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  • John Boehner's sequester
    ren
    The sequester is the result of the Republican Congress holding the full faith and credit of the US hostage in the 2011 debt ceiling fiasco. We seem to be still paying the ransom with the sequester deal that emerged. Evidently Boehner now wants people to forget that he once claimed to have gotten 98 percent of what he wanted in the deal creating the sequester. He certainly doesn't want people to remember that he recently said the GOP's willingness to embrace the sequester represented their ultimate "leverage" in negotiating with President Obama to cut Social Security and Medicare.
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  • Sequester...
    Observero0
    Ren, this is hardly just the Republican's sequester. Stop buying in to the politicians' (Dems/Obama/Reps) blame game. It takes 2 to tango & neither side is being especially helpful. Both sides bought in to the spending with reckless abandon game & we voters kept electing them. (Is that enough blame for you?) Anyone with any sense knew the day would come when we'd have to pay for all this spending. That day is now. And it's going to be painful ;-(
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  • Sequester...
    Zee
    Observero0, The people have spoken, that is why the repubs, lost. I cannot see beating up on the middle class anymore when big Corps., millionaires and billionaires reap all the benefits with astromonical profits and in the end at our expense.It is time for them to belly up and support the nation that has been so prosperous to them. And it's going to be painful yes, but at the middle class's expense. What a shame.
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  • The good people vs. the bad people
    Mc
    How is it that the President can give more money to the banks than Bush did, kill more people than with drone missiles than Bush did, sign the NDAA(Nat'l Defense Authorization Act) which allows the U.S. military to seize American citizens without cause, and yet you still think there's darn whit of difference? Is it ok for dems to "rescue" the banks or bomb other countries and only bad if the red team does it? It ain't about the red or blue, bub. Its about the green and money rules the day on both sides of the aisle. They're dividing this country because of easily confused people like you.
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  • Plenty of blame to go around; How to fix it? A different story
    Honest Broker
    I agree with Observero0, they all had a hand in this fiasco due to their greed. Every politician has financial ties to some industry, so there is no way they can make an unbiased decision. Unfortunately, Govt employees are the easiest target to take away money. We are a capitolistic society, so its the golden rule "He who has the gold, rules". I retired last year to minimize the damage to my pension, but I'm not sure if they will go after it too. If the country is in such financial dregs as the politician profess, I bet they will continue to take it out of Govt employees until nothing is left. When the politicians start taking it out of the contractors, then I will be convinced we have a serious problem and they really want to fix it. When they continue to hit federal employees income, then its just a smoke screen to justify keeping more funds in the contractors hands and eventually in theirs.
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  • CapitAlism
    Mc
    Sorry, but its capitalism, not capitolism, and it isn't capitalism when the government is rescuing banks at the expense of everyone else. That's no different from the oligarchy that bankrupted the Soviet Union.
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  • Right on!
    Mc
    Exactly so.
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  • C-R-A-Z-Y
    Mc
    Its sad that some folks need to point the finger of blame and can always rationalize away that they are equally to blame. The facts are both parties spent the U.S. into huge debt. That was fine when the economy was in an up cycle (yes, capitalism is cyclical), but now its in a down cycle and we need to cut spending. Raising taxes won't cut any debts because the Congress will just spend it on PORK. Witness the recent agreement to raise taxes on folks who make over $430,000 (or so). That money projects out at 600 billion over ten years. That comes out to 60 billion for one year. Yet, that amount was spent on the "rescue" of the Sandy Storm victims in one day, and MOST of the money doesn't even go to the victims, it goes to Congressional pork like salmon fisheries in Alaska, etc. Why would anyone agree to more taxes when they know it is wasted as ALWAYS?
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  • Sorry, but sequestration as a tool was an idea from the White House
    NOVAJacket
    Read Woodward's book. The idea originated from OMB director Jack Lew and Legislative Affairs director Nabors. Let's not let the facts get in the way of an agenda....
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  • The Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112–25)...
    FERS Fed
    ...passed the House by a vote of 269-161, with 174 Republicans including Speaker Boehner and House Majority Leader Cantor voting 'yes'. ..... It then passed the Senate by a vote of 74-26, with 28 Republicans including Senate Minority Leader McConnell voting 'yes'. .... If the GOP didn't want sequestration to happen, it wouldn't be happening. ..... Don't be a GOP 'tool'. Own it.
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  • Lockheed Martin
    Mc
    One of the reasons you never see any real cuts in military spending (the sequester only cuts the INCREASE in spending from 26 billion per year to 20 billion) is that the Lockheed Martins/Gen. Dynamics out there make sure to put jobs in every Congress critter's district. Don't wanna cut jobs for your voters, right??? In the same vein, the gerrymandering of both parties in the states gives us the current moribund system, with the biggest election threats coming from within the same party. These two big fat bull frogs have set up a system whereby they always get paid no matter what happens. Well, that's going to stop when our credit ratings get downgraded, sequester or no sequester. The U.S. has a higher debt-to-GDP than even Spain. 90 more days without cuts and we're Greece.
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  • Numbers are wrong
    TCI
    Sorry, your numbers on defense are incorrect. If sequester goes into effect, DoD itself will have its FY 13 budget (which actually does not yet exist) cut by roughly $46 billion. This comes as the budget is declining: FY 12 base budget enacted ($531B) vs the proposed FY 13 base budget request ($525B), a slight drop of $6B. The $46B would, assuming we have a FY 13 budget, come off that $525B request. If you want to include OCO, then the costs drop more as the FY 12 enacted = $115B and FY 13 request = $89B.
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