Wednesday Chronicle

Apocalypse Now

Feb. 27, 2013

The Foundation

“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.” –James Madison, Federalist 62

Editorial Exegesis

And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation’s ability to forecast severe weather, such as drought events, hurricanes and tornados, was seriously undermined. Lo, and the children were not vaccinated, and all the beasts starved in the zoos, and the planes were grounded. Or so President Obama and his Cabinet prophets have been preaching ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday. The bit about the weather is a real quote from the White House budget director. … The truth is that the sequester already gives the White House the legal flexibility to avoid doom, if a 5% cut to programs that have increased more than 17% on average over the Obama Presidency counts as doom. According to Mr. Obama and his budget office, the sequester cuts are indiscriminate and spell out specific percentages that will be subtracted from federal ‘projects, programs and activities,’ or PPAs. … Not so fast. Programs, projects and activities are a technical category of the federal budget, but the sequester actually occurs at the roughly 1,200 broader units known as budget accounts. Some accounts are small, but others contain hundreds of PPAs and the larger accounts run to billions of dollars. For the Pentagon in particular, the distinction between PPAs and accounts is huge. This means in most cases the President has the room to protect his ‘investments’ while managing the fiscal transition over time. … This White House has never been fussy when a statutory text or even the Constitution interferes with its political ambitions. … Could it be that Mr. Obama is exaggerating the legal stringency of the sequester in a gambit to force Congress to shut it off? … Neither the legal details of the sequester nor the practical work of reforming government are as interesting to the media as Mr. Obama’s invocations of plagues and pestilence. The real revelation is that if the world does end, it will be Mr. Obama’s choice.” –The Wall Street Journal

Upright

“Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives – the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying ‘Wolf!’ about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying ‘Hamster!’ As in: Batten down the hatches – the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar – spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre – we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending! Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out the door … for victims of Hurricane Sandy! … Or: Famine, pestilence and locusts will come when the sequester causes federal spending over 10 years to plummet from $46 trillion all the way down to $44.8 trillion!” –columnist George Will

“[I]f the Senate had followed the law and produced normal-order budgets, we wouldn’t have the sequestration at all. The budget resolutions of both chambers would have gone to conference committee, which would have hashed out the differences. Obama would have signed the budgets, and we would have avoided nearly four years of crisis funding for the federal government. Reid and Obama haven’t used normal order because they want to keep using continuing resolutions as a means to keep the inflated FY2010 spending levels as the baseline going forward, and especially because they want to keep House Republicans from having a real voice on spending and budgeting.” –blogger Ed Morrissey

“We have moved the bill [to replace the sequester] in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.” –House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)

“Obama can not enact his second-term agenda without significant help from outside groups. Those outside groups can channel resources through Obama’s old presidential re-election apparatus, which has now been rechristened ‘Organizing for America,’ an IRS 501©4 tax-exempt ‘social welfare’ organization. The sole purpose of OFA will be to advance Obama’s policy agenda, and to that end, Obama will meet personally with OFA’s national advisory board in the White House at least four times a year. And, here is the money part: You too can become a member of the national advisory board for the bargain basement price of just $500,000. … If that isn’t selling access, then we don’t know what is. And it’s also a clear case of hypocrisy – of Obama doing precisely the thing for which he harshly criticized others, and with which he formed the very core of his political identity as a candidate of ‘change.’” –The Washington Examiner

“Think about the First World War, from which nations on both sides ended up worse off than before…. Think about the Holocaust, and about other government slaughters of even more millions of innocent men, women and children under Communist governments in the Soviet Union and China. … The Great Depression of the 1930s, in which millions of people were plunged into poverty in even the most prosperous nations, was needlessly prolonged by government policies now recognized in retrospect as foolish and irresponsible. One of the key differences between mistakes that we make in our own lives and mistakes made by governments is that bad consequences force us to correct our own mistakes. But government officials cannot admit to making a mistake without jeopardizing their whole careers.” –economist Thomas Sowell

Insight

“The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry.” –American writer and historian James Truslow Adams (1878-1949)

“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.” –English author Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Demo-gogues

Blame game: “I don’t know why it is in this town, folks leave stuff until the last minute. … There’s no other profession, no other industry where people wait until the 11th hour to solve these big problems. … This is a problem that Congress can solve. You know, these automatic spending cuts that were put into place back in 2011, were designed to get Congress to actually avoid them, by coming together with more sensible approaches to deficit reduction.” –Barack Obama

Transparency: “I know that some people in Congress reflexively oppose any idea that I put forward, even if it’s an idea that they once supported, but rebuilding infrastructure is not my idea. It’s everybody’s idea. … And folks who think spending really is our biggest problem should be more concerned than anybody about improving our infrastructure right now. … And with that, what I want to do is clear out the press so we can take some questions.” –Barack Obama at the National Governors Association

Tax hikes for everyone! “I was for the Clinton rates. I’m for the Clinton rates, today. Now, I wouldn’t phase in the Clinton rates immediately, because the economy is still trying to get back, so I would perhaps go at least another year until you get the full Clinton rates.” –House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Gun grabbers: “They say [the assault weapons ban] will violate their rights under the Second Amendment. Not true! They say assault weapons like the AR-15 are needed for self-protection and recreation. They are not. There’s plenty of ways you can protect yourself and recreate without an AR-15. They say it isn’t about guns. They’re wrong – it is about guns!” –Joe “Buy a Shotgun” Biden

“Common sense facts are these assault weapons are unnecessary and dangerous weapons that put our law enforcement personnel at risk. … I’ve been working with the police agencies for 35 years. I am going to say something outrageous: You’ve had no better friend over the last 35 years than me.” –Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis Award: “I think we will make the case that these weapons do not belong on the streets of our cities, that many of the parts of these weapons make them into weapons that are specifically designed to kill large numbers of people in close conflict. … America has to step up. The mothers, the women, the men of America have to make a decision as to whether their personal pleasure is more important than the general welfare.” –Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Video of the Day

Watch Maryland Senate candidate Dan Bongino at the Guns Across America Rally in Annapolis, Maryland, explain why Feinstein and her ilk are so wrong.

Dezinformatsia

“[W]ith the clock ticking down, no signs of progress, but plenty of dire warnings from the administration about the potential impact of the so-called sequester. Fewer FBI agents on the job. Kids kicked out of child care programs. Even meat shortages that could jack up prices, with fewer inspectors working. … Air travel could be crippled, fewer TSA agents would mean longer security lines. Fewer air traffic controllers, meaning more time on the tarmac.” –NBC correspondent Peter Alexander

Blame game II: “[L]et’s be very clear about what’s happening in Washington today, and why it’s undermining the city of Chicago – because there’s a mindset now in our government, in Washington, from the Republican members of Congress, that sequestration is an acceptable way of doing business, that we can in fact engage in these massive irresponsible cuts that no one thinks is a logical approach to budgeting. And that undermines law enforcement in our cities; it undermines so many education opportunities for our younger people and it does in fact create an impoverished class of our society that leads to abuse, leads to violence and leads to more Chicagos.” –Democrat strategist and CNN contributor Robert Zimmerman

Honesty: “The Supreme Court has ruled that whatever the human costs involved, the Second Amendment ‘necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.’ The justices are right. But the human cost is intolerable. Repeal the Second Amendment.” –American Magazine editorial

Belly laugh of the week: “I don’t have my own set of facts. And I don’t make stuff up. … Because I have a boss that won’t accept that. You have to operate in the arena of facts.” –MSNBC’s Ed Schultz

Hot air: “The volume outlines the complex pressures exerted by the effects of climate change on the convulsions which swept through the Middle East in 2010 and 2011, exploring the long-term trends in precipitation, agriculture, food prices, and migration which contributed to the social instability and violence which has transformed the region, and offering solutions for progress.” –The Center for American Progress detailing an upcoming panel on why global warming led to the Arab Spring

Newspulper Headlines:

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Obama: ‘We’ve Got to Do Some Governing’” –Politico.com

Whatever You Do, Don’t Tell Anyone!: “President Obama Holds Off-Record Meeting With Top White House Reporters” –Politico.com

Longest Books Ever Written: “On the Dangers of Listening to Joe Biden” –Commentary website

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “MSNBC, a Bastion of Obama Advocates?” –CNN.com

Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Jimmy Carter: No Relationship With Obama” –Politico.com

Bottom Story of the Day: “John Kerry Threatens to Bore the World to Death With Excruciating First Speech as Secretary of State” –Daily Telegraph website (London)

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Village Idiots

Ignorance – or worse: “[Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton] was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need. I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” –Michelle Obama (Apparently, handguns are now considered automatic weapons.)

Speaking from experience: “People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it's the most provocative thing in the world and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another. … In America you have a right to be stupid – if you want to be. And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be.” –John Kerry, an expert at being stupid


Stupid is as stupid does: “[American diplomats] fight corruption in Nigeria. They support the rule of law in Burma. They support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan and Georgia.” –John Kerry concerned about his favorite made-up country

Transparency II: “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program. You’re not even to discuss that it exists.” –former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Emphasis: “There’s always confusion when you have a tragedy of that sort [in Benghazi] and Americans are killed. The bigger tragedy … is we’ve spent all of these months trying to figure out the origin of some talking points which were cleared at the highest levels of the intelligence community and, in my opinion, not enough time doing the service that we owe to our fallen colleagues.” –United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice (That’s right – according to Rice, the debate post-Benghazi is a “bigger tragedy” than the murder of four Americans.)

Short Cuts

“Al-Qa'ida has issued a list of 22 ways that al-Qa'ida members can avoid being killed by U.S. drones. Here’s a good one: Don’t join al-Qa'ida.” –comedian Jay Leno

“Joe Biden spoke against assault weapons and advised women to go outside and fire two shots from a double barreled shotgun to scare off intruders. He’s so wise. Once an intruder knows your gun is empty he’ll gladly go home and leave you alone, ladies.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“Here are some things that will result from the sequestration cuts: All prisons will be shut down and prisoners released. Even the most violent of criminals. … Medicare will be replaced with a hammer given to old people to kill themselves with. … Our military will be armed with nothing but bayonets. All traffic lights will be turned off. No more money for cowboy poetry festivals, the only thing keeping cowboys from violence and thus the only thing keeping the wild west from breaking out again. … No more postage for strongly-worded letters sent to Iran and North Korea telling them to stop having nuclear weapons. Obama will only get five golf outings a month.” –humorist Frank J. Fleming

“Sometimes the only thing that keeps me from being pessimistic is knowing that the when the country collapses, the people most responsible will die out in the first winter.” –Frank Fleming

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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123 Comments

Frederick Pechin in Warrenton said:

the Progressive Left is creating a fantasy to create unrest from the bottom. When the bottom blows up and asks for help the upper level will crush the middle class. Check out the Hungarian Revolution 1956.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Bill in Leawood, KS replied:

Give the people bread and circuses and they will be happy and let the pols get away with anything. Politicians knew this as far back as ancient Rome and maybe even earlier. Nothing changes. Check out Ecclesiastes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

Cakes and circuses while our Republic crumbles from within due to its own ineptitude and inebriation with power. And the welfare checks shall continue and the barbarian hordes from the south shall be appeased and cared for and on and on.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Patricia Kimbell in Celina, TX said:

Now I remember why I used to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal. I just might do so again.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

JANE in FLORIDA said:

This flying constantly and lying constantly campaigner, not a president,
should be impeached now.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Dixie Smith in NC replied:

This man claimed to be a Christian , I have watched a video in which Obama mentioned his muslim faith and was promptly corrected by the interviewer saying you meant to say your Christian faith didn't you. He then replied yes my Christian Faith. That video cannot be found on you tube anymore and the download I had in my computer files cannot be opened . What do you think ?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN replied:

Try here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Larry in Clarence Center, NY replied:

Jane...I am with you! I am thouroughly fed up with this liar. If only we had people who could get something to stick that is an impeachable offense. He is slicker than the teflon don!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Wilson in Illinois said:

I recently finished reading "Atlas Shrugged." Pretty scary. It looks like the book is being used as a blue print for the "fundamental transformation of america." It does not end well for the normal people. Where is John Galt when you need him.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Bill in Leawood, KS replied:

Where is John Galt? Stabbed in the back by McShame and the rest of the RINOs

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

We don't need John Galt. What we need is to stop looking for John Galt. WE THE PEOPLE ARE JOHN GALT!!

It is up to us to stop this insantity and return the values of thrift and liimited government to the United States. We have to grab our bootstraps and do the hard labor of recovery from the buy-me, give-me, take-me, send-me tyranny of the vocal minority.

We can start first by voting out those idiots who will not limit the role of government in our lives.

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” - James Madison

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Ayn rand, the communist atheist philosopher of Objectivitism. (Her words not mine.)

Let me quote:

Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.

Yet we're the so called party of God. Sounds suspiciously like, (everyman does whats right in his own eyes)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Dave in Wichita said:

Malfeasance used to be a crime. This guy's administration is the new definition of the word.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

This administration's malfeasance exists because WE THE PEOPLE have permitted it. Had we stopped for a minute before we voted our own small interests, we could have decided for the United States and not for some interest group.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Bill in Leawood, KS said:

For fun and edification, watch the GOP cave again, just like they are caving (to greed this time) on Medicaid expansion. When they approved sequestration they set themselves up for this; didn' they know this. Most likely they wil set themselves up with another temporary "deal" and Obama will get the taxes he wants and will also get to blame the GOP (to the huzzahs of the media). With opposition as incompetent as this someone as incompetent as Obama looks like a genius.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

"Compromise!" I shudder whenever I hear the word mentioned for it means, "progressives win, and limited government loses."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Steve in NC said:

Generally i love reading the Patriot Post, but many of your shallow and demeaning comments about sequestration have left me steaming. All you can talk about is how SMALL of an amount it is overall that is being cut, and i can agree with you on that. However, that "small" amount is causing HUGE headaches in the Defense Dept. Here at Cherry Point, NC, what this "small" amount comes up to is this: a 1 day per week furlough for 22 weeks. Now i don't know about you, but cut my salary by 20% for 22 weeks, and that is not small change to me! And we are talking about nearly 250,000 families that that is what is going to happen to them. For those of you that don't understand the term "furlough", you are off work for that day. You cannot come in, cannot do any paperwork, cannot use accumulated leave. You DO NOT get paid for it, plain and simple. Troops that are deployed are not affected. You simply cannot "cut" anything to the troops standing in harms way. Troops getting ready to deploy are not affected, but much of the repair work done on military aircraft here will simply stop.
I am sick and tired of hearing how this is not going to hurt anyone! The cuts being taken are very serious. The problem is the cuts are coming from the wrong places! There is much in this deadbeat society of ours that 85 billion (and much more) could and should be cut from, but this is going to hurt a lot of good people that love our country! You sound worse (and more patronizing) than our Liar in Chief when you say this is small potatoes. Maybe it is to you, but certainly not to me and many more like me!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Lisa in MD replied:

Steve I agree with you

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

Steve, I think the reason they are cutting fed workers pay is to make them so mad at gov't, that they quit or not vote. I'm getting the same furlough. You have to remember the Dems HATE the DoD, so anything they can do to weaken it, they will. Mark Alexander works for DoD at times - I'm sure he knows it's a 20% cut for individual workers. The point is they are cutting the wrong things, instead of cutting redundant departments and programs, they are cutting one of the few things they are authorized to do - defense, and since no one wants to cut the active military pay (and they shouldn't), us DoD workers get to take it in the shorts.

Don't get mad at TPP, get mad at the people who passed and signed this monstrosity.

Meanwhile, hope the end of the continuing resolution on Mar 27 doesn't lead to a govt shutdown and take 100% of your pay.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

HardThought in Kansas replied:

You shoulda went contractor. With skills the government workers don't have and being salaried, we have become indispensable.

Enjoy your furlough!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

Been there tried that - had the contract I was on cancelled with no warning 3 years ago - they called it the contractor to civilian conversion - then they called for cutbacks .... so I still have a job ...for now.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

JtC in TX replied:

Well said, Steve. People like Rush WIndbag miss that point too.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Telezer in Eastern Oreygun Blue Mountains replied:

Steve--You must have swallowed Obama's lies. No budget cuts have been made and illegal immigrants are released into the public to save money. Sound familiar?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS replied:

You can thank your charlatan in chief for this mess - NOT the Republicans. He made the sequester, now he, and many others like you, must suffer the consequences. And those who voted for the POS should be rounded up and.....

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

think about cuts to the elderly who have home healthcare, or are in nursing homes. There medication has to come from somewhere, 24 hour care from somewhere. Maybe you. I concur it will hurt the above commentator. There is a price to pay and it will have a domino effect.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

XCpt in the ether replied:

But Steve - if we only cut those programs that were obviously bloated and pandering only to a few special interests that wouldn't be fair - we have to cut everyone the same to show that we weren't favoring one program over another. (please read with sarcasm font engaged) It isn't the goal of this administration to fix the budget problem by doing anything intelligent, it is their goal to make everyone suffer to some extent so that everyone will agree to more taxes to bring back their "fair share" of everyone else's money.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Steve,

You sound like a clear example of one of the things that is wrong with America. You only see problems that affect you. You're getting a one day per week furlough, for 22 weeks, while millions of private sector workers are unemployed, many of them for years. You should be happy you're not working without pay on that one day per week. There are plenty of private sector workers who have survived department layoffs, only to have the work that was being done by their departed co-workers shifted onto their shoulders. They don't complain because they want to keep their jobs. So they're now doing the work of, say, 1.5 workers, with no extra pay, or perhaps even with pay or benefit cuts. You're getting scheduled vacation days!

Government growth has damaged the private sector economy. I've got news for you. The government exists to protect the private sector, not the other way around. The private sector pays for whatever the government does. The cost of government is an overhead cost to all our family enterprises, combined. The more we ramp up our overhead, the less profitable we all will be. It's that simple. Look at it like a business.

It's perfectly justifiable to consider the sequester cuts as small potatoes. Look at the numbers. The $85B sequester cut represents 2.24% of the $3796B federal budget, or 0.52% of our $16.5T federal debt. Small (microscopic) potatoes. If congress burps or farts the wrong way, we could easily get a 2.24% tax hike in any given year.

Our debt is the big-ass stinker in the room. How are we ever going to fix it with you whining about 0.52% ???

The only thing you're partially correct about is the wrongness of the 'impartial' across-the-board cuts, and the cuts to critical government operations. That protocol is nothing but Leftist politics, designed to mobilize the government dependents against any cuts in government, because Obama wants to grow government like the pile of sh*t in an overloaded outhouse.

We've gone through an extended period with the government outspending its provided revenue. All this talk about finding more tax revenue in Obama's willfully depressed economy, is his socialist manipulation. The only logical step is to go through an equal or greater time period with government under-spending its provided revenue.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I generally agree with you for you are for the most part the voice of reason and well thought out plans.the problem is vacation days are generally paid for. Budgets are made based on x amount of hours. If this is a scare tactic or not, many people are going to be burned. We can point fingers yet what good would it do. I'm afraid we have created a self fulfilling prophecy of a nation governed the same way as you would see in a Mad Max movie. I can only pray it doesn't come to that.
A war that was put on a credit card put us in this mess, HLS made us a communist state, Mich took it to the next level. This isn't just a Liberal/Conservative problem, this is OUR PROBLEM. As a people we have to solve it for Congress will still have free benefits, the senate will still be paid. I say, pay them part time, make them pay for there benefits. Change always starts at the top. When our military isn't being paid Congress made sure they would be paid, screw the military but pay us. What is wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

R.K. Sprau,

Yes, vacation days are generally paid for, but to my point, Steve is a government employee which means he probably is making more than a private sector worker for similar work. So he is already likely over-paid. And also to my point, he is not working on that day; he's able to rest. And also to my point, at least he has a job.

The irony here is that under normal circumstances, like teachers in the summer time, Steve could go out and get a part-time job just for his furlough days, but Obama has F***ed up our economy so bad that Steve can't even do that. No jobs.

The only finger I'm pointing at Steve relates to your point that this is "OUR PROBLEM". We are almost $17 T in debt now. 2012 federal tax revenue was $2,469 T. The 2012 federal expenditures were $3.796 T. Doing the subtraction shows that for 2012, our deficit-spending was $1.327 T. Dividing our $17 T debt by that one-year deficit, gives 12.8 years. That basically means that if we were able to have a Zero annual deficit for 12.8 years, we would maintain that $17 T debt for that time. To begin to retire that debt in 12.8 years, we would need a Surplus of $1.327 T for each of those years, which means that we would have to stop spending the original $1.327 T deficit, and then stop spending another $1.327 T, requiring $2.654 T in annual cuts for 12.8 years. AND STEVE, AND OTHER CITIZENS, AND OUR FREAKISH LEGISLATORS, ARE BITCHING ABOUT CUTTING $0.085 T ... ! ... They're bitching about cutting a mere 3.2% of what we would need to cut annually in order to retire our debt in 12.8 years !!! And Obama and his sycophants in the administration and press predict doom over that 3.2%. The socialist Obama is playing the ignorant masses like a bow fiddle. We're experiencing, here, in America, the sort of large-scale societal manipulation that we all learned about in school (by the likes of Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, and Hitler), but that we all thought only happens in other parts of the world. We are experiencing the subversion of the rule of law, by a burgeoning tyrant.

I'm sorry but our debt didn't happen because of government austerity. That money was spent or otherwise promised over many years, as a result of pandering and corrupt stewardship.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

rippedchef in sc replied:

someone please help me understand-the gov't will spend more this year tha last,the 2.4% decrease in the 6% budgetary increase year to year will result in 44 billion dollars less to spend THAN THESE NITWITS WANTED-not less than last year.So this year I was supposed to get a 6% raise,only got 3.5% so I can't pay my mortgage?Why in the hell is anything being done when there is no cut,A "cut" does mean less right?-spending less than they want results in layoffs,blah,,blah,blah?Please, somebody help me understand

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

rippedchef,

Let me help you. Understand this:

1. For decades or longer, our politicians have been pandering for votes, and they've been doing that by redistributing wealth and promising goodies that haven't been paid for. This has become institutionalized. Somewhere along the timeline of our history, there was a first time - a first time when tax money was given out to an individual or to a group of individuals, for their personal benefit. That was the ugly precedent, the beginning of our government's moral decline. Benjamin Franklin warned of this.

2. The sh*t is now hitting the fan. Looking at the numbers I posted above, particularly the size of our annual tax revenue versus our debt, plus the fact that we can't even seem to stay in the black for any given year, you please tell me how we're going to get rid of that debt. No answer? I don't have one either. Nor do our pandering legislators. Yes we can all feel a bit better with the knowledge that they've been caught with their pants down - but unfortunately, taxpaying John Q. public is bent over in front of them.

3. And now, substantial and ongoing cuts are the only solution to this problem. We have to get all hands out of the cookie jar but no one wants to do it (even pre-Obama). And now the socialist Obama, adds to our misery with his two-prong attack by 1) wrecking our economy with stifling regulations and higher taxes in our future to pay for more spending, and 2) ramped up entitlement programs to generate more government dependents.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

JtC in TX replied:

The unemployed are those who don't want to work. I see help wanted and now hiring signs up all over this town and friends around the country say the same thing. You may be a carpenter working in a book store, but if you want to work the jobs are there.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

JtC,

Baloney. Maybe in Texas but not in Illinois.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Legion7 in Washington replied:

Hey Steve,

boo hoo! I have been furloughed for 3.5 years now. Poor baby, welcome to the party. It's terrible that the Feds will finally feel some of state workers pain. I make 500 a month less between furloughs and 2013 taxes than I did in 2008. No sympathy here, bro!

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM

JtC in TX replied:

That's a liberal attitude, Legion. "I suffer so everyone else should too."

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Deputy068 in Rochester, NY said:

Obama is a fraud. He has been since day 1 of his presidency. What makes anyone think this clown and his 'cabinit officers' will ever tell the truth regarding governmental operations? Just look at Joe "Shotgun' Biden. A bigger clown in office has never been seen in the entire history of our country, yet the Dumbocrats just love him.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Raymond in Texas replied:

Obama is a lying POS of the first order! This sequestration is nothing but a scare tactic to make the useful idiots, low information voters, and kool aid drinkers blame everybody but him for these "cuts." These cuts are nothing compared to his tax increases and spending. They are a pimple on a gnat's ass. Impeach him and all of his cronies. NOW!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Mr Keith O. White in Casper said:

This is not about cutting any spending. It is a cut in the increases to the spending for the next year. Obama has gotten the income tax increases he wanted and gave no reduction in spending that was to have come. Now he want to reform the "loop holes for the so called rich" which is another tax increase and still no spending cuts.

This is all about taxing everyone that has worked hard for whatever they have and redistribute to the ones that don't and or won't work for what they are getting.As long as "WE THE PEOPLE" allow this to continue the people that are on the recieving end will keep voting for the ONES that are providing the freebe's to them, and will bankrupt our country and we will look like Greece, Italy, France and all Communist, Socialist countries all over the world.

If the people of our country don't wake up and stop what is happening because of Obama and the Progressive Left OUR COUNTRY IS DOOMED!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

If it's a cut in the increase like everyone says, why is my pay going to be cut below what I got last year? Losing 1 day a week for 22 weeks is a big chunk of change, and I'm thinking there will be no back pay this time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

Why? Because those in charge (i.e., Obama and his cronies) are playing games to make the Republicans in the House look like a bunch of evil bastards.

We hear all sorts of horror stories about cutting teachers, law enforcement, first responders, etc, ad nauseum all because of a 2.3% reduction in baseline spending increases. NONE OF THESE THINGS IS NECESSARY!

Direct your anger where it should go: Those at the top directing these spurious and unnecessary cuts. As Sen. Coburn so succinctly put it - instead of cutting essential services, how about a moratorium on Federal hiring and canceling Obama's 100 city campaign tour for a start?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Diane in Tx replied:

I suspected as much. I know who is responsible for it, too.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

No. This is all about government's insuring there is perpetual class of people so dependent upon the federal government they will continually vote for its increase. Those with eyes to see what is happening must rise up and vote the interests of Country! Vote Federalism, not statism, by which I mean put aside individual wants and vote the United States' needs.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Telezer in Eastern Oreygun Blue Mountains replied:

Well said, Patriot.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Sherri Kasper in Florida said:

This president is playing chicken wth congress while hoisting appalling scare tactics upon the American public. It is despicable. Have no doubt, this man is capable of a great enough temper tantrum to unleash these threats on our economy to get even and get his way if the Republicans do not bend to his will. He doesn't give a hoot about our economic survival. He doesn't give a hoot about America!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Sherri,

What is happening is graver than "temper tantrums."

Was it temper tantrums that killed 6 million Jews in Germany? Was it temper tantrums that killed 20 million people in Russia and the Ukraine? Was it temper tantrums that killed 40+ million people in China? Was it temper tantrums that killed over 2 million in the Killing Fields of Cambodia? Was it temper tantrums that butchered almost 500,000 in Rwanda? Is genocide caused by temper tantrums? If you want to see just how many people are killed check out this web site: http://www.attacreport.com/ar_diagrams/genocide.php

What is happening is the destruction of the last best hope for liberty on this planet.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

XCpt in the ether replied:

I wonder how many of those killed would be identified by those Governments as liberals in favor of more government or conservatives in favor of less government.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

You Obama et al have brought us to the environment the citizens of this country experienced when King George the third ruled. We are over taxed and over regulated to fund a benevolent government. To get more revenue you put forth ideas like imposing ridicules taxes and other oppressive regulations and fees to increase the revenue used to redistribute the sweat of our labor.

What are you thinking, where in our constitution does it give you the right to tax and spend be your limits? The actions of you our elected are subverting the very freedom you were elected to protect. Shame on you! Changing the definitions of the intent of the constitution is no defense for your unconscionable behavior.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

spend beyond your limits

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

G K in Carlsbad said:

For a politician to cut even a penny from a program that was “sold” to his constituents as absolutely necessary and vital is to admit either an error, poor judgement, or lack of public concern. Why are we surprised about all the sequester doomsday rhetoric?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Ernest Wilson in Maryland said:

I am in my seventies and can remember a lot of Presidents. I have never seen one that is as casual with the truth as this one. He knows, I suppose, that his base doesn't know or care and those who are concerned are not supporting him.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

jim levey in tabernacle, nj said:

The Liberal elite of this country really do think the average voter is stupid. As John Kerry said it is their right to be so. Brilliant!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

JtC in TX replied:

Apparently most voters are stupid. Look at the people who hold elected offices from the President on down. Only stupid people would vote them in, and so they did.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM