The attempts to maximize pain as a result of sequestration have really backfired on this administration. The latest stunt that has put the White House in a compromising position is the issue of White House tours. Instead of receiving the expected “How horrible. Blame Republicans!” response to the closing of the White House for tours, instead the people have laid the blame at the feet of Obama himself. As a result, President Panic did what he does best when forced to take responsibility for something: Blame someone else. In this case, he blamed the Secret Service, saying that they couldn't afford the personnel in the wake of sequestration cuts. But when questioned about this during yesterday's press briefing, Obama's press secretary Jay Carney broke with the Presidents' message. He said, “We had to cancel the tours, it’s our job to cancel the tours. [The Secret Service] cannot cancel them … this is not a tour of the Secret Service building. It’s a tour of the White House and the grounds, and we run the tours and the invitations and that process.” In the end, the President would have looked better simply taking responsibility for the ridiculous stunt, rather than passing the blame and amplifying the already ridiculous situation.
With each day that passes, it doesn't help that stories continue to pour into the news cycle about federal spending post-Sequester, which makes Obama's apocalyptic predictions look all the more ridiculous. For example, today we learned that NASA is offering an internship that pays up to $83,126, well above the average income for a family in the United States. That NASA internship is not alone. Fox News found other high-paying internships throughout the federal government, like one opening for an internship at the National Weather Service which could pay up to $62,678.
Just two days after sequestration cuts went into effect March 1st, the National Science Foundation announced it latest grant recipients. It looks like $450,000 in taxpayers dollars made the cut in order to fund an Ohio State University study on the “evolution of venom proteins in sea anemones.” How would our country survive without this study?