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  •  Hope none of your relatives or friends (6+ / 0-)

    works in ANY WAY for our government. A HUGE number of Americans owe their living, directly or indirectly, to government programs and agencies. 20% of them will find themselves unemployed, collecting unemployment checks (which, if you've ever been on them, you know cannot support you), getting food stamps, losing their homes, etc., etc., etc. Our spending levels are only unsustainable at the current levels of unemployment and historically low tax rates.

    Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

    by wyckoff on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 07:26:44 AM PST

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    •  Taking it out on seniors is no better (6+ / 0-)

      I totally oppose "entitlement reform", i.e., Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts.  

      •  Concur (4+ / 0-)
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        In fact, Social Security is NOT an entitlement andhas nothing to do with the budget. It is a self-sustaining paid-in insurance program that only needs tinkering now and again to stay perfectly solvent. Likewise, Medicare is largely paid-for also. Even when Medicare outstrips its income, we are just shifting money we would have to spend anyway, unless one thinks it's OK to let senior citizens just get sick and die... The ONLY reson we are even having these discussions is that the "de-regulator" class saw that the big yachts and big private jets of the 80's could be MUCH bigger, if only they had EVEN MORE money.

        Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville

        by wyckoff on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 07:48:12 AM PST

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    •  The "indirect" part of this is huge... (0+ / 0-)

      ...much more so than most people know.

      Because while it's obvious to most people who aren't Republicans that the sequester will directly hit government employees and government contractors, I don't believe most people have a clue about the ripple effects.

      Consider it this way:  the contractor that I work for is the largest employer in the town that I work in.  If we lose contracts and shrink our workforce, the result will be less business for everyone in town.  The result is that restaurants, stores, service companies will all be laying off people when their business shrinks.  And how many of the people at risk from those layoffs have any idea that the sequester might effect them?

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:38:47 AM PST

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      •  Snowballing impact too (1+ / 0-)
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        No one notices when they furlough the staff who execute the contracts.  You can't even have a contract if there is no one qualified to draft and execute the contract.  So even when they turn the spending back on, there will be an enormous backlog of unexecuted contracts so they'll be unable to spend the money even when they have it.  

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