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  •  Thanks for the response Angie (2+ / 0-)
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    Maverick80229, misslegalbeagle

    I miss many things, but yes, I am aware of all the horrible effects that you listed ...
    -To me, shortening the hostage list of groups affected by sequestration by the republicans is a step towards the common good, and celebrating when some folks are freed doesn't imply that you want or accept that congress continues to hold others hostage (e.g.,headstart and extended Unemployment Insurance payments).

    When a hostage taker says, "hey, I'll let these guys go"... you don't say,"you bastard how dare you hold all the other guys!"
     You say, "sure set those guys free!"... and we will continue to lobby for the others in the continued struggle that we may be able to free them.

    I get the feeling we are on the same side of this issue, but have opposite perspectives on how it should be played out..
    yours in peace--

    You can go almost anywhere you want if you just keep walking

    by tharu1 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:13:55 PM PDT

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    •  No, saving only the hostages that Rs care about (5+ / 0-)

      Won't make them more likely to save the hostages they want to shoot. All this did was embolden the Republicans to keep making "commonsense(tm)" proposals to concentrate the sequester pain on disadvantaged (lobbyist free) groups.

      •  As I see it, this sets a precedent... (0+ / 0-)

        As I see it, this vote sets the precedent for the repeal of the defense portion of sequestration.  We already know that Obama hates the defense cuts:  He criticized the Simpson-Bowles plan not for its gutting of the welfare state, but for its trimming of the warfare state.  I'm sure that you have enough conservative Democrats to go along with the Republicans to repeal the defense portion of sequestration and, rather than replace it with more cuts to the poor, simply replace it with nothing.  And Republicans can continue to do just that---figure out what pieces of sequestration they want repealed (because the WaPo and WSJ editorial boards will want the same), drum up some political pressure, and the Democrats will all cave.

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