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#3170655 - 02/20/13 10:47 AM Sequestration

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Editorial Exegesis

"During the summer 2011 debt ceiling battle, President Obama's White House came up with the idea of sequestration. It is a mechanism designed to trigger automatic spending cuts in the event that a congressional 'super committee' couldn't agree to at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. Congress passed the White House proposal, and Obama signed it into law. And in November 2011, Obama vowed, 'I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy offramps on this one.' How times have changed. With the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1, it's now Obama who is imploring Congress to undo them. As is his wont, he's resorting to demagoguery to make his case. Surrounding himself with first responders during a speech on Tuesday, Obama predicted a virtual apocalypse if the cuts he once supported now go into effect. 'Emergency responders like the ones who are here today -- their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded,' he said. 'Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.' ... Over a decade, the $1.2 trillion in scheduled cuts are barely more than a rounding error when compared with the $48 trillion the federal government would otherwise spend, according to the Congressional Budget Office. To say the sequester will not be painful for many would be untrue. But if Obama wants to preserve his credibility, he should probably stifle the Chicken Little routine. The historical and continued growth in government spending will not even stop to take a breath, because the 'cuts' in spending are actually just reductions in the projected growth of government spending. ... If Obama can't manage an ever-growing budget like this one without turning criminals loose on the population, then perhaps he's out of his league serving as president." --The Washington Examiner

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#3170885 - 02/20/13 02:09 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: MUP]
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Registered: 08/29/00
Posts: 4661
Loc: In the Middle of no where

Let the hammer fall. The sequester will only be 2 to 5% of the total which is nothing. Let it fall.
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#3170897 - 02/20/13 02:26 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

I would say Im going to get 22 days of unpaid furlough this year if this happens.
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#3172339 - 02/21/13 07:22 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: smstone22]
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Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 16574
Loc: Tampa FL

Let it burn.
"The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression."
--Thomas Jefferson
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#3173362 - 02/22/13 06:54 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
10 Point

Registered: 06/29/05
Posts: 4263
Loc: Back 40


#3173437 - 02/22/13 08:15 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: TOW]
Dodge Man
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Registered: 10/15/03
Posts: 6366
Loc: Dyersburg, TN

It's not enough but we have to start cutting some time!
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#3173451 - 02/22/13 08:22 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: Dodge Man]
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Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 4404
Loc: Knoxville TN

let the cuts happen
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#3173507 - 02/22/13 08:56 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: Stalkhunter]
12 Point

Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 6592
Loc: Sumner County

Far too little and too late. Neither party wants to solve the actual problem with spending.
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#3173564 - 02/22/13 09:30 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: preds1]
8 Point

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1518
Loc: USofA

It certainly doesn't appear that they know how to reduce the deficit. It just keeps ticking higher each and every second.
When we hit rock bottom the only good thing is we can start moving up.
You could save more innocent lives by taking pens away from politicians than by taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.

#3173602 - 02/22/13 10:21 PM Re: Sequestration [Re: Super8]
8 Point

Registered: 01/21/13
Posts: 1092
Loc: TN, Rhea,

I say start cutting away.... Maybe if our Nation does fall on its' face then it will make a few more people wise to the screwed up games our politicians play with our money and possibly (not very likely) turn our country around.
We the unwanted, do the unthinkable, for the ungrateful.
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