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White House visitors, get lost (WH closed due to .. Sequester?)

DJPlayer 9,922 690 March 8, 2013 at 07:22 PM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/ne...-get-lost/

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"Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice," the White House said in a terse message on its Visitor Center hotline. "Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours." The White House operating budget took a $1 million hit — chump change in the nation's capital — and the president has to take it out on somebody.

Mr. Obama seemed to invite outrage, or at least a little pushback. Newt Gingrich, the former speaker, weighed in on Twitter: "Canceling White House tours is childish and dishonest — the golf weekend in Florida cost enough to keep the White House open for months." Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, another Republican, submitted an amendment to the continuing resolution that would have prohibited the president from using federal money to pay for outings to or from a golf course until the White House tours are restored.
I actually heard this story on several MSM stations and to my surprise, they're attacking Obama and saying it little to do with the sequester whatsoever. Its basically an attempt to trim things in an area where the public will see it and create a little outrage. Actually I'm fine with them closing the WH down to be honest.. BUT. As stated in this article he may want to consider doing all his vacation at Martha's Vineyard because obviously we can't afford these vacations in publicly accessible areas (which are extremely expensive in terms of secret service use). He spent the last couple weeks utilizing secret service to fly around publicly campaigning against the sequester. It's even been stating that his one gold outing with Tiger Woods just several weeks ago would've paid for a year of keeping the WH open to the public. The saddest part.. he expected the public to be angry at the sequester cuts. We were promised armageddon and the WH is closed to the public.. oh no.

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I guess there are some who would be happy to compromise Obama's security, instead.

However, closing the WH tours just might be a political misstep, if the public blames Obama instead of the chief advocates of spending cuts.
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I guess there are some who would be happy to compromise Obama's security, instead.

However, closing the WH tours just might be a political misstep, if the public blames Obama instead of the chief advocates of spending cuts.
I see Obama's czar of defending is in full force.
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We were promised armageddon and the WH is closed to the public.. oh no.
And TSA screening lanes shut down.
And ATC towers shut down.
And FDA meat inspectors laid off.
And FDA new drug approvals delayed for years. Talk about "business friendly!"

And knocking the US economy's growth rate down from 2.5% in the 2nd half of the year to 2%, resulting in an unemployment rate of 7.3% instead of 7.1%.

No worries about any of this, though--working is for poor losers, not the mega-donors that the GOP works for these days.

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thet...economist/
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And TSA screening lanes shut down.
And ATC towers shut down.
And FDA meat inspectors laid off.
And FDA new drug approvals delayed for years. Talk about "business friendly!"

And knocking the US economy's growth rate down from 2.5% in the 2nd half of the year to 2%, resulting in an unemployment rate of 7.3% instead of 7.1%.

No worries about any of this, though--working is for poor losers, not the mega-donors that the GOP works for these days.

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/the ...economist/
Please show me where FDA inspectors were laid off?
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if the public blames Obama instead of the chief advocates of spending cuts.
"All across America, families are tightening their belts and making hard choices. Now, Washington must show that same sense of responsibility."

- Obama April 2009 -

"number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic"

- Obama July 3, 2008 -


I could honestly yank out a dozen or two more quotes.. Depending on the time and day, Obama may or may not support spending cuts.. I think the phase of the moon and alignment of the stars might also have an impact on his opinion
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Please show me where FDA inspectors were laid off?
http://www.wtvy.com/news/headline...79201.html

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I could honestly yank out a dozen or two more quotes.
Have you got one where he advocates spending cuts alone?
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Have you got one where he advocates spending cuts alone?
read again..

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"All across America, families are tightening their belts and making hard choices. Now, Washington must show that same sense of responsibility."

- Obama April 2009 -
are you claiming that to tighten one's belt means to take more in?
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And TSA screening lanes shut down.
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/.../id/493243

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Cuts Be Damned! TSA Orders $50 Million in New Uniforms

The Transportation Security Administration made an eleventh-hour deal to buy $50 million worth of new uniforms for its agents — sealing the deal as the nation braced for the budget-smashing sequester, CNS News reports.
when the GAO comes out with their wasteful spending report every year.. they rip the TSA in half.. which was done again this year. To make logical cuts though.. that would be.. illogical?

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And ATC towers shut down.
The FAA notified towers the possibility to towers: "with fewer than 150,000 total operations and fewer than 10,000 commercial operations". One of my local airports (30 miles away) was notified also.. except I didn't even know the airport existed. You should consider looking into the cost and effectiveness of contracted ATC towers. Mysteriously they are more efficient and effective.. and much cost less????

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And FDA meat inspectors laid off.
um.. that's not what the FDA said..

http://www.medicaldevicestoday.co...-seen.html

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An FDA spokeswoman said that, unlike some other agencies, FDA does not anticipate having to furlough its employees. The agency has not sent out the draft OMB memo meant to inform employees of the potential need for furloughs. But, "Other internal measures to absorb the cuts due to sequester will be taken, including reducing travel and training," noted spokeswoman Michelle Bolek in an emailed statement.
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And FDA new drug approvals delayed for years. Talk about "business friendly!"
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scott...nts-it-to/

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Will Sequester End Drug Approvals? Not Unless White House Wants it to

Based on FDA's 2012 budget (which the agency is still operating under), a $95 million cut from current appropriations would take FDA back to its 2010 funding level.
oh the horror back to the funding level of 2010.

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And knocking the US economy's growth rate down from 2.5% in the 2nd half of the year to 2%, resulting in an unemployment rate of 7.3% instead of 7.1%.
so are growth rate is based on government spending? We've been revising it down for years now over and over and over again... We've been growing at an unheard of after recession snails pace for years now.. and suddenly it's something else's fault rather than Obama's policies? oh wait.. the sequester was his also.

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No worries about any of this, though--working is for poor losers, not the mega-donors that the GOP works for these days.
I've probably posted this a million times and don't feel the need to post it again.. The largest donors are basically union organizations. Those are the mega donors you refer to and who apparently the Democrats work for. Which explains why budget cuts wouldn't fly over so well.. it could hurt their political funding base.

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read again..

are you claiming that to tighten one's belt means to take more in?
It means to deal with immediate pain for long term gain. You can tighten your belt by spending less, working more hours/getting a second job, or selling your valuables to raise cash. Tightening your belt is never a permanent thing--it's just a short term condition until you can let it out again.
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when the GAO comes out with their wasteful spending report every year.. they rip the TSA in half.. which was done again this year. To make logical cuts though.. that would be.. illogical?
Which would be...illegal. "Across the board" means precisely that, and in fact, the law was designed to be stupid on the theory that no sane person would want this to happen. Nobody recognized how truly anti-American the Tea Party types are, unfortunately.

Besides, even now, the GOP is arguing that it's always possible to cut a little more. There never seems to be a minimum level of government spending according to GOP rhetoric--just as any family can cut its spending to $0 or below, so can the government, according to these Tea Partiers.

PS--Love the cartoons, because I didn't look at the images. I looked at the signature lines, and laugh out loud'ed at the fact that they're all online cartoonists. They can't get a legit paper to sponsor them! Ha! Do they post these on 4chan?
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http://www.wtvy.com/news/headline...79201.html



Have you got one where he advocates spending cuts alone?
That doesn't say anyone was laid off.
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.... Nobody recognized how truly anti-American the Tea Party types are, unfortunately.
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I'd harley call Obama a "Tea Party Type" and since it was his Administration which came up with the idea and HE signed it into law.

Now, Calling Obama .. "anti-American" .. that's another story.
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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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That doesn't say anyone was laid off.
What do you care? Either:

A. All food is being inspected. Odds of getting e. coli: (normal chance)%.
B. Some food is not being inspected. Odds of getting e. coli: (normal chance)% + (additional risk)%

I think most people are just going to be thinking about whether they'll live through the next 5 mins as they spend the weekend perched on the porcelain throne.
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