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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 11 months ago

    The Republican House, the Democratic Senate, and the President all agreed to the sequestration, which is phased, and the next phase kicks in Jan ’14.


    Since they all agreed, it must be a GOOD THING.


    (And since everyone so enthusiastically supported the sequestration, we have no idea who or what will be affected this Jan, since everyone is hoping the Jan ’14 sequestration will be cancelled before it kicks in.)

  2. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    US=USA; God help us all…

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months ago

    The military is warning the next sequestration cuts will leave them with with too few units ready to respond to military threats with any efficiency. It is too bad the United States is being served by two parties who put their own interests before that of their nation and the citizens they were elected to serve. The 24 Billion lost to the shutdown will just make the sequestration cuts worse. Does anyone have any ideas on how we can get people who could actually work together to run for office? I would love to see moderates of both parties succeed, but under the current DNC and RNC leadership, it seems unlikely.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  4. jonesb

    jonesb said, 11 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    The 24 billion, lets see, that’s .024 of the deficit (1 trillion). This country is bankrupt and everybody wants the government to spend more money when it already borrows $.40 of every $1 it spends. That’s not too smart.

  5. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, 11 months ago

    Daniel 2:44

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, 11 months ago

    Anyone who claims that the deficit is their biggest concern, but takes revenue increases off the table, has proved that the deficit is not their greatest concern. What we SHOULD be worried about is that we are letting our country fall completely apart, in science, education, health, roads, and bridges, and doing nothing about climate change, the greatest threat we face. No amount of tax cuts for the rich will save us in a world where we choose to make ourselves a third-world country and others choose to educate their citizens and modernize.

  7. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, 11 months ago

    The original theory behind the sequestration was that it was so completely idiotic, with mechanical cuts across the board instead of intelligent targeted cuts, that Congress would be forced to revisit the whole thing and begin to do some means-testing that would lead to intelligent cuts. (As conservative pundit David Brooks, among others, reminds us.) It turns out that nothing in the world is TOO completely idiotic for Congress!

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 11 months ago

    Simple concept. When faced with limited funds and a long list of needs, one needs to buy smart. Many posters have shown places where money is wasted. Others have posted about money that should be invested to save money later. Almost all ideas are right on the money.

    But when people only care about their lobbyist’s checks, and are spending someone else’s money, the idea of buying smart goes out the window.

    Time for a change. Throw the bums out. Even if we get new bums, they can’t be any worse.

  9. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 11 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    You could’ve saved yourself some typing and just said “The military is the Republicans’ government jobs program”.
    Of course, we’re talking about good-paying jobs for government contractors (who, coincidentally, contribute lots of money to the Republican party’s campaign coffers) for making things the military doesn’t want or need. But things that would actually be useful in saving the lives of our men and women in uniform, and ensuring that they come home healthy and whole? Well, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you could have if you had your priorities straight, I guess….

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months ago

    @Genome Project

    and The Trusted Mechanic - Genome and the Mechanic, you both make excellent points. The waste revealed by the Mechanic’s son alone show the need for more inspection, oversight, and punitive action for waste and fraud.
    Reports have stated 50% of senators and 42% of Congressmen go to work as lobbyists, consultants, or some other position after leaving gov’t office with their opulent pension/compensation packages. What is less often mentioned is the number of ranking officers who do the exact same thing. A general or colonel considering retirement has little cause to bring attention to the waste and abuse profiting suppliers as well as private contractors working alongside them in the field. The company profiting today may be their employer in a month or year.
    There have been many cases of the legislator who wrote a loophole into a bill making it possible for waste to occur, or that last minute earmark that never saw committee granting an unneeded contract, or worse, an anonymous amendment that cost the taxpayers millions or more. There have been many cases of senior officers turning a blind eye to waste or practices that not only cost taxpayers money, but as in the case of contractors who served pork products in Muslim nations, cost us the good will of those whose hearts and minds we were trying to reach. Would it have been so hard to use beef or turkey bacon, and corned beef, and turkey ham in such places? Or was the good graces of a congressman who needed to sell actual pork for his district more important than not offending our hosts? Do our military and or embassies serve pork in Israel, or make those Israelis working for our contractors cook and serve it?
    We are making tanks the Army doesn’t want, and planes the Air Force doesn’t need. We are failing to provide benefits to our veterans in a timely fashion and the delays are a waste of man power and the time of the veterans who have other things to think about, like finding jobs and surviving civilian life under a dysfunctional gov’t in DC as well as their home states.
    There have been reports of officers who have spoken on the topics GP, TTM, Player, and others have raised, but like most whistleblowers, they are more likely to see their careers stalled and prospects dimmed than be rewarded for trying to serve their nation with honor, ethics, and moral direction.
    It is incumbent upon us, the voter, to write to our legislators and tell them that these thefts of tax payer dollars and abuse of the common soldier and junior officers must end. I have. Please consider doing the same.
    Thank you GP and Mechanic for your thoughtful replies. And Mechanic, please convey my appreciation to your son. He is in the same part of the world as my nephew. I’m pleased to report my daughter is still in the states and since she’s expecting my second grandchild, not likely to be deployed.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @Adrian Snare

    We have many parties but none of them get the same coverage automatically that the two mummified protected parties do. That is the problem.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    In a corrupt system you either join it or are marginalized. The system has to be changed or nothing else will.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @ypoons7666


    Ironically enough, “In God We Trust” fits a faceless, bodiless phantasm of the mind. So is money too. Fits all too well.
    -
    For me make it “In Cthulhu We Trust.” About as realistic.

  14. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 11 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    In me we trust?

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 11 months ago

    @ypoons7666

    You write well ypoons. And in less than 7666 words. ;)
    Thank you for adding to the debate with thought and eloquence.
    Sincerely,
    C.

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