Down to the wire meeting this morning
March 1st, 2013
07:35 AM ET

Down to the wire meeting this morning

An 11th hour meeting at the White House as Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders talk face to face about how to avert the forced spending cuts set to take effect at midnight tonight.  (read full story here)

The President's Schedule:

10:05AM       THE PRESIDENT hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends/ Oval Office / Closed Press

White House briefing: 11:30am


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  1. John

    It is time to continually cut the overgrown government. The generous treatment of the governmnet sector and "easy money" with TARP and stimulas has done little to fix any problems or encourage hiring in the private sector. BUT have done wonders in increasing funds to "green companies" and entitlement programs which disproportionately promote Democrat fund raising and votes. They have not been job creators that they were hoped to be. Asking why working Americans keep taking the brunt of higher taxes, food costs and fuel costs. Asking why government needs to keep increasing spending of borrowed money during a 5+ year recession when it should have been cutting waste and totally updating the tax codes to help create jobs in the private sector, while at the same time, not working from a annual budget for years, displays a lack of knowledge, understanding and ideas on how to help the current economy move forward.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • John

      I posted this last Friday and it was held by the moderator.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  2. John

    It is time to continually cut the overgrown government.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • John

      The generous treatment of the government sector and easy money with TARP and stimulas has done little to fix any problems or encourage hiring in the private sector. But have done wonders in increasing funds to "green companies" and entitlement programs which disproportionately promote Democrat fund raising and votes.

      March 1, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  3. acdcguy

    Let me get this straight, was originally Obama idea for the sequester, then he couldn't get a budget done in time, well never has done one but that’s another story, he campaigned on how the world will no longer exist if the sequester goes thru, well has never stopped campaigning but that’s another story…now that time is up, the House offered him a bill for flexibility on how the cuts will be used but he refuses and threatens veto and more tax hikes??? My 9yr olds act more mature than this guy……..and could probably run this country better than him.......

    March 1, 2013 at 8:28 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Just so much wrong with this comment, I swear I think you get your information from nutjob.com. Take a civics class in a real school, in real America. I pity your 9 yr old for not being able to choose a better parent.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:48 am |
      • Moose

        Please dont have children theres enough pollution, remember a mid is a terrible thing to waste, oooops too late !!!!!!

        March 1, 2013 at 11:47 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        If only your parents took that advice. It would have spared us a lot of your nonsense.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • Moose

        its funny to see your blogs, if you only knew how dumb they make you look

        March 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
      • December 2012

        It's funny you can even read.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • steveo

        Why did CNN remove the box that showed who posted to what? Now I have to scour through all these personal insults and attacks to read a decent post!

        March 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Not seeing the light yet December? Still clinging to the Nanny State. Obama is thru. I don't think people will give him any more rope. He's already shown his intellegence. )Or the severe lack of it I should say.

        March 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
      • Pete

        @RayE(Georgia),talk about ignorence after your republican idiots in both houses voted almost unanimously for this sequester and Pres.Obama happily signs it who do you think has hung themselves yah idiot,not the president he's got 4 years and your boys got to midterms,now who's the idiot here Ray!!Ask Ryan also to cut his salary because he hasn't done anything like his republican collegues since Pres.Obamas inaugeration and that's BS at 174,000 a year plus a million for expenses,can you say government freeloader much like yourself Ray!!

        March 13, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  4. Moose

    Disposable income, or the money left over after taxes, dropped 4 percent after adjusting for inflation, the biggest plunge since monthly records began in 1959
    more good work by the bamman

    March 1, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      You forgot climate change (if you actually believe in, well, science), meteor strikes, the chupacabra and bigfoot.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Caramon

      One of the primary rules of science is that it is impossible to prove something does not exist. Therefore, Bigfoot, the chupacabra and Nessie may exist.

      December, how have you been?

      March 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Hey Caramon. Not too bad, just another day of kicking trolls. Too bad we can't scientifically disprove their existence.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  5. Moose

    Holder, Mueller, Mukasey used FBI's Gulfstream jets for business, personal travel even though Congress approved them for counterterrorism why are we broke again ????

    March 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  6. California Consevative

    The sequester proves that if this administration doesn't have someone to blame the whole administratino would collapse.

    March 1, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      I personally blame you for Girls gone Wild going bankrupt because I absolutely need to blame it on someone.

      That made better sense in California Conservative's head, but it had to be said.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:57 am |
      • California Consevative

        You're proof that democrats need Obamacare mental health help really bad.

        March 1, 2013 at 10:58 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        A California Conservative is an oxymoron, but I think you are just a moron.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  7. California Consevative

    Obama blames republicans for his own idea.

    This sums up the democrats perfectly.

    March 1, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      And nobody cares because everyone will be blamed for this. Mostly Republicans by the way.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  8. California Consevative

    Obama's fearmongering is quite pathetic at best.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Much like your comments. You got anything better or do you need Moose to help your out?

      March 1, 2013 at 11:07 am |
      • John

        Throbbing member – he spoke about Obama and the fact that he tried to scare the American people so he could get his way. You, on the other hand, are simply a troll.

        March 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
  9. California Consevative

    Why would the White House feel the need to threaten an elderly man like Bob Woodward ?

    March 1, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Sounds to me that a girl scout would make Bob Woodward feel threatened nowadays. Why don't you keep him company so you can discuss more of these imaginary threats? You can change each other's diapers.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:09 am |
      • California Consevative

        Discredit the person is typical demcorat tactics. The country is on to the likes of you and yours.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:11 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Bob Woodward discredits himself for acting like a senile fool. You discredit him by just mentioning him in your crazy comments.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:15 am |
      • California Consevative

        You clearly have mental issues. Obamacare will save you. Ha ha

        March 1, 2013 at 11:16 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Well in your case, there is no helping stupid.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • Moose

        Did you pop another hole in your bamman blow up doll ?????

        March 1, 2013 at 11:45 am |
      • December 2012

        I stand corrected. You don't need help from Moose with your comments. That's like asking a serial killer for some advice on your home security.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  10. California Consevative

    DEcember 2012 is proof they can't debate and can only attack someone they don't know personally.
    Idiocy at it's best.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Wow, you are actually stupid enough to think your comments were meant for debate.

      I think Moose finally found his sissy boy.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:12 am |
      • Moose

        Figures the worse bamman does, the stupider your blogs get face it bamman is turd, just like you, go for the insults, i bet you couldnt get in ##or house !!!!!!, got a love blog wimps, did you get picked on in scholl pansy boy ????

        March 1, 2013 at 11:41 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Awww, are your crying? Are those tears I see? I guess it is true that even reptiles shed tears, especially if they can't handle their own nonsense.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • acdcguy

      Exactly, they can't handle the truth so they resort to name calling. I truly believe that all their anger is from they finally see what their Messiah is, a complete failure and they are too ashamed to admit it.........

      March 1, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Do look up the word hypocrite and you will see your name there. If you can't take the heat, stay out of my kitchen.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
      • John

        I looked it up. There was a picture of Obama.

        March 4, 2013 at 8:15 am |
  11. California Consevative

    FACT: With the sequester Obama is arguing with Obama. A clear case of insanity.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      FACT: When California Conservative posts anything, it's just mental farts.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • John

        Typical "throbbing member' post..

        March 4, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  12. California Consevative

    How profound coming from you even.

    Are you in your mothers basement? Ding Ding Hot Pocket ready

    March 1, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      You don't have to post everything while you are talking to yourself in the mirror. That's just creepy.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • John

        Isn't that what you do "throbbing member". You are the biggest troll on this site.

        March 4, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  13. California Consevative

    Obama's economy is ready to take a dive.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      You should move to Somalia. They have less government there.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:25 am |
      • California Consevative

        You long for the days of the Third Reich I see.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        You must be the comedian in your KKK meetings.

        March 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  14. California Consevative

    Even Politifact says the sequester is MOSTLY Obama's.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Yeah, like those mostly Republicans who voted for it. Nobody cares.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • California Consevative

        Both voted for it including Obama putting his signature on it. Obama OWNS it.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Awww, more wishful thinking from spiteful morons. Keep on dreaming because this President will rise above this while more Republicans will anger voters in their states when people get laid off and take pay cuts.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • Caramon

        The President may very well rise above it. But, it is an interesting twist. Beginning with his first presidency, many people accused Republicans of wishing for failure in the economy and hoping for unemployment to rise. Now, it seems the tables have turned. The President has laid out a pretty dim future. If he is right, the Republicans could look bad. What if he is wrong?

        March 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
      • Moose

        Blah, Blah, Blah, keep making a fool of yourself, no one really cares, face it bamaman cant get it done !!!!!!!!! LOL

        March 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
      • Moose

        Hey dumb a$$ democraps starting the KKK, geeesh what an idiot

        March 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Well Caramon, if we are to believe anyone about this sequester, there is no way it can be good for the economy in the near term. Yes, we need to make budget cuts to eliminate waste but this approach was supposed to be just a way to scare Congress to work together. What we learned however is that Congress is too stupid to be scared into doing its job. Is that a mistake for Obama? Would we fault parents for scaring their kids to behave better? I suppose we can, if the kids are running our economy, good intentions regardless.

        March 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
      • steveo

        December, you are absolutely corrrect when you say the GOP voted for it. Funny how the "party of no" supported the president on this and are still getting blamed, Anyway, what is missing from your point is critical to the debate. In late 2011, President Obama threatened to veto any attempt to block or change these cuts. I don't see folks talking about that all. It appears to me, the administration's plan has backfired badyl!

        The sequester started in the halls of the White House
        The president threatened to veto any voted that would attempt to block or change these cuts But yet, this is the fault of the GOP? No deal because the GOP would not talk about additional ax hikes when they were just hiked in January, once again with the support of the pary of no"? Where are the promised cuts? Honestly, I don't think this administration is serious about real cuts. Most of us remember the promise the halve the deficit in term #1.

        While there is blame enough to go around, the primary offender here is the administration! The sequester started with them and any attempt to block or correct was threatened with a veto by them as well. So again, why exactly are the GOP being blamed for this?

        March 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
      • steveo

        December,
        If one is going to use "scare tactics", don't you think somebody should have asked "WHAT IF THIS DOESN'T WORK? WHAT THEN?". It didn't work so now what?

        you said : What we learned however is that Congress is too stupid to be scared into doing its job

        me: Resorting to scare tactics is not a substitute for the hard work of leadership

        you: Is that a mistake for Obama?

        me: yes!

        you: Would we fault parents for scaring their kids to behave better?

        me: affecting your own kids is not the same as affectting a nation of 300 million people!

        March 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
      • steveo

        December,
        If one is going to use "scare tactics", don't you think somebody should have asked "WHAT IF THIS DOESN'T WORK? WHAT THEN?". It didn't work so now what?

        you said : What we learned however is that Congress is too stupid to be scared into doing its job

        me: Resorting to scare tactics is not a subst-itute for the hard work of leadership

        you: Is that a mistake for Obama?

        me: yes!

        you: Would we fault parents for scaring their kids to behave better?

        me: affecting your own kids is not the same as affectting a nation of 300 million people!

        March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
      • December 2012

        steveo, you keep harping on leadership from Obama when it is obvious that the Republicans do not want to be led, not even by their own Speaker. Both sides have to get their act together but there is obviously nothing more damning than when your own leader is fed up with your intransigence. There is no unity there and that is the problem. Some of them even want this sequester to happen, they don't even pretend not to like it.

        So yeah, even if they all get blamed for this, the President will not get blamed as much as Republicans. Even if you keep dwelling on the fact that he came up with the idea. Even if you are right to say he threatened to veto any bill to change the sequester as intended. History will still see it as a bitter pill to call the Congress into action, to come up with something better, which they all voted for and broke. Congress failed largely because Republicans would not budge and stated positions in favor of sequester. Is that fair? Probably not but they didn't do themselves any favors. They thought they could push this President around with their own agenda, they were dead wrong.

        Anyway, I am hoping the sequester will not hit the economy hard but if it does, maybe only then will this Congress finally act. The President is waiting, the whole country will be waiting or come 2014 there will be consequences.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
      • steveo

        1. I used the word "leadership" one time! How is that anywhere close to harping?
        2. The president does not "lead" Congress, the speaker does. The president "works" with them!
        3. I thought I keep hearing "Nobody will get 100% of what they want"? I don't know about you, December but with the exception of a few instances that is all I am seeing and that includes the president. He did not get additional tax hikes, so we get no deal. on the other side, the GOP did not get what they would call substantial cuts and again we get no deal.
        4. If history blames the GOP on this more than the administration, history would be wrong and most likely written by the administration!

        March 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
      • December 2012

        1. Sorry, I mistook you from the trolls down here who kept harping. My mistake.
        2. Speaker Boehner said he will no longer work with the President directly, personally I don't think that was the worst idea in the world. The President should not be the one at the table with him, but other leaders in Congress.
        3. Well, Speaker Boehner was quoted for being happy because he got 98% of what he wanted with the act containing the sequester so I guess that's a pretty good deal for Republicans. The Budget Control Act contained cuts even to Medicare. Only after the election, after much bickering over the fiscal cliff was some revenue was put on the table but that is clearly not enough if the deal is to be balanced. If you want the President to give more cuts, all he wanted in return was to close some loopholes. Was that too much to ask? Apparently for Republicans it was.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
      • Caramon

        Well, I am not certain if it really matters at this point who came up with the sequester. If the President states it was the idea of the GOP, then a majority of the populace will believe it. Sixty percent of the population vote party lines and probably pay little attention to the issues.

        Both sides are taking a calculated risk. Many in the GOP do want the cuts with the hopes it will not have the detrimental effects as stated by the President. I believe the President would like to see the cuts do everything he said it would. Then comes the "I told you so."

        According to Gallup, the general populace wants to avoid the cuts 45 to 37. But this would more or less be caused by the fear of what comes in the future. If it doesn't happen, the polls may shift. We really have no idea what is going to happen until it happens. Personally, I am hoping to find a 747 in my yard tomorrow. Then I can sell it for parts on Ebay.

        March 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • steveo

        No apology needed, my friend, I understand it is in the heat of the moment! We are cool!. I have NO issue with closing loop holes! In fact, it is past time to relook at the tax code anyway! We need some "out of the box" thinking up there! The same old has stopped working for us anyway!

        What if we tried a flat 10% and very limited deductions (based upon an earnings ceiling of some type)?
        This is what I see the problems are:
        1. polticians are more party minded than America minded
        2. We have no ingenuity in DC anymore
        3. At one time, DC inspired us as nation, (JFK's "ask not speech"!). Little to no inspiration now (hence the low approval ratings).

        The answer is really easy:
        Do what right by the people and stop worrying about re-elections and getting credit! To, me is just that simple!

        Politics should not be a career in the first place! A calling, yes, a career no! Some of these folks need to go home and live under some of these laws they passed! on the rest of us!

        March 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • steveo

        @Caramon,

        You are correct! Most folks are sheep for the media's slaughter! In reality, does it really matter where the sequester started? Maybe for most the answer is no but as I see it it is important because there was an intent to start this. Decemeber pointed out it was to scare the Congress into action. For me, the intent to get the Congress to move was good. The method, was not as it backfired! The point now is here we are, where do we go from here?

        March 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
      • December 2012

        You are correct. We need more reform minded people. In some ways this very ugly and very visible dysfunction is a good thing because it is waking people up to this fact so hopefully more people will start voting with intelligence and not just by party lines. Tax reform, term limits, campaign reform are on the top of my list. We may not agree on how big government should be but we should at least agree on a functioning government.

        As for blame, I blame them all equally in fact. I'm just having a bit of fun with the trolls here. I got to say though Caramon, if you ever find some 787 batteries do let me know. There's nothing quite like flaming batteries in the morning.

        March 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
      • steveo

        @ December

        I agree we currently have a disfunctioning government right now. We are supposed to be governed but with our consent! We give consent when we give our vote! That does not say much for us! As for the size of government, I am not sure but we need to keep reminding them, they work for US and not we for them! We did not vote for royality, we voted for public servants and I mean that with BOTH sides in mind!

        As far as Caramon's 747 comment, I too thought of the Dreamliner fiasco!

        Hey Caramon, you can have your 747! I'll take Holder's Gulfstream!

        Speaking of flying, I'd like to say thank you to VP Biden, he is riding the train rather than flying back and forth to Delaware! .

        The man is the VP, surely those of lower position can do the same!

        March 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • Caramon

        Well December, I certainly hope people are waking up. I do believe our government is bent on scoring political points rather than solving the problems we face today. There may come a time when they all need to be replaced. It would send a very big message.

        I will keep my eyes open for those batteries. A Gulfstream would work just as well .Just as long as it isn't one of those aircraft carriers. I pretty sure it wouldn't fit in the backyard.

        Steveo, from your comment below. I would be interested in hearing what Cynthia has to say. We may not always agree. But she knows the issues. She would add to our discussion.

        March 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  15. California Consevative

    Sequester.

    Obama idea and Obama owns it.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:31 am |
  16. California Consevative

    DEcember 2012 is living proof that a partial birth abortion can in fact somehow survive.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  17. California Consevative

    "I'd feel sorry for democrats if they weren't so stupid" ~JG

    March 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  18. California Consevative

    CNN article: Obama: 'I am not a dictator, I'm the president'

    No you're a dictator Obama.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      If he were a dictator, you would be in Gitmo meeting your new boyfriend.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  19. California Consevative

    Obama give another 7 minutes of his time?

    March 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  20. California Consevative

    It's no surprise that this administration threatened Bob Woodward or anyone else.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  21. California Consevative

    Congress = The House AND Senate. Harry Reid is the biggest problem in congress.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  22. acdcguy

    Obama..“We will get through this. This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think as some people have said,”.....some people?? How does he get away with this stuff?? He spent last week or so campaigning trying to scare everyone on how bad things were going to be....unbelievable........

    March 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  23. Moose

    Its clear dec 12 is having a breakdown, his idol figure just keeps screwing up and d-12 cant handle it, go cry on your bamaman blow up doll. do you likes mrs bammans new wig ???? LOL its looks so real LOL, LOL, LOL !!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • December 2012

      I think someone forgot their kid in the internet cafe, not that I blame them.

      March 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • Moose

        Thats just plain stupid, are you off your meds today???, when u end up in the joint youll be a catcher, you voted for this crap enjoy it !!!!!!!!!! see ya dork im off now and have a hottie waitin go ahead loser keep up the insults, its all you and the bamman got, you can always tell who a wimp is !!!!!!!! that would be you LOL lOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        March 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        By 'hottie' you probably mean the dude you've been doing your catching with while you were in the 'joint'. Nothing beats experience I suppose when speaking of such nonsense.

        March 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • Bill In STL

      Hey Moose! I said it further down in the blog .. but this seems the correct place so I will repeat it here.

      December 2012 is really Democratic Rep. Kieth Ellison in disguise! ;-)

      March 2, 2013 at 12:00 am |
      • December 2012

        And you are, Karl Rove? How's it going Karl? Still getting reamed by your own Party? Seriously, after all the good you have done for them.

        March 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  24. California Consevative

    Obama is using Reids line now of it's D.O.A. even before the bill is finished. Again how is that compromise when you shoot it down even before a bill is finished? Rhetorical questions libbies.

    March 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  25. sue

    all the right wing nut jobs should go back to faux news so the rest can have a real dialog. what a bunch of wacko's December 2012 these jerks don't understand a word you say. Don't waste your time with these dummies. Try a different post and leave these clowns in their own la la land.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • December 2012

      I was hoping a dose of their own medicine would cure trolling but I just end up making them cry some more. You're right of course, it is always best not to feed them.

      March 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • steveo

      Sue,

      You want a DIAlog or a MONOlog? You want this blog to turn into a place where everybody sings the praises of the left only? I for one, am glad you don't own this site! I am interested in what folks like December, Cynthia L, Caramon, Jean, Moose, John, ADCD Guy, Cali Conseravtive and Jerry ( and many more) have to say. Some of it is silly and ridiculous and I disagree with some of it but some of it is actually informative! Sounds to me that this blog is democracy and the 1st amendment in action. Sorry that is not appealing to you but I like it as it is!

      March 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • steveo

        Sorry! It is ACDC and not ADCD Guy!

        March 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Caramon

      Sue, you are perfectly welcome to add some real dialogue. However, simply coming here to insult people is not dialogue. It is no different than what you claim from the "right wing nut jobs." Do you have anything to offer about the issues?

      March 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • steveo

      right wing nut jobs
      bunch of wacko's
      these jerks
      these dummies
      these clowns

      All this in just 4 sentences! Is that some kind of a record?

      March 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
      • Moose

        Probably a chubby, not gettin anything !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

        March 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Well, I see that Moooooose has moved on to playing with his Pet Rock again. Those that speak of not 'gettin' any' are usually those that don't. That's where the Pet Rock comes in.

        March 3, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Caramon

      Well Moose, I look at it this way. Some people come on this site to discuss issues. Other people simply want to give insult. I cannot speak for people like Steveo or December, but I welcome dialogue from both Democrats and Republicans. In many cases, we have found some consensus across the aisle. It really is up to you what kind of dialogue you want to engage in. But consensus is how we find the solutions.

      March 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • Steveo

        Caramon, I am with you on wanting dialog from both sides. That is how we learn. I have agreed with Jean at times.. As far as I am concerned, truth is truth no matter who utters it.

        March 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
      • Bill In STL

        Caramon, Steveo – Well said, could not agree more!

        March 2, 2013 at 12:07 am |
      • Caramon

        Thanks Steveo, Thanks Bill. The truth is that we see good dialogue from both sides. We also see people from both sides who only insult. If we can get more people out of insult mode and into dialogue, then do you know what we have?

        COMMUNICATION!

        Jean and I will perhaps never agree on anything. But we have had some good back and forth conversation. I have at times agreed with December and Cynthia. They have proven to me that they clearly know and understand the issues as well as given me a new view on what is going on.

        March 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • Steveo

        Bill, I appreciate your kind words.

        March 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  26. Hussein Obama

    If the economy tanks because of this sequester it will squarely fall on Obama's shoulders. His idea, his fault.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  27. Frank Marshall Davis

    This reduction in growth could have been better targeted and we'll see in the months to come what the effects are. We'll still spend more this year than last year and if we can't get by with a miniscule reduction such as this then when will we ever get the debt under control?

    March 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Hello, Frank Marshall Davis. I have to say right off the bat that I think your recent posts have revealed a person who is not afraid of reflection. The change in tone is welcomed and I wanted to say that even though we might see things differently, there is room to expand for everyone, myself included.
      Personal story – about the Sequester affecting someone in my family who I think has been unfairly targeted for a deduction over those that squeal the most and for those that are happy to let them drown out reason.
      My oldest son, having served in both Iraq and recently home from Afghanistan and well into his 9th year serving our country, just found out that 30 days of his still required hours will go unpaid. Doesn't matter if in those 30 days of unpaid service to our country, he STILL RISKS HIS LIFE searching for, rescuing and giving excellent care to those he helps survive. Putting an unbearable strain on his personal life trying to meet his bills? YOU BETCHA.
      All while the Republicans are making a show of saving us money WHILE locking in the remaining 82 PERCENT of the Bush-era tax cuts – which were to expire and calling it a tax hike – refusing tho close loopholes MOST AMERICANS will never have the benefit of receiving but benefit the top 1% of our population.
      Yes both sides are to blame. One side more than the other when they continue to threaten the downgrade of our credit rating for expenditures that were allowed by them in the first place and subsequent threat to not paying the bill during the Debt Ceiling talks. The Sequester was thrown in to keep them from doing an irresponsible act only to give us another irresponsible act today.
      What is it about protecting the richest of our society at the expense of those that really serve our country, who want to send their children to be educated in decent schools, who want to pay their first responders, those that deliver our mail, keep us safe at our ports, borders and airports a fair wage?
      The Congressional Budget Office – which is a non-partisan apparatus – has projected a loss of 750,000 jobs. How in the world does our economy be helped when those that REALLY EARN their money get overshadowed by those at the top that are happy to reap the endless rewards ABOVE the regular American experience?
      Shame on us if we let this travesity continue without a fight.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
      • Obama argues with himself

        Tell us Cynthia L, what does congress consist of?

        March 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  28. Obama argues with himself

    AP Exclusive: DHS released over 2,000 immigrants

    Obama's way of stimulating the economy.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  29. Bill In STL

    We now have proof positive... Decemer 2012 is really Rep. Keith Ellison in disguise!

    March 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
  30. Bill In STL

    We now have proof positive ... December 2012 is really Democratic Rep. Kieth Ellison in disguise

    March 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
  31. B.

    The Republicans are Hellbent on destroying this Presidency and taking the country down as well for their Politics!

    The Media keeps using the term Washington,or Congress, but everyone knows it is the Republicans in the House that are responsible and they will take a Political hit for this in the Midterms !

    Worst in our history..

    March 2, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Caramon

      B. If the Republican controlled House is responsible for the problems as you believe. Wouldn't that also indicate that the Democratic controlled House was responsible for the crash in the economy. If you believe the House controls everything then it works both ways. We have seen this blame game before. No matter where you put the Republicans, they seem to be in control of what happens. Before 2008, it was the presidency, 2009-2010 it was the minority, 2011 to the present it is the House. Is there anyway you could possibly explain this? So, would it really matter that the Republicans loose control of the House in the midterms considering they will still control the outcome?

      March 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Steveo

      Worst in history? Sorry B but it appears you have forgotten history. The Dems are just as culpable. Unless you believe Reid and Pelosi had a rosy relationship with Bush and always worked with him and disregarded their political motives! B you are not being honest in your post!

      March 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  32. December 2012

    Does anybody mind if I suck my own richard?

    March 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
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    • steveo

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      March 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
      • Caramon

        steveo,

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        March 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  34. John

    Thanks to both parties for this fiasco and for reminding us that every time a continuing resolution that is signed is yet another failing report card illustrating that you simply can't do your jobs and get a budget passed!! And those in the Tea Party whom took a "pledge" from the Grover Norquist Team, thanks for forgetting important things like being "for the people."

    I was not surprised to find that there was more in his name than met the eye – if you rearrange the letters in "G R O V E R N O R Q U I S T," it spells "R G O V E R N O R S Q U I T." Sad but true, thanks for quitting on America.

    March 4, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Caramon

      Or you could rearrange the letters again and spell... Roger Vorn Quits. Who is Roger Vorn?

      The difference John is when our government believes they are the solution to every problem, then that government has quit betting on the people.

      March 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  35. steveo

    Is it just me or has this blog slowed down to a crawl?
    1. No new story or updates since Friday?
    2. CNN took away the method to know who recentky posted. At one time it was located in a space under "Popular Post", now you have to rummage did through everything to find who posted and to what!

    What's is going on CNN?

    March 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      HEADLINE TODAY by The Guardian: FORBES RICH LIST REPORTS Billionaires club has welcoemd 214 new members – For those at the top there has never been an easier time to join the BILLIONAIRES CLUB.

      HEADLINE TODAY by CNN MONEY: The U.S. once again has the MOST BILLIONAIRES at 412 – a net gain from a year ago. Warren Buffett still says his tax rates are STILL LESS than his Secretary's.
      The average net worth of each Billionaire was $3.8 Billion up ONLY (Waa-Waa) by $100 MILLION from a year ago.

      IN OTHER NEWS – Mitt Romney wishing he was "THERE".

      March 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L,
        I was referring to the 1600 Report Blog but I'm sure you knew that. But since we are taking about Buffet, all he needs to do is give his secretary a nice rise and be done with it or he could write a check to the government or he can just be honest and state interest income is only 15% or he could lobby Congress to increase the rate of interest income. I have noticed he has not yet done that so I guess it is easier just to complain to the media that actually do something about like write a check to the Treasury!

        March 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
      • steveo

        Correction. He could give his secretary a nice RAISE! Sorry!

        March 5, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • Caramon

      Then maybe Warren Buffet could quit complaining about all his money and hire some people. That would help stimulate the economy and increase revenues. And yes, the same holds true for other Billionaires.

      March 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  36. Marie

    This is all politics. If Obama was serious he would have called the meeting sooner. If my taxes go up again, you'll see me at the White House with some protesters. Taxes just went up, time for the spending- not that Democrats want to cut it, but if Obama wants a good legacy he's going to have to do more than campaign.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Gee, Marie, maybe you should change the color of your lucky underwear – It worked for Boehner.

      March 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
      • Obama argues with himself

        Tell us Cynthia L, what does congress consist of?

        Thanks for playing Mrs. IQ of 20.

        March 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
      • Marie

        Look, I keep hearing all of the things about how Republicans are the bad guys, yet you liberals, well, y'all can't deal with a simple, adult conversation. And I know y'all don't like to hear this, but many people don't want more taxes. Obama didn't win 99% of the vote, and his margin was somewhat close to Bush vs. Kerry- to think- as popular as Bush at this time.

        March 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
      • Pete

        @Marie,your ignorence like other posters here has no bounds does it..And remember how Jeb gave Florida to his brother at Floridas expense cheating in both elections winning by hundreds in some of the most contested battles ever and because of Bush Sr the SCOTUS over ruled Gores appeal for a recount,can you say again crooked elections just like this time with republicans trying voter supression,gerrymandering,redistricting and you the sanctumonious ignorencent ones posting like you know something we don't ,what a laugh greenhorns because its you that's being schooled and your partys going down for good at midterms like I said before..One more thing Marie its your Bush Sr that was quoted publicly as saying NO NEW TAXES and raised taxes higher at one time than any other president if you don't believe me go ask Grover Norquists on that he'll tell yah!!

        March 13, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Pete

      @Marie,go complain to Ryan,Boehner about complaining that government is bloated when in fact from Bureau of Labor Statistics that Pres.Obama has cut over 610,000 government jobs since 2009 and Ryan who's been on the government teat since God knows when wants 20% more and this bloating is from Bush none other..Tell congress,senate to take salary cuts getting over 174,000 yr plus a million in expenses and after what I've seen its republicans who owe us because all they've done is obstruct haven't they!!If republicans would quit fillibustering job,infastructure and farm bills maybe something progressive like higher employement,more revenue might result or am I talking factual that's over many a republican posters head...Pres.Clinton helped create over 20 million new jobs as president remember,raising revenue while raising taxes and he's the ONLY PRESIDENT that left office with a surplus wasn't he!!Republicans now complain of the sequester as well when its your republicans in both houses that almost unanimously voted for such a sequester and its your ignorent reps that gave it to Pres.Obama to sign and happily sign he did your reps death warrents because if it goes negetive your party will be politically radioactive for many years to come and you'll see some of it come midterms if you watch and I'm putting money on it will you!!!

      March 13, 2013 at 9:37 am |
      • California Conservative

        Sorry but when you have people in congress (Harry Reid) stating the bill is DOA even before it's finished that CLEARLY is an indication of what party is the Obstructionist party. You talk about ignorance yet your's is obviously blatant.

        You also continue to whine about someone cheating in an election yet you have no proof Mr. Conspiracy.

        Clinton was also impeached for which I'm sure democrats are extremely proud of that fact.

        Wasn't Obama supposed to something in half????

        Obama is nothing more than Chicago politics on steroids.

        March 13, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  37. Obama argues with himself

    Cynthia L.

    Gee, guess what? Harry Reid is in the Senate.

    March 2, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
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    You seriously don't even know that the senate is part of congress.

    You're a dumb as they come.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Marie

      Reid is the essence of gridlock in Washington.

      March 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm |