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The whole idea of the sequester is shared pain across the board. The congress hasn't acted to aid the long term unemployed. The congress hasn't been moved by cuts in aid to the poor or hungry. Help for students or head start? Forget it. But dammit, don't delay my flight.

In the interest of fairness the only proper thing to do would be for Obama to veto any bill that eases sequestration discomfort for any one group. Across the board means across the board. Letting this congress choose who feels more or less of the inconvenience is a mistake. Either fix it or live with it. The republicans wanted it, they should own it.

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  •  But then (2+ / 0-)

    the rich folk .. pardon. Job creators would have to wait an extra hour or two to get ... around to do their extra important job creator stuff that they do.

    fun aside -- he has to sign it or a plan will crash somewhere and then they scream it's Obama's fault.

    Back to the fun ...

    Won't someone!! Somewhere do something for the rich folk!!

  •  If he vetoed the bill, he would own the sequester (5+ / 0-)

    The problem, once again, is the Senate that passed this rather then insisting on an across the board fix.

    We were not ahead of our time, we led the way to our time.

    by i understand on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:04:12 PM PDT

  •  He should give them a taste of their own meds. (4+ / 0-)

    You know, negotiating!  He should ask for bring back an equal amount of money for the poor, eldery, kids, and jobless.  And if that doesn't work, he should just ask them to find other cuts to pay for it.  It would still suck for the poor but at least people would see clearly what's really going on here.

    The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

    by Back In Blue on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:08:14 PM PDT

    •  Back in Blue - the bill passed both the House (2+ / 0-)
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      Anne Elk, Kickemout

      and Senate with veto proof majorities. The President knows if he calls back Congress they will either override his veto or the entire bill will die.

      If the POTUS doesn't sign it he will, in the eyes of the public, exclusively own the air traffic controllers furloughs and flight delays. With the heavy family summer travel season soon approaching, the political damage for the President would hurt his agenda across the board.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:03:09 PM PDT

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      •  I suspect that if vetoed the Dems in Congress (1+ / 0-)
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        Would uphold. They made a craven calculus. If the Pres stands up, most Dems would go along,  but it isn't going to happen, Dems care just as little about the powerless as the Reps.

      •  Didn't realize it had been passed. (0+ / 0-)

        I've had my head down with overwhelming amount of work.
        He can do what he likes on this one as far as I'm concerned. The politics of this are so fucking stupid.  I just don't understand how Obama can watch "I got 98% of what I wanted" Bonerbrain stand there with Obamaquester and put this all on him.   It was a stupid idea to begin with, but I don't know anyone personally who ever thought it would go into effect.

        GOING FOWARD, however, I stand by my statement.  Obama either gets aggressive and starts pushing HIS agenda or we're all just waiting around for 2016.

        The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

        by Back In Blue on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:59:36 AM PDT

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        •  They don't want to sit on the tarmac, so (0+ / 0-)

          of course, they will joing pugs in overriding any veto.  

          The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

          by Back In Blue on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 11:01:00 AM PDT

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  •  We'll see & FIGHT! (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm 62
    I think what a lot of younger people don't quite understand is that Obama understands the perpetuators of evil and the mass brainwashing they employ to twist the dialogue.
    One of those eery things. One of the first things Reagone did in 1981 was fire thousands of striking air controllers. The start of Union busting. The TWIST being who started what & I'd rather have healthy Union air traffic controllers.
    It's the psychology of the thing. A plane crashes because of lack of controllers. The blame goes to Obama.
    I think Obama's doing a good job, flying under the radar & spottin' "perfect repuke storms" I'm sure it isn't easy.
    Has he made some mistakes because some of the people under him haven't been forthwith. Yes. The only major one I can think of is the Mass. DA., whatever her name is should be at a desk lickin' stamps. Bad energy. He needs to tune his radar on some & question whether they are putting out good energy or bad. I don't blame him. It isn't easy. Obama knows who we are fighting.
    P.S. The new bush/chainy I'monnia latrine looks like one of those buildings hitler built. Perfectly nauseating. It wouldn't surprise me, a dimensions copy. That's their mindwash!
    The funny thing is it's the only Prez. liebury with a hole bunch of nicknames :)
    And to add to the WHOLE tinfoil hat:
    I still think the current wars were started to divert attention from cloning. Can you imagine trying to tell the difference between cloned bush"s? One would say one word of a sentence. One another. It wouldn't be a long sentence.
    I hope I'm OK doing some humor in such a sad time.

  •  Veto-proof majority. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:40:11 PM PDT

  •  They'll just pass it over his veto. (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, Kickemout

    He will take the abuse and then wont get any credit for the fix.

    He's beaten on the sequester.

    •  No, he should use this as an opportunity (7+ / 0-)

      Schedule a prime time address to the nation. In that address he should discuss the history of the sequester, how it came about and the context of the times. Then bring up the current FAA funding attempt to make some shared pain "more equal than others". Then bring up the Reinhart Rogoff controversy in the context of destroying the pretext for the sequester in the first place. Then have a brief discussion of the nature of Keynesian economics, and challenge Congress to act in the best interests of the country.

      "In every previous recession since the Great Depression government spending was increased to counter the effects of unemployment and stimulate the economy - and it worked! This time a large contingent of lawmakers were mislead by this erroneous study and starved our recovery, costing an estimated 14 million more unemployed Americans over the past three years. It is time for this policy of austerity to end. It has had terrible results everywhere it's been tried, and there is no longer any rational reason for continuing on this path."

      "I am choosing to veto this bill which gives sequester relief only to air travelers. Congress may choose to override this veto if they wish, but to do so without acting to remove the pain of the sequester across the board is highly unfair to our seniors, the disabled, and others of the most vulnerable Americans. It is highly unfair to the long term unemployed who have already been harmed enough by these misguided policies over the past few years."

      "I call on Congress to end this sequester now and pass stimulus spending to repair our bridges and other crucial infrastructure across the country. This will put thousands back to work, and through their renewed spending create the demand to spur additional new hiring. And because state and local public employees were hit particularly hard since 2009, I call up Congress to restore block grant funding to the states to enable the hiring of 50,000 new emergency responders - police and firefighters, and 50,000 new teachers. These actions will begin to repair the damage done by the austerity policies of the last Congress. Thank You and Good Night."

      Then there's no way that he "owns" the sequester through his veto. Of course, he'll never do this. I agree, he'll do the "centrist, pragmatic" thing. Sigh.

      Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

      by kbman on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:29:21 PM PDT

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      •  Why would PBO want to end the sequester? (1+ / 0-)
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        This is unfolding like he wanted it. He wanted austerity, but couldn't get his Grand Bargain passed. The sequester is just a way to get there, and he's pretty satisfied with that.

        The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

        by cybrestrike on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 06:35:04 AM PDT

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  •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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    ...even as a futile statement of principle.  But it pains me to think he'll just sign it and move on.

    America, we can do better than this...

    by Randomfactor on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:55:50 PM PDT

  •  how about (0+ / 0-)

    1)  sign the bill

    2) FAA restores funding to system

    3) FAA continues furloughs (thereby not favoring controllers over other federal workers) AND

    4) Instruct the FAA to use the money to hire additional controllers to make up for shortage in controllers and eliminate delay causing shortfall in manpower.

    5) Rub rethug noses in expanded federal workforce.

    "We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union."

    by voodoochild62 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:11:53 PM PDT

    •  No way! (0+ / 0-)

      That just continues to screw the existing workers while giving the 'thugs what they want - no airport delays. Furthermore, there would be no chance of getting the funding to cover those additional workers if the sequester were lifted.

      Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

      by kbman on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:34:44 PM PDT

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  •  I agree with the diarist 100 per cent. President (5+ / 0-)

    Obama should veto the bill, and in the veto message, tell Congress that the only sequester resolution is to end the entire sequester, with no exceptions.  Nothing else is acceptable.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:30:20 PM PDT

  •  All animals equal; but some more equal than others (0+ / 0-)

    -As always, it's blatantly obvious that Congress continues to serve its true constituency. Not the American people, but the affluent business and plutocrat class that writes the checks for their campaigns. Hence, no inconvenience to the travel plans of the plutocrat/business class will be permitted.

    The working poor?
    "Fuck 'em" says Congress.

    One more example of the principle: Don't tell me what you believe. Show me what you do, and I'll tell you what you believe.

  •  Screwing wth ATC is SO presidential! (0+ / 0-)

    Just ask Reagan!

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