Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggested Wednesday the sequester was a conspiracy by President Barack Obama to cut defense spending and raise money for community organizing groups.
Speaking on the House floor, Gohmert said the timing of Obama's meeting with congressional leaders over the sequester was evidence the President really wanted the across-the-board budget cuts to happen. He claimed the sequester was actually a plot by Obama to cut defense spending and transfer money to "ACORN-like" groups that would help elect Democratic candidates.
"We hear today the President is now saying on Friday after the sequestrations have started and the military is having all these massive layoffs -- and actually the truth be known, after the President will have gotten what he's been hoping and trying to get for years even as a U.S. senator and that is big cuts to the Defense Department -- after the Defense Department cuts kick in then and only then is he going to sit down and talk to congressional leaders," he said.
"We'll that's not hard to figure out," Gohmert continued. "What a great political ploy. What a great political plan to a year and a half ago come up with the idea, which the White House did, they came up with the idea of this massive sequester, and the biggest loser would be the Defense Department."
"And then after he gets the cuts to defense that he has been pushing for for years and years, going back to his days as a U.S. senator, he gets to come forward and spend millions and millions of dollars running around on Air Force One condemning Republicans in the House for cutting defense. What a great thing. He cuts defense, which he has been wanting to do for years, forces Republicans to go along with it, and a year and a half later blames Republicans for cutting defense and says, 'I wouldn't have done that, but now that defense is cut, now lets talk about restoring some of that money to the ACORN-like groups out there that are going to suffer because they are not going to have money to spend on electing Democrats in the next election if we don't return the sequester money.'"
The sequester, part of a political deal to raise the federal debt ceiling in 2011, would cut defense spending by about $55 billion. Non-defense spending would also be cut by $27 billion.
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