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The Impact of the Sequester on Communities Across America (Bring a crying towel & a bucket)
The Center for American Progress ^ | February 22, 2013 | Anna Chu

Posted on 02/23/2013 4:36:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

In just one week our nation faces yet another manufactured fiscal crisis. This time a refusal to compromise by conservative leaders in Congress would lead to massive, damaging across-the-board spending cuts on March 1, potentially dragging the economy back into recession and hurting American families by slashing critical investments in job training, public health, and public safety.

The spending cuts, also known as the “sequester,” are a direct result of a long push by conservatives to take the nation’s economy hostage in order to secure massive, harmful spending cuts. In the summer of 2011, in exchange for agreeing to pay America’s bills, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) negotiated the deal that wrote the sequester into law, stating that he had gotten 98 percent of what he wanted. Though there is a concerted effort to blame the president for the sequester, no amount of whitewashing can erase the fact that many conservative members of Congress voted for this plan.

Under the terms of the sequester, federal spending would be cut by $1.2 trillion from March 2013 to March 2021. States stand to lose billions of dollars in critical grants needed to fund everything from schools to new police officers to parks. In fiscal year 2013 alone, states stand to lose an estimated $6.4 billion in federal funding...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: boehner; congress; demagogicparty; obama; partisanmediashills; sequester
Six and a half billion dollars in Washington is about six bits to you and me.
1 posted on 02/23/2013 4:36:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The ones laid off are all thinking “We're going to Disney Land!”
2 posted on 02/23/2013 4:48:52 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
critical grants needed to fund everything from schools to new police officers to parks.

Not the parks! Anything but the parks!

OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!
3 posted on 02/23/2013 4:50:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

If it will be anything like the “government shut-down” in the 90s, there will be a booming business at the shopping centers around Washington DC.
This melodrama is pathetic.


4 posted on 02/23/2013 4:56:26 PM PST by Kanzan
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5 posted on 02/23/2013 5:00:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I met my Congressman this week and when he asked about our feelings on the Sequester, I pointed at him and said heck yes. He was not expecting my response.


6 posted on 02/23/2013 5:01:00 PM PST by Dacula (Obama will send women into combat, but not let his son (if he had one) play football.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Though there is a concerted effort to blame the president for the sequester, no amount of whitewashing can erase the fact that many conservative members of Congress voted for this plan.

Carefully constructed weasel words.

Bob Woodward sez the sequester came straight from the White House. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bob-woodward-obamas-sequester-deal-changer/2013/02/22/c0b65b5e-7ce1-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_print.html

7 posted on 02/23/2013 5:05:42 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lay off everbody at EPA and really save us some money.


8 posted on 02/23/2013 5:12:54 PM PST by umgud
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...and hurting American families by slashing critical investments in job training, public health, and public safety."

AKA programs that are notorious for infiltrating and breaking working class families, and certain anti-family constituent groups are probably exaggerating/lying about the likely effect on federal funding (pork) those anti-social programs. Not enough. Spending needs to be cut far more than that, and will, one way or another (default process).


9 posted on 02/23/2013 5:17:07 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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"Six and a half billion dollars in Washington is about six bits to you and me."

It's worth gobs to the local-yocal employees of federal pork, who are watching their neighbors closely to regulate (see fees, fines, real property thefts, etc.) to prevent any do-it-yourself projects and small, new manufacturing shops, though. They are the link between the federal government and certain busybody neighbors, and they must be paid plenty to keep an eye on you.


10 posted on 02/23/2013 5:25:29 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: cripplecreek

>>Not the parks! Anything but the parks!

When I was a kid in the 70’s, a “park” was any lot that didn’t have a building on it. Today, those lots are fenced and posted because of liability laws. Enact tort reform so “the chilluns” can play outside again!

We don’t need federal money for parks. We need free range children.


11 posted on 02/23/2013 5:27:25 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: upchuck

Did the democrat senate vote for this plan, or is the author somehow trying to whitewash that little factiod?

Did the democrat president sign it into law, or is that to be whitewasged over, too?

Nah, somehow it was the evil conservatives, I tell you.


12 posted on 02/23/2013 5:40:43 PM PST by patton (Tinker toys, watches, and shiny things - we all sell rocks for a living.)
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They ignore the two house bills sitting on dingy harry’s desk. Frankly I really don’t give a damn. Maybe they could be smart and lay off McLame and Schummer. Perhaps lay off 10 a week until they wake up and propose real cuts in spending.


13 posted on 02/23/2013 5:49:19 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: familyop

We tried to get my stepson into Job Corps when he was 18 for training in low voltage wiring. He’s 23 now working at Sears for minimum wage. We still haven’t heard a peep from them.


14 posted on 02/23/2013 5:49:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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This is all cover, for when 0m0slem defunds the EBT cards, and blames whitey.

Like Donkey Kong!


If you haven't stocked up on food and precious metals (Pb) you'd better hurry up!

15 posted on 02/23/2013 5:53:44 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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If Bronco is gonna talk tough he better be man enough to pull the trigger.

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16 posted on 02/23/2013 6:03:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kanzan

Yes what a success that Government Shutdown was in the 90’s....the Republicans ended up with a reelected Bill Clinton. Great job Einstein.


17 posted on 02/23/2013 6:34:15 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Bryanw92

Yes not being able to use the parks in the dead of winter is a tragedy beyond comprehension. The last time I heard something this awful was when I heard that poor Sandra Fluke and her boyfriend couldn’t afford a condom with both their life savings combined


18 posted on 02/23/2013 6:39:16 PM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have not been able to grasp what ‘sequestering’ means specifically as to the budget expenditures. I thought at one time I knew what ‘sequestering’ meant but all this talk about budget items has me befuddled. Couldn’t even put the pieces together after checking reference works. I’m guessing the understanding lays in understanding DC political talk.


19 posted on 02/23/2013 7:08:51 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: Blackirish

Hehehe. I know, our parks won’t be ready for months - and they are already borderline ready to close forever and ever and ever.

I just watched a local news broadcast where they claimed our miniscule and utterly unimpressive and unimportant county airport would SUFFER from loss of air traffic controllers. And maybe have some delays. Then they HAD to also report that on speaking to some other airport bigwigs at the next over airport, or whatever, they were told that no flights would be canceled and any delays would be slight. Also, they were forced to admit that the airport bigwig said that there would be NO safety issue as a result. They wore sad faces.


20 posted on 02/23/2013 7:10:48 PM PST by Ladysforest
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To: Bryanw92

‘__________free range children.’

Great phrase - and so true!
Alas, today’s climate affords the kids little of this.


21 posted on 02/23/2013 8:03:58 PM PST by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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To: cripplecreek

Nice! I love the addition of manbearpig to that variant of the *.gif.


22 posted on 02/23/2013 8:05:39 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: cripplecreek

They misspelled “perks”


23 posted on 02/24/2013 8:12:41 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Blackirish

>>Yes not being able to use the parks in the dead of winter is a tragedy beyond comprehension.

At first, I didn’t understand this comment. I’m in Florida, so the dead of winter isn’t so bad that I can’t use the park.


24 posted on 02/24/2013 10:42:15 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: umgud

Defund the EPA and watch them scream. It would cover the sequester and then some. Plus all the rest of enviro-whacko-hypicrites would show themselves.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 12:08:14 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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