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The manufactured crisis of sequester
Washington Post ^ | 2/23/2013 | George Will

Posted on 02/24/2013 5:20:41 AM PST by Servant of the Cross

Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!”

As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending! Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out the door (supposedly, but not actually) for victims of Hurricane Sandy! Or: Heaven forfend, the sequester will cut 47 percent as much as was spent on the AIG bailout! Or: Famine, pestilence and locusts will come when the sequester causes federal spending over 10 years to plummet from $46 trillion all the way down to $44.8 trillion! Or: Grass will grow in the streets of America’s cities if the domestic agencies whose budgets have increased 17 percent under President Obama must endure a 5 percent cut!

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: crisis; demagogicparty; partisanmediashills; phony; sequester
Even Bob Woodward, Peggy Noonan and George Will get it. But will the low information voter who only listens to Chrissie 'balls in a lockbox' Matthews?
1 posted on 02/24/2013 5:20:48 AM PST by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross
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2 posted on 02/24/2013 5:22:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Scripted? Yeah. Ever since the end of the Obama Care episode....you can sense that each single piece of the script is carefully crafted, handed to the right people to say the right things at the right time.

In essence, it’s like WWE-wrestling. You know the winners months ahead of time.

Some administrations prior to this one had some scripted episodes....but this is like Dallas’s “Who Shot JR?” script....on a weekly basis. With the exception of the Benghazi episode, their script has never been challenged.


3 posted on 02/24/2013 5:32:35 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

The GOP could force the democrats off script if they ever went on the offense and threw something at the democrats that they didn’t expect. Unfortunately the GOP has gotten pretty comfortable with the fetal position.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 5:40:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

S E Q U E S T E R

We should SEQUESTER each and every “representative” /sarcasm and cut their pay, their medical, their retirement, their staff, their travel, their face-time, their lobbyists, their contributors, their benefits, etc., etc.

S E Q U E S T E R


5 posted on 02/24/2013 5:49:22 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Servant of the Cross

Bureaucratic Rule #1: “When budget cuts come, offer to cut the meat, not the fat”, is now being invoked across the board.

The disingenuousness involved in doing this is impressive, and is one of the ugliest sides of bureaucracy.

But it can be stopped, with an even graver threat.

Tell the bureaucrats that if the meat is cut, their jobs are gone. Suddenly they will come up with more fat they are willing to reduce than about anyone though they even had.

Because they will make their agency run like a fine tuned machine, if their phoney-baloney jobs are on the line.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 5:51:29 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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It’s an old story; when budgets get tight and the population isn’t coughing up sufficient monies, close the parks, the swimming pools, etc.

Never a thought to trim the number of government employees...


7 posted on 02/24/2013 6:01:54 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Servant of the Cross

It’s not a cut.

It’s a reduction in the rate of growth.


8 posted on 02/24/2013 6:05:55 AM PST by Principled
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

It is the old Air Force joke: the Air Force when building a new base builds the golf course first then when they run out of money they claim the runway is not done!


9 posted on 02/24/2013 6:12:33 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

My mother worked for head start for some 20 years and part of her job was writing grant requests and proposals.

The game was to ask for 10x what they needed and then look good when they receive only 5x what they needed. Then when they ask for more money in the future, they claim they only got half of what they needed in the first grant.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 6:12:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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Greta on Sequester: Sequestration is a slowed growth, it's not really a cut so .... how would maintaining the status quo have any impact?!
11 posted on 02/24/2013 6:28:36 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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Who is worse - those who make this crap up, or those who continue to let them get away with it?


12 posted on 02/24/2013 6:30:41 AM PST by bigbob
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Definitively those who continue to let them get away with it.

It is the heighth of BS that this even gets news coverage as if it's a legitimate debate!

13 posted on 02/24/2013 6:34:31 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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If only our betters in DC could see fit to spend the first 3,515 billions of dollars as carefully as that most important last 85 billion dollars; we might be able to fund their indiscretion with our monies for a hundred years!
14 posted on 02/24/2013 6:58:59 AM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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Definitively those who continue to let them get away with it.

Agreed. While I appreciate the fact that Bob Woodward is pointing an accusing finger at Obama, he would be far more effective if he called the media out for allowing Obama to get away with it.
15 posted on 02/24/2013 7:03:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: PGalt
SEQUESTER politicians time in office!
16 posted on 02/24/2013 7:17:39 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fury From the Sky")
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To: bigbob
>>>>>>>AMEN>>>>>>>>>>>>>
17 posted on 02/24/2013 7:21:01 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fury From the Sky")
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To: cripplecreek
"the GOP has gotten pretty comfortable with the fetal position."

What the GOP has gotten comfortable with is the luxuries of incumbency. Their fight is not with the left or Obama or the democrats. Their fight is with any conservatives who might challenge them in a primary. The country can go hang, those perks are worth fighting for.

18 posted on 02/24/2013 7:25:22 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Servant of the Cross

Obama’s economic plan for America detailed here...http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/11/dont-cry-for-me-america.html


19 posted on 02/24/2013 7:27:13 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s a different bureaucratic rule, and there are several more besides. Some even befuddle the bureaucrats themselves, at least those with a modicum of ethics.

Others that come to mind:

Inefficiency, failure and waste are rewarded, because those sections need “recovery” money. Excellence is punished with cutbacks, “because they don’t need the money”.

“Realistic” estimates are reached by estimation, which is then doubled and two-thirds added. There will still be sticker shock.

Once a desired plan is finalized, it is set in concrete, and it must not be changed by anyone, or it will invoke Cheops Law (”Nothing is ever done on time or under budget”.)

Budgets are reached by taking last years budget and adding about 10%. Nobody reads budget analysis.

etc.


20 posted on 02/24/2013 7:34:17 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: cripplecreek
The GOP could force the democrats off script if they ever went on the offense and threw something at the democrats that they didn’t expect.

Given the nature of the media, if the GOP went on the offensive no one would ever know. The GOP's biggest issue is that the media is fully prepared to demonize the GOP regardless of what they do or say.

Look at the fact that Obama felt completely safe giving a totally false "call wolf" speech about the pending budget cuts. His speech was impossibly over the top and no in the media blinked.

21 posted on 02/24/2013 7:54:40 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: cripplecreek
The GOP could force the democrats off script

The GOP is reading off the same script.

22 posted on 02/24/2013 9:13:55 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (Republicans are to the Democrats as the Generals are to the Harlem Globetrotters)
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