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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Obama's Sequester Plan: Dread on Arrival

Tony Perkins, FRC Washington Update: Yesterday, the White House pulled one of the oldest stunts in the liberal handbook: if the facts don't work in your favor, just scare people with ridiculous claims about what cutting government spending will do. With an emergency medical first responder team as his backdrop, President Obama painted a bleak picture of the country after March 1, when the first wave of sequester cuts is scheduled to hit. "[First responders'] ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go..."

It wasn't exactly Joe Biden's "stop these cuts or there will be more rapes and murders," but President Armageddon, as the Wall Street Journal calls him, did his best sky-is-falling routine. It's an old ploy, Kim Strassel points out, designed to frighten people into supporting government spending. In reality, "voters should scoff at the idea that a $3.6 trillion government can't save one nickel of every dollar [it] spends."

Apart from frightening people, it seems the White House has no legitimate strategy for ending a "crisis" that, ironically, it helped create. While the President complains that these cuts "are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy, they will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls," he seems to forget that he's the one who invented the idea. But instead of showing leadership and offering up solutions for true reform, the President is trying to panic people. Veterans will go hungry, the administration claims, meat will spoil, poor people will be kicked out of their homes, schools won't have teachers, the mentally ill won't be treated. President Obama even argued that the cuts would "jeopardize our military readiness"--something he's never minded before, based on how he's imposed his radical social policy on our nation's troops.

"We agree the sequester is a bad way to cut spending," said Speaker John Boehner's office. "That's why we've twice passed a plan to replace it with common sense cuts and reforms that don't threaten our security, safety, and economy. A solution now requires the Senate--controlled by the President's party--to finally pass a plan of their own."

In the meantime, Speaker Boehner explains, these cataclysmic events are mostly for show. There are plenty of ways to replace the $87 billion in cuts without raising taxes or letting criminals on the loose. "The President got his higher taxes--$600 billion from higher earners, with no spending cuts--at the end of 2012. He also got higher taxes via ObamaCare... No one should be talking about raising taxes when the government is still paying people to play videogames, giving folks free cell phones, and buying $47,000 cigarette-smoking machines. Washington must get serious about its spending problem." Surely a government that gives food stamps to lottery winners can find a few ways to save.

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Anonymous Morris Troglin said...

Don't take a cup of water out of the swimming pool or it will go dry and everyone will hit the bottom.

Blogger Bill Smith said...

Exactly - like they are not spending more than enough already. Cut a few staffers!

Anonymous Josie Atkinson said...

Bill Smith, hundreds & soon thousands of layoffs @ Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas. This is no joke! For people that still HAVE THEIR JOBS & HEALTH INSURANCE, the sequester means nothing. Well my family is suffering!!! So wish Romney/ Ryan had been elected!!!!

The pain & suffering are very real!

Blogger Bill Smith said...

Josie, You are right. And there is no excuse for Obama not getting Sen. harry Reid to work with the House to cut the real pork.

But neither POTUS Obama or liberals like the DOD.

Anonymous Josie Atkinson said...

Well Gentlemen, my son in law WORKED for Red River
Army Depot until last Thursday. Him & hundreds other FAMILY MEN have joined the ranks of unemployed & uninsured with 3 little girls to feed & dress. Damn straight it MATTERS TO MY FAMILY!!! Of course, if you & your kids still HAVE YOUR JOBS, the Sequester means nothing to you!!! It IS devastating to all these guys & ladies that ARE WILLING TO WORK!!! So laugh it up, but YOU & YOURS MAY BE NEXT!!!!! As before, pain & suffering are very real!

Blogger Bill Smith said...

Josie, As I responded in previously to you, Obama could have gotten with Sen. Harry Reid and had him work with House Republicans to cut real fat. But he and other liberals do not like the military or DOD.

I learned today that DOD is not firing people to meet the sequester but the are furloughing people. They are laid off one day a week which is a 20% pay cut far more than the average 2% reduction in spending that is required.

However, they are not fired and still have all their medical benefits.

Can you find out if the cuts at Red River are due to the draw down in the Middle East and in Afghanistan? We are coming out of a war and many Civilians both government and contractors will be losing their jobs due to the military draw down and not the sequestration process.

Regardless, this seriously affects American workers and their families. This happens at the end of every war. Unfortunately our economy is in the tanks and the economy is not providing enough new jobs needed to cover Americans being laid off, solders returning home and being discharged, and Obama's administration refusing to deport illegals and now their proposal for amnesty for illegals -- thus taking up more American jobs.

After WWII, this same situation was the primary reason, President Eisenhower deported illegals from our country. See .

Blogger Bill Smith said...

My Comments do not mean, I am hard of heart. I feel for willing and able workers being laid off. And their families!

The damage to our economy by this administration will cause many of them further hardship verses giving them new opportunities in new jobs. The result is progressive liberalism at its worst damaging the very lives it claimed to be helping. President Obama is blocking the X_L Pipeline (JOBS), blocking off shore drilling (JOBS), harassing businesses with new regulations and forcing Obamacare cost on everyone (loss of more jobs).

Anonymous Josie Atkinson said...

I agree with you 1,000% Bill Smith!!


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