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Sequestration: Obama
trapped by his own tactic

Washington Times, by James Valvo

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/28/2013 10:22:48 PM

President Obama is riding a pretty long, unbroken streak of policy victories that is scheduled to come to an end this week. The $85 billion sequester that will reduce spending by a scant 2.4 percent marks the first serious misstep by a president who is overseeing the largest expansion of federal government intervention in the economy in two generations. Mr. Obama has either expanded federal control or protected hard-fought gains during his time in office. He hasn’t gotten everything he wanted, to be sure, but this looks like his first step backward.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nimby, 2/28/2013 10:24:32 PM     (No. 9201846)

As long as he has water carriers who hide his atrocities, the King will carry on!

Reply 2 - Posted by: Patriot Forever, 2/28/2013 10:53:40 PM     (No. 9201879)

I can hardly believe the Republicans have not yet caved. Of course they still have a few more hours...




Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 2/28/2013 11:44:53 PM     (No. 9201916)

I´m not quite as optimistic as Mr. Valvo, but it´s a baby step in the right direction.

Just don´t cave, Republicans: Embrace it. The CR is the real fight - standing firm here will help set it up.

Reply 4 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 3/1/2013 12:00:47 AM     (No. 9201934)

Its not a decrease in spending. Its a decrease in the rate of increase of spending.

Reply 5 - Posted by: DaBigGuy, 3/1/2013 12:17:48 AM     (No. 9201943)

Looks like his first step barackward? Is the writer kidding? So would that mean forward steps include $6 trillion in new debt, arming Mexican drug lords to kill hundreds, cash for clunkers, green energy bankruptcies, higher taxes, a stagnant economy, endless increases of welfare to the slothful, high unemplyment, incompetent Cabinet criminals, class warfare and the war on prosperity, a nonexistent work ethic, doubled gas prices, the downgrade, and the ghastly ZeroCare?

But hey, it´s after midnight on the east coast and the world hasn´t blown up yet, so what do you say we chop up some more budgets? Air Force One´s travel itinerary would be a good start.

Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 3/1/2013 12:22:26 AM     (No. 9201945)

If the GOP leaders fold on sequesteration they will never win on funding in March.

And if the House GOP can´t stick together nothing will be gained either tomorrow or later.

Despite his track record Boehner is the only chance of reining in Obama.

Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/1/2013 3:40:34 AM     (No. 9202010)

I´m worried about the sun coming up Sat. morning unless there´s a last minute deal to raise taxes.We´re liable to be struck by an asteroid because space observation has been cut.

USDA workers will get to sleep at home instead of on the job which could lead to poison horsemeat finding it´s way to grocery shelves..

They could lay off border agents along the Canadian border,even at the risk of Mexicans slipping through.




Reply 8 - Posted by: Janjan, 3/1/2013 6:39:52 AM     (No. 9202101)

Obama overplayed his hand on this one. No doubt based on more bad advice from his handler ValJar. It won´t stop him. His entire plot falls apart if he can´t manage to get a huge tax increase. That is the wealth redistribution that will be his true legacy. Step one destroy the economy and add millions to the government dole. Step two make everyone else poor paying for it. He has no intention of giving up on that dream.

Reply 9 - Posted by: beca, 3/1/2013 6:53:14 AM     (No. 9202116)

they arent going to cave

Reply 10 - Posted by: reilly, 3/1/2013 7:20:06 AM     (No. 9202146)

Direct from Iowahawk:
Mass hysteria at Kroger as eggs no longer USDA size-graded.
And my favorite:
Millions stranded in California desert with no access to high speed rail!

Reply 11 - Posted by: OhMy, 3/1/2013 7:57:45 AM     (No. 9202221)

Obama is still the community organizer whose goal is to push those in power to do what they want. He doesn´t want to take responsibility so if Boehner caves in too fast he doubles down on his demands so there will be no agreement with his name on it. With this crisis even Boehner has learned not to deal with him. A leader takes responsibility and gives credit but Obama takes credit and gives responsibility - ( Blame to the GOP ). Obamas sequester scare strategy to resist cuts is no different than any municipal government cutting the most important government services first but leave the waste and bloat untouched. The disasters he predicts could actually happen if the spending he defends is not cut by much more that the 2% now at stake!

Reply 12 - Posted by: saucy, 3/1/2013 8:08:34 AM     (No. 9202237)

#4 - Exactly.

AND...they will still spend MORE this year than last year!!!!!




Reply 13 - Posted by: rmagnus, 3/1/2013 8:23:28 AM     (No. 9202268)

Where Obama missed this one is that those who take from the government don´t care about government employees they only care about the check or the EBT card they get. As long as the checks keep coming they could care less about the people behind the scenes or in other agencies that they don´t take from.

If his sequester deal had included cuts to food stamps and medicaid then the LoFo´s would be rioting. Since Obama dreamed up the sequester he didn´t want to propose cuts to those programs so he targeted the Republican sacred cows. The Republicans finally grew a pair and now he´s in a box.

Reply 14 - Posted by: Music Man, 3/1/2013 8:27:52 AM     (No. 9202280)

I really miss Al Capp and Walt Kelley. They could always provide comic relief from the antics of the Federal Gooberment.

At the next general election "I Go Pogo".


Reply 15 - Posted by: Grambo, 3/1/2013 8:33:50 AM     (No. 9202288)

Maybe someone will slip an XL Pipeline across the border during sequestration.

Reply 16 - Posted by: LZK, 3/1/2013 8:36:48 AM     (No. 9202294)

I´m surprised -- as well - poster #2 that the pubbies haven´t run from the room crying.....

But -- this could be counted as a victory of some sort....

Bet -- ole bloomie of NY isn´t enjoying his coffee this morning. He lost a big one after his big win in Chicago....


Reply 17 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 3/1/2013 8:44:11 AM     (No. 9202313)

Some how Wiley Coyote will escape blame and some how the Republicans will be blamed. That´s been the script for awhile.
The Republicans don´t seem to have any boulders to drop on Wiley´s head.




Reply 18 - Posted by: Rinktum, 3/1/2013 8:51:05 AM     (No. 9202334)

Since Boehner and his bunch have a track record that is less than sterling, I expect they will, once again, cave at the last minute. A "group of" who have been working in secret will come riding to the rescue to save us all from the catastrophe that is coming. They will smile and sanctimoniously pat each other on the back for their bipartisan compromise. The media will cheer. All will be well. Obama will preen. Best of all, we get to do this all again and again because Obama will make sure he never runs out of crises.

Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/1/2013 8:59:21 AM     (No. 9202351)

I would bet that when Obama first cooked up this Sequestration scheme 5 or 6 months ago, he never in his wildest imagination thought that republicans would actually take him up on his bluff. After all, no one has ever believed his bluster in the past, have they?

This has been quite amusing to watch him dangle by his own petard. I have always wondered what that looked like. Now we all do. Imagine how bad this would be for him if the media wasn´t covering for him.

Reply 20 - Posted by: nekochan, 3/1/2013 9:28:54 AM     (No. 9202411)

Poster #2 said it first, and perfectly.

Reply 21 - Posted by: fed-up, 3/1/2013 9:35:35 AM     (No. 9202429)

There´s not only cracks in the plan Obama pushed on the public, but cracks starting in the media. It might not come to anything, but it had to start sometime.

I don´t think there´s any way that the pubbies cave now. They are all up for re-election again too soon, and at some point they must realize, that unlike most of Obama´s lofo voters, theirs are paying attention.

Reply 22 - Posted by: stryker714, 3/1/2013 10:00:07 AM     (No. 9202487)

Things aren´t looking too good. We have been sold out to: George Soros, the Saudis, Muslim Brotherhood with CPUSA going along with Obama´s agenda. We´ve been losing ground against communism since the 1950´s. The Republicans are the last line. Let´s hope they don´t cave. We need something to help turn the tide our way for a change.

No wonder Obama had his college records sealed, he never finished anything. Is this the new normal, having this financial debate come up every few months while the country suffers for other unresolved important matters? It´s really getting old and boring.



Reply 23 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/1/2013 10:24:59 AM     (No. 9202542)

It´s about time someone stood up to this self-absorbed infant with entitlement issues.

If bad things happen, it´s because it´s more important to him to "get his way" than to act like a responsible adult.

Reply 24 - Posted by: RancherJack, 3/1/2013 10:30:56 AM     (No. 9202561)

Majority of "Americans" don´t care, don´t understand.

WaTimes is smoking fine rope if they think the facts are getting through.

Reply 25 - Posted by: ocjim, 3/1/2013 11:52:21 AM     (No. 9202780)

Pride goeth before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proverbs 16:18

Guess Barry was sleeping during that sermon too.

Reply 26 - Posted by: suncitypro, 3/1/2013 12:04:39 PM     (No. 9202817)

RancherJack hit the nail on the head--
Most Americans don´t care nor do they understand. Spot on!

Reply 27 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 3/1/2013 12:16:41 PM     (No. 9202864)

It has really taken a long time for Congressional Republicans to figure out Obama´s shenanigans.

Pubbies are like a rather homely girl who finds herself being courted by the captain of the football team. She wants, with all her heart, to believe he finds her interesting, when all he wants to do is _______(you fill in the blank).

Only when Ms Homely sees him laughing about her behind her back and snuggling up to the Prom Queen, does it dawn on her that he was only interested in her because she appeared "easy".

Once Ms Homely shakes herself out of her stupor and denial does she begin to fight back in ways that will let others know what a cad he is.

She has vowed to herself that others will learn that the smart guy, who played skillfully for years and was a loyal team member who loves his school, should have become the captain of the team. They will see that this fancy-pants, showoff, who only played in a few games and didn´t really play all that well, is just fancier than the smart/loyal guy.

Reply 28 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/1/2013 2:44:37 PM     (No. 9203200)

I´m watching. My check book is in my hand, ready to send in my RNC donation- but, let one Republican scamper, the check will never see the inside of an envelope!

Reply 29 - Posted by: Marzon, 3/1/2013 4:20:09 PM     (No. 9203379)

The way I see it Zippy wins either way. If the Republicans cave he gets higher taxes and higher spending. If they hold firm than all bad economic news from this day forward will be blamed on the Republicans for not compromising to aviod the sequester. The media will parrot that line and ignore all the other economy wrecking policies this jerk has implmented (Health Control bill, EPA Madness, Drilling Permitoriam, Dodd-Frank, etc. etc.

Reply 30 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 3/1/2013 5:26:09 PM     (No. 9203488)

It maye time to get on the phone and thank the Republicans for not retreating (yet again).

It is hard to resist the leftwing media onslaught; Repubs need to hear when they do the right thing.

Wondering... will BO´s vacation budget be reduced, too? No more 7 million dollar vacays?

Reply 31 - Posted by: cgood, 3/1/2013 7:41:46 PM     (No. 9203669)

People will care about sequestration because the media is going to whip them into a frenzy. Tonight I watched a snippet of the local news. Students who receive federal grants in Illinois just received last minute notice that they must complete pages upon pages of forms before tomorrow to remain eligible for their financial aid. You can imagine the hysteria reported in this story. It´s just starting and we´re going to be going insane hearing all the lies and watching this administration using sequestration as a club to beat us all down.

Reply 32 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 3/1/2013 8:01:12 PM     (No. 9203689)

Good one for Boehner and McConnell. Although this so-called $85 million of increased spending will now be cut (I thought it was actually $44 billion), the over-spending will continue..big time just 2.4% less.

Obie will just have to look past Mooschelle tonight and open a can of corned beef hash for dinnner tonight and get over it, beaten and done for the week; you hear, Barak?

Reply 33 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 3/1/2013 9:50:51 PM     (No. 9203800)

# 19, look up the word PETARD. It is not what you think.

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If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But

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