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  •  Except that, if they repeal the sequester, they (2+ / 0-)
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    Bon Temps, PatriciaVa

    won't do anything.

    I've come to have a warm feeling for the sequester at the same time I have to laugh at the assorted folks who figured that it was just a showy gesture, sure that nobody would ever let it happen.

    The sequester is actually a brilliant way (in hindsight -- I can't believe any actual brilliant thought was involved at its inception) to move the conversation forward.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:56:31 AM PST

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    •  600B in defense cuts over 10 years (2+ / 0-)
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      dinotrac, nextstep

      Dems will never do better.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:14:39 AM PST

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    •  Respectfully, what is "brilliant" about it if it (0+ / 0-)

      (the Sequester) results in draconian cuts to Social Security and Medicare?

      And, BTW, don't worry about "repeal."

      The President threatened to "veto" any repeal of the sequester in 2011.
      Here's an excerpt from the November 21, 2011 Forbes piece, entitled "Obama: I Will Veto Attempts To Get Rid Of Automatic Spending Cuts."  And here's the link.
      President Barack Obama gave a press conference after the Supercommittee officially admitted it failed to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion in budget spending over the next 10 years.  Obama told reporters he would veto any attempt to get rid of the automatic cuts which are set to kick in as a part of the sequester proposition, which will be triggered unless Congress reaches over the next year.

      Asking Congress to “work with a scalpel, not with a hatchet,” President Obama sought to provide the people, and markets, with a little hope.  Despite 'the Supercommittee' failing to agree on spending cuts for $1.2 trillion, Obama noted there’s still a year before automatic cuts kick in.

      So, whereas some folks may be perfectly satisfied with the status quo--striking a Grand Bargain by enacting draconian cuts to the social insurance programs--I hope that those in this community who do not support these cuts, will please call the White House, and their Senators and Congresspersons, asking that they repeal this ill-conceived and gimicky bill.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:11:58 AM PST

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      •  Get your facts straight. (2+ / 0-)
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        It does NOT create draconian cuts in Medicare.

        Medicare cuts are limited to 2%.
        Not good, perhaps, but hardly draconian.

        Social Security will not be cut at all as it is exempt from sequestration -- both retirement and disability.

        So are Railroad Retirement benefits and VA benefits.

        The sequester takes a disproportionate swipe at defense spending.

        So...maybe you should do a little research and see if you still feel the same way about the sequester.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:33:06 AM PST

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