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Fixing the sequester is the easiest thing in the world to solve, but nobody other than progressives are willing to talk about the simplest solution: repealing it.
As TPM's Brian Beutler notes, outside the beltway, local media are covering of the impact of sequestration ...
From the Cronkite News: “An Arizona school superintendent said Monday that her district has already cut 40 positions because of automatic federal spending reductions and will recommend cutting 65 more and closing three schools next year to save money.”

In South Bend, Ind.,, “A $30 million dollar construction project … is delayed because of the sequester budget cuts.”

The Charlotte Observer notes, “Closing the control tower at Concord Regional Airport could cost the city hundreds of charter flights from NASCAR teams and other businesses, local officials said Wednesday after learning that the tower’s federal funding is being eliminated. … Concord officials said they were notified Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration that funding would be cut off soon.”

The Dayton Daily News learned: “Furloughed Air Force civilian workers would cost Ohio’s economy $111.1 million in lost wages through September.”

Meanwhile, inside the beltway, the closest thing anyone can do to maybe possibly do something about the sequester is have dinner at a pricey hotel to talk about cutting Medicare and Social Security while raising taxes. Nobody, anywhere—except for progressives—is talking about the sensible solution to this mess: repealing the sequester. No wonder Americans loathe how D.C. conducts its business.

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  •  No to repealing the sequester. (6+ / 0-)

    The sequester is more progressive than anything it's reasonable to expect from the Congress and White House we actually have, as opposed to the Congress and White House we fantasize about having.  The real progressive program is to leave the sequester in place until enough of our "center-right" country pressures Republicans to fold...and if they don't fold, then leave it in place until elections change the nature of Congress.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:36:39 AM PDT

    •  It's A Smack In The Face For A Recovering Economy (4+ / 0-)

      I kind of like the DOD cuts - most would agree we overspend there by factors of 2x or 3x or even more. I expect everyone's a bit sad at their particular cut, as Jed's list of 4 fed projects (airports, schools, etc).

      But some cuts make progressives happy and the overall whack govt. in the mouth just makes shivers go up the legs of cons.

      I'm also not so sure at election time, as you, that this is going to simply hurt Republicans. Their fingerprints are all over this crime scene right now, but in 1.5 years? Nov. 2014 congressional elections? I hope people have been paying attention but I doubt it.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

      by TerryDarc on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:59:17 AM PDT

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      •  but no one is proposing repealing it (3+ / 0-)

        That's not an option in DC today.

        The three basic options are:

          1. keep the sequester as is.
          2. replace the defense cuts with steeper domestic cuts (R)
          3. replace the defense cuts and some of the domestic cuts with tax increases and Social Security cuts (D-grand bargain)

        (Notice the missing #4: postpone/repeal the sequester.)

        Of the three options, #1 is the most progressive.

      •  But any "compromise" with the current players... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...would be at least as much of a smack in the face, with the added problem that it would hurt our poorest and most vulnerable people a lot more.  Sequestration is a much better smack in the face.  

        Hey, in the end if voters don't want to punish Republicans about this in 2014, that is the ultimate verdict on whether sequestration was such a terrible thing.  It's not like a compromise now, largely on Republican terms, would harm that party or help ours in 2014.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:15:27 AM PDT

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        •  I remain amazed at how politics specifically (0+ / 0-)

          focuses on never doing anything correctly. Nothing ever gets done correctly.

          And the sequester fucks us all while giving the GOP shit they dream about doing anyway.

          I am not smart enough to out why I am supposed to sheer this hugely stupid maneuver.

          The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:12:28 AM PDT

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        •  Right! Even DOD Cuts (1+ / 0-)
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          ...cost jobs in many congressional districts. These are real jobs, good paying jobs; just that it's generally a waste of money to create them.

          We have far more armaments than we need but this is balanced in some conservative representatives' minds as cuts in my district.

          What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

          by TerryDarc on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:36:07 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with you nt (2+ / 0-)
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      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:03:31 AM PDT

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    •  I agree about making the Republicans fold, (1+ / 0-)
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      but let's acknowledge real pain will be felt by real people.  What we are in effect saying in arguing to retain the sequester is we are wiling to accept some amount of "collateral damage" to the economic well being - and in some cases, the physical well being - of our fellows.  The ax will fall indiscriminately with no regard for merit.  How willing are we to deliver pain to the undeserving for the purpose of achieving a larger goal?  For me, it's really hard to accept another's suffering in the furtherance of my political agenda.

      The sun rises equally on the evil and the good, and the rain falls on both the just and the unjust despite the fact we might like it otherwise.  Just sayin'....

      "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

      by Involuntary Exile on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:30:08 AM PDT

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      •  Apparently a TRUE PROGRESSIVE overlooks the (0+ / 0-)

        real pain this causes commoners so they can cheer the abject stupidity of it thinking it is a progressive way to accomplish something.

        Yeah, lets hurt millions of poor and less-than-well-heeled people for political gain: that is all this is.

        Progressives have handed the GOP a win. GOP doesnt give a shit about winning elections if they can go ahead and demolish the government, their stated goal since 1980.
        .

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:16:05 AM PDT

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        •  Well, this progressive tries to see all pain. (0+ / 0-)

          And yeah, I'd rather hurt the middle class than the poor!  It's better to be in the hurting middle class than it is to be poor.  My assumption is that Democrats as presently constituted (at the highest levels of power, at least) will always hurt the poor to get a deal, so I don't want a deal.

          You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

          by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:29:53 PM PDT

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      •  Republicans won't fold. (0+ / 0-)

        They are thrilled with the sequester.

        It's like threatening me with a paid vacation.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:21:25 AM PDT

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        •  Only some are--most aren't. (0+ / 0-)

          They love defense (mis)spending too much.  The genius of the sequester is that it hits defense procurement especially hard.

          You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

          by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:28:04 PM PDT

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      •  There are no good options, considering the (1+ / 0-)
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        choices that our craven politicians have presented us.

        Best option (of three above) is to retain the sequester (unless it can be repealed in toto).

        Spent my entire professional career fighting for the poor, vulnerable and disenfranchised, so I share the sentiment that I'm sorry to see some supplemental programs cut back.

        But given the choice of seeing the benefits of current and future Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries slashed (315,464,000 Americans), or seeing 125,000 Americans lose their housing vouchers, I'd reluctantly go with the latter.

        Bear in mind, many of the low income folks who qualify for housing vouchers are the disabled and the retired who will ALSO be affected by draconian cuts to our social insurance programs.

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:28:19 AM PDT

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    •  Just When It Looked Like, (0+ / 0-)

      republicans couldn't behave any worse!

      I understand the 1%($) don't want to pay more in taxes. Or as little taxes as possible.

      But I don't understand why they insist on cutting govt programs. There's enough money not to have cuts.

      There already have been too many cuts in government spending toward state assistance and govt programs in the past ten years.

      How far do the republicans think they can go? Until there's only the rich and the poor in the US.

      I think even republican voters are noticing, that austerity is affecting them too. 2014 is not that far away!

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      by rebel ga on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:48:36 AM PDT

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      •  These people detest commoners. (0+ / 0-)

        They hate us. They hate you. They hate people who aren't rich.

        They think God has chose them to be rich because they are somehow better than us commoners.

        Further, the rich have never had to worry about the next paycheck, the next bill, the next car repair, the next car insurance premium or sickness or disease. They have so much money as to just not understand these basic life experiences that define reality for us commoners.

        1 MRI would leave me virtually bankrupt. Rich people can buy an MRI machine and have it painted.

        They detest commoners but long ago stopped fearing them and they have really been able to rest since the PATRIOT Act was shoved up americans asses like a Big Brother enema.

        The PATRIOT Act goes a long way in protecting the 1% from the 99% ever connecting the dots with regards as to how best to deal with the ugliness of the super-wealthy.

        Frankly, America would improve radically if the wealthy learned to fear the majority.

        Until then, you can forget it.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:20:31 AM PDT

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      •  Respectfully, it isn't 'just' Republicans who are (0+ / 0-)

        looking to cut entitlements.  Here's an excerpt and a link to the Reuters piece entitled 'Obama renews budget offer to cut social safety nets.'

        By Richard Cowan

        WASHINGTON |Sun Mar 3, 2013 6:03pm EST

        (Reuters) - President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans.

        Signaling he might be ready to explore a compromise to end automatic spending cuts that began late Friday, Obama mentioned reforming these entitlement programs in calls with lawmakers from both parties on Saturday afternoon.

        "He's reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they'd be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit," White House senior economic official Gene Sperling said on Sunday on the CNN program "State of the Union."

        So, it's happening on both sides.  And unfortunately, the Democratic Party will be forced to take 'ownership' of these cuts, just as Reagan and the Republicans did in 1983.

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 06:24:52 PM PDT

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  •  The Washington politicians are fucked up. nt (5+ / 0-)

    Republicans only care about themselves, their money, & their power.

    by jdmorg on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:36:42 AM PDT

  •  Where are all the commenters (0+ / 0-)

    who were saying this sequester business was all kabuki and overhyped? I don't see them around anymore . . .

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:38:37 AM PDT

    •  I think you've conflated those two issues. (4+ / 0-)
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      It was kabuki in the sense that no one in Washington really wanted to stop the sequester. The fact that they're still not doing anything about while actual cuts and pain are surfacing, attest to that fact. The calls about it being overhyped were coming from Republicans, not people here. I believe. Now it seems they are being proven wrong.

      •  I had plenty of argments here (2+ / 0-)
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        with those saying it was hyped. You are right about my kabuki comment, though. Where's that darn "edit comments" button?

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:49:55 AM PDT

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        •  I didn't say it, but I agree with it! (1+ / 0-)
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          I think it's a lot of hype, for real.  Past budgets, going back several years, all hurt people a lot more vulnerable than the ones being hurt by the sequester.  I don't recall a whole lot of outrage.

          You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

          by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:54:18 AM PDT

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      •  No, HM. What attests to the fact that (0+ / 0-)

        it's Kabuki, is the fact that within 24-48 hours, the President was volunteering to cut entitlements.

        It appears that this may have been the intention, all along.

        See this WaPo piece dated BEFORE the President's first inauguration in 2009:

        Obama Pledges Reform of Social Security, Medicare Programs

        By Michael D. Shear
        Washington Post Staff Writer
        Friday, January 16, 2009

        President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare "bargain" with the American people, saying that the nation's long-term economic recovery cannot be attained unless the government finally gets control over its most costly entitlement programs. . . .

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 06:40:27 PM PDT

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    •  I said it. Still say it. (5+ / 0-)

      It's Fucked-Up Ballet.

      it's horseshit from a congress where horseshit is their #1 product.

      You're still thinking its 110,984,101th level chess?

      Your dear leaders are fucking you.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:05:45 AM PDT

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      •  You really have me confused (0+ / 0-)

        with someone else if you think I am an "Obama Rox" kind of person.

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:03:45 PM PDT

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    •  It IS overhyped (0+ / 0-)

      Take that story of the school district, for example.

      The media is using examples that are way out of the norm to show how much pain is being felt.

      That school district is on an Indian reservation - Navajo.  That school district is made up in good part of tax-exempt property.

      The members of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools represent districts that rely on federal funds to make up for the loss of property taxes because of the presence of large amounts of tax-exempt federal property.
      So, yes.. this district and others like it are being hit very hard.  But, the media is making it out as if this type of suffering is widespread.  It is not.

      All President Obama has to do is take the offer of allowing him to target cuts in each department to reduce the pain.  But he won't.  He wants the maximum amount of pain to be felt and is making sure the media is fed these type of stories.

      •  It's more horseshit from our government (0+ / 0-)

        which will give you a huge scoop of it at any time.

        the media is making is seem widespread as they do THEIR JOB and blame it on Obama....who thinks its a pretty good idea

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:10:11 AM PDT

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    •  See the Reuters headline below, which (0+ / 0-)

      illustrates that the 'sequester hysteria' is/was 'Kabuki.'

      Its sole purpose was to set up a scenario that would give the Democrats 'an excuse to cut to the social safety net.'  See the Reuters headline below [and link.]

      (Reuters) - President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans.
      The entire situation is set up to provide the Democrats 'cover' for slashing entitlements.  [i.e., the old standby--hostage taking.]    That's what folks meant by Kabuki Theater.  :-)

      Mollie

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      hiddennplainsight

      by musiccitymollie on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 06:35:04 PM PDT

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  •  This is exactly what I've been noticing in the (5+ / 0-)
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    news for weeks. The national news was first - and they blathered about arguing about whether it would really make any difference, followed IMMEDIATELY by the local reporters listing exact dollar numbers to specific programs that they knew would be cut. The juxtaposition was remarkable.  Cognitive dissonance taken to an art form! For this region they listed the 100 millions in Sandy Aid that was promised but wouldn't come through, tens of millions in research grants to a local hospital, etc. - very real cuts to very real people and jobs.

    THEY SUCK!!!! Of course, their pay isn't touched so as far as they know, it's not a problem! Except for WH tours of course

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:40:59 AM PDT

  •  Control towers? (4+ / 0-)

    Shouldn't control towers pay for themselves via fees on passengers, private plane landings, cargo planes, etc?

    Why are people who take the bus places paying for people to fly?

    Why are mom & pop businesses on Main Street paying for Amazon.com to fly their merchandise?

    •  Maybe there isn't enough traffic and the federal (1+ / 0-)
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      government has to step in to keep the local economy afloat.  Which is exactly what people may start to realize.

      •  That's what billionaire Republican NFL owners say (2+ / 0-)
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        "Shut down some schools, police stations and fire stations or I will move my team to Los Angeles and it will be bad for Charlotte's/Buffalo's/Jacksonville's economy"

        I could see subsidizing control towers in Alaska or maybe on a native American reservation in South Dakota or Arizona.  

        But near me, those aviation subsidies benefit Republican ranchers and mining operations that dump toxic waste in the environment.

    •  This is really the essential point. (0+ / 0-)

      So much spending is regressive...so regressive that the progressive thing is to stop spending it, at least to get a sense of whether or not it's really necessary or worthwhile.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:56:09 AM PDT

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    •  It Doesn't Matter (2+ / 0-)
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      At least according to one other poster recently who said meat inspectors more than paid for themselves. It just doesn't matter. The sequester's a meat axe, not a scalpel.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

      by TerryDarc on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:02:30 AM PDT

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    •  Control Towers are partially (0+ / 0-)

      funded by landing fees paid by airlines. Some airports charge a landing fee for private planes, but most don't. Despite what most people think, a very large portion of private flying is done by people who are very price-conscious, so there has been a lot of resistance to charging landing fees to small planes. Besides that, the air traffic system is set up to protect not only pilots and passengers but also, importantly, people on the ground who could be put in danger of falling, flaming debris, so it is not much different that a person with no car or driver's license paying taxes that go towards federal highways. In addition, even if you've never been in an airplane in your life, many of the products you buy arrive near your town as air-freight and every time you send (or receive) a Fed-Ex package, you have used our air traffic control system. I, personally, never use a boat bigger than a kayak, but I'm still happy to pay for the Coast Guard.

      Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

      by wyckoff on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:24:42 AM PDT

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    •  Control Tower Staff (0+ / 0-)

      Are Federally funded (the local airport authority probably paid part of their tower's construction costs) because the Congress wanted control of US airspace in the hands of the Federal government.

      It also adds to flight safety by having that control invested in one entity. Look at it this way, would you rather each airline had its' own tower at every airport?

      •  Like US Customs (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, the federal government should run control towers.

        But why should people who can't afford to fly subsidize them?

        Shouldn't Walmart pay duty rates on the crap that it merchandise it brings in from Chinese prison labor camps that cover the costs of US customs?

  •  People who vote in Republican reps to Congress (8+ / 0-)

    Shouldn't complain about closed control towers. Maybe North Carolinians should give some thought to the consequences of sending Republicans to fill seven out of the state's ten congressional seats.

  •  Cancelling WH tours was spot on (9+ / 0-)

    Fucks up individual Congressmen with their constituents who want to tour DC, and the GOP guys who want to defend sequester are forced to defend its effects

  •  People in red states shouldn't complain... (4+ / 0-)
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    NC isn't the only red state learning the consequences of giving Republicans control of Congress: eight of eleven Ohio seats and seven of nine Indiana seats are held by Republicans.

    •  Does that include Democrats in those states? (0+ / 0-)

      I would think that the people who shouldn't complain are the ones who voted for Republicans and then discovered they didn't like Republican policies, regardless of whether their particular candidate won or not.

      I say this, of course, as a Democrat in NC who does not feel guilty about our state going so Red because I had nothing to do with it.

  •  Yes, repeal is the way. Simple, honest repeal, (4+ / 0-)

    without another attempt to "fix" the deficit problem that doesn't exist, or -- worse -- "fix" entitlements in a Grand Bad Bargain.

    And military spending's coming down anyway, imo.  That's Hagel's job-which-can't-be-named and the reason McCain was all upset.  Though whether from the sequester or planned cuts it won't be enough to seriously trim the Empire.

  •  If they can afford 10 thousand an hour for (3+ / 0-)
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    A private Boeing 737 can't they split the price of the air traffic controllers pay themselves?

  •  The Villagers.....'Let them eat cake.' (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The GOP can't repeal the Sequester (6+ / 0-)

    The GOP cannot EVER raise taxes.  And, if they are coerced into a back-door tax increase, as happened when the Bush Tax Cuts expired on 12-31-12, they must get a pound of flesh in return.  The Sequester is that pound of flesh.  

    I have a GOP friend who said recently that he has read this site and seen liberals crowing about how the fiscal cliff deal was all revenue and no cuts, and how that cannot be allowed to stand.  He believes that the GOP would never have made that deal, unless they knew they were going to the wall on sequester.  I don't think he's right about that.  The GOP couldn't let taxes go up on everybody, and go way up on the "producer class".  That would have been a capital crime.

    But, I do agree that the Sequester is here to stay.  Why else wouldn't the GOP have taken the president's SS/Medicare cuts deal?  It's almost too good to be true for them, and and it would have demoralized Dems.  Yet, they still turn away.  Unless,...they feel the time isn't right to get it past the Senate Dems, and they're waiting for Obama and the Media to wear them down?

    Obama does seem to want to "do something about the sequester" much more than anybody else, except, maybe the progressives (who just want repeal).  The Dems in Congress don't seem so anxious.  Maybe, because they know any deal that "fixes" the sequester is going to taste a lot like a shit sandwich.  And, unlike Obama, they aren't retiring in a few years to the corporate speaking tour.

  •  None are so blind as those who refuse to see (2+ / 0-)
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    and none are more helpless than those who specifically intend to not help.

    The sequester is Kabuki that helps the GOP because it gives them things they want.

    They want the government hobbled: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Government hobbled.

    I wonder what these geniuses - who are clearly more smarter than I'll ever be - have planned for their next trick.

    I suggest letters mailed to all Americans asking them to simply quit their jobs.

    Who knows? I a m not as smart and gifted and experienced and trained as the wise men and womerns of our great governmental process but I am certain we can easily do things even more stupid in the name of Kaubki and on accomplishing nothing at all costs.

    Lame-ass fuckers parading as leaders. Why aren't they accountable?

    Too bad the sequester rewards republicans with shit they wanted anyway.

    Brilliant maneuver.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:02:21 AM PDT

  •  The GOPers want spending cuts (4+ / 0-)

    and now they have 'em.  What could possibly be wrong with this?

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:05:50 AM PDT

    •  These aren't the cuts they want, though. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:31:11 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think that's the point (0+ / 0-)

        The GOPers yell and scream about "wasteful spending" and cherry pick silliness as an example.  Now they are faced with across the board spending cuts.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:41:16 PM PDT

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  •  This all plays into the GOP's hands. (2+ / 0-)
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    All the Republicans want is for people to think "Government = Bad", and these cuts will foster more and more anti-government sentiment.

    I don't know why Dems don't run on the idea that someone who hates Government shouldn't be tasked with running it. You wouldn't allow someone who hates animals to watch your pets. Or someone who constantly talks about how terrible children are to babysit for you. Why would anyone think someone who's entire argument is that government can't do anything right would actually go in and do anything other than try to make that a reality?

    Our Fair City...a campy post-apocalyptic science fiction radio epic!

    by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:12:23 AM PDT

  •  It is a mistake to think that the Beltway is ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... not aware of the pain that is happening in the real world.  To the Villagers, the pain is the point.  They want the real world to feel so much pain that we throw up our hands and say, '...please! Take my cut my benefits!'  The Villagers do not think that we are capable of understanding these issues on an intellectual basis - but they do think that we understand pain.  If they are unable to get us to slit our economic throats by reasoning with our intellects then they will administer enough pain so that we do it in order to make the pain stop.

    Repeat after me:

    The Village does not think that anybody else is paying attention to these matters.
    The Village does not think that anybody else understands these matters.
    The Village believes that the only way to focus the attention of the public on these matters is through broadly-felt pain.
    The Village does not think that there is any other solution to these matters but deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
    The Village does not rely on Social Security or Medicare anyway.
    The Village does not want to raise top marginal tax rates.
    The Village will never listen to us.

    Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage... the nozzle.

    by Terrapin on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:32:27 AM PDT

  •  Washington has wheels? (0+ / 0-)

    I thought the system pretty much shut that whole thing down.

    One of the major differences between Democrats and Republicans is that the former have the moral imagination to see the moral dimension of financial affairs, while the latter do not. Some pragmatists are exceptions.

    by Words In Action on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:37:29 AM PDT

  •  But but but (0+ / 0-)

    no White House tours. Media haz a sad.

    The Republican Party is now the sworn enemy of the United States of America.

    Listen to All Over The Place - we play all kinds of music!

    by TheGreatLeapForward on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:57:03 AM PDT

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