A normal person’s (as in non-politician’s) perspective on the Sequester… Or How I Came to Love the Sequester
Senator Everett Dirksen famously once said “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” If his billion here and billion there added up to $44 billion then he’d have been talking about the Sequester that seems to be everywhere in the news today. For those not familiar with the Sequester, it is the mandatory cut in federal spending set to take | Read More »
Center for American Progress’s silly Social Security sequester small-ball.
With sequester coming in less than a week, there’s a certain amount of sudden nervousness about it… among the DC/Beltway demographic (it’s never a real crisis until it affects the Imperial District, you see). So you can expect to see a few rhetorical Hail Mary plays being thrown, in the hope that one of them will resonate with the voting public… but, still. Is this | Read More »
Brief and Direct: Sequestration Needs to Happen
Sequestration is to arrive soon, allegedly to the surprise of the President, the Democrats, and the popular press. According to at least one source in that popular press, if sequestration is allowed to take effect there will be numerous programs and services to the public curtailed. Other sources, such as Chris Cillizza of WaPo, provide a less pessimistic view. A good President would seize this opportunity | Read More »
Republicans cause recession to protect the rich’s tax loopholes.
ODS (Obama Deranged Syndrome has taken over the conservative movement. As the sequester counts down, Republican house seem willfully to stand their ground and take ownership of this economy and government. This year has the pain train of higher prices, stagnating growth, and obamacare implementation barreling down the tracks and republicans are choosing to plant their flag firmly in the center of the tracks and take | Read More »
Lazy Union Labor: A Job Killer
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss a clash between an American company and the French, the job impacts of the sequester, and an economic outlook.
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GOP should pass sequester transfer authority bill
Yesterday, this column denounced President Barack Obama’s extreme fear-mongering attacks on the supposed consequences (including the action he has already taken in delaying the deployment of the usual second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf) of the automatic across-the-board “sequester” spending cuts totaling less than 3% of the federal budget, scheduled for March 1, 2013. At no time during his 19th Hole demagoguery did the Chief Executive | Read More »
Sequestration could be the liberal’s biggest fear.
I think we as conservatives should welcome the cuts coming in sequestration. I think the tilting at windmills and the hyperventilation by the media types is all ginned up. Do they really think that the government is going to stop because of a few meager cuts? Do they really think that the government will ever stop intruding into our lives because of a few insignificant | Read More »
GOP Sequester Retort Must Be: Obama’s Discretionary Threats
And not that Obama merely proposed “it”. Congress passed “it”, but “it” is a small decrease in automatic budget law increase and does not require the specific draconian budget cuts that the Chief executive threatens and could easily be absorbed without resort to any so threatened. Here is the actual text of the actual sequestration bill that the Republican House and Democratic Senate passed; and | Read More »
Obama’s Cowardly Mendacity Over Sequestration
In August 2011, Obama hatched a deal to grant himself a free $2.1 trillion increase in debt, which would take him past the 2012 elections, thereby sparing him the embarrassment of another debt limit request during the campaign season. He knew that such a request was so bold it needed to be ensconced in a deal that would give voters the impression he was committed | Read More »
Next Obama sequester threats from skyscraper window ledge?
Before one dime of government spending actually gets cut as debt ceilings or continuing resolutions (in lieu of budgets) expire, we learn who the President cares about less than his White House staff. First, during the approaches to the breaches of debt ceilings in 2011 and 2012, our Chief Executive threatened interest payments to holders of U.S. debt (i.e. default), military pay and Social Security | Read More »
Barack Obama to actively campaign against the sequester THAT HE HIMSELF PROPOSED.
And he’s going to do it with the usual living props, too: “President Barack Obama will once again call on members of Congress to avoid the mandatory spending cuts due to hit at the end of the month, joined by first responders whose jobs may be on the line, according to a White House official.” Some thoughts on this: This is remarkably small-ball for a | Read More »
The GOP Waterloo
The time for equivocation over defunding Obamacare is over. The time for recalcitrance to fulfill the budgetary is long overdue. Now is the time for action. Over the past two years, we’ve heard a variety of excuses in defense of Republicans for failing to cut spending in any consequential way. Well, come March 1 those excuses are obsolete. The sequester is something that Republicans agreed | Read More »
Mitch McConnell: No, there will be no tax hikes to replace the sequester.
This is a pretty clear statement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that he would not accept a plan to avert the sequester by raising taxes, just days before Democrats are expected to propose exactly that. “My constituents in Kentucky will not accept a tax hike in the place of spending cuts that were already agreed to by both parties,” McConnell said. “We | Read More »
Cutting Spending – Washington Style
Throughout the past few years, we’ve noted that there’s too much focus on the dollars and cents of the budget. Even Obama and Democrats are talking about billions in spending cuts. It’s beginning to sound like an Old McDonald song: “a few trillion here and a hundred billion there; here a trillion there a billion, everywhere a spending cut.” However, once we cut through the | Read More »
Is Obama squirming over sequestration?
On Jan 1st Congress and Obama made a deal that push sequestration back to March 1st. In that Obama was able to get his tax increases that he wanted on the “wealthiest Americans”, and apparently the GOP managed to screw up and paint him into a corner. That is the only thing that can explain why Obama is all of a sudden willing to do | Read More »