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  •  LBJ (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    Except--big except--for Vietnam, LBJ was our best president.  He knew how to twist genitalia and get things done.  I imagine if he were forced into sequestation, he would have made all the cuts in services in R districts.  My wish is that Obama truly choose where he sequesters by district.  Before someone here says he can't--remember what Bush did with signing statements.  

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:18:03 AM PDT

    •  Obama (0+ / 0-)

      Still CiC, so how about moving resources? Challenge the Mitch and Boehner to run the DoD if they don't like it.

    •  That isn't how it works -- (0+ / 0-)

      It isn't Obama who decides WHAT is cut. He really doesn't have the time to go over each agency budget to make that decision.

      The agencies make that decision based on the items that can't be cut (rent, utilities, maintenance) and the items that can (supplies, travel, training, contracted services, and payroll).

      In most cases, if the agency has the option, it will hit the contractors first -- that's one of the reasons the smaller ATC towers are being closed. They're operated by a contractor (which is why Ohio State can take over paying for tower operations at Don Scott) and any state that wants to can take over paying the contractor for continuation of services.

      Now it wouldn't surprise me to find out that Obama has told the agencies to feel free to cut costs in such a way as to inconvienence Republican districts --  and in ways that the public will notice...

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