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Obama has some options to
soften pain from ‘sequester’ cuts

Washington Times [DC], by Dave Boyer

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/21/2013 5:00:48 PM

Despite President Obama’s dire warnings of “brutal” budget slashing if automatic spending cuts hit March 1, federal agencies do have some wiggle room to soften the brunt of the cuts. Budget analysts say the government can take steps to postpone the impact of the so-called sequester budget cuts — such as delaying the announcement of new contracts, not filling open positions and delaying the announcement of new federal grants — that would not affect vital government services in the short term. As the deadline approaches, President Obama on Thursday telephoned House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Senate

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/21/2013 5:21:48 PM     (No. 9189585)

But Obama doesn´t want to soften the impact. He will select areas of maximum distress to the most people and cut them. And try to blame it on Republicans.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dman, 2/21/2013 5:33:56 PM     (No. 9189602)

He will maximize voters´ pain at his own political peril. It will be interesting to see what he does after the sequestration is in place.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 2/21/2013 6:04:57 PM     (No. 9189659)

As I understand, sequester is less than 3% of the budget, so doesn´t sound like a problem to me. Unless you want to use it as a blunt instrument to get your way. Let the sequester begin...........!!!!

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