The White House warned Friday that allowing the $85 billion sequester to happen would devastate the economy and disrupt the everyday lives of millions of people.In a move intended to intensify pressure on Congress to prevent looming spending cuts set for March 1, White House officials told reporters the cuts would hamper law enforcement, hurt federal education programs, withhold mental health services and furlough thousands of workers.The officials also said there would be nothing they could do to soften the pain if the sequester happens.
Comments: You must go deep down in the article to read a bit about what the ´Republican´ folks are saying.
85 Billion dollars in a 3.6 TRILLION dollar budget is damned near a rounding error. One percent of 3.6 trillion dollars is like 36 billion dollars. If they had done their jobs and passed budgets for FY2010, FY2011, FY2012 and FY2013 the budget for this yaer would be around 3 Trillion dollars. Instead the trillion dollars of stimulus spending that the dems added onto George Bush´s 2009 budget has been rolled over each year in the continuing resolutions. How the heck do you think they´re paying for all the safety net expansion that´s gone on the last four years? The huge increase in Food Stamp eligibility, all the new people on disability benefits, the 2 years of unemployment benefits and all the other goodies? It´s Stimulus redux and re-redux and re-re-redux and re-re-re-redux.
Anything that cuts government spending can only help us. I don´t care if the post office is only open three days a week, I don´t use it anyway. I don´t care if the NEA closes down, they have done more to harm education than anybody. I don´t care if obama´s aunt zootie gets her taxpayer supported home pulled out from under her. I don´t care if the EPA can´t save the wetland that exists on the other side of the railroad tracks, frogs can live anywhere.
This kenyan fool has disrupted life in this country for at least the next two generations already.
No problem...just wait and see. Between the white house and the medi, this will all be turned around and blamed on the Republicans. And they, spineless as they are, will sit back and let it happen and not even defend themselves. I´m done, done, done with ALL of them. This nation is DOOMED.
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes... The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
And that´s just day one! Panic is setting in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Obama is exploiting this situation to turn the public against the idea of spending cuts because that´s what republicans are running on.I seriously doubt domestic programs will suffer that much but the military contractors will and obama doesn´t care about them.
Obama´s only solution to this is another round of tax increases,once again putting republicans on the spot for thousands of lay offs.This is not a winner for us at all.
The whole culture of hate against the republicans has to do with budget cuts and Obama means to make them pay by blaming them for the bad economy.
There shouldn´t be anyone in the USA that doesn´t believe the feds waste billions and billions each year. A 20% cut from all department budgets would hardly cause a ripple of really needed things. Get rid of the sex studies of wasps, etc.
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