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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 10 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, 10 months ago

    US=USA; God help us all…

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 10 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, 10 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. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Michael wme

    If you notice the RWNJs and all of the partisan propagandists claimed the Sequestration was all Obama’s fault. To hear the republicans talk, it was his idea, he demanded it, he threw a fit until he got it. It was so terrible, it was awful, it was ruinous. But then what did we hear from the republicans during the shutdown? That the sequestration was great, it was what they wanted and we needed more of it. Hypocrites the whole lot of them. They don’t know what they want even when they get it.

  6. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, 10 months ago

    Daniel 2:44

  7. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I can’t feel too bad for the military, given all of the proven fraud and waste in the military spending. And as is almost always true it is not the top that gets pruned when cuts come along, it is the bottom, the troops or the labor that gets the ax. What we need is intelligence in government, in all areas, not self-interested politicians. But since society at large seems only self-interested, not altruistic what can we expect. Sure politicians are a beast all their own, but they do come from society. So when we say we need a better politician what we really need is a better people. But back to the military spending I spend a weekend with my son who is in the Army and right now is serving in the middle East. He gave me some revelations. He trained for an entirely different MOS than he serves in. He serves in the printing office, printing propaganda. Call it what you want but that’s really what is amounts to. He claims that for their printer a printing drum costs $4000 and can easily be damaged. But they go through many drums because soldiers and private contractors simply don’t care. And he told me what his pay was, not bad really. But he said one of the private contractors told him they were paid more than 3 times my son’s salary. And if the military spent twice his salary and a month they could have a soldier trained for the work done by this private contractor. So the first year they would break even but each year after that that the trained soldier served they would be saving at least 2/3 what the private contractor is paid. And that doesn’t count what the contractors employer skims off the top. Add to that my son says that the soldiers are all nervous they will be bounced for nit-picky things simply because with the drawdown of the wars the military had too many soldiers. Whereas if they were to ditch the private contractors they would have too few troops, and they would be saving massive amounts of money. That coupled with procurement abuses and overpriced acquisitions, equipment that they never asked for, don’t want, don’t need and worst of all can’t use, no I don’t feel bad for the military at all. You can blame the Democrats for this mess, but the real blame lies with the republicans. Both parties are culpable, but when it comes to the military, it has always been the republicans’ baby. And the waste, fraud and abuse has routinely been greater in favor of their special interests than it has for the people it serves or the people who serve.

  8. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @jonesb

    You really need to find a new source for your propaganda, because your figure is flat out wrong. According to Wikipedia, the projected revenue for fiscal year 2013 is $2.092 trillion, the projected expenditures are $3.803 trillion, or a deficit of 24%, or 24¢ of every dollar spent will be borrowed. But wait, that deficit is 901 billion and based on real figures, the actual deficit for FY 2013 (10/102012-9/30/2013) was only $578.7 billion. So if total expenditures were still the same that means we only borrowed a little over 15¢ of every dollar spent. But if expenditures were reduced by the reduction in the deficit, we still only borrowed not quite 22¢ of every dollar spent. No matter how you want to slice it the numbers just don’t support your fallacious claim. So please do yourself a favor and stop quoting what you now should know to be false data. Currently you are only mistaken but from this point forward you will only prove yourself to be liar if you keep repeating this false claim.

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, 10 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.

  10. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, 10 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!

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 10 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.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, 10 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….

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 10 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.

  14. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @ARodney

    Hear, Hear! I vote your comment the best of the day. To bad the republicans have gutted education spending for so long they aren’t educated enough to understand what you are writing.

  15. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    “Time for a change. Throw the bums out. Even if we get new bums, they can’t be any worse.”
    Oh, you seriously underestimate the power of lobbyist and self-interested money.

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