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With no ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
in sight, sequestration
seems all but certain

Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/30/2012 12:32:40 AM

It was designed to be the budget cut so painful, so indiscriminate, so downright mindless that even a gridlocked Congress wouldn’t allow it to happen. Now, it looks like it’s going to happen. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spent Saturday working on a last-ditch deal to spare the vast majority of Americans a dramatic tax increase on Jan. 1. But even if they reach a stripped-down agreement, aides in both parties have said it would be unlikely to address

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JonR, 12/30/2012 12:57:29 AM     (No. 9089434)

The irresponsibility of this Congress is beyond measure! The got this country into this mess and now all they can do is point fingers and moan! Pathetic for all of us and totally preventable!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: trapper, 12/30/2012 1:02:54 AM     (No. 9089437)

FTA: "It was designed to be the budget cut so painful, so indiscriminate, so downright mindless that even a gridlocked Congress wouldn’t allow it to happen."

Also: "White House officials were telling liberal allies on Friday that their focus for now is merely to spare the middle class a tax increase."

Give me a break. Obama signed the sequestration into law, and now Obama´s proposed solution included giving him the unlimited abitlity to raise the debt limit at his whim, the eqivalent of making Obama King Of The Universe For Life. He knew it would be rejected. His proposal was just flipping off the Republicans. If Congress is driving us over a cliff, it was Obama who jammed the accelerator to the floor and then stole the steering wheel.

You voted for him America. Happy landing.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 12/30/2012 7:56:14 AM     (No. 9089671)

Despite all the hub-bub of the election (or perhaps because of it) a large part of the electorate has been in a trance. They walked to the polls with eyes glazed over, tuned out from reality, like in the (bad) sci-fi movie "Zardoz". This sleeping giant needs to be awakened.

The cliff ought to do it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 12/30/2012 7:58:18 AM     (No. 9089677)

Meanwhile, at RNC HQ...

(crickets)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 12/30/2012 8:20:05 AM     (No. 9089702)

But that possibility would still result in a potentially harrowing few months for agency budgets.

Is that bad? Perhaps, by dramatically paring down the budgets of some Agencies, we would clearly see how useless they are.

Federal agencies have informed their employees that they probably wouldn’t feel the impact immediately, but the reality that widespread furloughs are possible is setting in for a deeply anxious federal workforce.

Why should government Agencies be immune to budget cuts? If anything, it is the government that needs some serious surgery to remove the cancer causing bureaocratic bloat. There are far too many gov´t Agencies that should be cut for their inefficiencies and mostly, for their utter uselessness except for creating more regulations. The country would never know the difference but money spent by and for these Agencies would be saved.

I say cut all funding for both NEA´s, NPR, EPA and most of the other ones not so well known. I´d bet anything we´d save a bundle, not just on salaries and overhead, but on pensions as well.

As for what happens to the people laid off, get a real job from your buddy, Mr. O. He´s the one holding back progress in the private sector. Talk to him about it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/30/2012 8:35:22 AM     (No. 9089720)

The day the Washington area real estate drops by a third of its peak values, recovery will begin.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Adam, 12/30/2012 8:48:13 AM     (No. 9089742)

This is the same sequestration that Obama blithely said in the debate, "isn´t going to happen" So nonchalant. So offhand. It´s just our nation. It´s just America. Ho hum. Isn´t there a golf game or some surfing I can do, all at taxpayers (who aren´t paying their fair share) expense?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Janjan, 12/30/2012 9:10:17 AM     (No. 9089771)

Obama thought he could burst out in his Superman costume, point at Congress, order them to pass everything he wants into law immediately and the whole country would be giving him a standing ovation. This is how it played out in the fantasy world he lives in. Back on the ground reality is setting in quickly. Put your seatbelts on LDotters. The brain dead Obama voters are about to get what they asked for.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sal, 12/30/2012 9:30:11 AM     (No. 9089807)

Where are the Republicans??? Did they not send a bill to the Senate months ago where it languished? Why is this not put back - and put back LOUDLY - on the senate and ´executive´ branch where it belongs??

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Reply 10 - Posted by: DblTapViper, 12/30/2012 10:02:47 AM     (No. 9089893)



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Reply 11 - Posted by: DblTapViper, 12/30/2012 10:07:48 AM     (No. 9089904)

Roughly 8% cut... I wonder how much there bodget went UP over the last two year? Let happen start firing people!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/30/2012 10:50:25 AM     (No. 9089981)

Turn off the TVs...this is more hyped "crisis" to be used as an "opportunity" by this administration, with the full cooperation of the Republican leadership that brought us to this point.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Gretchen, 12/30/2012 10:58:57 AM     (No. 9089991)

Where are the Republicans some ask?

Playing Good Cop, Bad Cop.



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Reply 14 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/30/2012 11:07:39 AM     (No. 9090001)

Go over the cliff. Make everyone pay more taxes (only 10% of the revenue will come from the rich). Let Sequestration force spending cut. When the debt limit discussions start, declare that the President has 452 billion in new revenue for 2013 and each coming year, all he needs to do in find another 700 billion to cut. Maybe he can go back and look at the 2008 budget.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rplat, 12/30/2012 11:13:50 AM     (No. 9090017)

This poor sick, dysfunctional nation is rotting from its core.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/30/2012 11:20:22 AM     (No. 9090025)

The only thing that I don´t like is cutting the Defense budget. Defense has already been cut to the bone for the last 20yrs or so that it cannot effectively defend our country. If anything, it needs to be built up just like Regan did.

Beyond that, I don´t really care if a lot of federal "employees" get burned. As a former federal employee, I can personally testify to the ineptness and outright laziness of a large percentage of federal employees. They just love the pay and perks and retirement bennies that go with it. So, cut away. Most people won´t feel much pain anyway.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: shalimar, 12/30/2012 11:38:56 AM     (No. 9090047)

Watch for a deal around 2 a.m. Monday morning Dec 31.

Have seen this game before, so glad I don´t live in DC anymore.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 12/30/2012 12:05:13 PM     (No. 9090079)

Cliff diving is a sport in some nations. Our Dear Leader, in addition to being a medical expert, a financial expert, a political expert, a diplomatic genius, and a mortgage expert is now going to teach our nation how to cliff dive.

You voted for him, America. Happy landing. Enjoy the taxes.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: snichols, 12/30/2012 12:08:11 PM     (No. 9090084)

#16, we support the military too, but I think they could probably take a 20% cut and still have too much money. Remember, zero based budgeting? There is tremendous waste in all government departments, and defense is no different.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mulhaven, 12/30/2012 12:52:19 PM     (No. 9090143)

Sequestration is a start. The House should cut budgets for all unconstitutional expenses, like health and environment. They should not touch the only legitimate expenditure - that is defence. The issue is not that taxes are too low, rather it is that spending is catastrophically high. If these numb nut politicians do understand this, then Americans are doomed.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Republic Can, 12/30/2012 1:04:50 PM     (No. 9090161)

Sequestration is the jewel obama has brought his foreign friends. That "never gonna happen" remark presaged the real prize behind this sham negotiation of angels on a pinhead.

He has big things planned for us.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NMPatriot, 12/30/2012 1:33:58 PM     (No. 9090201)

Comrade ObaMao´s economic war against capitalism and the American people grows exponentially as the Propaganda Ministry deftly lies and hides it for him.

We cannot keep sheltering ourselves from the cost of our new nation of men which is much more expensive in all ways than a nation of God´s laws. That is why failing to fix the looming "fiscal cliff" will ultimately be for the best.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 12/30/2012 2:30:41 PM     (No. 9090259)

The sequestration is a small step in the right direction. I´m not sure there are any real cuts anyway. Probably just reductions in future increases. If our economy is that dependent of government spending, then this process should have started decades ago.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: steveW, 12/30/2012 4:52:48 PM     (No. 9090381)

If the MSM were actual slaves, and Obama owned them, how would they be acting any differently? He could tell them to "report" that Republicans are the actual spawn of satan or that Mao was history´s greatest humanitarian, and they would do so. Slaves.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: M Stuart, 12/30/2012 6:55:44 PM     (No. 9090492)

How´s that "Gang of Six" stupidity working out for them?

I´m sick of the back room deals between four Congressional leaders and 0bama. I want C-Span coverage and hearings!

If Congress is only going to work the week before the year end, they need their budget cut to 1/52 of its present amount instead of getting raises this past week compliments of the Spender-in-Chief!

Actually if only four people are needed, they can cut it again down to reflect a staff of four!




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