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  •  And regarding sequestration (8+ / 0-)

    I've heard some folks talk almost gleefully about the defense cuts.  But people need to realize, those cuts coming so quickly and dramatically will inflict serious pain.  I know this because my in-laws, who work at an air force base here in California, are likely to see their hours reduced or even get laid off as a result of the sequestration.  For them the fiscal cliff is very real.  

    Now I agree that defense is bloated, we've doubled defense spending in the last ten years and that's simply unsustainable.  But let's not kid ourselves that there's going to be some pain, and doing it with this sequestration is going to inflict a whole lot of pain very soon.

    “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

    by puakev on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:12:24 AM PST

    •  I've heard the real problem with sequestration (2+ / 0-)
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      as it affects defense is that it is an utterly inflexible across-the-board cut, which means vital programs and needless waste get cut exactly the same. Unfortunately, it does not sound like intelligent cuts to "defense" are on the table, even though "defense" is 2/3rds of discretionary spending--all the scuttlebutt seems to point to making all the cuts to social programs, education, science, etc.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:35:00 PM PST

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