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The Pain of 2 Pennies
Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Tim Phillips

Posted on 02/24/2013 4:17:24 AM PST by Kaslin

Like a breathless 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert, President Obama raced around the nation over the last week attempting to frighten Americans into opposing the modest cuts to the federal budget due through the sequester process on March 1. Never mind that the sequester was President Obama's idea. Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar of the federal budget. And, never mind that his Administration has made history, in a bad way, by running four straight trillion dollar plus deficits.

No, there was the President standing in front of "first responders" intimating that the upcoming sequester budget cuts would lead to rampant lawlessness in the streets and uncontrolled fires in every neighborhood. Then, the President's spinmeisters had the TSA declare that the sequester cuts would mean a doubling of the wait time at airport security lines. Next, Navy brass were brought out before the cameras to assert that those horrendous sequester cuts would mean that our carrier groups would have to stay in port because we would be unable to afford the cost of fuel and food to send them to the Persian Gulf. No doubt, in coming days we will be darkly warned that food inspectors will be off the job meaning all sorts of nasty items in our hamburger meat.

Let's hope the American people are finally immune to liberals using these threats and fears to stop even modest cuts from occurring to a dysfunctional federal government that spends too much and accomplishes too little.

Polls, such as Gallup, show that the American people know the government spends too much. They know the federal government is inefficient and wasteful. But, we must continue stressing a crucial fact that many of our fellow Americans have not yet considered: government overspending and the debt that piles up as a result is directly responsible for the lack of job creation and the stagnation of wages for millions of our citizens. Government overspending, and the inevitable regulations and red tape that come with it, choke off free enterprise, crowd out private sector job creation, and limit the ability of small businesses to create new products and services along with the resulting higher salaries and new jobs. This is the reason our current economic "recovery" is the slowest since the Great Depression. There's a reason our economy is growing at less than half the rate of other real economic recoveries in the 1980s and 1990s. That reason: government overspending.

Unfortunately, President Obama is demonstrating anew how he is the most ideological president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. During his State of the Union address, the President rattled off a long list of new big-spending projects which he termed “investments.” He made no mention of trying to lower the deficit, except to say, falsely, that he had already cut trillions. However, the President’s definition of “cuts” relies on creative accounting that would make Bernie Madoff blush. These so-called “cuts,” as recently profiled in a Washington Post piece, come from slowing the growth of federal programs rather than actual reduction or by simply claiming credit for projects that are already completed. For example, the Census Bureau received credit for a “cut” by not re-conducting the census in 2011. The Department of Transportation also got credit for a “cut” when it canceled projects that had never existed in the first place, and Congress got credit for not spending money to build the already-built Capitol Visitor’s Center.

House Republicans who have fought for spending cuts are now facing their moment of truth. The looming sequestration cuts, a mere two cents out of every dollar the federal government spends, are set to go into effect March 1st.

All House Republicans have to do is absolutely nothing, something Congress is usually really good at doing, thereby letting these modest spending reductions take effect.

It would seem that this moment of truth for House Republicans is not particularly difficult but already some GOPers are nervously suggesting that perhaps cutting 2 cents on the dollar from federal discretionary spending may be going too far. Every House Republican campaigned last year on the need to rein in government overspending in order to get our economy moving again. Now is the time for these elected leaders to keep their word and keep these modest cuts to a federal government that spends over $3.6 trillion a year.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: demagogicparty; partisanmediashills; sequester; sequestration

1 posted on 02/24/2013 4:17:32 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I hate to see the military bear the brunt of these cuts, but even deeper cuts are needed, and the last thing we need is amnesty and Obamacare.


2 posted on 02/24/2013 4:29:20 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer
Amnesty and obama in one sentence ...

ironic.

3 posted on 02/24/2013 4:36:46 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf
Amnesty in action;

obama is president .... twice.

4 posted on 02/24/2013 4:38:40 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kaslin
...horrendous sequester cuts would mean that our carrier groups would have to stay in port because we would be unable to afford the cost of fuel and food to send them to the Persian Gulf.

Yeah, we all know that sailors don't eat when they are in port.

5 posted on 02/24/2013 4:39:29 AM PST by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Kaslin
Here is what is going on, leftists know that 80 Billion is nothing in a multi trillion dollar budget. But if they can get the Republicans to cave in on ONLY 80 Billion then NO spending cuts are ever, can ever, going to happen. I think O’bastard and Co. are going in for the kill. Their fear is if the 80 Billion cuts happen and there is little or no pain(which we all know there won’t be) they will look like the lying fools that they are. O’bastard is playing a high stakes game of poker and placed a big bet.

O'bastard has gone from the chess board to the poker table and the stakes are high indeed. If the Republicans cave then even the primary conservative idea of smaller government has been shown to be a false premise which renders the entire Republican Party obsolete and half the nation completely powerless politically, yes the stakes are high indeed.

6 posted on 02/24/2013 4:48:16 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Venturer

The benefits of the sequester outweight any costs. If, for the first time in generations the FedGov can be shrunk it’ll prove that you don’t need all the government we have.


7 posted on 02/24/2013 4:48:49 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: central_va

Spot on.


8 posted on 02/24/2013 4:54:13 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Venturer

Because of the way the Pentagon must spend money, many, if not all development programs will be adversely impacted. The short term and long term hit to military preparedness will be heavy, and, at this point, unknowable. The military, which represents 20% of the budget, will bear 50% of the sequestration impact. This was a deliberate attempt by Obama to put the blame on the military disaster he initiated on the Republicans. (See what YOU made me do?) At a time when every enemy we have is emboldened by Obama’s lack of leadership and military weakness do we really want to damage the military’s perceived ability to comply with our commitments and to protect America?

Obama has set it up so that in order to fund the military Congress must also fund his spending increases and green madness.


9 posted on 02/24/2013 4:55:02 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Kaslin

Glad you posted this — good read —


10 posted on 02/24/2013 4:55:16 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Kaslin
If the sequester happens, Obama will manage it to cause as much pain and disruption possible. If he can arrange for a little death and destruction as well, he will. The Republicans need to get out front of all of this and scream that the decisions to close airports, put the sick on the street, reduce the food supply through cutting USDA inspectors, etc. are all choices made by Obama, not required by a 2% reduction in program increases.
11 posted on 02/24/2013 4:58:36 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Politics has gone from being a game of chess to stud poker, and I don’t think Boehner is “up” to the challenge. Excuse the pun.


12 posted on 02/24/2013 5:05:07 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 1010RD
If, for the first time in generations the FedGov can be shrunk it’ll prove that you don’t need all the government we have.

Except it's not shrinking, and the welfare state is 100% intact.

13 posted on 02/24/2013 5:09:41 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: CPOSharky
Yeah, we all know that sailors don't eat when they are in port. Damn straight! They're in town drinking!
14 posted on 02/24/2013 5:12:06 AM PST by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: Venturer
An ironic part of this is that despite this massive increase in spending under Obama, NASA is a shadow of its former self, there are calls to cut military salaries and benefits, biomedical research funding is at one of the worst points it has ever been (only 6-7% of applications getting funded - favoring the connected, not necessarily the most deserving science), Medicare reimbursements have been and are being cut, the post-office is cutting hours and doing away with Saturday delivery, we aren't securing our borders, parts of our infrastructure are going without repair-renewal, etc. etc.

If we cut had back on all of the above in the context of a concerted effort to cut government spending, at least you could say that we were accomplishing something. That all these things are happening while government spending is at record levels is just pathetic.

15 posted on 02/24/2013 5:21:05 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: central_va

Please allow me to clarify your thinking:

Politics, for LIEberals (i.e., Democrats), has ALWAYS been a real life version of “Shootout at the OK Corral.” For them, politics is a deadly serious winner-take-all shootemup.

Politics, for Republicans, has always been nothing more serious than a chess game.

That is why Republicans (and the American people) have been losers for so long — they are playing a “game.”


16 posted on 02/24/2013 5:24:42 AM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: central_va
You are absolutely accurate in your assessment and predictions of the outcomes of the sequester.

One small question, what is this "if" of which you speak?

17 posted on 02/24/2013 5:29:33 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (They say "Right Wing" but they mean "Wrong Wing"!)
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To: central_va
Here is what is going on, leftists know that 80 Billion is nothing in a multi trillion dollar budget. But if they can get the Republicans to cave in on ONLY 80 Billion then NO spending cuts are ever, can ever, going to happen. I think O’bastard and Co. are going in for the kill. Their fear is if the 80 Billion cuts happen and there is little or no pain(which we all know there won’t be) they will look like the lying fools that they are. O’bastard is playing a high stakes game of poker and placed a big bet.

EXACTLY right. It's especially dangerous for him, because the we all know what the "emergency healthcare legislation" has delivered.

The Republicans HAVE to call his bluff, and if they do, they will have a shot at the debt ceiling increase.

But I have a bad feeling about this, just as I did before the SCOTUS Obamacare decision.

18 posted on 02/24/2013 5:32:09 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.

The Obama Tax Hike

to go with

The Obama Recession


19 posted on 02/24/2013 5:53:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Kaslin
The Department of Transportation also got credit for a “cut” when it canceled projects that had never existed in the first place, and Congress got credit for not spending money to build the already-built Capitol Visitor’s Center.

That is something you can waste your breath trying to tell a liberal who gets his / her news from the likes of bryan williams. Also, don't try to tell them that a budget growing by at a rate of 1.5% is more money being spent than if the same budget grows at a rate of 3% and not a cut.

20 posted on 02/24/2013 6:08:26 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: Venturer

These aren’t cuts.

The sequester only slows the growth.


21 posted on 02/24/2013 6:08:41 AM PST by Principled
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To: Kaslin
Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar

and never mind that the cuts aren't even cuts.

22 posted on 02/24/2013 6:08:52 AM PST by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: 1010RD

The gov’t won’t be shrinking - it will only be growing less fast!

THe sequester is not a “cut” it’s a reduction in growth rate.


23 posted on 02/24/2013 6:11:22 AM PST by Principled
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To: Principled

Obama’s legacy, his unique outstanding feature is a trail of DEBT, deficit and despair. I wonder how he sleeps at night.


24 posted on 02/24/2013 6:41:36 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Kaslin
How can there be any real cuts. Everyone acknowledges that we need to cut the "entitlement" programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, but I can't name one politician in either party that has demanded we cut any current benefits in any of these entitlement programs. When we will hear a Congressman or Senator say we should cut current Medicare benefits by 10%, or Social Security checks by 20%, etc. If no one will demand specific cuts, how can anyone expect specific cuts to ever happen? No one is representing the taxpayer.
25 posted on 02/24/2013 6:47:53 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Kaslin

If we are all expected to survive on 2% less (the recent tax increase), why can’t the government?


26 posted on 02/24/2013 6:51:33 AM PST by runfree
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To: runfree

excellent point


27 posted on 02/24/2013 7:07:02 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

American people are finally immune to liberals using these threats and fears.
Obama’s snake oil road show calling for more taxes is in full fail mode,EO’s to ensue.


28 posted on 02/24/2013 7:13:12 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Kaslin
The aren't even cuts.

Baseline budgeting - the scam that keeps on scamming.

29 posted on 02/24/2013 7:47:01 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Tau Food
Everyone acknowledges that we need to cut the "entitlement" programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid...

Sorry, but I have to take issue with this.

I worked hard all my life and paid into Medicare and Social Security. Now that I am retired, I expect that money to be paid back to me. You could say that I am "entitled" to that.

Medicaid, on the other hand, is 100% pure handout. Takers making off with the cash from the makers. No one is "entitled" to Medicaid. Medicaid is right in there among all the other 100% pure handouts: "free" nobama phones, "free" food stamps, "free" heating assistance, "free" housing assistance, "free" daycare, "free" money (yes, the government hands out your money to the takers), etc, ad nauseam.

That's thousands of dollars per year of our wealth redistributed to the takers.

You wanna cut something, cut some of that. See the tag.

30 posted on 02/24/2013 1:56:17 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: Kaslin
However, the President’s definition of “cuts” relies on creative accounting that would make Bernie Madoff blush.

This kind of accounting is awesome and wonderful.

I planned to buy a Lamborghini. Yep, I really did. But then I got to thinking about ways to save money, and decided to buy a PT Cruiser instead. I saved over $400,000 with that one easy step. I can buy a really nice house with all that money I saved!

Never mind little details like the fact that the $400,000 never existed to begin with... our politicians certainly don't concern themselves with nitpicking details like that.

31 posted on 02/24/2013 8:42:32 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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