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The Clarity of the Obama Sequester
Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 02/27/2013 4:49:15 AM PST by Kaslin

President Obama's sequester -- he designed it, he demanded it, and it is about to kick in -- will have many consequences, some bad, some very helpful.

On the negative side, Stars & Stripes reports that Department of Defense officials are exploring how to collapse the school week to four days at some schools on military bases that serve the children of our troops. This is an incredible admission of the president's indifference to the troops he leads. As he has played politics for the past four months since his re-election, he has used the military and its personnel and families as hostages to his demands for more and more taxes.

Also on the negative side, the New York Times reported Tuesday that "federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country, an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom."

And most of us have heard the Secretary of Transportation talk darkly about reducing the number of air traffic controllers, thus delaying flights (or worse, hint hint.)

This parade of horribles will in fact come true in some respects -- the cuts to the Department of Defense are deep, and coming after four years of already massive reductions in military spending, the impact on the troops and their families will be severe.

In other areas the alarms are ludicrous, and planes will not be dropping from the sky or even significantly delayed because John Boehner is protecting millionaires.

The good news is that many Americans will be asking the obvious questions in the aftermath of the Obama Sequester.

Why, for instance, are we shuttering military schools a day a week when we have enough money to send it to National Public Radio and PBS?

Why are we turning deportees back on to the street when the Environmental Protection Agency does nothing but turn out mountains of paper designed to kill jobs?

Why is training for troops slashed and the expenditures on their equipment cut when we are spending huge dollars on determining the so-called "critical habitat" of the Gunnison sage grouse?

Everyone in Washington knows what has to be done. Entitlement reform must occur, and the government must prioritize domestic discretionary spending.

At a minimum, the eligibility age for Medicare must rise to match that of Social Security, and the latter must continue its gradual, slow increase to match the great gains in life expectancy and the population's expected extension of years at work.

The cost-of-loving formula must be tweaked. Medicaid must be capped and turned over to the states to manage as best they see fit.

Means-testing of some benefits must be adopted, at least for those younger than 55.

And we must, we must, stop sending money on things we want -- NPR, the endowments for the Arts and Humanities -- as opposed tithe things we must absolutely have, like aircraft carriers on deployment in the Persian Gulf.

President Obama clearly understands that the sequester -- his sequester -- is not working out as he planned. That is because it is bringing clarity in its wake, and voters are seeing what the president's fall campaign was designed to hide: an enormous, wasteful federal government that cannot even take care of its troops even as it spends billions on silly and absurd programs.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: budgetandgovernment; dod; medicare; obama; sequestration

1 posted on 02/27/2013 4:49:28 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Hugh is close, but not quite there...

1. The sequester was Obie's idea, and
2. Any negative consequences suffered as a result of it are a reflection and result of Obie's priorities.

The examples listed above are window dressing.

2 posted on 02/27/2013 5:04:27 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is an affirmative action hater. He is getting America back for what he thinks are the wrongs of the country in the past. He does not understand even the simplest of economics such as buy high, sell low. He does not understand payrolls or checkbooks or quarterly reports.

Obama thinks he is Django unchained, he lives in a fantasy Alinsky world that only exists between his ears. He is disjointed from reality and seems mentally unstable.

Obama has never dug a hole, set a brick, signed a lease, paid an employee, given a hand to someone out of his own pockets and the list goes on.

Obama is the wrong man at the wrong time with the wrong ideas and his legacy will be that he had the unique opportunity to heal what little space was between the races when he took office but instead turned the racial clock to the 1950’s. Obama grew hatred with his own as he used the same techniques that slavers and overlords did on the plantation during the time of slavery against people that had nothing to do with slavery.

Obama, simply put, will be seen in the history books as a loser, a failure, petty and mean.


3 posted on 02/27/2013 5:09:01 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: isthisnickcool

-——Obama is the wrong man at the wrong time-——

Actually, he is the wrong man....... ever


4 posted on 02/27/2013 5:13:52 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Kaslin

Hussein is out to destroy the military and ultimately the Country. Using Sequester, he has been able to get the morons Boehner and McConnell to help him accomplish this.


5 posted on 02/27/2013 5:18:16 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: Kaslin
The good news is that many Americans will be asking the obvious questions in the aftermath of the Obama Sequester.

I wish that were true. As of now, most people blame Republicans. When the pain hits, even more will blame Republicans with obama's ramped up campaign to claim just that.

As CIC, obama's decision as to where the cuts would be made is simply dereliction, in my book.
6 posted on 02/27/2013 5:20:45 AM PST by Girlene
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To: Kaslin
The cost-of-loving formula must be tweaked

Agreed. That's been way out of kilter for a long time.

7 posted on 02/27/2013 5:22:52 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Kaslin

Sequester Obama, and all his kohorts, in a cold, rat-infested dungeon.


8 posted on 02/27/2013 5:23:27 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Kaslin

BUMP


9 posted on 02/27/2013 5:23:55 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Kaslin
The sequester gives Obama yet more power to destroy America. Face it, he hates this country with a passion.
10 posted on 02/27/2013 5:23:58 AM PST by Missouri gal
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To: Kaslin
exploring how to collapse the school week to four days at some schools on military bases that serve the children of our troops. This is an incredible admission of the president's indifference to the troops he leads

That's not really such a bad idea. Making the school day 1 3/4 hours longer and the week one day shorter will save heating, cooling, transportation, etc. money.

If it were a public school system it would also save on cafeteria, bus driver, maintenance, etc., costs.

School districts should actually look into this.

While Obama means it for harm, it could actually be worked into something good.

11 posted on 02/27/2013 5:27:02 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

Karl Rove had a good idea. Congress should give the Cabinet heads the digression to cut non-essential programs out of their departments so they can be held accountable. Congess could then haul them up to Capitol hill to explain themselves. Sounds like like a plan.


12 posted on 02/27/2013 5:29:59 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Girlene
When the pain hits, even more will blame Republicans with obama's ramped up campaign to claim just that.

What goes around eventually comes around. And I, for one, can't wait until it comes his way.... whatever it may be.

13 posted on 02/27/2013 5:31:08 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Kaslin

We have a megalomaniac in the Oval Office. He does not know his ass from a hole in the ground, but he is convinced he is Mr Awesome.


14 posted on 02/27/2013 5:33:07 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: Kaslin

Actually, I don’t think 0bama ever intended on negotiating out of the sequester.

In fact, the early release of criminals indicates he is planning to manufacture the crisis, THE crisis, we’ve all been prepping for.

0bama has just shown his hand and the sooner we realize what we have just seen the faster we can act. This is an act of Political Terrorism. We are watching treason taking place right before our very eyes, but we’ve not been able to really ‘name it’ yet.

All the campaign-mode stuff about the horrors of the sequester is meant to gin-up the base. The early release of criminals shows he, 0bama, has no intention of solving anything. Less than 30 days from now we have the threat, yet again, of a government shut-down.

0bama is winning this, but he has just made a dangerous mistake this past week. The question is do we have enough clout to call him on this. He is not only the mastermind of the sequester...he is making, manufacturing the crisis. The early release of crimianls is the gun in our face. He is acting no different than Hamas or the Muslimbrotherhood right now. The 0bama regime is now the political terrorist.

Of all the choices and options a President has in a bloated government...he chooses to cut/sequester the very tools he needs to do the very core functions of his position. Protect and Defend.


15 posted on 02/27/2013 5:37:38 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: jersey117
What goes around eventually comes around. And I, for one, can't wait until it comes his way.... whatever it may be.

It may not be in our lifetime, but eventually history will tell of his disgusting deeds.
16 posted on 02/27/2013 5:37:54 AM PST by Girlene
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To: isthisnickcool
Obama, simply put, will be seen in the history books as a loser, a failure, petty and mean.

You are assuming the Caliphate™ will allow history books...

17 posted on 02/27/2013 5:49:31 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: xzins

They do use school buses on military bases to pick up the students from the different housing areas and deliver them to the different schools on the base


18 posted on 02/27/2013 5:49:40 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: EBH

My perception is the DHS does nothing and the releasing the illegals was going to happen regardless. So why fund a charade anyway? The who “crises” will be shown as a temper tantrum making 0’bastard look childish. Good.


19 posted on 02/27/2013 5:52:52 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin

I was at both Knox and Campbell, the 2 Conus Army installations with their own dependent school systems. Their bus system was not as extensive as the surrounding public schools in either Hardin or Christian counties. Both had a significant piece of the housing areas close to the schools.

In Germany, there were a few buses, but again, large portions of the housing areas were very near the schools.


20 posted on 02/27/2013 5:57:53 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin

I saw a story yesterday about an airshow in the Spring being canceled because of the sequestration. Guess the blame Bush crowd now has a new bogeyman.


21 posted on 02/27/2013 5:59:08 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Ronald_Magnus

I wholeheartedly agree with Karl on this one.

What these department heads are currently doing is coercive arm-twisting. Extortion to put a fine point on it. And they should be impeached. Start with ICE/HHS release of illegals. Then Transportation. we’ll see if they grow a set and take the helm here.


22 posted on 02/27/2013 6:06:54 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is really jumping the shark. If the sequester happens and the bad things he predicts don’t happen he is seen a fool. If the bad things do happen he is seen as incompetent for not preventing the foreseen consequences.

His releasing of illegal aliens proves the point that a Democrat regime can’t be trusted to administer normalization of 11 million illegals.


23 posted on 02/27/2013 6:22:24 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: Mike Darancette
How many of the fools who voted for this ass weasel will finally realize he's a worthless liar? I don't think too many of them can see past their obsession with homosexuality, free condoms, o’bobo phones and welfare payments.
24 posted on 02/27/2013 6:52:42 AM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: peeps36

those people are goners, they might as wel be an alien species.

and to think THEY are the votes Romney chased during his campaign

the WalMart shoppers, liberalazzis and welfare classes will only blame Republicans for refusing to “raise taxes on the rich” and “work with” obama


25 posted on 02/27/2013 7:09:09 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: xzins
School districts should actually look into this.

No they shouldn't. Salaries would not be saved. Utilites wouldn't be saved because the light and heat would still be on the same number of hours. It might save on lunches but then some bozo would demand a free afternoon snack so we're back up to the normal food costs. It would save on bus maintainance and gas but that wouldn't offset our tax dollars enough. Then you'd have parents crying about having to hire babysitters for that extra day so no way would we ever go to 4 days in the public schools.

If they really wanted to save tax dollars, they'd make year round school with semesters starting and ending alternately so one group of students attends winter/spring/summer, another spring/summer/fall and the third group summer/fall/winter. That way cities could handle 33% more students so there's no need to build more campuses thus saving the taxpayers.

26 posted on 02/27/2013 8:02:47 AM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

The year-round idea you propose has some merit. I still think the transporation and utilities costs would be lower with 4 days of school rather than 5.

There is no reason thermostat setting throughout a building should be the same when people are not present in those portions of the building.

And, of course, all maintenance, driver, and cafeteria help should be hourly (or hourly based) and not salaried.


27 posted on 02/27/2013 8:16:48 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin
It's another manufactured crisis which could have been resolved months ago if Obama had wanted to.

He's counting on the media to play the story in such a way that the Republicans look bad, he gets his tax increase, or both.

When Clinton shut down the government, the media did a very effective job of making it appear to be the Republican Party's fault.

28 posted on 02/27/2013 8:50:45 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

I remember that and they are going to do the same again


29 posted on 02/27/2013 9:18:55 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: EBH
Actually, I don’t think 0bama ever intended on negotiating out of the sequester.

Obama doesn't negotiate. He simply turns up the rhetoric and then waits for the opposition to fold. The only way to stop him is to refuse to fold. Unfortunately, 'the opposition' at this point consists of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. And so far, their track record on folding sits at 100%.

30 posted on 02/27/2013 9:26:24 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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