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  1. Glenn Sermos

    Glenn Sermos said, over 1 year ago

    Funny how Mike forgets the sequester was all Obama’s idea.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    The sequester was Obama’s idea the same way that paying ransom money to kidnappers is the victim’s idea. Paul Ryan took full credit for the idea at the time, you can look it up. But what REALLY matters is that both the Democrats and the president have proposals to avoid the sequester, and the GOP has gone on vacation without saying what they would do. Only, of course, my way or the highway on revenues. 700,000 jobs, gone. Thanks, GOP.

  3. Dale Netherton

    Dale Netherton said, over 1 year ago

    In the words of the Democratic icon of inability to remember anything, " What difference does it make?"

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @Mr. King

    Dude, that is 50% of the democrats that voted for it in the house and 88% of the democrats voted for it in the senate and 100% of the democrats in the WH approved it.

    So no, you argument holds no water.

    Further, how can anyone say that the “debt ceiling” is not irrevocably linked to spending cuts? How will you ever reduce the deficit to zero and start to pay off debt thus limiting spending to the agreed upon limit with out spending cuts?

    The much touted revenue increase on the “rich” garnered only 70-80 billion a year. The service on the debt, the “interest” we are obligated to pay each year on what we already owe is over 250 billion a year. So revenue enhancement is NOT going to do the job all by itself.

    THINK.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    Obama’s budget proposal totals 3.6 TRILLION dollars. In his last plea to avoid the sequester Obama says AGAIN that cutting 85 billion of this 3.6 trillion will cut:

    Emergency responders
    Border agents
    Teachers
    availability of health care
    childcare

    Among other things.

    Why is it that he threatens these specific targets to cut? Is there NO OTHER place he can cut 2% of his spending?

    His budget proposes to spend:

    56 billion in foreign aid
    80+ billion in “discretionary spending” DHHS
    40+ billion in HUD where we find funding for Freddie and Fannie and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity among others.
    53 billion for the National Intelligence department (CIA) all of it “discretionary” spending.

    For a few examples.

    A TOTAL of 1.5 TRILLION dollars in “discretionary” spending. That means it isn’t mandatory to spend ANY of it.

    And he’s going to cut essential jobs? What a p..s poor manager he must be.

  6. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Very thoughtful post Bruce. Not to be critical, but the way you solidify your point (when available) is to post your links or sources. I’m one of those “numbers” people that like to read source material, it’s kind of an analysts obsession…

  7. wbr

    wbr said, over 1 year ago

    bho gets what he wants tax increases in december and sequester cuts in march

  8. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 1 year ago

    It MUST be his fault. The GOP said so.

  9. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 1 year ago

    More like assteroids…

  10. blackash

    blackash said, over 1 year ago

    Because of baseline budgeting and the corruption of our language slowdowns in spending rates are now called cuts. They aren’t but too many simpletons believe it to be true.

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    I agree with your premise that we can cut some programs that won’t cause as much pain, but the problem with that is that Obama doesn’t get to pick & choose what gets cut. It’s “across the board”, which means every discretionary program gets cut.

    http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3635

    Boehner & Obama need to hold their noses & work together this time. I think Obama knows the cuts will be more than he’d like, but Boehner isn’t ready to give on more revenue.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Ryan was so proud when HIS TEAM made it law, and now it’s all “Obama’s fault”??? Don’t Republicans know that what they said was on tape, even when they WERE using telepromters under the cameras?

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @Mr. King

    It does not. But dude, the republicans could not do it without the democrats so how does that take “blame” away from them as well?

  14. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Well, yes. But my point is that here is enough waste in every program to cut from every program without cutting the essentials.

    I’ve been there and done that.

  15. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    @mickey1339

    Well, OK.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_United_States_federal_budget

    look at the graph of proposed spending. Three columns, discretionary, mandatory and total.

    Not all articles are the same. Wiki is not considered a really great source but it is taking this info from Obama’s summery tables so..

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/19/obama-sequester-speech_n_2716921.html

    Look at the last three of four paragraphs.

    Not the only article but this is one from a liberal blog so it must be ok.

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