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Hail Armageddon: Why this administration has every incentive to make the sky fall.
National Review ^ | 03/01/2013 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 03/01/2013 7:02:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Edited on 03/01/2013 7:08:34 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

‘The worst-case scenario for us,” a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told the Washington Post, “is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens.”

Think about that. Worst case? That a government drowning in debt should cut back by 2.2 percent — and the country survives. That a government now borrowing 35 cents of every dollar it spends reduces that borrowing by 2 cents “and nothing bad really happens.” Oh, the humanity!


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armageddon; sequester; sequestration

1 posted on 03/01/2013 7:03:01 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is for all low information voters ....

Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.) co-authored the Decrease Spending Now Act. It would shift to debt relief a whopping $45 billion in tax revenues now stalled in dormant federal accounts.

“Hundreds of billions of dollars are borrowed and then left unspent because Congress routinely bites off more than it can chew,” Rubio stated. Added Price: “Leaving billions of taxpayer dollars to gather dust in federal coffers only encourages fiscal irresponsibility. By rescinding this unspent and unobligated money — funds that the government clearly can do without — we can contribute to the larger goal of breaking the government’s habit of borrowing and spending money we cannot afford.”

Senator Rand Paul would cut $85 billion annually by not replacing departed federal employees ($6.5 billion in savings), bringing the $128,226 in average yearly federal civilian compensation closer to the private sector’s $64,560 (reducing $32 billion), curtailing federal travel by 25 percent ($2.25 billion), limiting Pentagon research to military applications ($6 billion), requiring competitive bids on government contracts and paying market wages on federal projects ($19 billion), and halving foreign aid ($20 billion).

The Public Interest Research Group and the National Taxpayers Union jointly identified $1 trillion in ten-year savings through 56 budget cuts that liberals and conservatives should love. These range from killing a $10 million biodiesel-education grant to a $160 billion modernization of federal computer systems. The $77 billion Crop Insurance program should be uprooted. The feds own some 55,500 buildings that are “not utilized or underutilized.” Sell them. Even giving them away would save taxpayers $17 billion in maintenance expenses — on empty buildings!

PIRG and NTU urge Medicare to calibrate excessive labor and office-space outlays with the actual prices that prevail in lower-cost communities. Savings: $47.6 billion.

Rather than spend $179,750 per hour to fly Air Force One from rally to rally to demonize Republicans, Obama should sit still long enough to send Congress a budget request. The federal Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 mandates that the president’s spending plan reach Capitol Hill by the first Monday of February. Obama’s last two budgets arrived late, and this year’s is AWOL. Before Obama barks at Republicans yet again, he should start doing his job.

Obama keeps harping about teachers, police, firefighters not being paid, airplane delays, and the hollowing of our defense when there is so much FAT that can be cut.


2 posted on 03/01/2013 7:12:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Your post is from a commentary by Deroy Murdock in National Review. Mr. Murdock should be credited;

MARCH 1, 2013 12:00 A.M. - Chop Federal Fat, Not Bone - Obama structures the sequester for maximum pain and chaos. - By Deroy Murdock

3 posted on 03/01/2013 7:28:19 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind

In my opinion breaking the Republican opposition is an intermediary goal. He will have all the Democrats behind him in doing it but his final goal is breaking the entire country down and readying it for accepting islam.


4 posted on 03/01/2013 7:33:16 AM PST by bergmeid (I told you so - now pass the ammo.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Republican House leaders have finally discovered a winning strategy: "Do absolutely NOTHING". Any and all actions they could ever take result in only crying and derision by the Democrats and media (I know, that's redundant). So they should continue doing.....nothing.

Obama won. Let him take the lead. We will find that he will simply continue to be nothing but petulant, vindictive, and adrift. And occasionally some will notice.

5 posted on 03/01/2013 7:35:16 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: SeekAndFind

What Obama wants to happen is riots in the streets over budget cuts like in Greece and is whipping up the low information voters with these predictions of the sky will certainly fall. His purpose is to blame Republicans for letting this happen and to make him seem to be the savior. His bluff has been called and most people will not see any significant change, The MSM of course will seek out any instance of bad things happening as a result of the sequester and will lie as needed to make it seem worse. Sad that Obama will try to make the cuts as draconian as possible and will jeopardize the safety of the country rather than furlough a single useless bureaucrat in our bloated government. For example, instead of furloughing air traffic controllers why not cut the bureaucrats in the Department of Agriculture?


6 posted on 03/01/2013 7:38:35 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: bergmeid

This blogger from the American Thinker, I believe, gets what Obama’s plan has been all along...

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/03/obamas_sequestration_plan_works_to_perfection.html

With people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity falling all over themselves to call out Barack the bully and all his toadies for doing what they’ve been doing for the past four years is just amazing to watch. It seems as if all the so called “leaders” of the conservative movement are just as “low information” as the 51percenters who voted Obama in for a second term.

Sequestration is nothing compared to what Obama has already set in motion for our economy. Every government accounting office and the majority of leading economists have been saying for the last several years that our economic trajectory is unsustainable and if left unchecked, America will eventually go the way of Greece. And nothing has changed!

So why would the Obama White House come up with the idea of sequestration and plan not to address it until the 11th hour when they knew nothing would be done to stop it?
Here’s where you stop and think about it.

Just yesterday Obama said that we may not be going over a cliff, but sequestration will start us rolling downhill. Really - and our economy hasn’t already been rolling downhill for the last four years?

So there you have it folks. Obama’s not stupid, he knew the wheels would start coming off the economy sometime this year (as many economists have predicted) and he just spent the last couple of weeks on another blame tour (on our dime) explaining to the low information crowd that the consequences of sequestration will not only do great harm to the economy, but that it’s ALL the Republican’s fault.

Buckle-up America - the fat lady is starting to clear her throat.


7 posted on 03/01/2013 7:39:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Ideas have consequences." - Weaver

The principles and ideas underlying America's Constitutional limits on grants of power to elected officials led to individual freedom, opportunity, creativity, wealth creation, and a refuge for oppressed persons from all over the world.

The "liberal" movement which began in the late 1800's, now self-described as the "progressive" movement has brought America's citizens and their economy to this point.

So-called "progressives," in their arrogant and overwhelming desire for accumulation of power for themselves, readily acknowledge the taxing power as a useful tool for restraining motivation toward what they deem to be undesirable behavior.

On the other hand, they deny the certain fact that "taking," or taxing productive citizens also discourages and restrains opportunity and motivation toward productivity, wealth creation, and saving.

Democrats, under Obama, now have endangered the liberty of millions yet unborn with their illogical arguments on behalf of "taking" and "redistributing" the earnings of hard-working Americans. They claim they are "taking care" of those who elected them. Their "taking care" amounts to enslaving every citizen, born and unborn, for generations to come.

Their claims would fall on deaf ears, if most citizens understood their Constitution's limits on the powers of government. Here what some of the Founders said about the policies of today's "progressive" Democrats.

"To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:39

"I deem [this one of] the essential principles of our government and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration:... The honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:322

"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23

"[With the decline of society] begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia [war of all against all], which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:40

"Is it now high time for the people of this country to explicitly declare whether they will be free men or slaves. It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerns more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent, it is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice.” - Samuel Adams

And:

“The utopian schemes of leveling and a community of goods, are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional.” - Samuel Adams

8 posted on 03/01/2013 8:23:25 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: The Great RJ
What Obama wants to happen is riots in the streets over budget cuts like in Greece and is whipping up the low information voters with these predictions of the sky will certainly fall. His purpose is to blame Republicans for letting this happen and to make him seem to be the savior. His bluff has been called and most people will not see any significant change, The MSM of course will seek out any instance of bad things happening as a result of the sequester and will lie as needed to make it seem worse. Sad that Obama will try to make the cuts as draconian as possible and will jeopardize the safety of the country

Nobody riots in the winter or spring.

Come July 1st, all the EBT cards won't get funded, the revolution is scheduled to start on the 4th of July.

9 posted on 03/01/2013 8:29:32 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bfl


10 posted on 03/01/2013 9:29:19 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Sometimes it takes calamity to lead to serenity - FReeper RacerX1128)
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