Obama’s Deficit Reduction/Sequestration Plan Was to Add $ 1 Trillion in New Revenue

    Obama’s been acting like a petulant child since his sequestration plan showed signs of backfiring. It was intended to force the Republicans to cave to his demands for yet another “balanced approach” to deficit reduction because he took the gamble that the Republicans would never, ever allow sequestration/defense cuts to happen. He tried everything from inciting fear to media collaboration to foist new taxes upon | Read More »

    The White House Must Make Sequestration Cuts as Nasty as Possible

    The White House has an obligation to make sequestration cuts as nasty, painful, and inconvenient as possible.See, this fight has never been about what to cut, but whether to cut.If Americans see that Washington can be cut through sequestration without it being painful, Barack Obama loses.He must make it horrible on the public so that the public doesn’t ever want to cut spending again. It | Read More »

    Maxine Waters Wins A Fields Medal

    Sequestration isn’t as bad as I exaggerated it to be yesterday. It’s worse. Out of the 143 Million people who work, Sequestration will cause 170 Million of them to lose their jobs. It’s Obamacare on steroids and it’s growing huge.

    OK, so that’s a wee tad inaccurate. It could even be argued that Congresswoman Maxine Waters respects the truth about as much as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators respect police cars. She sincerely has no clue what Sequestration will do or will not do to U3, U6 or U235 unemployment rates. But hey, look! A microphone! Journalists!

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    The Sequester: Sturm Und Drang and Fecal Fertilizer

    I hate to admit that I work for our pathetic, whiny, pussified excuse for a Federal Government. I am a Civil Servant, but I promise not to whine about how much I’ve had to pay for tampons over the looming Sequestration !CRISIS! You see, Sequestration stands poised to invade our galaxy. Run for the Hills! Flee, you fool. DOOM is at hand. The bloodied Sword of Damocles hangs tenuously above the callow heads of our fair and innocent citizens. As Bill Paxton’s PTSD’d Space Marine put it in Aliens: “GAME OVER, MAN! GAME OVER!”(NSFW – language)*

    Just how bad and how vile is the carnage? What could lay low the American Nation and strew the flotsam and jetsam of a lifetime’s worth memories across the fruited plains? We quiver like pillars of gelatin before a reduction of outlays totaling $44Bn out of $3,553Bn. Yep. We’re reducing the current year budget by less than 2%. $44Bn out of $3,553Bn roughly approaches a budgetary number equal to the left-hand limit of chicken-(expletive)! That’s how pathetically little this sequestration really cuts.

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    Discriminating Against the Indiscriminate

    There’s a lot of discrimination in the air this week … but strangely it’s against indiscriminat-ion-ism-osity.  In fact, the only thing that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on is that whatever happens on March 1 the cuts forced by the sequestration should not be indiscriminate. Mitch McConnell: “I would be happy to give the president more flexibility and rely on the agency heads” So what does everyone have | Read More »

    Simmering Down The Sequester Talk

    The hysteria in Washington over sequestration is both strange and amusing. The president would like us to believe that cutting just over 2% of our $3.5 trillion budget this year will leave kids without vaccines, meat without inspectors, planes without air traffic control and streets filled with criminals and no police to stop them. Republicans, on the other hand, are wasting time blaming President Obama | Read More »

    Simmering Down The Sequester Talk

    The hysteria in Washington over sequestration is both strange and amusing. The president would like us to believe that cutting just over 2% of our $3.5 trillion budget this year will leave kids without vaccines, meat without inspectors, planes without air traffic control and streets filled with criminals and no police to stop them. Republicans, on the other hand, are wasting time blaming President Obama | Read More »

    Are We Being Set Up (For More Taxes)?

    Picture the all-too-familiar scenario: it’s nearing a fiscal decision deadline. Congress is deadlocked over action — in this case, it’s Sequestration (large budget cuts). It’s possible that there will there will be no decision on Sequestration by March 1, because deadlines mean nothing in Congress – as we just witnessed with the Fiscal Cliff debates running over the edge. Or are we being set up | Read More »

    February 27: A Day For Liberty and History (and 1400 Days Without a Budget)

    This Wednesday, February 27, marks some watershed moments of liberty in United States History: In 1922, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th amendment and a woman’s right to vote In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting a U.S. President to two terms. In 1991, U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated”. On February | 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 »

    Woodward Confirms Sequestration was Obama’s & Obama “Moved Goalposts”

    Yesterday, I wrote about Obama’s 180 degree turn from proposing the sequestration cuts and vowing to veto to keep them, to blaming Congress during the Presidential debates, to currently blaming Republicans for sequestration. I backed up Obama’s shifting narrative to commentary from both the Washington Post and Politifact less 2- 3 weeks before Election Day, who affirmed that sequestration originated from Obama. These points were | Read More »

    Pentagon Begins Notifying Civilian Employees of Furloughs

    The military is starting to notify civilian employees of possible sequestration related furloughs. Below is part of one of the emails sent out this morning. Pay particular attention to the last bullet point: Furlough duration: First, enacting civilian unpaid furloughs is a measure of last resort. If it does occur, the most likely option is one day per week for the last 22 weeks of | Read More »

    How Sequestration Would Impact the Benghazi Consulate and Other U.S. Diplomatic Posts

    Sequestration, expected to kick in on March 1, would result in $85 billion in cuts in financial year 2013 and a total of $1.2 trillion spread out over ten years.  The sequestration is almost a certainty. The approach of potentially disastrous cuts to the military did not stop Congress from authorizing $60.2 billion in additional deficit spending for Hurricane Sandy relief–a pork-filled measure which includes | Read More »

    Detroit and How Democracies Die

    It’s easy to kick Detroit. The place just about roles over and begs for it. Now we learn that the City Henry Ford built is now eligible to be put under emergency management by Governor Rick Snyder. Michigan State Treasurer described the situation succinctly below.

    “We believe there’s a financial emergency in the city and that there’s no plan in place to correct the situation … I do believe strongly Detroit is fixable,” he said.

    I read this, nod in sad agreement and then think to myself that Detroit is just the symptom. Detroit is just the canary that died in the burning coal mine of American finance. Our country is going bankrupt and despite our heartfelt desire that this not happen, most of us are helping it occur. We are caught in what’s called a discursive dilemma. Gonzalo Lira gives us an explanation of how we made it to sequestration below.

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    WaPo and Politifact Agree Sequestration Was Obama’s; Obama Once Vowed Veto to Keep

    Is anyone else getting a little bit tired of the President of the United States continuing to blame Republicans for sequestration? Time for some flashback — On November 21, Obama gave a speech explaining the failed Super Committee. He discussed the automatic cuts to the defense budget (sequestration) and the need for a balanced approach (cuts and taxes for the wealthy) to deficit reduction. Standing | Read More »