Skip to comments.McCain urges Obama to resolve sequestration
Posted on 02/10/2013 6:58:52 PM PST by SkyPilot
Sen. John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is calling on President Barack Obama to provide leadership to end the standoff over sequestration and the looming budget cuts for the Pentagon.
"What I would like to see is the president call the [party] leaders over to the White House and say, 'Look, we've got to solve this problem,'" McCain said on "Fox News Sunday." "All he does is go out and make speeches."
Tens of billions of dollars of spending cuts under sequestration will kick in on March 1 unless Obama and Congress act to prevent them. And Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other Pentagon leaders have warned those cuts could seriously harm U.S. national security.
"Republicans and Democrats are responsible for this new 'cliff,' and I'll take responsibility for it for the Republicans. But we've got to avoid it, we've got t\o stop it," McCain added. "The president is the same one that during the campaign said, 'It's not going to happen.' He just dismissed it."
"The world is very dangerous," McCain said. "The men and women in the military deserve better than what we're giving them."
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McCain basically saying to Obama that he should act like a President who exhibits leadership. Reagan would have solved this self-imposed DC crisis in a matter of days.
Basically, all parties involved (including the Republicans) are holding the military hostage.
Lock them all in a room until they agree to reform entitlements, and let's move on.
Is he senile, clueless or suffering the ill effects of all those years in captivity? Does he think Mr. Obama is a Democrat in the same way that JFK, Harry Truman or Hubert Humphrey was? Does he not understand what type of individual he’s dealing with?
McCain asks Obama to do what he has no capability of doing - employ leadership.
Maybe John forgot that “sequestration” was Obama’s concept all along?
Who is the brighest of these two dimwits
McCain and Grahamnesty can go screw themselves. They had well over 16 months since this bill was passed to recommend sensible cuts to the military. They cant because every project is someones pet project, so this is the only way anything will get cut.
Forget entitlements. Most voters will support higher taxes before they will changes to entitlements.
Besides, GOP proposals on entitlements don't save a dime for ~ 10 years so changing that is hardly an emergency.. In fact, I don't like the idea of today's congress cutting spending many years in the future, then claiming an accomplishment.
I mean why give themselves an ultimatum if they are just going to ignore it when the time comes.
They said if they didn't have a deal they would cut spending across the board- they don't have a deal so CUT SPENDING ACROSS THE BOARD!
There is not one single department that could not survive a 10% cute- AND I am guessing most of them could do the same work with a 70% cut.(from a lifetime of experience working for diff govt)
Just keep the 3 out of 10 who do actual work and fire the 7 out of 10 who read the paper or back-stab each other or make alliances to get promotions (the government version of the TV show ‘survivor’)
Obama needs a way out now. If Sequestration is implemented he loses. The Republicans need a way out too, because if they let it happen they must accept blame for abandoning the military. It is DC politics at its worst right now.
Just have a press conference saying that on January 1 Obama got his tax increases. Now is time to pay for it with cuts.
Entitlements are the real problem. The military is only 17% of the budget. Moreover, entitlements (as voracious as they are now) are about to explode in the next decade to nightmarish proportions. You just can’t say “forget” them. That is madness.
” they don’t have a deal so CUT SPENDING ACROSS THE BOARD!”
I suspect that was Obama’s plan, he set up this sequestration/mandatory cut plan. All that has to happen is nothing, and it will take place, and the blame will go to the Republicans, which was, I think, the intent of the whole charade.
If only you were correct.
He’s provided leadership to drive us far down the path of progressive tyranny.
Madness is McCain and Grahamnesty claiming that entitlements are fully funded by trust funds (IOUS the gubment gave itself) for 10 years just because those over 55 are the GOPs most loyal voting base..
If this is all about cutting them in 10 years then just wait 10 years to do it.
Meanwhile Defense spending has grown gigantic, Maryland and N Virginia need some budget cuts so they can understand what the rest of the country is going through.
Here in Maryland they are still building new housing developments as if the housing boom never crashed.
Why? This was agreed upon by both sides. Let it happen.
I don’t want to hear the whining now. If this is all Obama let it be so. If this is the stupidity of Republicans, let it be so.
America, hold somebody accountable for something.
He’s “reaching across the aisle” again, no matter how many times he gets bit. i think his brain is fried.
What could go wrong?
This was agreed upon many months ago. Did you hear it?
What do you propose now to break that bill?
No one is going to cut entitlements anytime soon. Its a fact of life. There is no tooth fairy either.
Speaking of the military, you misunderstand its purpose. Its main purpose now is social experimentation : gays, wimmin, illegals (coming in McCain/Grahamnesty amnesty) not any real purpose.
Hell, drones are cheap. They do all the real fighting now. They can survive some cuts, and the military can still be effectively used to destroy this country morally.
This old fossil needs to shut up and go play shuffleboard already.