Obama administration lies again
The phrase “come hell or high water” obviously doesn’t have the same meaning anymore.
That’s especially true, as shown yet again, when spoken by anyone in the Obama administration. That includes Vice President Joe Biden, who used that very phrase not six months ago while standing on the docks at the Port of Savannah — promising the federal government would ante up the necessary funding to deepen the ports.
Yeah, about that.
On Tuesday, the Obama administration released its proposed budget, set at a whopping $3.9 trillion. Not included in that document was the promised $400 million Obama said would be included to cover the federal government’s share of the more than $650 million harbor expansion.
Georgia’s two senators took nanoseconds to respond: “We are deeply disappointed and frustrated to see the promises to help advance the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) made by President Obama and Vice President Biden were not fulfilled in today’s budget release. It is baffling to see this administration choose to ignore a statute passed just six weeks ago that cleared all remaining obstructions to moving forward with the project.”
The two Republicans, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, also said Obama “has once again chosen to ignore existing law, and in this case needlessly hamstring the advancement of SHEP.”
Obama ignoring existing law? Gee, where have we heard that before? This, of course, is the same president who even mentioned the Savannah Harbor on NBC’s “Tonight Show” last year, stating the harbor must be deepened.
“If we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs,” Obama said to Jay Leno, the host at the time.
To borrow another phrase, the proof is in the pudding, and Obama doesn’t have any. Honor, that is. He has just given Georgians the big finger. This despite including SHEP in his “We can’t wait” initiative in 2012.
To his credit, Gov. Nathan Deal is not just sitting down in a funk. After learning of the funding cut, Deal said Tuesday “we will begin dredging using state funds until the federal government lives up to its obligations.”
The harbor deepening should not be used as a political pawn. Georgia’s ports are among the biggest economic drivers in the state, accounting for one of every 12 jobs, according to U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. And that impact is felt throughout the country through the economic ripple effect.
As Deal said, it’s time, Mr. President, to live up to your obligations — and promises.