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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Congress Must Act Now to Stop the Sequester (Barf Alert)
The White House - Office of the Press Secretary ^ | February 23, 2013 | President Barack Obama

Posted on 02/23/2013 1:29:50 PM PST by magellan

WASHINGTON, DC—President Obama used this week's address to urge Congress to stop the harmful automatic cuts that threaten thousands of jobs and affect our national security—called the sequester—from taking effect on March 1st. The President and Congressional Democrats have already put forward solutions to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit in a balanced way, and now it's time for Congressional Republicans to compromise by closing some loopholes that protect the wealthiest Americans so that we can reduce the deficit in a balanced way and create jobs for the middle class.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
The White House
February 23, 2013

Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a country right now should be doing everything we can to grow our economy and create good, middle class jobs.

And yet, less than one week from now, Congress is poised to allow a series of arbitrary, automatic budget cuts that will do the exact opposite. They will slow our economy. They will eliminate good jobs. They will leave many families who are already stretched to the limit scrambling to figure out what to do.

But here's the thing: these cuts don't have to happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little compromise. They can pass a balanced plan for deficit reduction. They can cut spending in a smart way, and close wasteful tax loopholes for the well-off and well-connected.

Unfortunately, it appears that Republicans in Congress have decided that instead of compromising – instead of asking anything of the wealthiest Americans – they would rather let these cuts fall squarely on the middle class.

Here's what that choice means. Once these cuts take effect, thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off, and tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, causing delays across the country. Even President Bush's director of the National Institutes of Health says these cuts will set back medical science for a generation.

Already, the threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to delay the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf – affecting our ability to respond to threats in an unstable part of the world. And just this week, the Pentagon announced that if these cuts go through, almost 800,000 defense employees – the equivalent of every person in Miami and Cleveland combined – will be forced to take unpaid leave.

That's what this choice means. Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids' schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? Are they really willing to slash military health care and the border patrol just because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies? Are they seriously prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top?

These are the questions Republicans in Congress need to ask themselves. And I'm hopeful they'll change their minds. Because the American people have worked too hard for too long to see everything they've built undone by partisan recklessness in Washington.

I believe we should work together to build on the more than $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction we've already achieved. But I believe we should do it in a balanced way – with smart spending cuts, entitlement reform, and tax reform. That's my plan. It's got tough cuts, tough reforms, and asks more of the wealthiest Americans. It's on the White House website for everyone to see. And it requires Democrats and Republicans to meet half way to resolve the problem. That's what the American people expect. And that's what you deserve.

We just need Republicans in Washington to come around. Because we need their help to finish the job of reducing our deficit in a smart way that doesn't hurt our economy or our people. After all, as we learned in the 1990s, nothing shrinks the deficit faster than a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs. That has to be our driving focus. That has to be our North Star. Making America a magnet for good jobs. Equipping our people with the skills required to fill those jobs. Making sure your hard work leads to a decent living. That's what this city should be focused on like a laser. And I'm going to keep pushing folks here to remember that.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: demagogicparty; obama; partisanmediashills; sequester
Corporate jets?

1 posted on 02/23/2013 1:30:03 PM PST by magellan
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To: magellan

Must act to avoid the Obama sequester.

2 posted on 02/23/2013 1:33:33 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: magellan

How about biofuel for navy carrier groups? How about wasteless green sources of energy? How about reducing civil federal salary caps by 3% across the board.... not reduction in staff, but reduction in salaries? That’s the kind of thing the private sector is doing.

3 posted on 02/23/2013 1:42:00 PM PST by Real Cynic No More
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To: Real Cynic No More

I really wanted a great golf course update from the anointed one! Screw all this condition of taxes sequester and NASA goin Islam! I just want decent green fees and a Cheap pro for lessons! Maybe Tiger, is available, well who cares about golf when he can find a few good Bimbos!

4 posted on 02/23/2013 2:13:54 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Huskrrrr

“Congress must act now to stop the sequester.”

To quote Reba McEntire (and be sure to add in the Oklahoma twang), “Why?”

Actions, like proposing the sequester in the first place, have consequences.

5 posted on 02/23/2013 2:19:02 PM PST by alloysteel (What is all too obvious, is not obvious to all. Until it is too late to reverse course.)
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To: magellan

Kill Obamacare and begin impeachment proceedings.... it will make the math much easier.

6 posted on 02/23/2013 2:23:55 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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The alternative to calling him a liar is to say he’s continually campaigning.

7 posted on 02/23/2013 2:24:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: magellan

The almost non-stop irriatting sound of Obama’s voice on the radio or cable news network has long, long ago joined various other irritating sounds to become background noise that is always there but never heard.

8 posted on 02/23/2013 6:11:14 PM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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