Skip to comments.Obama: Replace 'dumb' sequester cuts with 'smarter' cuts
Posted on 04/27/2013 5:07:29 AM PDT by haffast
WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday Congress should replace "dumb" federal spending cuts before the so-called sequester "causes further damage."
In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president said the sequester -- a series of automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts -- was a bad idea when Congress adopted it and "as the country saw this week, it's a bad idea now."
Obama said the cuts are affecting families whose children are being "kicked out of Head Start programs," and "seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels to live independently."
"There are military communities -- families that have already sacrificed enough -- coping under new strains," he said. "All because of these cuts."
He noted furloughs of air traffic controllers resulted this week in flight delays with travelers "stuck for hours in airports and on planes, and rightly frustrated by it."
"And, maybe because they fly home each weekend, the Members of Congress who insisted these cuts take hold finally realized that they actually apply to them too," Obama said.
"Republicans claimed victory when the sequester first took effect, and now they've decided it was a bad idea all along," he said. "Well, first, they should look at their own budget. If the cuts they propose were applied across the board, the FAA would suffer cuts three times deeper."
"A couple weeks ago, I put forward a budget that replaces the next several years of these dumb cuts with smarter cuts; reforms our tax code to close wasteful special interest loopholes; and invests in things like education, research, and manufacturing that will create new jobs right now," Obama said.
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unmitigated gall Obama
- the nerve or balls to do something.
You have the "unmitigated gall" to strip in public!
nerve chutzpah cojones balls audacity
"The Audacity of Dope"
It is the nature of Sequestration that there is absolutely no flexibility in the cuts — except when there is flexibility in the cuts.
Replace muslim president with American.
Sequester welfare, food stamps, section 8, Medicaid (not to mention EPA, DOE, OSHA, and the rest of the useless alphabet fascist departments in Washington) - all the freeloader programs that have gotten this country into the financial mess that it’s in.
Yet there’s plenty of money for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt...
How many Department of Agriculture employees or Department of Education employees have been furloughed?
GOP: Sequestration must be replaced by ‘smarter’ cuts
April 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM
The word came down, from the top of this Current Regime squatting in the White Hut, to make the effects of any “sekester” slowdowns in spending , visible and applied in the ways most frustrating to the American public.
Low-information voters will be easily led to believe this was all the fault of:
A. Those Congressional Republicans;
B. George W. Bush;
C. Global Warming;
D. Lax gun laws throughout the US;
E. T.E.A. party activists;
F. Wall Street;
G. A combined cabal of Christians and Jews; or
H. All of the above.
The Audacity of Dope - now that’s funny! Thanks for the laugh!
I want you to imagine if a Republican president had used such crudity; “...dumb...”
Could you not hear the howls calling for his head - after insulting the mute?
There is no empathy within the resident zero - none.
Every utterance outta his mouf is tainted with scorn for others. He can’t hide it. It’s not funny, either:
You gotta love it.
It’s always the same solution with this guy-raise taxes, more spending.
It’s working sooooo well.
SEIU members laid off? I think not.
Smart Cuts= gutting the military to a Luxembourg level
I’m liking sequestration more and more.
Across the board cuts that at least restrain the growth of spending. For things that are really critical (like having ATC and safely managed airspace) Congress can restore the funding on a onesie-twosie basis.
The only issue I see with this right now is that Congress isn’t hauling Dept and Agency heads up to the Hill to justify WHERE they’re choosing to make their sequestration cuts. Which seems to be in places designed to cause the most visible pain possible. Emphasis on “visible”.
They’ll reduce Meals on Wheels, except the for “paper shufflers” in the back room. The benefits may get reduced, but the Bureaucrats Are Forever.
If his purple lips are movin’, he’s lyin’. Sequester, including “dumb sequester”, was El Bozo’s idea in the first place. It’s a good thing for him that Americans are stupid.
The “smartest” sequester cut would be to de-fund anyone appointed by or supporting this fascist president, nobama. The second “smartest” sequester cut would be to evict nobama’s family and hangers-ons from the white hut.
“It is the nature of Sequestration that there is absolutely no flexibility in the cuts except when there is flexibility in the cuts.”
If there was an opposition party it would say to the President — “Send us your proposal since you are in charge of the executive branch and therefore know where the cuts can be made.”
Obama making statements such as the one he made about the sequester is like the CEO of a company complaining to the board of directors he can’t do his job. Why don’t the Republicans call him on it?
So was it a bad idea when Der Leader thought it up?
Tossing kids out of Head Start is a good idea. It’s nothing more than a government indoctrination center anyway. Staffed with minimum wage drones that have no clue. Except, of course, for the Executive Director who pulls down big $$.
Actually, this is Obama claiming that he’s smarter than others. Listen to him, he’s smart.
Say, Barry - the dumb cut was YOUR idea.
I know most people have forgotten that but I haven’t.
Dumb cuts from dumb ideas from dumb ivy leaguers . . .
Yet he was able to command all federal agencies to cut where the public would feel it most.
My plan to save a trillion dollars (over the next ten years): you and Pluggs pay for your own damn vacations.
If there was a BUDGET ,na that wouldn’t work
Not a damn thing “dumb” about nobama’s sequester cuts. Well planned to inflict pain so as we will collectively cry to the Conservatives to give us our gubmit back.
Its going to take much more than EVICTING nobama’s herd from the WhiteyHut. Once they are out it’ll require nuclear level roach fumigation and a gigantic Holmes on Homes rebuild.
This ranks right up there with the guy who killed his parents, then asked for mercy because he was an orphan.
Let’s review the bidding:
* the sequester was proposed by Obama to break the impass - GOP wanted some (smart) cuts, the Dems wanted no cuts.
* the GOP offered to pass a bill to allow Obama to move money around to make the across the board cuts into “smart cuts”, and Obama refused it.
* and NOW Obama complains that the squester cuts weren’t “smart”.
BTW - the “cuts” were not cuts — they were cuts in the rate of growth (e.g., from 6% line item growth instead of the original 8% growth), and we should be very careful to always explain the difference. Just like we should always distinguish “cutting taxes” from “cutting tax rates”, especially when cutting tax rates usually results in increasing tax revenues.