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Sequestration: The President's Ugly Child

The President claimed that Congress dreamed up sequestration; but it's The White House's nightmare!

How many people realize sequestration, which The White House continually warns will be a "disaster" for the country and its citizens from Arizona to Connecticut, was actually The White House's brain-child???

Don't listen to the hype ... or the lies. The sky, if it falls, will not be the sole responsibility of Congress. Heck, it wasn't even their idea.

The public is a pawn in this chess game. The political pressure being applied by The White House, in the form of dire economic impacts on individual states and even the victims of Superstorm Sandy, is intended to force Congress (i.e. Republicans) - by portraying them as the troublemakers - to cave in so they can pass to the American people an even bigger financial federal budget burden without cutting a single one of the Democrats' sacred cows.

Sequestration was the gamble suggested by then White House Chief-of-Staff Jack Lew (Secretary of the Treasury nominee) and White House Congressional liaison Rob Nabors. It was endorsed by President Obama before being presented to the Senate Finance Committee, and proposed as a negotiating strategy to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) during the 2011 negotiations to raise the national debt ceiling.

Certainly House Republicans accepted the sequestration as part of those negotiations, but it wasn't their idea; it wasn't their gamble.

It was the President's idea of "leadership" in difficult political times. Push it off; deal with it later. Maybe - just maybe - it will go away on its own.

Keep that in mind as you continue to hear about how sequestration will damage your benefits; your income; your local economy!

Remember it when the President shows up on C-Span or the nightly news speaking about the dangers of sequestration and surrounding himself with emergency responders, teachers, healthcare workers, and seniors warning about all the damage the sequestration cuts will entail.

Sequestration: The President's ugly child!

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Mike Shortall Sr March 05, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Once again, Ryan, you're missing the whole point of this particular post. But fine, I'll play along. I'm all for BALANCED approach to reducing our deficits and cutting our debt load. I have no problem cutting Defense spending, if it's done smartly. (P.S. I work in a defense-related job.) I don't think we need some of the newest, more controversial weapons systems. There are some that could be dropped. The sad fact is that the companies and factories that build these systems all reside in Congressinal Districts that fight mightily to protect jobs. And don't delude yourself into thinking all of them are in Republican-held districts. I don't think we need all the bases we have internationally. Some should be closed. We should also get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible, in the best way to help Afghans protect their own country. Now, you bet, I think entitlements, including raising the Social Security and Medicare eligibility ages, reducing welfare, etc should also be addressed. Unfortunately, it's the Left that considers those program sacrosanct. So please don't blame Republicans alone for one-sided approaches to funding reasonable Government. Hope you saw the Patch article today about how much young people will be paying for health insurance. Wonder who's idea that was? BTW ... Huffington Post, who OWN Patch, is a Major News Network. So watch out! P.S. You'll just LOVE my next post!
Jai S March 07, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Mike, I commend you for your fact based analysis and comments. Ryan, unfortunately has "drunk the Kool Aid" and like most of the people on the Left is not willing to take the blinders off and see what is really going on. If the President really cared, he would have accepted the offer made by the Republicans who were willing to give him the authority to adjust the spending cuts by department, thereby relieving some of the more drastic impacts due to the Sequester. To be truly balanced one needs to look at news from both the Right and Left and then make an honest judgement.
google that March 08, 2013 at 06:13 PM
The 2 party system doesnt work. They will run us into the ground just look at our spending 10 years ago, 20, 30 ,40 It keeps going up! We need to cut spending. Sound like a Republican idea but no! They are just as guilty as they increase military spending to new highs! Both parties voted for NDDA! Give third parties a shout I say look at Libertarians or others. www.buckslp.org http://www.facebook.com/BucksLibs?fref=ts
Ryan March 14, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I'm sorry, but you people are beyond ignorant. I mean seriously, the sequester wouldn't even be an issue if Congress had been able to do their jobs. I'm pretty sure Mike may be the one of only a hand full of people posting to this page that even has any idea what the sequester is or why it was created in the first place. Yeah it wasn't a great idea, but it was supposed to be the rock that congress was stuck between, while our national budget was the hard place. I really don't think I should have to explain this here, but there you go. I'm not drinking anything, I'm not an Obama fan by any stretch. But I'm also not stupid and can clearly see what congress is doing. They're acting like 10 year olds and throwing a tantrum every time a few people don't get their way. If you can't see that, then you shouldn't be involved in the conversation. As for blaming Obama, I'm sorry you feel the way you do, but its not based in reality. This is the least active Congress our country has ever seen and you people act like that is fine and dandy. Obama is not a dictator and not the only one making poor decisions on the health of our nation, I just thank my lucky stars none of you are in a position of power in the nation, because then we'd probably be too busy chasing our own tails to even worry about a budget. Please stop roping me in with the Libs as well, I rarely vote for the Dem's because I research who I vote for, rather than vote along party lines like the majority seem to do.
xb mike March 14, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I work at fort dix i will be hafto to take off 22 day's with out pay this year becouse of this poor man of a leader we have in the white house.

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