White House cancels tours; GOP cries foul

  • Article by: Kathleen Hennessey , Tribune Washington Bureau
  • Updated: March 5, 2013 - 8:11 PM

WASHINGTON - The White House has been struggling to highlight cutbacks at federal agencies now that the so-called sequester has hit. On Tuesday, it found one close to home.

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avejoeconMar. 5, 13 8:19 PM

I love it. The Education people are claiming 25,000 teachers were laid off and then they had to admit they lied. think about it. 25,000 teachers at about 75,000 per teacher (including benefits) equals 1.8 Billion dollars. That would be 1/42 of the entire sequster. Yep, they certainly are trying to make this as painful as possible just to gain votes. Really people, you voted for these jokers???

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benturnerMar. 5, 13 9:25 PM

re: avejoeconMar. 5, 13 8:19 PM I love it. The Education people are claiming 25,000 teachers were laid off and then they had to admit they lied....Nobody claimed 25,000 teachers have been laid off. Where do you get your information?

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cags777Mar. 5, 1310:24 PM

I wonder how Rep. Goumert (spelling?) felt when we were paying for President Bush to vacation in Texas and travel all over the world?

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basia2186Mar. 6, 13 5:53 AM

Cags77- when the obama administration is done you will be praying for another Bush! Bush never closed tours of the white house to punish the other party for not getting his way. I can see Obama's petulant lip quivering while he stomps his foot because not everyone thinks he's the second coming of you know who.

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theagonygopMar. 6, 13 6:09 AM

basia2186: "Bush never closed tours of the white house to punish the other party for not getting his way." No, Bush DID get us into two unnecessary wars and failed to pay for them, doubled the national debt and plunged our economy into near depression. But he never stopped those White House tours! That's sure to vault him into the upper echelons of American Presidents. If the GOP hadn't crammed sequester down our throats last year, we would be able to have a balanced approach to the budget: Spending cuts coupled with tax increases. But the Party of NO continues to block all progress in this country, preferring another recession to the top 5% paying their fair share.

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theagonybhoMar. 6, 13 7:23 AM

theagonygop, can you guys give it a rest, will we be squawking about how horrible the Obama presidency was in 2020, for god sakes hes 5 years in move on, the sequester was a democratic idea btw, and enough with the gloom and doom. The dirty little secret in Washington is they are afraid nobodys going to notice the decrease in increased spending and maybe actually want a cut.

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mnborn2Mar. 6, 13 7:33 AM

Tours of the executive mansion will be canceled starting Saturday, the White House announced, citing “staffing reductions resulting from sequestration.” The tours will not be rescheduled and the freeze will be in effect “until further notice.”........ Big deal! Stop all tours of all government agencies. Congress- Quit whining and get to work on solving our budget problems. While you're at it, you can wear jeans and flannel shirts to work because no one wants to see you until you get some work done. Cancel all special luncheons and brown bag it. And no more pork!!!!!!!

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chablis28Mar. 6, 13 7:59 AM

Sure, don't cut costly bureaucratic expenses like; expensive taxpayer funded guaranteed pensions, gold plated healthcare benefits or early retirement for government employees or junkets and seminars in Hawaii.

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chablis28Mar. 6, 13 8:01 AM

Government pushing back and arrogantly saying don't you dare expect us to cut anything Mr & Mrs taxpayer! Government is exempt from the pain we've all been through in the past 5yrs.

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notforwardMar. 6, 13 2:13 PM

I wonder why this journalist didn't research this. If she had, she would have discovered that the people who lead these tours are volunteers and that the sequester would have absolutely no impact on this issue. The bigger issue is that how do bogus articles like this continue? It's almost as if the media has an agenda, but they are supposed to be professionals so I'm sure this was just a mistake. I guess I'll wait for the correction that will surely follow.

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