkopf told the audience there that he was proud of the 2012 debate moderators, but added: “We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy."
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/02

  21. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 2:41 pm

    What`s that got to do with racing ? Oh, getting ready to leave for the airport 3 hrs early so you can fight traffic and then get a good spot in line with only a two hour wait to be patted down and felt up by people we wouldn`t want to ride a bus with.

    Why not switch from latex gloves to faux-mink ones so it will at least feel good. Maybe even have opposite gender agents do the groping, so you can at least "imagine" it`s enjoyable ?

    Agent: "Why are your eyes closed and you`re smiling ?"
    Passenger: "I`m trying to imagine we`re alone and you`re gorgeous !

    Hey, if the TSA thinks you`re enjoying it, they may lose interest ! No stupider than, "Urinate or vomit on yourself to stop a rape attempt" !

  22. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 2:48 pm

    I hope she got to keep it as a memento ! Scars are much better with the offending object as backup to the story !

  23. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 9:16 pm

    DOUG ! The comment thingy on the "Oscar Mooch" story has gone all WordPress on us again. Can you do anything ?

    It`s been acting funny all day for me, like it was hinting at fouling up ! Slow or no posting of my comments / replies.

    THANK YOU in advance !

  24. SignPainterGuy on February 25th, 2013 11:55 pm

    Here`s a pie chart to lend some perspective on the spending and sequestration cuts: http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/micha

  25. backwoodsconsr on February 26th, 2013 1:15 am

    Excellent depiction. Ramirez is a gem.

  26. SignPainterGuy on February 26th, 2013 1:13 pm

    Doug, the "Oscars Mooch" thread is acting up again. The comments finally went back to IntenseDebate format, but the function keys, "1 reply", "submit comment", "login options" are not responding.

    Have the Chinese finally realized the real importance of your blog and HACKED us ??

  27. Jack Smith on April 22nd, 2013 4:54 am

    it expenses WAY more than when we were in university, but everything about it is less effective, children are badly knowledgeable, facilities is dropping apart and they`re shouting for MORE He took a broken competition car and pursued down the innovator for the win.

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