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Steve Breen

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  1. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    Gee whiz Kent, you’re so astute in your analysis. Why, sequestration appeared with The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and again with Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987 as a tool to control deficit spending (LOL). It provided for automatic spending cuts (called “sequesters”) if the deficit exceeded a set of fixed deficit targets. The House passed the bill by a vote of 271-154 and the Senate by 61-31, and President Ronald Reagan signed the bill on December 12, 1985 (the house being controlled by democrats and the senate the republicans) ans so you can see even though it was debated, amended and passed on a bi-partisan vote, the idea is totally a republican ploy (even though it didn’t work, was found to be unconstitutional when applied and had to be reworked). (rethugs so quaint).

    Today’s sequester was a tool agreed with by all parties to force those slimy republicans to give in to the oh so noble efforts of the democrats to continue to spend every last dime in the treasury and then borrow more in order to avoid cutting waste found in all departments. Well no one could get over their stupid arguments (more taxes/cut spending) and work out a way to do both like little children arguing over the last piece of pie never ever thinking that hey why don’t we just cut it in half.
    So here we are and the President – as children often do – is going to make sure he eats his pie making a loud smacking noise with each bite (release the detainees -smack) and insure that each item is as painful as possible to those who dare to disagree with his method.

    They will agree to taxes NOW by golly.

    WE all need to back up and look at the big picture. Our government has failed us. Both parties. It is time to re-boot the system.

  2. ivison.bedard

    ivison.bedard said, almost 4 years ago

    Waaa, why can’t I recklessly spend money that is not mine…???

  3. BillWa

    BillWa said, almost 4 years ago

    So let me get this straight. If there wasn’t the horrible spending cuts the budget would only be 1.8 trilllion more, but with sequestration it is only 1.75 trillion more. And sorry Obamaites, but this was the plan from the start.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Sequestration isn’t bad, but untargeted cuts and unregulated spending is.
    There is too much inefficient regulation, sometimes watered down by lobbyists seeking advantages and there are too many stupid rules/laws that are outdated or serve no purpose. There is widespread duplication and redundancy that we know exists in numerous government agencies. The answer isn’t to necessarily reduce regulation, but to make it more appropriate to what needs to be regulated. We need good people to make those decisions that are vested with the authority to enforce compliance. I believe we can save much more money by auditing how hospitals bill us than we can by cutting medicare; that we can reduce military spending by auditing contractors and having efficiency EXPERTS study programs being implemented. It is my hypothesis the cost of such an endeavor would be more than compensated by the findings of the investigators.
    We have numerous examples of the enormous cost of the failure of our system with the B.P. oil spill, the financial meltdown experienced because of regulatory failure, the Bernie Madoff’s of the world who destroy peoples life savings. All of these situations have regulation on the part of the SEC, OSHA and the EPA, yet they happened anyway. We have taxpayer advocacy groups that have identified billions of dollars in government waste yet nothing gets done because it is politically impractical and gets buried in congressional committees.
    Auditors, accountants, and efficiency experts are the best weapons to use in the fight against waste, fraud, and lobbyist incursions into appropriation bills. I’ve frequently mentioned a group of people who are actively saving the US gov’t tens of millions a year through their reviews of procedures, contracts, and on site visits. Every year for the last 10 years, these people have more than justified the pay and benefits they will receive for the entire career with ONE YEAR’S efforts.
    If we can balance the budget simply by making sure we’re not wasting money uselessly, shouldn’t we at least try?
    Please consider this objectively. It is a bipartisan idea.
    p.s. – this was edited by a very good friend who is NOT a liberal but whose advice and intelligence is much appreciated.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Your Onomatopoeia is a bit off (if I’m using the word correctly) but the intent and irony is exquisite! Well played, sir..Well played indeed!

  6. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    Obama and the Democrats campaigned last year on raising revenue to get us out of this mess, and after the election, they didn’t back down from their position.
    In contrast, the Republicans campaigned last year on drastic spending cuts, and lost seats in both the House and Senate. They know how well the Ryan plan went over with the public, and don’t want to be punished again, so they want Obama and the Democrats to propose their spending cuts for them. What a bunch of cowards.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    One comment out of 26 that displays something other than partisan indoctrination. Thanks C.

  8. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    As usual, a truly excellent and balanced post, with a real solution to governmental overspending. Perhaps some of the more name calling extremists on these boards shoudl at least take note!!

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    See, you’re just part of the problem. Yes the stuff you agree with is fine. Boy, I’m a genius. BUT those damn republicans are just such slime balls, they refuse to do what my man Barack says. Yep, pretty clear he was. I want – says Obama – an open check book. I want to spend 6.2 trillion dollars (and counting) JUST on health care over the next ten years. So since you idiots can only give me 2.5 trillion a year we have to raise taxes on everyone. NOnonononon ypu can NOT cut anything we already spend and be golly we baseline budget so we get a 10% increase every year by law. You can’t CUT anything.

    It’s like beating your head against a wall with you guys. This is all politics. Got to admit though, Baby Boy Barry is doing a bang up job of it.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago


    Hello Bruce, the March 4 Time Magazine has a 30+ page article on why health care costs so much. Seeing your post reminded me to look for it online and I found this link
    I may have to order a copy on line since it is selling out every place I’ve looked. The seven people who have read it have reactions to the practices described from, “unbelievable”, a pastor to “effin’ insane!!”, a musician. It is said to explain in objective, non partisan language with no “agenda” from the author a business environment with no rhyme, reason, and very limited oversight/regulation. If we want to buy shoes, we can compare prices and look for the best value; but we rarely have many options for where to go for an MRI or dialysis and who is going to ‘shop around’ for an ER visit?
    In my area, there are three well equipped hospitals within a 15 minuted drive. Nine more in a 40 min range with specialty care available in most. The closest of those hospitals lost 137million to people with no insurance/money to pay for services. Those of us who pay our medical bill ourselves and through health insurance are not only paying “taxes” on the uninsured, we are also overpaying many of the executives running hospitals in areas where one hospital may be the only ER within an hour or more drive. They effectively have a monopoly.
    ^ has a good page on the healthcare debate. As I learned about this site from you, I hope you read it if you haven’t already. Our medical industry, from hospitals to insurance companies, and all of the pharmaceutical and machinery making companies in between are making very good money with the ‘monopoly’ they hold on our aging population. Enough money that they can buy copious amounts of airtime for commercials on tv, radio, and print. They send very attractive men and women to sell to doctors and high end lobbyists to manipulate our legislators. They can even afford to give large donations to superpacs and the campaigns of politicians whose votes they need.
    Mr. Obama has been disappointing to me, but as far as the healthcare debate goes, he has taken the position of “do something, even if it’s wrong”. If Ds and Rs had been willing to work in a bipartisan manner to actually address healthcare, we might have had a much more balanced and practical law. They can still do so…the question is – will they?
    Both parties are to blame, both have failed the zfacts definition of Common Sense in politics. Letting them divide us, preventing us from building a united front against these partisan politicians, also defies common sense.

  11. D PB

    D PB said, almost 4 years ago

    That’s a flat out lie!

    It has been proven that not only do you not read other sources of information, but you have refused to read other sources of information based on a links underlying URL. An underlying URL that you had read wrong by the way.

    Don’t give up that day job.

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