I previously posted that Education Secretary Arne Duncan got Four Pinocchios (the maximum) from Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact checker, for making false claims about teachers losing their jobs because of the sequester.
Now the President himself is getting the dubious award for saying this:
“Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”
The superintendent of the Capitol told Kessler that’s simply not true.
If the Administration continues to exaggerate the effects of the sequester, they are going to lose their political advantage over the GOP with voters. People don’t like being lied to.
Also, the Dems can’t vote against (and Obama can’t threaten to veto) giving the President more flexibility to allocate the spending cuts, and then complain about how arbitrary and mindless the cuts are.
The President and the Dems need public pressure to get the GOP to relent on revenue. But you don’t get that by making things up, you just lose credibility.