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Kick the can again? We can only hope

February 26, 2013

Sequestration is a fancy word that kind of rolls off the tongue. Surely, most taxpaying U.S. citizens know what it means by now....

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rangeral

Feb-26-13 10:14 AM

Obama set up the Bowles Simpson group to study the problem and they came back with a mix of revenue increases and spending cut, heavier on the spending cuts. Obama wanted to keep spending so he did nothing with the recommendations of this group. To get increases in the debt limit and to get revenue from the fiscal cliff situation, he came up with sequestration.

Even with these cuts, federal spending will still be up about 3% next year.

Are all the cuts wise - no - but was it politically expedient and did it kick the can down the road while the debt continued to pile up - yes.

The bottom line is still no federal budget, no one can find anything to cut and Obama can't figure out how to increase jobs. This is an absolute failure of leadership - he really doesn't know what to do and how to fix the economy.

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OIIOHH

Feb-26-13 11:51 AM

“…what needs to be done in Washington to avoid automatic budget cuts…” Since Barack Hussein became president, the federal government doesn’t operate under budgets, but instead through continuing spending resolutions. The result has been fiscal disaster. This is what happens when low-information voters decide to elect a Santa Claus community organizer to be their President.

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hartman75

Feb-27-13 10:59 AM

The FACT is, Obama HAS submitted a budget for FY2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. To claim otherwise is what happens when low information individuals post incorrect information. According to Politifact, "For fiscal year 2003, the Senate, under Democratic control in 2002, failed to pass a budget resolution of any kind. For fiscal years 1999, 2005 and 2007, the House and the Senate failed to reconcile their different bills and pass a compromise measure. In these latter three cases, the Republicans were in the majority in both chambers of Congress."

The problem lies with the inability of both sides to compromise. Every leading economist has made it clear that we CAN’T eliminate our deficit through spending cuts only - increased revenue is crucial. Obama proposed income tax reform by closing loopholes as a means to increase revenue. Republicans have OPPOSED ALL efforts to reform our tax code. Republicans refuse to compromise.

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hartman75

Feb-27-13 11:00 AM

From Jim Horney of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “The bottom line is the budget process set out in the Budget Act works pretty well when the Congress can agree on budget policies. When they cannot, no process in the world can make things work smoothly, but Congress muddles through and does what absolutely has to be done (like keeping the government from shutting down or defaulting on the debt). Not having a budget resolution in place is a symptom of the inability to reach agreement – not the cause of Congress not being able to accomplish things.”

Republicans don’t represent the American people – their strategy only serves a self-centered guided principle based on propaganda. Republican economic policies are PROVEN failures. Republicans are INTENTIONALLY making the problem worse.

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OIIOHH

Feb-27-13 12:23 PM

Hartman, you state “The problem lies with the inability of both sides to compromise.” You then go on to write a paragraph that places the ENTIRE blame on Republicans.

You sorry hypocrite.

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OIIOHH

Feb-27-13 1:13 PM

Barack Hussein got his revenue increases in January – a 2% increase in the FICA withholding for every worker and numerous new tax schemes for wealthier taxpayers. Now, where are his “compromise” corresponding spending DECREASES?

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hartman75

Feb-27-13 2:15 PM

“Reductions in funding for discretionary (i.e., non-entitlement) programs enacted last year (2011), primarily in the Budget Control Act, have produced $1.5 trillion in savings in discretionary spending for fiscal years 2013 through 2022.” –Center on Policy and Budget Priorities

In addition, for the 2013 budget, Obama has proposed cutting $400 million from the EPA; $657 million from Health and Human Services; $12 million from Dept. of Ag.; $15 million from Dept of HUD; $53 million from Dept. of Labor

Obama has proposed BOTH spending cuts and revenue increases while Republicans ONLY are willing to accept spending cuts. What part of compromise do you not understand OIIOHH?

You defend and support a political party that have created some of the largest deficits ever and presided over the two greatest economic depressions in our nation’s history while criticizing Obama’s economic policies and call ME a hypocrite? Too funny OIIOHH!

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rangeral

Feb-27-13 3:18 PM

hartman - as usual, you are light on the facts and show an unusual lack of understanding about economics. The only thing you do is blame the GOP.

Let's start with the 1.1 billion shortfall in the MN budget. Where are your solutions?

This morning I called both our senators to get a list of tax reforms they support - neither apparently has such a list. Why don't you give them a call and se what you can come up with.

The fiscal cliff was averted due to income tax increases, not spending cuts. Nobama proposed no tax reforms.

The last budget proposal was so ridiculous that all but two of the Dem senators voted against it, including Amy and Al.

The Dems are just like the Palestinians - plenty of hot air but no proposals and no concrete actions. Compromise my ass.

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OIIOHH

Feb-27-13 4:23 PM

“Reductions in funding … have produced $1.5 trillion in savings” – Gosh Hartman, Barack Hussein must be tremendously proud of that accomplishment since he campaigned in 2008 saying he would cut the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. What a wonderful fiscal steward he is!! So now why is he on the campaign trail warning everyone who will listen that $85 billion in sequestration cuts will have such dire consequences? Is it because Barack Hussein is a HYPOCRITE, or a LIAR?

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hartman75

Feb-27-13 5:39 PM

rangeral, you claim I’m light on facts but fail to dispute ANY of the many facts included in my post, then you're mind wander off into la la land with a pointless remark concerning the MN budget after which you make up some wild tale of your failure to obtain a list of tax reforms that MN senators support, followed by misinformation about the circumstances surrounding the fiscal cliff deal and previous budget proposal after which you make a ridiculous comparison that involves Palestinians and your buttocks. So what is your point? Oh wait, I get it now, you and OIIOHH don’t have a point. Why don’t you two go out and play in the snow and see if you can kick each others can down the road.

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rangeral

Feb-27-13 5:54 PM

hartman - you are clearly ready for an anger management class, and economic history. Every point I made in my post was true, while you ramble all over the place in yours.

Are you drinking and taking recreational drugs again?

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rangeral

Feb-27-13 11:27 PM

How about the $342 million spent in one year by the federal government for "conferences"? And there is no waste in government?

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rockdart

Feb-28-13 3:32 PM

Rusty, Rusty, Rusty. And OnlyOneIndividualInbredHeartlessHabitant.

Thank you for being such great ambassadors for the Gleefully Obstructing Progress party. Your dedication to boundless ignorance on behalf of all republicans is truly commendable and all of us enlightened people thank you now for the ability to hold you two as standard bearers of ignorance and @$$holiness for the 2014 elections.

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rockdart

Feb-28-13 3:37 PM

Rusty - did the BS commission (thank you for displaying your backwardness in the naming as furtherance of your perpetuation to the Moran of the Year award) recommendations get passed? No. So the BS commission produced what? Nothing. Except some dinosaur divas getting some spotlight time by giving us what passes as beltway group think. Obama actually DID try to get the BS thing through. Remember the 10:1 cuts vs revenue thing that Gerrymandering Obtuse Plutocrats wouldn't pass because of their fealty to their corporate overlords and king Grover of Norquist? Or did you lose that one in the long line of other obstruction that the Givers Of Pain have produced (which, as a do nothing group, is all they actually have produced)?

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OIIOHH

Feb-28-13 5:20 PM

“So the BS commission produced what? Nothing.” But, “Obama actually DID try to get the BS thing through.”

Thanks, Mr. President for all your effort to get NOTHING through. Thanks, Barry Hussein!

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rangeral

Feb-28-13 6:24 PM

You can't even spell "moron" correctly - and this site has spell-checking.

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rockdart

Feb-28-13 9:24 PM

oh Rusty, you're just the gift that keeps on giving. Every single person that's seen the picture of the republican/TP'er holding the "Get a Brain! Morans" sign is laughing so hard at you right now that you must be feeling the ground shake.

Your single comment toward it might actually get you that trophy!

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rockdart

Feb-28-13 9:34 PM

OlfactoryOffensiveInbredIngrateHaplessHomophobic swings for the fence and misses.

I see Yurtle the Turtle led the do nothing republican't Senators into another fillibuster session. The ink isn't even dry on fillibuster reform and they've flaunted their lack of honor multiple times already.

The people are watching. Good luck unskewing the polls.

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rangeral

Feb-28-13 10:16 PM

Only you can appear dumber with each post - and then you try a double play! Takes guts to be so wrong and put it out there for the rest of us to see.

Your village is looking for you - apparently their village idiot is missing. They will be so happy to hear that you are posting.

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rockdart

Mar-01-13 1:44 AM

Wrong how? That republicans held the country hostage over the good faith and credit of the US and in order to get the bassackward party not to damage the country, the sequester was put into the bill? That budget cuts were put into place and that the austerians have been proven wrong at every turn? That your ilk is pushing for more pain and auterity in order to try to further break the gov't? Because that's the result of the @$$inine action on the part of the republicans. That Boehner, who's chamber he is the Speaker over (constitionally where and how the money is spent) keeps trying to deflect HIS (and his caucus's) responsibility and trying to put it on the Senate - that is constantly being obstructed by republicans with fillibuster abuse, dishonable after having agreed to fillibuster reform - and on the President, who is constantly looking for compromise but consitutionally limited?

EVERYTHING republican'ts have done is detrimental and WRONG.

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rangeral

Mar-01-13 9:46 AM

You are foaming at the mouth again, rockhead.

There was an election and the status quo was maintained. The Dems want 10% spending increases every year, the GOP asked to freeze spending. Even sequester provides for a 3% increase in spending.

You appear to be a low wage earner so of course you want government money to get around your lack of drive,

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rockdart

Mar-01-13 11:38 AM

No Rusty. There was an election and the GOP lost their collective @$$es. Had it not been for Gerrymandering by the despicable and dishonorable republican'ts, the entirety of Congress would be controlled by Democrats. In the House, Democrats got 56% of the national vote but are in the minority? Dispicable. republican'ts don't really care about democracy - they care about advancing their pain platform for plutocratic power positioning. Physcopathic pariahs perpetuating personal petty petulance per pain postulance.

Pathetic. Psychotic.

Preventable?

2014.

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hartman75

Mar-01-13 12:36 PM

"You appear to be a low wage earner so of course you want government money to get around your lack of drive."

Evidently rangeral you find it impossible to express your opinions without including spiteful, ignorant and narrow-minded comments directed toward others. What satisfaction do you get from adding bigoted and abusive remarks to your commentary? The sad fact is that you don’t recognize just how repulsive your comments appear. (I'm also fairly certain you'll attempt to disprove my observation with more insults.)

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rangeral

Mar-01-13 1:24 PM

Is this the same hartman who is an economic light weight, doesn't remember history, misstates facts and likes to bully conservative writers? Is this the same person who is complaining?

By golly, yes it is!

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Spendstop

Mar-01-13 3:29 PM

What is the big deal it is only 85 billion dollars. Eric Holdem has bent 11.4 billion in jet travel so far!!!

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