Paul Ryan and John Boehner have already thrown the military in front of the Prius. They never should have let the Democrats and Obama force the 2011 "Budget Control Act" poison pill on this nation. The military at 17% of budget takes a majority of the cuts, and the Democrats have been torturing the hostage ever since.
From another article on this same subject: Defense hawks warn that the cuts could cripple the military as problems fester around the world in places like Afghanistan, Iran and Syria. "If you believe the Defense Department, (and Defense Secretary Leon) Panetta, we're destroying the finest military in the world at a time when we need it most," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "I can't explain it. It is beyond my ability to explain it to people."
Explain it this way Lindsey: the Democrats are holding the US military hostage to terrorism, both political domestic and international. Stop it now. Right now.
If I had Paul Ryan's cell phone, I would advise his this:
1. Reid wants to pay for the Sequester cuts will taxes on oil companies. Fine. Call his bluff. Take that deal, on the contingency that the Democrat cut out the fraud of unearned entitlements that are bankrupting the system. No more Food Stamps to illegals and no tax refunds to an illegals 26 "nephews" in Mexico.
Stopping the illegal tax refunds to illegals will save us $4 Billion a year. alone. A reform of Food Stamps to illegals will save billions more. Also prohibit any Govt agency from using taxpayer dollars to advertise EBT services on Spanish language radio and TV stations (yes - Obama does this now!)
It will box the Democrats into their own corner.
That strategy plays right into the immigration debate, and will send the Democrats running for cover because they don't want to discuss the fraud committed by illegals on our system.
2. Eliminate the tax refunds to those who pay no Federal Taxes ($5 grand "Earned Income Tax Credit").
That will save more billions.
Don't let them sucker you into a debate on "earned" entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.
Tackle illegals and the EITC - and the GOP will win this round, pay off this year's Sequestration cuts, and win one for a change.
WTH does The Hairy Reed think he is?
HA-HA, sequester??? What's that Harry?
Tell him to add his suggestions to his Senate budgets for FY13 remainder+FY14 and call back when they pass the Senate..
Methinks Harry doesn’t want to actually cut the government! Perhaps the sequester is having its intended effect.
Explain it this way Lindsey:We Republicans had zero and his merry band of clowns trapped and surrounded in 2011 and we turned the gun on ourselves.
For the sake of this country, play harball with these clowns! Let them OWN it.
But I do like incremental steps...since smarmy Harry thinks incrementalism is a good thing, we can do that with immigration reform. Deal with the border 1st. Then we’ll chat.
My personal favorite: eliminate the tax exemption for 2/3 of the 501c organizations.