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  •  You're the Type the Republican Messaging is (1+ / 0-)
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    designed for.

    And I don't subscribe to debate tactics that begin and end with accusations that your facts are wrong
    So you start out willfully blind to any opponents whose facts actually are wrong. Such as the opposition we face today. Although I don't think there's any real debate going on about this. The tea party wants the cuts triggered because they want a total end to the New Deal legacy as soon as possible. Tying up government and constantly triggering these crises is the most direct way they can move us toward their goal. They don't care about how things work because their political religion is the the government shouldn't do them at all.

    The issue with sequestration is that the cuts will be concentrated in limited areas and so will be much more drastic than a few % cut spread across all spending.

    The cut in airport security inspectors for example is expected to double wait times to board. That'll be very disruptive to the flying public.

    I'm sure others will be along with considerably more detail.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 03:08:15 PM PST

    •  Doubling wait times at airports will certainly (0+ / 0-)

      grab some media attention.  How much of the wait time right now is actually warranted by the real threat?   The whole TSA thing is bullshit to a large degree.  But, I will agree with you in this...if you want to rile the public up, make them wait even longer in an already meaningless line.

      I'm not willfully blind to anything, my friend.  The GOP agreed to set aside entitlement programs at the get go in this whole sequestration thing...and it will, mark my words, be the most strategic move they made.  When the cuts, as the powers that be allow them to fall, cut off things that are penny ante, but nonetheless popular, the backlash will be against those programs that didn't get cut.

      I can think of many diaries here that have advocated for shared sacrifice and shared pain.  This sequestration was designed to circumvent that, in my opinion, and cause certain pinch points in nonessential areas that are nonetheless popular.

      I think the jury is still out as to how this plays out.  What pisses me off is that there is no honesty in the discussion.

      Why has life become so expensive, and so inflationary, that a 2.4% cut in spending spells disaster?  That is the real question.

      Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:17:28 PM PST

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      •  The sequestration is deliberately being handled .. (0+ / 0-)

        this way in order to impact the maximum number of people possible, in hopes of pissing off enough people that funds will be restored so that corruption can continue as usual.  There IS room to cut back without affecting employment, but instead we're cutting back people instead of orders for billions of bullets, etc.  This is where "spend all of your allocated funds, whether you actually need certain items or not, or your budget will be cut next year" has gotten us.

        This strategy WILL ultimately backfire on those who are making these decisions.  Meanwhile, will the top dogs take even a penny as a cut in pay?  Nope.  Unless and until THAT ever happens, their whining should fall on deaf ears.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:47:27 PM PST

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    •  Airport wait (2+ / 0-)

      Who cares. Let them wait.  Or, they can call their congresspeople's to deal with it.  Look, you can't have it both ways. Either government doesn't do anything, or it does something.  It creates jobs or it doesn't. If government never created a job like the GOP leadership claims in speech after speech, why is the sequester going to kill even one job.  Oh yeah. It' a talking point, not a fact.  This whole argument is fact and logic free and the voters return these idiots to Congress over and over again.  

      Everyone knows that the GOP enlarged government even more than Obama, especially Buses and the god, Reagan.  It's just that they want to spend it on their friends. Always a trillion to buy malfunctioning military aircraft, and support two big wars, ten small wars and 1000 foreign military bases.  

    •  you don't know my type any more than I know (1+ / 0-)
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      yours, Gooserock.

      Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:53:43 PM PST

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