New Yorkers of a certain vintage will remember the so-called “preppie murder” case of Robert Chambers, accused (and convicted) of strangling a pretty 18 year old girl, Jennifer Dawn Levin. What has stuck with me throughout the years is not the names of those involved (I had to look up Levin’s), but the pithy comment by one woman in the jury pool. When asked by the judge if she could render an impartial verdict, she answered “the little creep should fry”. The furious judge dismissed her and the rest of the jurors within earshot.
With greatest homage to that anonymous women, President Obama thinks we little creeps should fry:
A leaked email from an Agriculture Department field officer adds fuel to claims President Obama’s political strategy is to make the billions in recent federal budget cuts as painful as possible to win the public opinion battle against Republicans.
The email, circulated around Capitol Hill, was sent Monday by Charles Brown, a director at the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C. He appears to tell his regional team about a response to his recent question on the amount of latitude he has in making cuts.
According to the partially redacted email, the response came from the Agriculture Department’s budget office and in part states: “However you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
The response noted that the administration had already told Congress that the APHIS would “eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry” without additional funds.
“This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the sequester cuts for political gain,” Griffin said in a statement.
Griffin told Fox News on Wednesday that the bosses effectively said, “You can’t do anything that is inconsistent with the negative impact that we’ve told everybody these cuts are going to have.”
Agriculture says the quote is out of context, but “you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be” is pretty clear. They’re going to squeeze us until our eyes water.
On Sunday, Gene Sperling, the White House’s top economic adviser, suggested Republicans would indeed make this decision.
“Our hope is, as more Republicans start to see this pain in their own districts, they will choose bipartisan compromise over this absolutist position,” he said.
Fresh from threatening Bob Woodward, now he’s coming for the rest of us.