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The Sequester seemed like a pretty swell idea when it was created as it put the death industry in a bit of a bind. Either Republicans would have to come up with a way to reduce the deficit or their lords and masters in the weapons biz would lose a steep chunk of funding. But I guess the war mongers will simply make up in taxes what they lose on tanks.

Regardless of what front-running phonies like John Boehner say the Democrats have a pretty good plan to balance the sequester cuts. The GOP, not so much. Right now it appears they'd rather the economy take a tumble so they can blame the ensuing unemployment spike on the Democrats in 2016.

Yes, poor people suffering, rich people continuing to rake it in, and ultimately blaming their own malfeasance on the Democrats. That's win-win-win in Conservative Land.

The odd thing about the upcoming sequestration is that it doesn't have to happen at all. Congress could simply agree to keep spending at current levels and no one would really notice except, that is, the bankers getting fat on the usurious interest Americans pay on the debt.

Since the Republican Party is garnering the lion's share of the blame for this mess, and they're damn sure not going to vote to raise taxes on the rich, kicking this sequestration can on down the road is very likely to happen at the last minute. Wait and see.

-Lefty-

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  •  The sequester cuts are bad (0+ / 0-)

    but lets face it - if Congress could work together - to come up with 85 billion in spending cuts in a 4 trillion dollar budget should be simple.

    Knowing the political climate - The President should have never agreed to the sequester knowing it was going to be a political football.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:53:12 AM PST

    •  Back in the summer of 2011, (0+ / 0-)

      the Republicans were ready to throw the Treasury into default on the U.S. debt.  What would you have had the president do in the face of such a threat?  You can say the president shouldn't have negotiated with the hostage-takers, but it's his responsibility to protect the country from "enemies both foreign and domestic."

      The Republicans apparently feel no such responsibility.  They are now rationalizing the idea that plunging  the country into another recession is a good strategic political move for them.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:36:42 PM PST

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  •  Actually it was always a horrible idea (1+ / 0-)
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    As far as I can tell, the Republicans treated it as a joke because they believed, fervently, that by this time they would own the House, the Senate, and the White House, and could cram through even deeper cuts to (or elimination of) social programs and everything else the government does, while protecting military contractors and other corporate welfare and cutting taxes on the wealthy. Obama agreed to it because at the time he still believed the Republicans would sooner or later sit down with him and bargain in good faith. They were both tragically wrong, and we are all going to suffer the consequences.

    The whole concept that somehow "fair" consists of "you give up your AK-47 and I'll give up eating" is actually nuts. If cuts were really needed (which they're not), you do not want to do across-the-board arbitrary percentages; you want policy decisions about what's "essential" and what's "frills," and you want those decisions free of highly-paid lobbyists shilling for their frilly clients.

    All of this could be avoided with a few simple tweaks: Raise the tax bracket for the top folks another 1%; put in a teensy financial transactions tax; raise the cap on earnings on which Social Security is paid; and authorize (instruct) Medicare to negotiate discounts with drug companies. But that would not satisfy the "Fix the Debt" billionaires' cartel, so the insanity will continue.

    •  The Republicans think this is a winning move. (0+ / 0-)

      If it results in another recession, the deficit won't go down despite the meat-axe approach, and they figure the president will be blamed for the carnage.

      I don't think the American people are as blind-stupid as the GOP thinks they are.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:42:55 PM PST

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  •  So pass a budget. (0+ / 0-)
    ...you want policy decisions about what's "essential" and what's "frills," and you want those decisions free of highly-paid lobbyists shilling for their frilly clients.
    Lobbying is legal.
  •  It's all of their faults (0+ / 0-)

    D's and R's running around blaming each other. What a crock. R's worn raise taxes and D's turn a blind eye to the fact that many social programs are going to collapse under their own.

    Don't expect anything different until we get better leaders.

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