Doltin’ Joe Has Left And Gone Away
You may recall the point in the vice presidential debate when Joe Biden told Paul Ryan the House cut $300 million from Embassy Security. It was a naked attempt to blame Ryan for the Administration’s Benghazi debacle that resulted in the murder of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Ryan was stunned and didn’t seem to know what Biden was talking about (there are myriad budget iterations as they move through the appropriations cycle). For an instant, Ryan’s intellect failed, but for good reason it would seem: Biden’s assertion was later revealed to be a lie (and the Bide lies are legion).
That is, in government speak, there was no line for “Embassy Security” in Ryan’s budget blueprint. Ryan’s budget blueprint was a broad attempt to reduce federal nondefense discretionary spending, that is, defense and entitlements would be off the table. And without a line item (called a program element), a program can’t be marked or plussed-up (in more government speak, “marked” is code for being cut; plussed-up is hopefully self-explanatory).
Now to Biden’s embarrassment (should he be capable of such emotion), it turns out the State Department is sitting on $2.2 billion (with a “B”) in unspent funding that’s been programmed for Embassy Security all across the globe. Failing to spend the money you’ve been appropriated is one of the cardinal sins of government program management. And when you’re talking billions, even Cabinet members pay attention.
The more Biden’s debate performance is examined—on substance—the worse it gets. And on style, we’ll be laughing at him (versus with him) for quite a while. In fact, if Biden makes a play for the 2016 nomination, this 2012 VP debate performance will be an enduring millstone around his neck.
This—Benghazi, but the election as well—will not end well for the Administration. Hopefully, Barry and Doltin’ Joe (and the rest of their minions) will leave and go away. And quietly, we hope.
Koo koo ka choo.