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  •  Allright...I have a question for this smallish (6+ / 0-)

    community...

    Between checking on the chicken to make sure it doesn't burn...

    I've been following the sequestration debate here, and I am depressed...

    sorry...gotta go turn the chicken.

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

    by Keith930 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:14:22 PM PDT

    •  here's my question... (5+ / 0-)

      Who is more hard headed and intransigent?  Those on the Right or those on the Left?

      I mean...look...these cuts cut be mitigated at the top level...but every time I suggest that, I get pissed upon by people here who say :  "Why should we prioritize...why should we mitigate this?"  They seem to believe that the best way to respond to an across the board cut is to make sure it is across the board, without any endeavor to prioritize from the top level department down in order to minimize the impact to the public at large.

      A large majority of people here seem to agree that politics is a blood sport.  Not a process that serves the public.  I see hardheadedness and rock solid intransigence from both sides.

      It's no wonder we ended up with this sequester, and this across the board spending cut.

      Nobody can agree upon anything...let alone pass a budget.  A Budget is all about prioritizing.

      If you can do that, you can't pass a budget.  And I agree we need more revenue.  Having said that...If everything is a priority, and cannot be placed either above or below a baseline...then you are seriously fucked up.  I prioritize.  You do too.  So should Congress.

      That is not a Right Wing Talking Point.  It is reality.

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

      by Keith930 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:32:04 PM PDT

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      •  the military-industrial-congressional-complex's... (7+ / 0-)

        priorities are screwed and they don't reflect the people's priorities, unfortunately.

        speaking for myself, i could fix the budget so that we would have significant surpluses based upon the current tax revenue.  unfortunately, if i were allowed to do that, the first thing that would happen is that despite my best efforts, revenues would crash.  why? because we are in the midst of a demand shortage.

        let's set this straight - this is not a permanent condition, but right now the economy is stuck because it needs more demand to generate employment, which will generate growth, which will cause the moneybags corporations that are sitting on $2 trillion dollars in cash to spend it in order to increase production to meet increased demand - rinse, repeat.  

        how do you get that "more demand" that starts that cycle?  you buy it.  it requires somebody putting money into a particular part of the the economy to prime the pump, so to speak.  money needs to get into the pockets of the regular folks at the bottom of the food chain.  they are the most efficient drivers of economic growth - they are actually the "job creators" fabled in song and story.

        now, once we get people stabilized, working and eating regularly, then we need to make another step... we need to start creating a sustainable economy.  we need an economy that doesn't rely on growth in order to keep everybody going.  i have some ideas about that, but i think that i've kinda answered your question and don't want to turn a comment into a textbook here.

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:55:13 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know how these people you mention (3+ / 0-)
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        categorize themselves:

        They seem to believe that the best way to respond to an across the board cut is to make sure it is across the board, without any endeavor to prioritize from the top level department down in order to minimize the impact to the public at large.
        But I sure as hell don't categorize them as anything remotely "left" politically.

        Hi Keith!

        If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

        by Oaktown Girl on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 08:39:34 PM PDT

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