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The Case for Across-the-Board Spending Cuts

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You know the cliché: America's fiscal condition might be grim, but lawmakers should avoid the "meat ax" of across-the-board spending cuts and instead use the "scalpel" of targeted reductions. The problem with this argument is that, given today's politics, it is nonsensical.

Targeted reductions would be welcome, but the current federal budget didn't drop from the sky. Every program in the budget—from defense to food stamps, agriculture, Medicare and beyond—is in place for a reason: It has advocates in Congress and a constituency in the country. These advocates won't sit idly by while their programs are targeted, whether by a scalpel or any other instrument. That is why targeted spending cuts have historically been both rare and small. And in a government as closely divided as today's, there is virtually no prospect for meaningful targeted spending cuts.

Big spending washington politicians are shooting their mouth off over such minimal cuts of funds. Thankfully they are being ignored even as they scream and shout and babble like toddlers.


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Quote from jplayland View Post :
Are you saying that we have already past the point of no return. That we can't save the US dollar and might as well just try to get as many goods as we can while the suckers of the the world still take our worthless paper?
That has been the plan since Bush took over. Without a healthy dose of inflation the entire world economy is doomed. The printing presses are on overdrive. Spend, spend, spend. The Chinese have no problem taking out devalued paper as long as the status quo is kept. Good times (unless you are a hopeless saver).
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"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." ― Benjamin Franklin
You gotta love B. Hussein Obama. Every time any kind of budget cuts he gets on his soap box and PREACHES how if they happen it will be the end of the U.S. as we know it. Sorry, the $16,000,000,000,000 deficit HE is responsible for has already changed the US from something we used to be proud of to something Europe is now proud of.

Now he is doing the same scare tactics he has in the past stating the sky is falling unless the cuts mandated by sequester is overruled and paid for by tax increases. The fact HIS administration were the ones who came up with the sequester idea in order to get the BCA Act of 2011 passed has been completely overlooked. Listening to him read off the teleprompter you would think he was against it from the start. II wonder how many of the sheep out there know that not only did his administration suggest it our beloved Prez fully supported it and SIGNED it into law.

Simply put the BCA contained a provision stating if a Committee(AKA Super Committee) made up of 6 representatives from the House (3 Dems and 3 Repubs) and 6 from the Senate (3 Dems and 3 Repubs) couldn't agree on an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction then automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion will be triggered through sequestration.

So again, our Politicians have let us down and NO ONE is mentioning them either. Hell, one of the "Politicians" who was a member of this committee not only hasn't been held up as one of the reasons for these Sequester cuts but has even been promoted to Sec of State. ONLY in our Government does someone get promoted for NOT doing their job.

BUT .. no biggie, the sheep will hear what the great one says and NEVER question it, even when proven a lie like when he now blames congress for the sequester idea or when states it needs to be made up of budget cuts and NEW taxes even though originally he agreed to no new taxes in the final sequester deal. After all it's all Bush's fault (certainly not his) and the Rich for now paying their "fair" share ….. even though what their "fair" share is keeps changing.

Below is a couple links for those who fully don't understand this whole sequester bit but insist on parroting Obama's nonsensical propaganda which deals with emotion instead of facts.

I have no idea if either of the sources in the below URLs are considered "partisan" but it doesn't matter sense facts are facts and everything, including his Admin suggesting it and him endorsing it can be proven …

And yes, as much as it will hurt in some areas I agree with the Sequester and it should be allowed to happen as written and passed into law.

Until the American people start holding our Politicians accountable (accountable does not mean promoting to Sec of State for failure to do one's job) the political leaches, I mean politicians, will continue to do whatever they want in order to buy themselves votes.

I still remember the Amnesty back in the 80's where everyone agreed we would give a one time amnesty deal to the illegals and the Administration and Congress promised to secure are boarders if the amnesty bill passed. NOT only have they NOT secured our borders but they are looking for ways to give another amnesty deal but call it another name.

The American people have short memories. I guess that comes from becoming a ME ME ME society where the sheep believe entitlements are a Right granted them in the Constitution.
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Thanks to WikiLeaks we now know the Clinton Cartel makes the Mafia look like a bunch of Girl Scouts.

Which came first, apathy or ignorance when it comes to politics? Are so many people apathetic when it comes to politics because of their ignorance or are they ignorant because of their apathy?.
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Yeah, cause secrecy about military ops in war is SOP, and most everyone knows that.
Except for CIA employees that use their positions and clearances to deliberately leak classified info to reveal national security programs or deliberately leak information to wage a campaign against a Republican President.

But we're not talking about that stuff.

Obama clearly condemned Bush for his secrecy, lack of transparency. Yet, once in office, he maintained all of Bush's policies, even extending them even further than Bush, like the drone program and kill lists.

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When he's right, he's right. And you're wrong if you expect any POTUS to reveal military secrets in war.
Oh, Obama is right, now. But he very clearly changed his colors once in office. And his supporters who condemned Bush is the worst ways and condemned Bush's generals, like Patreaus, as traitors, have hardly whined at all. In fact, they accept these things because Obama is a Democrat.

It's quite shameful behavior that we wouldn't see had a Republican been elected President and behaved similarly as Obama has.
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The spending cuts may help with our effort to support the syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry announced yesterday that the United States will provide $60 million in direct aid to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. For those of us who oppose direct US intervention in the conflict, the good news is that the aid is all "non-lethal," suggesting considerable caution on the part of the administration.

We need to tighten our belts and pay more taxes. It will help us shovel more cash over to our "friends" in the mid-east.
It will also enable us to import more Chinese made products at the cost of lost jobs- Due to the inevitable tax increases on US corporations.

What budget deficit?
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