How sequestration will affect Ga. citizens, businesses

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Because of required furloughs and spending reductions for TSA security agents, FAA air traffic controllers, customs agents and other personnel, flight delays of up to four hours are predicted at major airports such as Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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On Friday, March 1, federal spending cuts forced by sequestration will be implemented. The total amount of spending to be cut — $85 billion — is somewhat small, but its impact is magnified by three specific provisions of the sequestration law:

1.) Major budgetary areas such as Social Security, interest on the debt, the Department of Veterans Affairs and military pay are off-limits to cuts. Cuts in Medicare reimbursement are limited to 2 percent. That concentrates spending reductions to remaining portions of the budget.

2.) By law, federal agencies that do face sequestration do not have the ability to pick and choose which programs will be cut or by how much. All cuts must be across the board, by meat cleaver rather than scalpel.

3.) The law requires savings in the current fiscal year, which began in October 2012. Because the required cuts are not being implemented until March, they must be backloaded into the final months of fiscal 2013, compounding the impact. As a result, non-defense discretionary spending will be cut by 9 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year; defense spending will be cut by 13 percent.

As a result of the provisions outlined above, the consequences of the sequestration are relatively simple to project. Here is a sampling of the impact on Georgia, as outlined by the Office of Management and Budget:

Teachers and Schools: Georgia will lose approximately $28.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 390 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 54,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding.
– Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Georgia will lose approximately $17.5
million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Military Readiness: In Georgia, approximately 37,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $190.1 million in total.
– Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $233 million in Georgia.
– Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Georgia would be cut by about $5 million.

Vaccines for Children: In Georgia around 4,180 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $286,000.

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Aviation is a major industry in Georgia. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport boasts the busiest airport in the world, and many businesses are located in the metro Atlanta region because of easy access to Hartsfield. However, spending cuts required by sequestration will greatly reduce the efficiency of the national system. As the OMB reports:

Aviation – At the major gateway airports, average wait times could increase by 30-50 percent. At the nation’s busiest airports, like Newark, JFK, LAX, and Chicago O’Hare, peak wait times could grow to over 4 hours or more.

Aviation security – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would reduce its front-line workforce, which would substantially increase passenger wait times at airport security checkpoints. TSA would need to initiate a hiring freeze for all transportation security officer positions in March, eliminate overtime and furlough its 50,000 officers for up to seven days.

Aviation safety – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be forced to undergo a funding cut of more than $600 million. This action would force the FAA to undergo an immediate retrenchment of core functions by reducing operating costs and eliminating or reducing services to various segments of the flying community… The furlough of a large number of air traffic controllers and technicians would require a reduction in air traffic to a level that could be safely managed by the remaining staff, resulting in slower air traffic in major cities, as well as delays and disruptions across the country during the critical summer travel season.

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Other impacts, also as reported by OMB:

Small business assistance
– Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees would be cut by up to approximately $900 million, constraining financing needed by small businesses to maintain and expand their operations and create jobs.

Oil and gas permitting – Development of oil and gas on Federal lands and waters would slow down, due to cuts in programs at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other agencies that plan for new projects, conduct environmental reviews, issue permits and inspect operations. Leasing of new federal lands for future development would also be delayed, with fewer resources available for agencies to prepare for and conduct lease sales.

Veterans services – Although the Department of Veterans Affairs is exempt from sequestration, the Department of Labor’s Veterans Transition Assistance Program, which serves over 150,000 veterans a year, would have to reduce operations – leaving thousands of transitioning veterans unserved as they move from active duty to civilian life. The Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program would also experience cuts, translating into a reduction in the capacity to serve tens of thousands of veterans in their efforts to find civilian employment.


Title I education funds
– Title I education funds would be eliminated for more than 2,700 schools, cutting support for nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged students. This funding reduction would put the jobs of approximately 10,000 teachers and aides at risk. Students would lose access to individual instruction, after-school programs, and other interventions that help close achievement gaps.

Senior meals – Federally assisted programs like Meals on Wheels would be able to serve 4 million fewer meals to seniors. These meals contribute to the overall health and well-being of participating seniors, including those with chronic illnesses that are affected by diet, such as diabetes and heart disease, and frail seniors who are homebound. The meals can account for 50 percent or more of daily food for the majority of participants.

Mental health and substance abuse services
– Cuts to the Mental Health Block Grant program would result in over 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children not receiving needed mental health services. This cut would likely lead to increased hospitalizations, involvement in the criminal justice system, and homelessness for these individuals. In addition, close to 8,900 homeless persons with serious mental illness would not get the vital outreach, treatment, housing, and support they need through the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program.

FBI and other law enforcement – The FBI and other law enforcement entities would see a reduction in capacity equivalent to more than 1,000 federal agents. This loss of agents would significantly impact our ability to combat violent crime, pursue financial crimes, secure our borders, and protect national security.

Customs and border patrol – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would not be able to maintain current staffing levels of border patrol agents and CBP officers as mandated by Congress. CBP would have to reduce its work hours by the equivalent of over 5,000 border patrol agents and the equivalent of over 2,750 CBP officers.
– Jay Bookman

1,346 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 25th, 2013
8:24 am

And the demands for the Obama Plan, that is already available online, will be posted in 3…2…1

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:30 am

Funny seeing such scare tactics coming from Obama and left when it was his idea.

**Let me add that I voted for Obama in 2012 so don’t call me a Republican**

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 25th, 2013
8:31 am

These meals contribute to the overall health and well-being of participating seniors, including those with chronic illnesses that are affected by diet, such as diabetes and heart disease, and frail seniors who are homebound. The meals can account for 50 percent or more of daily food for the majority of participants.

Well at least, as one poster exclaimed yesterday, no one is dying on the streets. Under these cuts, seniors will have the decency to slowly die in their current residences. No need to throw granny off a cliff. But remember, this is important so that we do not “overburden” the so-called job creators or tax the wealthy more by closing loopholes that they designed and lobbied for themselves.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
8:31 am

We put 1 extra package of Oreo’s in the basement bomb shelter…..we’ll be fine.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
8:31 am

February 25th, 2013
8:30 am

Funny seeing such scare tactics coming from Obama and left when it was his idea.
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Funny how?

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:33 am

“Funny seeing such scare tactics coming from Obama and left when it was his idea.”

And just to be clear, Peadawg, he proposed the idea as a last-ditch alternative because otherwise, House Republicans were insisting that they would refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a step that would have devastated the economy and the nation’s credit rating.

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:33 am

“Funny how?”

Yeah you’re right. “Sad” and “pathetic” would be better.

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:34 am

“And just to be clear, Peadawg, he proposed the idea”

Yes, I know. Thanks for repeating what I said.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:35 am

Most media reports omit the fact that sequestration is a reduction in the amount of increase. If an agency was authorized to spend a million, they still have that million and, for example, instead of getting an increase to a milllion two the increase will be a million and a half.

Also not being put forth is how the dire predicitons of sequestration is not being used as a teachable moment. If trimming increases causes this many problems, imagine the pain when we have to live within our means.

Now, cue the call for the rich to pay more in 1…2…3

Union

February 25th, 2013
8:35 am

funny how the media is spinning this. been an issue for months and I guess since the oscars are over we can focus on this now.

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:35 am

I didn’t repeat what you wrote, Peadawg. I completed it and put it into its proper context.

You’re welcome, by the way.

Simple Truths

February 25th, 2013
8:36 am

Some gloom and doom to start your week. Enjoy the veal!

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:37 am

I completed it and made up excuses for a really bad idea.

Fixed your typo. You’re welcome, by the way.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:37 am

“….he proposed the idea as a last-ditch alternative because otherwise, House Republicans were insisting that they would refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a step that would have devastated the economy and the nation’s credit rating.”

So why didn’t Obama work with Congress to bring about a compromise on the two different bills passed by the House to avoid sequestration?

What’s the “fair” defense of Obama on that?

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
8:38 am

And Republicans will remind us how these cuts are all Obama’s fault because if it were strictly up to them, the cuts would have been much much greater, especially the tax cuts for the wealthiest.

Union

February 25th, 2013
8:40 am

Put in context it was yet another bad idea by a man who had no experience. the middle class I getting hit harder and harder. higher taxes… higher fuel costs.. higher living expenses.. but from the man that said the “buck” stops with him. somehow it’s everyone else’s fault…

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 25th, 2013
8:40 am

Jay,
Do you think it will really happen?

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:41 am

Corbin, yes I do.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
8:41 am

All this because the GOP will not relent on closing tax loopholes ….

The system is not broken it is fixed.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:41 am

Republicans voted for sequestration, so the cuts are not all Obama’s fault.

What is Obama’s fault is letting it get to this point. If he had one glimpse of knowing how to work with Congress to gain a compromise we would not be where we are. When it comes to working with others, he’s a total waste.

Welcome to the Occupation

February 25th, 2013
8:42 am

Welcome to austerity, American-style.

Now we really are becoming “Europe”.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
8:42 am

Peadawg would have us believe that Republicans accepted Obama’s idea and wrote it into law. What next? Republicans would not make any spending cuts if they only had their way! :lol:

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:43 am

“So why didn’t Obama work with Congress to bring about a compromise on the two different bills passed by the House to avoid sequestration?”

B/c Obama wants more tax increases even though he already got some back in December/January. I thought he was really interested in a balanced approach…that’s why I voted for him in November.

F. Sinkwich

February 25th, 2013
8:44 am

“Development of oil and gas on Federal lands and waters would slow down…”

Bwaahahahahahahaha

Cosby

February 25th, 2013
8:44 am

AQnd the King is luaghing..after all he would like to disolve the military….but wait, it is those evil Republicans fault…even thugh the King has no intention of solving the spending problem..and what is this from Demopcratcs..a “Balanced” approach..let me give you a hint…more taxes on everyone and no spending cuts…I say we quit sending the Feds any money and see what king and his court do!!

ty webb

February 25th, 2013
8:45 am

“last ditch alternative” is the new “protest vote”…good boy, Jay!

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:46 am

“and what is this from Demopcratcs..a “Balanced” approach..let me give you a hint…more taxes on everyone and no spending cut

Obama proposes two dollars in cuts for every dollar in revenue.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
8:46 am

More and more governors want the Republicans to compromise and accept revenue increase in addition to spending cuts.

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:47 am

The GOP House proposes all cuts, none of them from defense, and almost all of them from programs that assist the poor.

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:47 am

So judge for yourself who is being reasonable and is willing to compromise, and who is not.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:48 am

I see the honorable Left here won’t touch the fact that Obama has had a very long time to work with Congress to avoid this.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 25th, 2013
8:48 am

I have been looking carefully at the GOP Narnia map. I cannot seem to find these land of compromise that these posters keep talking about. I asked Boehner and he said he was not even sure how to find it after his “plan B” and other failures with the tea party contingent. Perhaps someone can share the GPS coordinates from their unicorn guidance system?

ATL Tiger

February 25th, 2013
8:48 am

I don’t see why these are problems NOW. Didn’t The President who caim up with this idea and then signed it into law know what was at stake? Surely he didn’t sign the bill without reading it for purely a political win at the tme.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
8:50 am

Republicans have had a very long time to work with Obama. Not to worry though. They still have four more years.

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:50 am

Jay
February 25th, 2013
8:47 am

You’re right. This sequestration thing is the most balanced…it hits everything. How much more balanced can you get?

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
8:50 am

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:48 am

I see the honorable Left here won’t touch the fact that Obama has had a very long time to work with Congress to avoid this.
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And you are showing us the sterling example of how the GOP worked to avoid it?

I think not.

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
8:51 am

“Republicans have had a very long time to work with Obama”

And he got his tax increase. What are you still btching about?

Welcome to the Occupation

February 25th, 2013
8:51 am

cosby: ““and what is this from Demopcratcs..a “Balanced” approach..let me give you a hint…more taxes on everyone and no spending cut”

Any person still claiming that at this point puts their idiocy out on full display for all to see. The Democratic party is a party of NOTHING. BUT. COMPROMISE. That’s its very core existence.

Tough getting that through FOX-news-addled rube skulls though.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:51 am

ATL Tiger – not only was this Obama’s idea, he gave wind bag speeches demeaning the Republican House for their attempts to change it, to avoid this. The Left conveniently forgets that.

Jeffrey

February 25th, 2013
8:52 am

Wsj oped says deficit is improving. Check it out unless you like needless worrying.

Aquagirl

February 25th, 2013
8:52 am

Congress’ inability to handle their business is Obama’s fault. That makes perfect sense, considering it’s from the people who want to drown government in the bathtub.

Government services are like vaccines, people born into a world with them think they’re optional. Let’s remove them for a bit and maybe a few of these money-grubbing idiots will stop equating taxes with theft.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
8:53 am

Apparently Republicans have not been fed anything new given that all they know how to say is that Obama came up with the idea and then wrote it into law. Stick with that line, cons. I’m sure your unskewed polls will prove your strategy right.

gadem also known as Benghazi

February 25th, 2013
8:53 am

I know that Republicans are all giddy about the cuts to education, Title IX funding, Help for children and anything that appears to help the poor and disadvantaged.

I am going to open a bootstrap making business so that I can sell to all the lazy takers. That way they can pull themselves up and start doing for themselves.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:53 am

Granny – you have hit on what is a silent point within the beltway. Obama has pissed off the Right big time with his arrogance. He’s gonna have to eat some crow or the next four will be very hard for him.

Jeffrey

February 25th, 2013
8:53 am

Can’t wait to be delayed at the airport. More time at the bar.

deegee

February 25th, 2013
8:54 am

What was so bad about the Simpson-Bowles proposal? In 2010 a bipartisan commission spent 9 months deliberating a comprehensive debt reduction plan.The Commission was supported by over 60% of the members (11 out of 18), and an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. The report did not reach the 14-vote threshold required to formally endorse the blueprint and have it sent to Congress for approval. It fell short by 3 votes. I’ll bet that it would pass now.

ITS ALL BUSH"S FAULT

February 25th, 2013
8:54 am

Jay, you cannot reason with the unreasonable . Cons are stupid and like being stupid..

Concerned Blogger

February 25th, 2013
8:54 am

Jay, when will the new software be implemented for the format of your blog?

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:55 am

Reasoning with Moonbats — herding cats is easier.

curious

February 25th, 2013
8:55 am

At least CEO pay is skyrocketing.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
8:55 am

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:53 am

Granny – you have hit on what is a silent point within the beltway. Obama has pissed off the Right big time with his arrogance. He’s gonna have to eat some crow or the next four will be very hard for him.
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My oh my!

And the right is making everybody else so very happy, right?

Snicker.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 25th, 2013
8:55 am

Like Boehner’s I got 98% of what I wanted with the sequestration and Ryan’s praise for it at the time, I suspect many of our same blamers here were part of the same group of GOPpers who told us how great the sequestration was and how the GOP won the day.

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
8:56 am

“Cons are stupid and like being stupid..”

And the moniker says it all.

Skip

February 25th, 2013
8:57 am

If we can’t afford a 2% cut we must be operating on a shoestring.

Jay

February 25th, 2013
8:57 am

Concerned, I do not know.

Ivan

February 25th, 2013
8:57 am

“So judge for yourself who is being reasonable and is willing to compromise, and who is not.”

More faux compromise whining. Here’s how Obama compromises…

“But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take”

Translation: “I’ll stomp my feet and just do everything my way.”

Compromise…… Ha!

alittlecommonsense

February 25th, 2013
8:57 am

“All this because the GOP will not relent on closing tax loopholes ….”

Ok, I’ll bite. When have the Dem’s done more than lip service to closing tax loopholes? Speeches don’t count – I’m talking about real action.

The way I see it, both parties are pretty much equally guilty of creating the loopholes, and the only real efforts to close looopholes (i.e. simplify the tax code) are from the right.

Welcome to the Occupation

February 25th, 2013
8:57 am

“I see the honorable Left here won’t touch the fact that Obama has had a very long time to work with Congress to avoid this.”

Too many skulls that are so thick. Too few heavy duty cutting tools.

Political madness in the rube-o-cracy goes on.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
8:58 am

Like Boehner’s I got 98% of what I wanted with the sequestration and Ryan’s praise for it at the time, I suspect many of our same blamers here were part of the same group of GOPpers who told us how great the sequestration was and how the GOP won the day.

Apparently Republicans believe that everyone is afflicted with their memory loss issues.

Concerned Blogger

February 25th, 2013
8:59 am

Cool….I do not know if I can will be able to handle the new style….Have you ever thought about going out and creating your own blog…separate from the AJC?

F. Sinkwich

February 25th, 2013
8:59 am

O’bozo got his tax increases just a number of weeks ago, now he wants more. In lib ilk world taxes are never high enough nor raised frequently enough.

Move along, no balance to be seen here…

Jeffrey

February 25th, 2013
8:59 am

Jay, I tried to buy tickets for the real sotu tonight and was told there were no tix but that a donation was suggested. Do you know if there is a certain amount suggested? I’m bringing my wife and my dad. Can’t wait.

To Tell the Truth

February 25th, 2013
8:59 am

Until we get this MORON out of the White House, America will continue to decline!!!!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 25th, 2013
9:01 am

Well, far as I can see it ain’t working. The polls all show the public is blaming us godly Republicans for the cuts that are coming up. It’s the dangedest thing I ever seen. I mean, nobody’s buying the blame-Obama argument. They just ain’t budging. We tried everything, right down to painting a picture of a newborn baby in a hospitle nursery with about a eleventy-billion buck debt strapped to its leg. Maybe if we had of used a orchestra with violins . . . naw, they still wouldn’t buy it. I mean, if they won’t buy the idea of setting around a kitchen table as kinda like working out the national budget, it’s for sure they won’t buy the rest of the line.

Me, I just want to cut somebody off so I can feel all ,. . . all Republican. Heck, I’d settle for 91 year old Mrs. Buckwell across the road. Maybe take away her Medicare wheelchair or something. Anything but what we’re doing now.

But no, they’ll cave this week. This country is going to the dogs. I’m so disgusted.

Have a good Monday everybody.

curious

February 25th, 2013
9:01 am

It has been demonstrated that the Republicans aren’t willing to compromise except under duress.

No sense in the Democrats even trying until crunch time.. Sequestration is going to hurt the Republican base (military-industrial complex) the most.

barking frog

February 25th, 2013
9:02 am

The House of Representatives can fix this,
the President cannot.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
9:03 am

alittlecommon sense

a wee piece from folks who speak your language…..

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/20/end-to-tax-loopholes-could-also-be-tough-sell-for-democrats/

Wonder why the house GOP has a problem with it?

Wonder, wonder why.

Jay

February 25th, 2013
9:05 am

Jeffrey, I have no idea. Sorry, my role is to show up.

QE 4 EVAH?

February 25th, 2013
9:05 am

A costly “mistake” that got Obama through the election.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
9:05 am

Obama signed off on Congress’s elimination of a temporary cut to payroll taxes that he requested originally and on Congress’s partial elimination of temporary income tax cuts implemented during the Bush Administration. If only those Bush tax cuts had lived up to the Republican claims that they would pay for themselves.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 25th, 2013
9:05 am

Jay

Obama proposes two dollars in cuts for every dollar in revenue.
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LIBERAL-INTERPRETATION.COM TRANSLATES THIS INTO:

PROPOSE DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN PUT INTO ACTION…….. ALWAYS PROPOSE BUT NEVER PUT INTO ACTION…… ALWAYS GET THE TAX INCREASES FIRST THEN PROMISE THE CUTS LATER WHEN THEY HAVE NO LEVERAGE

JamVet

February 25th, 2013
9:06 am

Obama has pissed off the Right big time with his arrogance.

I have been watching the American right wing very closely since the days of Richard Nixon, and guess what, Reb?

They have always been generally PO’d. Very angry, self-righteous and self-absorbed, completely intolerant and uncompromising, without compassion and mean-spirited. Much of the animus in the name of Jesus.

But you knew that. (Even so, I could list a whole bunch of (in)famous names to prove the point.)

I guess that is their great appeal to the ever-enraged who voted for them…

Welcome to the Occupation

February 25th, 2013
9:06 am

“Until we get this MORON out of the White House, America will continue to decline!!!!”

Rubes of the world, unite!!

By the way, looks like the Bersani coalition has defeated Berlusconi in Italy.

To Tell the Truth

February 25th, 2013
9:06 am

The democrats have not done anything to help America!!!! Point fingers, hung an American Ambassador out to dry, raised EVERYONES TAXES!!!!!

Anton Chigurh

February 25th, 2013
9:07 am

So, amend the law to let the departments pick their 2 percent. But, make them cut nonetheless.

SBinF

February 25th, 2013
9:07 am

Sequestration was all Obama’s idea?

Someone refresh my memory, wasn’t it Boehner who proudly proclaimed that his side got 98% of what they wanted in the sequestration deal?

Thomas Heywared Jr

February 25th, 2013
9:07 am

“FBI and other law enforcement – The FBI and other law enforcement entities would see a reduction in capacity equivalent to more than 1,000 federal agents. This loss of agents would significantly impact our ability to combat violent crime, pursue financial crimes, secure our borders, and protect national security.”
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Is that a promise?
Could we get it in writing?
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If so………………..All Decent Americans would be more safe.
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And as far as the other affects…………if you’re relying on Federal stolen funds, then you’re a parasite anyhoo.

Jeffrey

February 25th, 2013
9:07 am

Thanks for the reply anyway. I’m hoping the rain will make it easy to get in

Mike

February 25th, 2013
9:08 am

It’s all smoke and mirrors folks.

Joe Hussein Mama

February 25th, 2013
9:09 am

curious — “It has been demonstrated that the Republicans aren’t willing to compromise except under duress.”

Indeed. Their so-called “compromise” bill contained Federal caps on medical malpractice suit awards — how, precisely, do caps on malpractice awards directly impact on the Federal deficit?

And there was plenty of partisan red meat besides that. The so-called Republican “compromise” bill was larded up with Republican-friendly bulldada provisions that didn’t have jack spit to do with the deficit, and yet our conservative friends here want to blame the President for not compromising?

Let’s see y’all pass a bill that restricts itself to just budgetary matters, not partisan feel-good legislation. Then we’ll talk.

Soothsayer

February 25th, 2013
9:10 am

$85 billion is around 2% of our federal budget. $85 billion is around 5% of the $1.5 trillion we print every year to cover our out-of-control spending.

If we can’t even do 2%, there literally is no hope for this country.

For those who don’t know what a $ trillion looks like, here it is. (You have to work your way down the page.)

JohnnyReb

February 25th, 2013
9:10 am

Obama’s approach to fixing sequestration is just like all his political moves. That being to destroy the competition. He did it when elected to the senate. He did it to McCan via his attacks on Bush. He did it to Romney. He is trying to do it to the whole Republican Party.

It would be very refreshing to see a few Moonbats here admit that Obama either will not or does not know how to work with Congress. His idea of working together is to give him his way without discussion.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
9:10 am

Thomas Heywared Jr

February 25th, 2013
9:07 am

Two things…

Has the spelling of your name changes since your last appearance as a sock puppet?

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Plagiarists are parasites too. Big uns.

Partisay

February 25th, 2013
9:11 am

“Obama has pissed off the Right big time with his arrogance. He’s gonna have to eat some crow or the next four will be very hard for him.”

So the right is gettin their feelings hurt because they think the President is too arrogant? So is that what they are basing whether they work with the President or not? Now that’s leadership coming from the right!

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

straitroad

February 25th, 2013
9:12 am

Jay, the president is the boy who cried wolf. There is nothing one can look to in his brief history that suggests that he would come remotely close to cutting the budget. He just simply isn’t credible. We’ve listened to one manufactured crisis after another from him with fingers pointing in every direction except in the mirror. His is an absolute ideolog who lacks the ability of Reagan or Clinton to forge compromise. We’ll see more of the same until his term expires and all of your excuse making or “putting it into context” as you say, will change his behavior.

alittlecommonsense

February 25th, 2013
9:13 am

Granny, I don’t see anything there about dems making any real effort to close loopholes. The article basically said they might be willing to accept closing loopholes (on higher income people only) instead of raising taxes. i.e.

“Democrats have suggested a willingness to accept closing the loopholes”

Give it another try. I’m willing to be proven wrong.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
9:13 am

Attack Attack Attack

That’s what the GOP calls their opposition pointing out truth.

Cherokee

February 25th, 2013
9:13 am

Four more years, To Tell – thank goodness.

Then Hillary or Joe will take over, and you can whine some more….

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 25th, 2013
9:14 am

oh yeah, its gonna happen. Its the new 21st century version of
’shutting the gubmint down.’
It is ironic that with this horribly timed (or maybe well-timed) austerity
toddler fit the cons are pitching, that we will become ‘Europe,’
which will go unnoticed by cons, since its irony and all.

Man, these cats are goin’ out with a bang, a Chixulub bang.
They ain’t going extinct without taking an entire world economy
down with ‘em.

MiltonMan

February 25th, 2013
9:15 am

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Funny that Obama sells to his gullible minions that DC police and firemen would be laid off when in reality the city pays their wages and not the feds.

TaxPayer

February 25th, 2013
9:15 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 25th, 2013
9:15 am

Obama’s approach to fixing sequestration is just like all his political moves. That being to destroy the competition

why I do declare this is just not right. Why it will be his Waterloo. We need to make sure he is a one term President. Now show me to my feinting couch.

Cherokee

February 25th, 2013
9:16 am

“Obama is arrogant!”

“Obama won’t cut spending!”

“Obama will destreoy America!”

There really is no reasoning possible with people when they start with these attitudes… Facts simply don’t matter…

stevie ray

February 25th, 2013
9:18 am

Hook lisne sinker. At least you get kudos for doing your sheepish job in your heros hysteria. So i guess reducing spending by two cents for every dollar, not to mention that 80cents are being borrowed will have calamitous outcomes. This tactic is akin to making the us sick before making us better. Two cents, or 1.2 centss of our own dough plus interest.

I guessnthe affected agencies have no other creative means of implementing the cuts.

Granny Godzilla

February 25th, 2013
9:18 am

alittlecommonsense

you don’t?

of course you don’t.

I feel a little silly that I even bothered.

Joe Hussein Mama

February 25th, 2013
9:18 am

J. Reb — “It would be very refreshing to see a few Moonbats here admit that Obama either will not or does not know how to work with Congress.”

And people in hell want ice water.

M

February 25th, 2013
9:19 am

So the Republicans WANT spending cuts…but they want to blame the sequester on Obama, so that when the spending cuts cause misery, they can absolve themselves of blame. Got it.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

February 25th, 2013
9:19 am

RACEISM

calling the president the boy who cried wolf………. shame

you must whitewash it to this

he is the petulant selfish toddler who cried wolf

Peadawg

February 25th, 2013
9:20 am

Soothsayer
February 25th, 2013
9:10 am

Actually a pretty good point.