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Obama: Replace 'dumb' sequester cuts with 'smarter' cuts
UPI ^ | April 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM | UPI

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."

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"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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: audacityofdope; budget; hubris; liar; spokesmodel
It was those rascally Republicans.

1. 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"

1 posted on 04/27/2013 5:07:29 AM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

It is the nature of Sequestration that there is absolutely no flexibility in the cuts — except when there is flexibility in the cuts.


2 posted on 04/27/2013 5:09:59 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: haffast

Replace muslim president with American.


3 posted on 04/27/2013 5:10:48 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: haffast

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.


4 posted on 04/27/2013 5:11:32 AM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: haffast

Yet there’s plenty of money for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt...


5 posted on 04/27/2013 5:11:37 AM PDT by Bon mots (The police will protect you! Like they did in Boston. Trust them...)
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To: ClearCase_guy

How many Department of Agriculture employees or Department of Education employees have been furloughed?


6 posted on 04/27/2013 5:12:26 AM PDT by Hoodat (I stand with Rand.)
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To: haffast

GOP: Sequestration must be replaced by ‘smarter’ cuts
April 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/04/27/GOP-Sequestration-must-be-replaced-by-smarter-cuts/UPI-94951367063681/#ixzz2RfIZkrRC


7 posted on 04/27/2013 5:14:26 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast

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.


8 posted on 04/27/2013 5:16:02 AM PDT by alloysteel (Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.)
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To: haffast

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HOBTUCv4o0


9 posted on 04/27/2013 5:25:15 AM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: haffast

You gotta love it.

It’s always the same solution with this guy-raise taxes, more spending.

It’s working sooooo well.


10 posted on 04/27/2013 5:35:54 AM PDT by Velvet_Jones
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To: Hoodat

SEIU members laid off? I think not.


11 posted on 04/27/2013 5:40:11 AM PDT by Straight8
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To: haffast

Smart Cuts= gutting the military to a Luxembourg level


12 posted on 04/27/2013 5:40:20 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: haffast

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”.


13 posted on 04/27/2013 5:41:01 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: haffast

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.


14 posted on 04/27/2013 5:46:50 AM PDT by radioone
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To: haffast

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.


15 posted on 04/27/2013 5:47:23 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

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.


16 posted on 04/27/2013 6:00:25 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“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?


17 posted on 04/27/2013 6:23:58 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: haffast
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."

So was it a bad idea when Der Leader thought it up?

18 posted on 04/27/2013 6:25:21 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: haffast
He has a knack for saying the right things - while he absolutely does not mean it.
When he says the wrong things, then he means it.

19 posted on 04/27/2013 6:27:57 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: haffast

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 $$.


20 posted on 04/27/2013 6:39:35 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Velvet_Jones

Actually, this is Obama claiming that he’s smarter than others. Listen to him, he’s smart.


21 posted on 04/27/2013 6:41:04 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberal: A person who charges their grandchildren for today's party)
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To: haffast

Say, Barry - the dumb cut was YOUR idea.

I know most people have forgotten that but I haven’t.


22 posted on 04/27/2013 7:00:04 AM PDT by DManA (M DE)
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To: DManA

Dumb cuts from dumb ideas from dumb ivy leaguers . . .


23 posted on 04/27/2013 7:25:46 AM PDT by Susquehanna Patriot (U Think Leftist/Liberals Still Believe That Dissent = Highest Form of Patriotism?)
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To: haffast

Yet he was able to command all federal agencies to cut where the public would feel it most.


24 posted on 04/27/2013 7:37:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: haffast
Hey 0!
You can start with a Sea Quester (deep six) of those golf clubs.

My plan to save a trillion dollars (over the next ten years): you and Pluggs pay for your own damn vacations.

25 posted on 04/27/2013 7:43:01 AM PDT by Zuse
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To: haffast

If there was a BUDGET ,na that wouldn’t work


26 posted on 04/27/2013 7:56:16 AM PDT by molson209
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To: haffast

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.


27 posted on 04/27/2013 9:22:15 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: hal ogen

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.


28 posted on 04/27/2013 9:27:24 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: haffast

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.


29 posted on 04/27/2013 5:14:37 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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