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White House Lists 'Doomsday' Budget Cuts
Yahoo News ^ | 09/15/2012 | Devin Dwyer

Posted on 09/15/2012 7:22:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Obama administration today laid out on paper - 400 pages of it - the details of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that would take effect at the end of the year unless Congress strikes a deal. The picture is not pretty.

Billions of dollars would be slashed from defense operations and maintenance programs, says the administration. Medicare would take a two-percent hit, trimming millions in payouts to health care providers. Scientific research programs would be gutted. Aid for the poor and needy would be sharply curtailed.

More than a billion dollars would even be wiped from the State Department's diplomatic and consular program, including $127 million for embassy security, construction and maintenance and $2 million for the protection of foreign missions and officials, according to the document.

"The report leaves no question that the sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions," the administration writes in the report, which was submitted to Congress as required by law.

"Sequestration" is the technical name for the across-the-board spending cuts that were agreed to by bipartisan majorities in both chambers of Congress last year as a penalty for failing to achieve a deficit reduction plan. They take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, unless lawmakers come up with a different plan totaling $1.2 trillion.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: budget; deficit

1 posted on 09/15/2012 7:22:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Blame Harry Reid..”over and over and over.


2 posted on 09/15/2012 7:24:20 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wouldn’t it be funny if the cuts were actually made and nobody noticed the difference?

The cuts won’t happen.


3 posted on 09/15/2012 7:24:30 AM PDT by lurk
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To: EQAndyBuzz

What we need is OcommieCare.


4 posted on 09/15/2012 7:25:06 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Wealth = Net Worth ///// Income = Net Work)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

What we need is OcommieCare. /s


5 posted on 09/15/2012 7:25:28 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Wealth = Net Worth ///// Income = Net Work)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Military budget could be managed better, but the reckless way in which this would be implemented isn’t in the best interest of National Security.


6 posted on 09/15/2012 7:26:24 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
These cuts are inevitable.

The dhimmis are going to scare people into believing that if only we could strike a deal w/ the dirty GOP, the cuts could be avoided.

The cuts cannot be avoided are are just the beginning.

7 posted on 09/15/2012 7:26:50 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: SeekAndFind

So, what’s the down side?!?


8 posted on 09/15/2012 7:27:47 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

My conclusion: One of the most Idiot-ridden administration’s in US presidential history. Stay tuned cause they are not finished. =.=


9 posted on 09/15/2012 7:27:53 AM PDT by cranked
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To: SeekAndFind

So, what’s the down side?!?


10 posted on 09/15/2012 7:28:04 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Son House

We don’t need National Security.

All we need is Social Security.


11 posted on 09/15/2012 7:29:57 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: ecomcon; All
Also, the reckless way in which this would be implemented is intended, to cut the Military, as an incentive for Republicans to strike a compromise with Democrats on the super-committee. Why would anyone even present such a bad idea?
12 posted on 09/15/2012 7:42:18 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
Last paragraph of the article, emphasis mine:How much are they cutting SSI, food stamps, free cell phones, Family Independence (cash to spend as the welfare folks see fit), etc?
13 posted on 09/15/2012 7:51:16 AM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Any cut from Mochelle kitty?


14 posted on 09/15/2012 8:10:34 AM PDT by jennychase
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To: SeekAndFind

And, at the same time....the spending on social programs, etc goes up something like 35%!!!!!!!!!!!


15 posted on 09/15/2012 8:11:48 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Pietro
RHINO Boner is NOT going to let cuts take place. He just passed a CR yesterday. These are the only issues the GOP can stand firm on, and Boner has NO INTENTION of standing firm on anything that will hurt his new golfing buddy.
16 posted on 09/15/2012 8:39:15 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Haiku Guy
So, what’s the down side?!?

You reduce your ability to fight two major wars at a time to one, and then you find yourself in two major wars.

I would find having to learn Chinese or Arabic to be a downside. I have enough trouble with English.

17 posted on 09/15/2012 9:17:54 AM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The sequester was designed to be bad policy,” said Carney. “To be onerous. To be objectionable to both Democrats and Republicans.”

http://www.wbur.org/npr/161169008/white-house-details-2013-cuts-if-congress-doesnt-avert-fiscal-cliff


18 posted on 09/15/2012 10:13:08 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: SeekAndFind
The picture is not pretty.

Billions of dollars would be slashed from defense operations...

Reapportion what is left. Renegotiate that $20 million being spent in Afghanistan for firewood.

... and maintenance programs, says the administration.

I always have to prioritize the maintenance around my place. Should be the same around "the administration's" place.

Medicare would take a two-percent hit, trimming millions in payouts to health care providers.

"Millions" is a lot of money, but it ain't like it is all coming out of Marcus Welby's pocket alone. It is 2%, spread across the spectrum of providers.

Scientific research programs would be gutted.

Gutted? How about slowed down. Some of them should be dropped, anyway.

Aid for the poor and needy would be sharply curtailed.

This is a tuffy. Jesus did tell us, however that the poor will always be with us. However, if "aid" isn't "curtailed sharply" now, it will be eliminated later.

More than a billion dollars would even be wiped from the State Department's diplomatic and consular program, ...

Does this include foreign aid to places like egypt and libya?

...including $127 million for embassy security, construction and maintenance and $2 million for the protection of foreign missions and officials, according to the document.

Particularly poignant right now, huh? Turns out the bastages weren't appropriately using the money for security as it was. The money shouldn't be missed. Beyond that, lay off 1/2 of the State Department's complement of employees. That will leave fewer meddlers on the payroll.

"The report leaves no question that the sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions," the administration writes in the report, which was submitted to Congress as required by law.

This should read, "...deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions as we have known them.

Administration, get ready to meet your new world.

19 posted on 09/15/2012 11:02:20 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: RobinOfKingston

Well said and I like the idea more all the time. There should be more cuts and programs killed-—plenty of room in AG, EPA, DOJ, ED, and every other department I can think of. Much defense spending is long-lead-time and would get itself corrected before any real damage gets done. But Rand Paul pointed out just this week that if spending could just be frozen at current levels the budget would balance in about 8 years. I ask for a freeze every time I write to a politician but so far I seem to be the only one. One good tick up in interest rates tho and this whole 16 trillion dollar card house is coming down without serious cutbacks.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 11:32:47 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: SeekAndFind

obama wants the cuts. He can use it as a campaign issue plus it hurts the country’s security.


21 posted on 09/15/2012 11:41:26 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: seowulf
You reduce your ability to fight two major wars at a time to one, and then you find yourself in two major wars.

So, you're saying the military is super-efficient and just can't do it with less money? Every dollar spent is spent wisely and to maximum effect?

Wait a minute... We're talking US military here, right?

22 posted on 09/15/2012 2:55:51 PM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Navy will have a fleet the same size as in 1915, but with aluminum ships like the floating turkey LCS.


23 posted on 09/15/2012 3:00:58 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Blame Harry Reid..”over and over and over.


Boehner isn’t smart enough to do that.
He is MIA.
He can’t find a microphone or a vid cam to get in front of.
OTOH, Obama and Reid will find some and camp out with them to repeat how it’s Boehner’s and congress’ fault.


24 posted on 09/15/2012 3:32:15 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: Haiku Guy

I’ve seen military organasations from the inside for a couple of decades, and I’ve dealt with large corporations for about that amount of time as well.

The military is no more or less efficient than any other large organization. Of course there is waste and it is mostly the waste that is forced on it just like the waste that is forced on private companies.

The military spends an ungodly amount of money on things like environmental compliance, and if they don’t comply, they spend it on fines to the EPA and state regulators.

That is only one example. Another is the waste in the contracting process that if forced on it by the law; small contractors, minority contractor, disabled contractor preferences and the lawsuits that come from them if everything is not performed to a 20,000 page manual.

In effect the regulations cause most of the inefficiency and unless those are changed and you cut $1T from the defense budget, you just might find yourself wondering where the military is when you need them. They are talking of mothballing a couple of carrier battle groups already.

If you want to live with a reduced capability, OK. I can live with it too. Just know what it means.


25 posted on 09/15/2012 4:14:22 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, the Pentagon doesn’t need bullets; the Social Security Administration needs bullets. I thought everyone was clear on that.


26 posted on 09/15/2012 6:11:34 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SeekAndFind

Scientific research programs would be gutted.


Bet the Voyager probe would be turned off just as it’s getting close to interstellar space. And they would turn off the Opportunity and Curiosity Mars rovers. Hell, they would probably shut down NASA completely. Anyway, we don’t need no stinkin scientificy research. Thats for nerds and dorks. And it’s all run by commie mooslums. Let the rest of the world dominate that kind of stuff.


27 posted on 09/15/2012 6:17:21 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Billboard in Washington state Liberaland (Raymond, WA) at intersection of U.S. 101 and state route 6 with lights for night:


28 posted on 09/15/2012 6:50:20 PM PDT by QT3.14 (The Left excels at Projection.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oooo Scary!!!

No one wants all this PAIN

So just keep on spending, spending, spending.

Foos.


29 posted on 09/16/2012 10:08:04 PM PDT by Gasshog
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