Obama's Day Ahead: About those spending cuts...
February 19th, 2013
09:23 AM ET

Obama's Day Ahead: About those spending cuts...

President Obama begins the shortened week with remarks Tuesday morning urging action to avoid the automatic across-the-board budget cuts called the sequester. The remarks will come at at a 10:45 am event, which the White House says will include first responders whose jobs may be lost if the spending cuts are allowed to go forward, is the first White House effort in more than two weeks to publicly draw attention to the issue.

The cuts are scheduled to hit Friday, March 1 "if Congress fails to find a path forward on a balanced deficit reduction," the White House said. The reductions could spur the loss of thousands of jobs.

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  1. Moose

    What a great messege our pres sends, its ok to hang with adulters (woods & willie bill), cheatin on your wife is ok. its ok to hang with gangstas (jay-z), drugs , no problem, its cool not to work, and we wonder how we got here !!!!!!

    February 19, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • maximusvad

      Elected by a landslide.....keep on hating Moose boy.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:35 am |
      • Rory Calhoun

        51% is a landslide?

        February 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
      • Mark-OH

        Really? A 'Landslide'? you call 51% a LANDSLIDE?

        By the way... this Sequester? It was OBAMA'S IDIOTIC IDEA!

        And, who really cares? It's a measly $85B, not even at one time! Put it in perspective, idiots! we burn through $85B PER WEEK! PER WEEK!

        February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Mitt lost. John Boehner was the guy who presented the Sequester idea to the House Republicans in a power-point presentation in 2011 as bargaining tool. Guess what? 100% of the House Republicans VOTED FOR IT. Their idea will take them out of the running for any serious consideration by the voters when the nation realizes that the cost of doing business the Republican way has brought nothing but grief and disaster AND more unemployment. Even the last three Republican Presidents hired MORE people in public sector jobs when the economy was hurting as a way to stimulate it. Now, you got a bunch of TeaPubs and Repubs trying to appeal to a small segment of stranglers by drowning it in their Righteous Bathtub of Ignorance.
        Like I said before, it's like watching a circular firing squad of their own making. The party is fractured. They aim at each other and fire away madly trying to be the last man standing on the grave of what used to be a voice of reason. Going down with their hair on fire is okay with me, but sad to see their torches burning a wound that will be hard to heal in the rest of the country. But, I don't really think they care about that. Rotting from the inside out – that's what you get when you allow Nazi's shelter from the storm.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:11 am |
      • John

        Amazing, the repubs vote YES for the sequester THAT WAS FIRST PROPOSED BY OBAMA, but now libs think they should have said no? Make up your minds. Both parties voted for it in an effort not to kick the can down the road one again. Let it happen. If the working people of America can be forced to pay 2% more, as Obama's taxes in January dictated then the Fed Government can do a little work and cut 2% also.

        February 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
      • Sam

        Actually we elect president by electorial votes. Romney lost big time. President does have a mandate not that the Republican give a damn. The Republicans are alway going to be the party of no UNTIL WE VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE IN 2014.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
      • Lionel

        Thank you it was a landslide. We elect presidents by electoral college votes. It was a landslide.

        He won by more than 3 million votes. Hasn't Republicans gotten over this yet.

        Lots of sore losers on here. Looks like the REPO Loonies are at it again.

        Go to Faux Noose and post your comments. Oh yeah! they do not allow comments. How Democratic.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Mark OH
        Yes, a landslide by any standards compared to past elections. President Obama garnered 51.06% of the popular vote and 332 electoral votes to the next highest oppontent's Romney's 47.21% of the popular vote, and 206 electoral votes

        You seem to be under the delusion that Romney carried 49% of the vote, but that is not the case, there were 6 other party's candidates on the ballot in different locations, including Ohio. I happen to be from Ohio. The president took 50.67% of the popular vote in Ohio to Romney's 47.69% of the vote and 1.65% was taken by 5 other candidates.

        The final total votes received by the president was 65,899,660 to Romney's 60,929,152. Roughly 5 Milion votes difference. What was that 2000 election difference? Oh yes, it was a toss-up and SCOTUS decided!

        The total votes cast were 129,064,662 you do the math...so about 1 Million votes went to other candidates. Also, in some locations 2008 and 2012 were the highest voter turnout in 30 years.

        February 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • jean2009

        And the sequester was from Boehner's July 2011 Power-Point presentation.

        February 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      There was a time when Presidents were careful who they were seen with. And there was a time when presidents took the job seriouly. Well Obama has some time to do his job, so far he has been absent.

      February 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • December 2012

        It's a round of golf with Tiger Woods. It's not like he is running for Congress or anything.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
      • John

        December, you are clearly single. If not, tell your wife to leave the country on vacation because you want to go have a guys weekend with TIGER WOODS... LOL...

        February 21, 2013 at 7:45 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        You remind me of those morons who can't keep talking about Tiger Woods and his infidelity but would willingly vote for people back into office after similar scandals. Just how thin is that glass house you live in?

        A weekend with Tiger Woods playing golf wouldn't be so horrible a prospect, especially since he has been scandal free since he broke up with his wife. Of course, you don't really give a crap about that. You just want a reason to hate Obama even more.

        February 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        I really don't know what twigbreath keeps ranting about....like the GOP is somehow the bastion of honorable people. Need I mention – Pete Domenici

        Anything Ashley Judd believes in has to be better than what Mitch McConnell is always against. Which in most cases is just plain against anything good for the majority of American people who are not rich. He sure is in a snit and stew knowing she would be full well a serious challenge.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • flopflipper

      “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.” “There will be no easy off ramps on this one.,”

      – Barrack H. Obama, November 21, 2011

      Hmmmm... now he's changed his mind?

      February 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • flopflipper

      “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.” “There will be no easy off ramps on this one.,”

      – Barrack H. Obama, November 21, 2011

      Hmmmm... now he's changed his mind?

      February 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • John

      Let the sequester happen!!! It is only 2%!!!
      If every working household in the country can be forced to pay 2% more, as was the case with the Obama tax in January, WHY CAN'T OUR GOVERNMENT BE CUT BY 2%??
      One question for the libs out there. Do you think Obama is telling the truth when you hear him tell a lie the first time or does it take him telling the same lie several times before you follow blindly? Fires will burn and we won't have enough Firefighters? Police won't be able to answer 911 calls? The job of government is to keep people safe, but the first thing to be cut by Obama will be Police and Fire People. This is right up there as the biggest lie Obama has told – and he has told quite a few...

      February 21, 2013 at 7:43 am |
      • steveo

        Didn't Obama tell all of us in a campaign speech or something that the sequester was NOT going to happen? I remember that clearly!

        February 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • December 2012

        Come on John, what exactly did he lie about? Is it a lie that if there are less firefighters due to budget cuts, there will be less people to fight fires? Is that such a huge logical leap? But I guess as long as it's not your house that burns down, not your problem right? The sequester is a meat cleaver, it will cut things off indiscriminately and that includes jobs.

        As for the sequester happening, well as long as people like John are okay with it, then we should all be okay with it? Right? Who listens to the President anyway. Nothing bad is going to happen, just believe John.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Name*

      Wortless statement, honestly...

      February 21, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • acdcguy

      Have stayed away from this forum for awhile, for a reason, I'm sure jean, cynthia and december missed me terribly, and I see everything it's still Bush's fault.......have a good weekend, will check back again in couple weeks and see if Obama is still KING....sure he will be..........

      February 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  2. Martha Barrett

    Don't be fooled! Sequester doesn't cut SPENDING, God forbid, it reduces planned INCREASES in the amount of spending. The same President, who did not even mention the debt, budget (his and the Senate's continuing failure to , well, do one) or the Jan 1 tax increase we just had in his State of the Union would NOT want to confuse the public that the sequester actually cuts spending. It don't. It doesn't go nearly far enough. Visit Cato.org for intelligent economic analysis of the US budgetary situation.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:02 am |
  3. Rory Calhoun

    These cuts are a nickel from every dollar and don't include SS or medicare. Are you telling me the govt can't find AT LEAST that much in waste?

    February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      They do find cuts. Just not for the richest of the rich. Right now, just in the Social Security realm, the richest of the elderly, who do not need to collect Social Security, do. As it stands now, after age 65 you can earn as much as you want and STILL collect. If, just for instance, for the highest earners, they did a means testing (meaning your means against your claims) is found to allow you to collect at age 70 instead of age 65, the program would certainly work more efficently for the greatest amount of people with no skin off of anybody's nose. Studies have shown over and over that THE RICH LIVE LONGER than most because it is less stressful on your health when you have money and access to a higher qualilty of healthcare than the majority of middle-class citizens do. Five years to wait if you are an elderly RICH American is peanuts.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  4. Cynthia L.

    Look who Bush hung-out with – warmongers and liars leading us to an unneccessary conflict in Iraq costing the lives of our soldiers and Iraqi citizens in the thousands AND a trillion dollars. And you wonder how we got here!!!!! Gee, I know you hate we bring it up. Too bad – 'cause it's TOO SAD. And we won't stop bringing it up, either. Get used to it because it won't ever matter who's President after that – for at least the next century.
    P.S. As of this date, Congress has ONLY WORKED FOR 19 DAYS since the beginning of this year. In this case – it's not Bush's fault.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Moose

      Perfect blame bush, and your lying cheatin pos of pick has done so well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 19, 2013 at 11:22 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Perfect, I'll continue to blame Bush for our economic and moral plunge on the folly of his war, then. We at least agree on that. Cheers!

        February 19, 2013 at 11:38 am |
      • Rich Parks

        Get a clue Moosehead, their ALL lyin' cheatn’ lawyer politicians, who get you believe only the other lyin’ cheatn’ lawyer politicians are the bad guys, while their respective selective administered half-truths lead you around by the nose with their derisive talking points. Politics is war: Given the state of our divided electorate, were in a civil war again, and were just mindless cannon fodder reacting to where were told to march.

        February 19, 2013 at 11:42 am |
      • John

        Cynthia, how amazing is it that Obama is not responsible for anything because you libs say "it is the GOP's fault", but somehow under Bush everything was the presidents fault? LOL, you libs crack me up, especially when one considers Obama had a majority for two years.

        February 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        The President is not responsible for the mess George W. Bush left, nor for the whiny, childish, petty, vindictive, losers who sit on their hands in congress doing nothing, because they can't have it their way, and because they lost.

        We would all have been better off had Bush retired before he started....or if SCOTUS had kept out of it.

        There is no line item budget for 2.2 billion set aside for a Bush phone program...your noise on that is only that dried upped senseless raisin rattling around in your head. At Forbes try- Crazy for Obama Phones, but are they for real.
        The program is fund but not with the Federal Budget nor with taxpayer money.

        What they really need to cut is the abject silliness of our bloated beyond reason military, and funding to Fortune 500 companies that don't need it.

        Investing in green energy will be a better investment return on our dollar than arms the military doesn't want and doesn't need.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
      • John

        Jean, things need to change. A good leader is what is needed to make that happen. We do not have a good leader. We have a campaigner/celeb/partier. This can has been kicked down the road several times by Obama and the clueless 500 in Washington.
        All libs know is tax and spend. That does not work.

        February 20, 2013 at 6:40 am |
      • John

        Also, Jean, we all pay that cell phone bill. it is the "Universal Service Fee" on all of our bills. So we all pay for it. It is one of those hidden taxes. Also, The Lifetime Assistance Program is who oversees this program and it is a government sponsorded program. Look up "funding for Universal Assistance Program then try to tell me this is not government funded. Also, as usual, this USF Program was established to help provide discounts to low income consumers, but it changed to "free cell phones" for those making $25K or less.
        So, the taxpayers are paying for this program.

        February 20, 2013 at 6:51 am |
      • jean2009

        I will gladly pay that 71 cent Universal Service fee through my phone bill so people living at 135% below the poverty level can have emergency phone service with their alloted 68 to 250 minutes of free cell phone time each month. I understand the 250 minutes is text-message only.

        Plus, from everything I've read people must requalify each year. If a family has no landline phone or cell-phone it is impossible for them to find a job in this day and age without basic services. The phone is a cheap a Tracfone. I would rather they have a means (phone) to find a job, or in the case of a senior or disabled person have a means to contact emergency services.

        Can you imagine just how stymed a person would be if a job application asked for a phone number or email address where you can be contacted for a job and there wasn't one to list?

        Honestly, some of the most ignorant and unkind people in the world must be posting on this site...What is wrong with you people? Don't brag to me about your charitable acts....if you can't shell out 71 cents a month so the needy can have a means to find a job, or phone for help. You are truly sad specimens of inhumanity.

        February 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
      • John

        Jean, I prefer to choose where my charity money goes. What you libs do not understand is this – you are robbing Peter to pay Paul and it is killing both Peter and Paul. If people like you are so well off PAY FOR THESE FREEBIES YOURSELF!!
        Like EBT, people do not need to reregister to get a cell phone. They simply need to show they are earnning less than $25K (as a household).
        If a person can't afford a cell phone why is it my issue when I am trying to feed my own family? I am not their dad. If you libs want to do stuff like this pay for it do steal my money to do it.
        It would be much easier to find work with a computer – do we need to purchase computers fo rthese people also?
        As far as "haters" go. I see what you libs post every single day. If you disagree with another opinion you libs "hate all over them".

        February 21, 2013 at 7:36 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Gee John, it's hard to imagine you have a charitable bone in your body when your party insists that $9.00 an hr. as a minimum wage would be disasterous for business. I wouldn't mind paying an extra 10 cents for anything if it meant I wouldn't have to pay and extra dollar on everything down the road. Math, something Republicans suck at.

        February 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • Lionel

        Bush is the reason we are in this terrible mess.

        Should not have given away trillions in tax cuts and spend trillions on a stupid war just so that his cronies can profit from the military industry. It will take a generation to fix this mess that Republicans have put us in. Ha...

        February 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        I have a feeling the whole of the GOP and teapotty even understand the concept of charity.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Moose

      try and keep up bush is now retired

      February 19, 2013 at 11:42 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Too bad he skated on the mess he left.

        February 19, 2013 at 11:58 am |
      • jean2009

        No it was the fact that desk fly boy thought he could run the government without concentrating on daily briefings...he was warned he just wanted to play prez like his daddy, but without the due diligence and attention span to details required.

        February 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
      • John

        Amazing how you libs even make fun of the fact that Bush served as a pilot. Obama avoided his obligation for service by not signing up for the draft and I am sure he can't fly. But, I am sure he is better at campaigning.

        February 20, 2013 at 8:45 am |
      • Shearra

        John, you are as dumb as they come. Obama wasn't old enough to be drafted before the draft was ended.

        February 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • jerry

      You can't be this stupid. It was clinton's presidency that depleted the CIA/FBI and our military... that brought us 9/11. You might be aware obama's foreign policy failure has sBut then to ignorants like you it will be Bushes fault.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        The Bushies had serious warnings from intelligence agencies that told of OBL's plans to use American commercial airlines for attacks. What did they say to that? – That they weren't credible. In fact, they didn't seem to think it was important to alert our nation's airport security of the warnings that continued to come in. He failed us. 9-11 happened on his watch. And, the consequences took 3,000 + lives. Then, he gives up finding OBL after he is located by Special Forces and goes after Saddam instead and the consequences are even more deadly and destructive. THEN he not only leaves office with two wars raging, he left office with OBL still alive. Big talker that Bush. All spit and vinegar on the outside and nothing but a gasbag on the inside. Live with it – the rest of us have to. But, it ain't gonna be forgotten no matter how much you want it to be.

        February 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
      • jerry

        Cynthia....the truth is the intel agencies were a mess...after clinton, as I said before. The Bush people could not rely on them. Clinton left a mess even at the White House, his people were very childish and without class. This is all very well documented. clinton also set up the mortgage crisis and it went on and on. Bush took the fall....as will obama's replacement. Most of the players in the wars and politics during the clinton and Bush years have written their books and told their stories, and some of them are very well documented and referenced...as is Rumsfeld's, but then a hack like you might not read these, they might not please you, like an obama bio full of lies and manipulations and of course full of Marxist propaganda.

        February 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
      • John

        Still about Bush? Obama must be quite a leader in your eyes when 5 years after he is elected Bush continues to hold the power of the office.
        How can you libs think Bush was responsible for everything and Obama is responsible for nothing? They both are bad and they both have made our country much worse. The big difference? Bush didn't cry about it and blame everyone and everything else.

        February 20, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        AND Bush has yet taken NO responsibility for his deadly blunders either. In fact, he's taken up painting himself in the nude instead. Bathtub/shower art. Republicans defend him and his folly for warmongering without end. SO it's your own fault we can't let it go in the first place. What was done cannot be undone so easily and this nation will suffer the actions of fools for a very longtime. YOU would just like to PASS IT ON to the next guy JUST LIKE BUSH DID!!

        February 20, 2013 at 10:56 am |
      • John

        Seeing that Bush is still in charge – he just declared he is doing away with the Dem Donkey by Exec Order. He has finally done something we can agree with.
        He states "a Condom is the new Dem sysbol because it more accurately reflects the party's political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks, and gives you a sense a security while you are being screwed"

        February 20, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • John

        Bush was voted out by us.
        Amazing that you take issue with Bush not taking responsibility, but Obama has no responsibility? What, IYO, is Obama responsible for?

        February 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Have you forgotten the Attack on the U.S.S Cole, the Embassey attacks in East Africa, the Attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, when Clinton was president? Shame, shame, blaming Bush. Sorry but Clinton passed the Buck. Still today the attacks continue, remember Bengayzie ?? Now you have Obama, who will go out a vast failure. But He ran for the job. And he IS in over his head.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thankfully Bush no longer holds the power of the office of president, he just messed it up for about 20 years following his term, that is probably how long we will be paying for his malfeasance.

        Twigbreath how many more times are you going to post that lie that President Obama didn't register for the draft? He did and a picture of his draft registration can be found online dated July 29, 1980. The draft ended in 1975, but registration was reinstated again1980, so there would be a pool of names should the draft ever be need. In 1975, whenthe draft ende President Obama was 14 years old, and in 1980 when it was reinstated he was19 years old...and we were not at war and no one has been drafted since 1975.

        Do you realize you are hopelessly clueless? Like you think people can't research your untruths and post real facts?

        February 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        Lol! I've seen those self-portraits. I wonder what he titled them – Former Leader of the Free World Nude in Shower, and Ex-Chief Standing in Water....or: Not Waterboarding l and Not Waterboarding ll.

        Actually, they are not bad a little Edward Hopper, I think he has found his niche.

        February 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        @jerry Gramm, Leach, Bliley act of 1999 was legislation drawn up by three Republicans who were in cahoots with crooked mortgage lenders, and that was the cause of the mortgage meltdown. Plus: Gramm's – Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 that he rammed through congress resulted in the 2008 market crash. Here was a guy set on deregulating responsiblity at every level, making lending, borrowing, and buying a version of caveat emptor on a grand scale ... a virtual casino mentality responsible for the current mess.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:37 am |
      • steveo

        @Jean, Presidents sign bills into law. Bills have NO power until they are signed into law. Yes this was written by three GOP members! But but guess who made the powerless bill into a powerful LAW! Bill Clinton!! A Democratic President! We have been throught this before, Jean!

        February 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
      • jean2009

        steveo -wonder what was going on in 1999, and wasn't everyone assured that Gramm, Leach, Bliley would do no harm? That it was supposed to create innovation and to freely open the financial lending and borrowing markets to flexible banking....that was until the crooks found all the loop-holes of deregulation in the legislation, that had been planted therein.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • steveo


        Something we can agree on! Indeed crooks found the loop holes. But everytime you bring this up, all I see is more blaming the GOP only! Anybody with enough intent and the means can find a loophole in every bill the Congress writes and a president signs, No matter the poltical party of either!

        February 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
      • steveo

        @Jean, just caught this. You said the loop holes were "planted". I am assumimg you have citations you wouldn't mind sharing, corrrect?

        February 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  5. Rich Parks

    One must realize that were not dealing with Americans in congress, because Americans can compromise when that is part of their job description. These terms that should have also been incorporated into the sequester to give it real TEETH, furthering its intent regarding the debt ceiling and government funding deadlines: 1.) a short term NO Can kicking on any of these issues rule 2.) Immediate political term limits be instituted from the point of in-action on any of these deadlines 3.) Independent Non-partisan re-districting becomes the law of the land immediately after deadline failures that don’t address the entire scope of issues involved. You'll get things done fast when you take 237 years of political gaming out of the system, (filibuster too, NOT in the constitution, for those who speak of founding fathers one minute, then obstruct with this now exaggerated non-constitutional political ploy the next.)

    February 19, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  6. John

    Could these "Washington 500" be any more inept and disfunctional? How many billions need to be cut with the sequester?
    Why can't these clowns sit in a room and simply identify what can be cut that is less important than Firefighters, Police, Grandma's pension and any other phoney argument Obama is making right now? I'll start..
    cut all of the 2.2 billion from the phone program.
    cut all 90 of the green energy initiatives (90 billion).

    February 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      I'm for ENDING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN EARLY!! That's worth shouting about!! We have asked enough of our sons and daughters!!

      February 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • jerry

        it won't be ended...he is just pulling some troops out, probably risking those who remain for political and ideological purpose.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • jean2009

        It is a lot easier for some loud mouthfool to talk us into an unnecessary war, than it is to withdraw troops and get them out of a war situation safely,along with all their equipment.

        February 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
      • jerry

        loudmouthed fool...sounds like obama...his one and only true trait..A LOUD MOUTH fool!

        February 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
      • Dave

        Your sons and daughter volunteered, most of the joined after 9/11 and knew the realities. Support and love them. The army is sure to leave equipment behind as they have done in every war/battle. Yes, I've served for 21 years, I am proud that I did. If only our congress and president actually served to the USA and it's people we wouldn' t have to worry about our budget and which companies/interest groups got a piece of the pie. They said they would lead, the American people forgive/forget every time they don't. They just bluster and collect after getting there because you forget and don't demand results!

        February 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        No that loudmouth – Mission Accomplished" when it wasn't is the one I mean.

        February 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  7. Kevin

    I used to blame Bush but that's old news. Its time for this President to step up and do his job. He needs to stop gathering people to stand behind him while he gives speeches and start working with Republicans! The Republicans are only doing what the people who elected them want.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Lionel

      Yeah right! Bush is the reason we are such a mess. He should not have given away trillions in tax cuts and spent trillions for two wars. It will take a generation to fix this mess that Repubtards have put us into.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • aCriticalEye

      [Throws the bullshit flag] The obstructionist, hate mongering GOP/Tea Nuts are our problem today. Bush and the GOP destroyed the country, and Mr Obama won reelection by a landslide. HE alone has a mandate from the people. Equal sacrafice, TAX the rich. In 2014 the GOP will be eliminated, hopefully there will be something left of this country.

      If the hate mongering Tea Nuts dont start another war, this time within our bourders. I see it coming.

      February 26, 2013 at 6:41 am |
  8. freedom

    What an example this president sets for spending cuts – costing the taxpayers millions of dollars for his trip to Hawaii – then one month later – to Florida at deluxe golf resorts – his wife to Aspen skiing – and he warns congress about spending cuts?? He is incompetent, arrogant, and destructive to our nation.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I have heard of 'cry freedom' but I think this is the first time I have ever seen it whine.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • aCriticalEye

      Liar, President Obama IS NOT costing the poor "job Creators" more in taxes to take personal trips. He does get time off to do what he pleases, and the Obama's have enough personal money to do it.


      February 26, 2013 at 6:45 am |
  9. Moose

    @Jean, so its ok to cheat on your wife and hang with dope dealers ???, you really cant be that slow in the head,
    but ignore the inept one faults blame bush, that is really getting old, the bamman couldnt carry bushes you know what !!!!!!!

    February 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      I think we should try Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz for war crimes. That would be worth spending money on.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
      • Moose

        I agree, we should also try Clinton, for his war and economic crimes , bamman is right there too with his drones that have killed americans and forgien civilians. couldnt agree more they are all at fault !!!!!!!!, remember willie bill lied under oath, thats perjury why isnt he in the joint????

        February 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • jerry

        and while you are at it try the rest of the allies(dozens and dozens of them)...that is except for France and Germany who sold weapons and etc. to Sadam and were protecting their profits. Get reasonable, for a change. There is plenty of real info in the public that sets the record straight on all of this...if you can read that is.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Last I checked, Saddam was great pals with the Reagan administration during the Iran-Iraq war. You should see the pic he has with his old buddy Rumsfeld. With friends like those, what's a dictator gotta do? Basically, Saddam lived and died by the NeoCon.

        February 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • steveo


        No doubt we love our dictators because they are OURS! Diem in Veitnam was a perfect example. Although he was brutal to his own people, he liked us! OBL is another example, we supported him and his boyz against the Soviets in Afghanistan! Problem is sooner or later OUR dicators are either overthrown (Diem) or turn against us (OBL)! We prop up these monsters, until they don't like us anymore or get overthrown!!

        February 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Well here's to hoping the days of propping up leaders of other countries, let alone brutal dictators, are now behind us. I think a lot of Republicans and Democrats prefer the more hands off approach, unless of course you are a NeoCon.

        February 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
      • Lionel

        Agree Cynthia, they should be tried. Besides the war crimes Bush should be tried for his stupid decisions to give away trillions of dollars in tax cuts and spend trillions for two wars.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • steveo


        Open that door to war trials if you want! Start that precedent if it moves you. Just know ONE thing. How long will it be before Obama is up on charges because of his use of drones?

        February 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  10. Moose

    @jean im all for green energy but not with bammans buddys who only steal, i guess thats another bamman crime !!!

    February 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  11. Cynthia L.

    Let's try John McCain for suggesting a surge and for going after Hagel cause he disagreed with it. Oh goody – this is getting good.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Moose

      I give john a pass (was POW), same with single moms they always get a pass, grandparents too, but he majority of them im in on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Johnny McPain- Has run that POW malarkey into the ground, he needs to take his whiny loser self back to Arizona and retire. And Bush and Cheney should be tried for war crimes...or just for out-right crimes against American citizens, and the human race..

        February 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
      • steveo

        @Jean And Bush and Cheney should be tried for war crimes
        Excellent idea. But don't stop there. Let's add EVERY Senator and Congressman who voted to fund and fight those wars ( Kerry, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid). Let's have them tried as co-conspirators! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. We have to include EVERY ONE who voted for somebody who voted for too, after all we voted for them and as taxpayers, we foot bill. NOT DONE YET, since the world is not so fond of our drone program, we HAVE to include Obama too. That would only be fair! So just think Jean, three hots and a cot for who knows how long! What color would you like your jumpsuit? I want neon orange!

        February 20, 2013 at 10:57 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Neon for a neo-con, eh Steveo? War is hell.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • steveo

        @Cynthia L,

        Why not? What is interesting to me though is the fact the only thing you challenged in my post was the choice of jumpsuit color! Very telling!

        February 20, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • steveo

        @Cynthia L

        War is indeed hell and yet sometimes required. Our country was birthed in war!

        February 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        And very telling that you, Steveo, put only Dems in parenthesis. Goes both ways my friend.

        February 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
      • steveo

        Cynthia L,

        You are exactly right, IT GOES BOTH WAYS. I have been saying that for a long time now. What I am doing is balancing out Jean. All she wants to do is imprison Bush and Chaney and blame the GOP without passing any blame on the DEMS (who deserve it as well). So, in short I am just simply yinging to her yang! Trust me, I know the blame goes both ways! I just don't think Jean knows!

        February 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • jerry

      lets try Nixon for the Christmas bombing...the only military move that brought reason to North Vietnam...after another leftist fool (LBJ) played ego and politics with 58,000 American lives and depleted our finances. History repeats...it is the ,surge that was a success. McCain knew this well, his father an grandfather were war heroes as well. There in(McCain family) you will find real integrity. Why not count obama's foreign policy success and domestic as well...I'm listening...oh wait, there is NONE...he is a dismal failure, and a man with out integrity or ability beyond salesmanship and strutting.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
      • Moose

        Say what you want about Nixon, but America was a much safer place with him and was respected, not laughed at like the bamman is, Bamman is like bait in the water and the sharks will eventally get him, they always do

        February 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Obama made Israel laugh so much they gave him the Medal of Distinction which no other U.S. President has ever received.

        Say all you want about McCain and his distinguished service, he is now nothing more than a bitter old man. Kind of like how jerry and Moose are like on their better days.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • jerry

        personally I believe Nixon was one of our best presidents...certainly heads above obama in EVERY way. But then Nixon was qualified to be president to begin with.

        February 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
      • John

        Throbbing member – while Obama was smoking pot and doing lines McCain was fighting for people like you and me. There is no wonder a lib like you would think the person who didn't even bother to register for the draft is somehow better than the person who put his life on the line for you? Great call on your part...

        February 20, 2013 at 6:59 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Bush was a serious alcoholic while John was a POW. Bet he was fun to fly with. He also checked the box on going to Vietnam as NOT AN OPTION. Given that choice because of who his daddy was. Obama did register, the draft was ended shortly after so that little lie doesn't really stick onto anything. Next.....

        February 20, 2013 at 11:08 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Smoking pot? The same pot they used to smoke in the 70s? You really think McCain never touched the stuff? The way he's acting now, I would say he's under some serious stuff. Oh BTW, he's from Arizona so he is all for legalizing pot.

        John McCain is an embarrassment to the Senate, not because of his past deeds but his recent behavior. Try to keep up.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:08 am |
      • John

        You stupid moron. You really think McCain was smoking pot as a POW? It doesn't surprise me that libs have no clue McCain was a war hero.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:42 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        Well gee, I didn't know McCain was a POW all his life, or his entire military career even! Poor guy must have been so miserable all his life, it melted John's brain.

        February 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
      • John

        I am sure being a POW was nothing like a "golf day". But heck, you libs do not think our military folks are heros so I can understand how you wouldn't have a clue about the hardship McCain went through so morons like you could sit in your basement and post nonsense. I can see you libs are greatful for the people who serve this country. At least you are on the same page as our fearless leader.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Plenty of the Military Brass plays golf. They even go out jogging with their biographers if they're cute enough.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
      • December 2012

        What's that John? Hardship you say? Oh sorry, I was distracted looking over some John McCain golf gear on Ebay.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
      • December 2012


        Yep, that's some severe hardship there.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  12. Moose

    @dec, your stupidy never ceases to amaze us all. i guess its fine for bamamns friends to be dope dealers and wife cheats. go ahead sissy boy start with the insults, its all your capable of, clearly no intelligence came across your gene pool !!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • jerry

      Dec is truly ignorant and proves it often. Im no big fan of McCain but I do respect him and his career in and out of military service... any reasonable person would. I have never doubted McCain's love for his country...obama, now that is quite another story, he is in no way a true American.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Correction – McCain USED TO love his country until it didn't elect him President. More obvious everyday.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        You know how low McCain and his girlfriend Lindsey has gone? I actually respect Ted Cruz more!

        At least Ted Cruz knows he is an a-hole, everyone knows he is an a-hole, and he is not pretending to be anything else.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:39 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        You know how low McCain and his girlfriend Lindsey have gone? I actually respect Ted Cruz more!

        At least with Ted Cruz everyone knows he is an azzhole, even his fellow Republicans who cannot stand him, and he is not pretending to be anything else.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:41 am |
      • Lionel

        McCain = McNasty. What a grumpy old man. Time to leave the Senate.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      And I am sure your comments are shining examples of your wit and intelligence.

      Try not to drag me down to your level because I know I am way smarter than you. That's not even bragging.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  13. Richard Long

    Forget spending cuts! Need more money for obama's immigration plan. With the USDA preparing all the illegal immigrants to use EBT cards, the budget is going to be decimated anyways.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      EBT? You think all illegal immigrants are poor? You are seriously misinformed. Some of them pay more taxes than you.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • John

        EBT is out of control, as many of the entitlement programs are.
        I would guess the majority of illegals do not have much money. I am sure they do the job most Americans do not want to do, like transport drugs across borders, drink and drive and kill people, sell illegal guns and so on.
        BTW, before you lib clowns get on my case for what I wrote, I quoted actual incidents of people not showing to court that took place over the past week in Boston as stated by the Boston Globe.
        And, while we are at it. The fake Indian made MA send out notices about voting (during the election) to all EBT holders. Over 40% came back unopened. Also, over 25 million was spent on entitlements for illegals according to the Atty. Gen in MA. These are just MA – so we can determine how out of control these programs are and dumb libs can only talk about raising taxes?

        February 20, 2013 at 11:38 am |
      • JustMe

        yeah, rightful jobs that belong to Americans!!! and FYI, the majority of the immigrants are poor. don't know which fairyland you live in, but you should just stay there, with your head buried in the sand.

        some of your posts, I agree with...but this one just made you look like the fool you really are. wish the best of luck to you and hope that you don't have any children, for their sake.

        February 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
      • December 2012

        Do you have any statistics to prove your claims or is it 'JustYou'? There are many illegal immigrants who did not just cross over the border illegally. There are those with expired visas hiding in the country, working and paying taxes.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
      • Lionel

        We should send all immigrants back to where they and their ancestors came from. That's right and that includes Europe. This land is stolen land.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  14. jerry

    obama...and spending cuts? Now thats funny. He created this sequester business and wants the GOP to put in another temporary fix...this guy is a joke! Impeach the incompetent fool.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • John

      Amazing how the repubs say yes to Obama, but apparently he wanted them to say no? Can we assume he wanted them to say yes all those times they said no?
      It is time for Obama to do his job and figure out where to cut. He keeps telling us "critical services will be cut". Apparently he sees the 2.2 billion for cell phones, 1.5M grant to U of Utha for a gaming joystick, $100,000 for a comedy tour, $325,000 for a robotic squirrel, $939, 771 to study fruit fly choices, and on and on and on. Obama and you libs have big nuts asking for people to pay more of their hard earned money while this crap is happening.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
      • aCriticalEye

        John, where exactly do you get your numbers from?

        For all you hate mongering GOP/Tea Nuts out there, the sequester idea came from one of the white house staff and presented to both Mr Obama and Mr Bohner during their negotiations at the white house. The point the two men were trying to make when they agreed to it was, we will cut spending one way othe the other, but we will cut. The sequester was supposed to be the last resort, something very painful. Unfortunately when there is a party of NO compromise, the net result is the sequester.

        February 26, 2013 at 7:00 am |
    • jean2009

      Actually per usual truth is not one of your strong suites. The sequester was Boehner idea he came up with the Power point presentation for it in 2011.

      February 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • John

        BS JEan. Obama thought it was a way to avoid kicking the can down the road. He proposed it, both houses voted for it and OBAMA SIGNED IT. What is with you libs. The repubs gave Obama what he wanted now you libs deny he wanted it? Classic libs...

        February 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  15. Cynthia L.

    If Republicans continue to stand in the middle of their own circular firing squad creation then, I guess we can just wait them out until they've offed themselves. Popcorn anyone??

    February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Lionel

      Republicans also like to eat their own. I am loving the civil war going on right now between the Repubtards and Tea Labans. Carl Rove and the Tea Baggers are fighting it out. Ha Ha Ha...

      February 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • Moose

        Go put more air in your bamman blow up doll, LOL, Ha Ha dork

        February 22, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • aCriticalEye

      2014 cant come fast enough. Down with the GOP/Tea Nuts

      February 26, 2013 at 7:04 am |
  16. Caramon

    From what I can see, there is plenty of blame to go around. Most on this sight seem intent upon outdoing each other on who can insult across the aisle. Exactly what is being accomplished? Our representative do exactly the same thing.

    It would seem to me that the best course of action at this time is to work with something both sides have agreed on, namely the tax codes. Both sides say it needs to be fixed. Neither side is working on it. Our tax codes are 88 thousand pages of convoluted loopholes and credits giving political favor. Who is too blame? For the past two years, I would need to blame Republicans. With control in the House, they had plenty of opportunity to scrap the tax code and rewrite. However, the Democrats had the same opportunity for at least four years before that. Had this been done, the government would have increased revenues even without tax increases. So, the Democrats share the blame. Yet, I still don't see this as an option for deficit reduction worked on in Congress. It is time for our Congress to work together and quit this childish blame game from both sides.

    February 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • December 2012

      The problem is deficit reduction has become too political. It should not have been. I think all these temporary measures and self inflicted deadlines should go away before a real debate can start. All they do is rile up the respective bases of both parties. I suspect there will not be a lasting solution until we see the results of the 2014 midterm elections. Too many people are already worried about the next Primary to even hint at working across the aisle. Hopefully when that happens, something like Simpson Bowles will become a priority again.

      February 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Caramon

      Maybe we should send them a paper shredder to get started with the codes. A little helpful hint.

      February 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        We also need to fix the filibuster problem that allows one person to screw-up the works. I agree with the paper shedder. Maybe, we could fit in a few polictians to take them down a notch or two.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
      • December 2012

        I'm sure they have plenty of those under glass which have written instructions that say 'break glass in case of scandal.'

        Nothing short of a mass protest, like everyone stop paying their taxes, would make them move.

        February 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  17. jerry

    this is obama's problem. He stiffed the GOP in his first two years and then refused to deal with the debt and brought in the sequester in 2011...so, lets just call a spade a spade. We have this horrific obamacare mess he also is responsible for(a job killer if ever there was one) which he did with no GOP influence...so folks the birds are coming home, right to obama. Time to face facts, obama is just an activists who can't/won't lead, talented at slick speak only. Romney promised 12,000,000 jobs in four years, obama has a net job gain of 28K in four long empty years and a 7.9% unemployment(admitted) rate today...exactly where it was when he came in...that is called FAILURE!

    February 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  18. jean2009

    Ashley Judd for Kentucky Senate....run Ashley run!

    February 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Steveo

      Sounds you are willing to setttle for anybody with a "D" behind their name, huh? Here's to hoping Kentuckians are smarter than that.

      February 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        I don't know about Mitch McConnell, Steveo. He's running a campaign against someone who isn't even running yet. I call that nervous. And, kinda dumb.

        February 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
      • Ind.

        Amen Steveo

        February 21, 2013 at 2:01 am |
      • jean2009

        If Mitch McConnell is any indication of a good bet they are not smarter coming out of the gate.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:13 am |
      • steveo

        Jean, you are rooting for somebody who had not declared and has NO platform. You have any idea what Judd believes in? Perhaps just the liberal line? Doesn't she live in Tennessee anyway? As far as McConnell running against somebody who is not running, I heard the Rove ads, I don't remember hearing McConnell saying anything. Has he said anything? Is he nervous because he worked with Biden on the fiscal cliff? That maybe be it. I do not see Kentucky replacing McConnell with a Hollywood liberal!

        Not just that but you want another celebrity in office? Really?, as much as you have been hammering Reagan and Arnie (who btw was never a conservative). Speaking of celebrity, is Franken still in the Senate? As far as I know all he has been doing is keeping a seat warm! Haven't heard anything from that guy, with the exception of asking somebody a few questions within a month of him getting in! !

        February 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Moose

      Jean u broken down old battle ax, your supposed to get smarter when your older not just bitter, well i guess your the exception. Do you like bammans bigged bunned wifes new wig ????

      February 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Just a question for you, Moose. Do you always IRON YOUR SOCKS?

        February 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Lionel

      You go girl. Dopey is toast. The Tea Baggers are also going to eat him alive because the Republicans like to eat their own. Ha Ha Ha...

      February 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  19. James

    Ho Hum–I'm surprised that he has time to make a statement from the White House. Squeezed it in between trips to who knows where to play golf. Wonder when he goes to the Vatican to see the Pope–Maybe after the new on is elected–

    February 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  20. dpatt

    To bad we can't get over the past Presidents and look to what needs to be done now. We have Obama blaming republicans for everything that is wrong. He says he will work with them but yet doesn't. He is in charge a democrat but he is asking the republicans to come with a plan. Why? So he can say it is not good enough and get himself off the hook.
    Why is he not asking democrats to come up with a plan on national news. It is time for them to stop playing their little games stop thinking that they are that damn special and do the job that we the people are paying them to do. We need to start fighting with them and making them do what they promissed instead of fighting each other on a comment page. If all else fails we can put Biden in charge.

    February 20, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  21. Ind.

    Obama wanted the sequester, why is he now against it? Nothing new for him of course.

    February 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
  22. Ind.

    Everyone knows how democrats hate the military but they never even though about how many thousands of jobs would be lost along with the money these poeple won't be spending to stimulate the economy.

    February 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      Lying won't make Republicans any less guilty. But hey, it's only 2%. Right John?

      February 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • Moose

        Between the 2 parties its hard to say who has the dumbest fan base, then we saw dec 12 post. you win d-12 for being the dumbest !!!!!!!!!!!!! enjoy, you voted for it enjoy it, have a nice day

        February 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Fan base? Now that takes one special kind of stupid to come up with. Moose, you are the Braveheart of morons.

        February 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  23. Ind.

    The Obama economy is poised to collapse.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:13 am |
    • Lionel

      Stop listening to Rush. He already wished the president failure. I am so glad that the president saved our jobs.

      Imagine life under a McCain/Palin presidency.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
      • California Consevative

        You voted for him (Obama). You have no one else to blame but yourself.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  24. Ind.

    Thanks Obama for raising the middle class taxes. $40,000 a year taxes raised $38.00 a week that's $163.40 for those with a liberal math problem.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:03 am |
    • Lionel

      Be thankful that you have a job and Obama saved us from another great depression.

      Just imagine what it would be like under a McCain / Palin presidency.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • California Consevative

        Yeah they don't want to admit the truth that Obama raised taxes on the middle class. Their ignorance is amazing isn't it.

        February 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  25. 24yrs. 816

    I pity this nations citizens for simply allowing this trend of ourour failing leadership to continue. For still choosing sides in a battle among greedy, dishonest, and non productive two party system. The comfort of dependence has led us to allow politics to determine our destiny when logic and reason are not a topic worth discussing. We are more focused on useless information, gossip and personal opinion than dealing with the economic crisis, our worlds growing environmental deterioration, and our nations many other concerns. We need to hold our nations leadership responsible and stop allowing them to hold a position they have not even began to fulfill as they have advertised. I direct this statement to Bush and Obama when i say; I am ashamed to have been led by such an incompetent commander and chief as a veteran of the U.S. armed forces.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  26. 24yrs. 816

    I pity this nations citizens for simply allowing this trend of our failing leadership to continue. For still choosing sides in a greedy, dishonest, and non productive two party system. The comfort of dependence has led us to allow politics to determine our destiny when logic and reason are not a topic worth discussing. We are more focused on useless information, gossip and personal opinion than dealing with the economic crisis, our worlds growing environmental deterioration, and our nations many other concerns. We need to hold our nations leadership responsible and stop allowing them to hold a position they have not even began to fulfill as they have advertised. I direct this statement to Bush and Obama when i say; I am ashamed to have been led by such an incompetent commander and chief as a veteran of the U.S. armed forces.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  27. Realista

    SO........ The "Sequester Belongs to Republicans" ! Even Paul Ryan said "They are just a Pittance"!

    " PowerPoint presentation that Boehner's office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011.

    It's essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it's clear as day in the presentation that "sequestration" was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending—the conservatives' necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations.

    The presentation lays out the deal in clear terms, describing the spending backstop as "automatic across-the-board cuts ('sequestration'). Same mechanism used in 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement."

    February 21, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  28. Sam

    The Great Recession will soon be the GREAT DEPRESSION of 2013. Now the voters are ready to throw all of you out of office in the next election.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Lionel

      Stop listeniing to Faux Noose and Rush. They already wish the president failure.

      Be thankful we did not have the Great Depression of 2008. Imagine your life under McCain / Palin then...

      February 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      The current polling of Americans have 76% SUPPORTING cuts WITH new revenue.
      BOEHNERQUESTER is not gonna be very popular. Also, as of this date, only 22% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans. How bad does it have to get for them to realize they are on a sinking ship? Asleep at the wheel – or just skunk-drunk?

      February 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  29. jerome

    He must have lost the keys to the Oval Office. I bet Michelle could get in with a library card, though.

    February 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  30. California Consevative

    Payroll taxes were raised on the middle class at the begining of the year. Just more added to the ObamaCare taxes.

    The middle class has been taxed big time by Obama and the democrats and lying about it won't help you now dems/libs.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  31. California Consevative

    I love how demcorats can't even admit the sequester was Obama's idea.

    Shows how they're not even based in reality anymore.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  32. mrm1

    I have a question for all of you... When do we, the American workers, stop giving to those that do not WANT to work. If we let this administration have its way, we will be completely controlled by the Gov't and we (the working class) will get less pay because we are paying for those who want everything for free instead of getting out and getting a job to earn a living. It's one thing to help those who are really in need, but quite another to take my hard earned pay to give it to someone who makes the choice not to work and live off the Gov't. This country cannot afford to give handouts to everyone; we need to cut our debt and incentivize people to get out and make their own way in life. Only so many entitlement programs and silly spending this country can support before it breaks.

    Abraham Lincoln once said, "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the
    wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

    Are we all really so self-centered that we do not care about our country's debt situation and how it's going to affect our kids and grandkids. Why would you want to place that burden on your family members? I'm all for sequestration and I am a gov't contractor; I am not a republican, nor democrat but I believe we need to do what is the right thing for this country in the long-term, I stand behind anyone that share similar values regardless of the party they support. We cannot keep spending, nor can we keep giving things away to those that don't really need it. Make people earn what they get; oh, but that's right, we have completely lost that concept in today's world. It will not get better until we make it that way. If sequestration is how we do it, then so be it, my children are depending on me to make this country the best for them as much as possible, that's my job as a parent, I'm not a fan of handing them the world we are living in now. I expect them to work for their needs and wants, just like myself and not live off the Gov't.

    WAKE UP America, and understand what you are asking for and the effects it has on others. Don't just think about yourself because one day you will be gone and it's not all just about you. How much control do you really want the Gov't to have over your life? Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it. As the saying goes, the grass is not always greener. Think about it when you are getting up to go to work and bring home less pay because you have to pay for the person in line in front of you at the store using food stamps to pay for their steak while you're eating hamburger. Then they buy a case of beer or cigarettes with a 50 dollar bill they pull out of their pocket and you have 3 dollars in yours and your left wondering where you are going to get your next tank of gas to GO TO WORK. But if they are getting food stamps or other gov't funded assistance, must mean they need right. Really!!!! It's time to get our National House in Order and stop throwing away our futures, and it's time that we all stand up and take responsibility for ourselves and stop waiting for Uncle Sam to give us a handout.

    NOTE: Let's not forget whose idea the sequestration was. Republicans agreed to make our leader happy, now they are getting the blame. Where's the logic... Agree and you're at fault when someone else's idea comes
    to fruition and is not favorable, don't agree and the blame is still yours. This makes no sense what so ever, guess it's easier to blame then it is to take responsibility and come up with a compromise that will work. Taking responsibility for one's action is forgotten these days, easier to point the finger I suppose when things don't work like you planned. Something has to give and, it should be a give and take not just take. If every American worker cannot understand
    that concept agree with that then, I can see why are where we are today. Let's be fair people. Funding entitlement programs with our tax dollars is not doing anything but creating more people to buck the system because they can. Do some reform on the system we have in place. Ensure people that are in need get it and those that REALLY do not get a job. Republican or democrat, if you work you should be angry that our gov't wants to give your paycheck away. Save millions by fixing what we have and stop spending money we do not have. Simple concept but one not easily understood it would seem. Really, everyone stop blaming, it fixes nothing and the spending really does have to just stop... and really... name calling.... Your making yourself look no better then the gov't that wants to run our lives or give our money away. Rest assured anyone that supports this adminstration will support them becasue they do not know better. For those that don't support Obama, just quit your job, get the hand outs and let the working democrats pay your bills since most are in support of so many programs for the poor. REALLY ... Who the heck cares what president left what behind, past is the past, I see no fixing going on. It's my way or the highway... Great leadership we have... Obama seems like a nice person to have as a friend but a leader he is not, along with many in Washington, Rep or Dem. If we can't admit that, that's another problem we have.

    February 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  33. Alexander B

    Big and rich and strong country in this world, but poor of judges and polocies. I heard we are strrongs and graveful country but its so fool in humanism, treatments to those have servered for this country, what is this goverment doing. They talked too much everything then did nothing, that is inshames. This country (USA) is idol or model to all other countries but so poor in humanities, if keep this policies and not changes in this country, there will be bring more worses, and violences. The governors are doing for richers people, they don't cares others poorers who are dying or need helping. All Presidentials are did good talk when they starts getting to Whitehouse, then quiets after that, all American people got tricks by them, some people knew its but some don't. They threw ton of money to wars, or trillions to trilions then whats, brings value for this country or bad and bad richers got riches poor got poorers, money threw to garbages, poor people lost their jobs and houses and their sons daughters, their dads or mothers. They were cried and cried then who help them to gone through their life. Richers people keep collects their money into pockets, then given back to those who ran for governors. So, what are changes, nothing, or little bit changes when econmics was recover, brings few dollars for poorers for foods and clothes, then gone in few days. American people desers to big changes. They want rip off all bad policies and brings them new hopes, news freedom in their life they need governors use money for educations, help all teachers, all poorers families, get free health cares, rebuilds all school and hospitals, give benefits for olders people and retirers. Governers need to look down to their people and help to build newer America, get changes all, brings new hopes for all American people. Wake up all Governors, wake up.

    February 23, 2013 at 11:31 am |
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    February 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
  35. Kathryn Harlan

    OH MY!! The sky is falling!! The federal government has to cut its budget!! What American has not had to cut their budget by more than 10% in the last five years?? Every agency head is crying that services will be cut, but rest assure, their bloated managers and administrators will never cut their management...only the line worker who the American public actually sees and deals with a a day to day basis!! Obama signed on to this deal and he should be made to abide by it. I am sure his vacations to Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii on Airforce One will continue as will our government survive tightening its belt!! Regards from a federal employee and most importantly a US taxpayer

    February 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Badboy

      Thanks for putting in perspective. Obama always tries to make a crisis out of everything. The news media sells it and the sheeple eat it everytime. Wake up and educate yourselves...the sky is not falling, and some of these services do need to be cut. I am a taxpayer too. Work in private industry. I was behind a food stamp person the other night at Wal Mart and their basket was full. They also had a huge A$$. I looked at my wife and said "hey, they eat better than we do!" When I got to the cashier she just rolled her eyes and said "you ought to see them every month" Obama is the Food stamp/welfare president!

      February 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  36. Badboy

    Republicans-the party of "NO"

    Democrats- the party of "No Jobs"

    February 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  37. Ind.

    The Obama Sequester will kill thousands of jobs in the military but then gain that's what democrats want.

    February 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  38. Frank

    Stop talk about Bush. Obama not real president. Just bla-bla-bla-.

    February 25, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  39. JJO

    Obama is the most radical, destructive and worst President in history. He is arrogant, a pot head, lazy (only works 10am to 4pm) incompetent, lawless, a fraud, never had a real job, aloof and a COMMUNIST. Obama and the Democrat party are continuing to destroy the great US economy. In four years they have; deficit spent $6.5 trillion (most of any Pres.) with nothing to show for it, increased national debt to $16.5 trillion and counting, real unemployment rate of 15%, no job growth, 8.5 million lost jobs, 24 million underemployed, black/hispanic unemployment over 30%, hate oil/coal industries, fossil fuels, military, private sector, success, constitution, right to bear arms, over 1,808 soldiers killed in Iraq/Afgn since Obama became Pres., one in six people in poverty (highest ever), stole $716 billion in Medicare benefits from seniors to fund Obamacare, wasted billions of taxpayer funds on scam clean energy deals like Solyndra and Ener1 to campaign donors, disastrous Obamacare has already raised health rates 50%, is largest tax increase in history and now costs $2.8 trillion, foreign policy of cowardice and appeasement, supports worst Ex Sec. of State in history, Hillary Clinton, who is responsible for the murder of Libyan ambassador and three staffers in Benghazi, supports worst AG in history Eric Holder, who is responsible for killing a border agent, 49 million on food stamps and increased business killing govt regulation/employment more than any other Pres. Obama should be impeached.

    February 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  40. jerrylax

    Stop blaming Bush...and yes read his book and you will see he took FULL responsiblity for his presidency. Now obama has taken NO responsibility for his domestic and foreign policy failures...he is a disaster. Even today he blames the GOP for the sequester which was of his making. This guy is a community organizer and nothing more...a political hack who thrives on other peoples work and capital for his own narcissistic pleasure. sick sick sick.

    February 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
  41. melvin jones

    you the republicans is destroying our nation,we need more groth and we need more revenue in the coppers to make more money an pay down the defeicts; we need to exspand to keep up with china,how wrong u republicans are.

    February 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  42. melvin jones

    you republicans are destroying our economy an not helping it grow. get out of the way, all you doing is trying to outwit president at your own pereil,keep trying going back.

    February 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  43. melvin jones

    bush, what a whimp

    February 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  44. Andrea Renee Hall

    The GOP Sequester, not Obama – Ind. Do your research. I know exactly what is going on, and who reads and who acts just out of "emotions". By the GOP/Congress keeping America's eye on the "fiscal" efforts of our government and how it fails to work in their favor, there are other events that are more important like private sector jobs NOT being created, Tax incentives still handed out by the billions making the rich richer by shipping jobs overseas, the middle class is falling fast. There will be high unemployment like 20%(+) and higher. Cost of living keeps increasing, that the only ones who will be able to live in this country will be the very rich. It will suffer over all because the balance of good and evil will effect the balance of fair trade, and there won't be any safety net for anyone. Maybe that is the goal of the GOP. Who really knows since they have been the obstructionists since GW Bush era!!! Not very patriotic, are they?

    February 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  45. aCriticalEye

    The sequester is only the beginning of the end for the once great USA, the GOP/Tea Nuts will ensure the country is destroyed by not allocating money to pay the bills they have already racked up.

    The party of NO, has got to Go! Eliminate all GOP/Tea Nuts

    February 26, 2013 at 6:27 am |
  46. Alice M.

    If this were a business he would be fired for being irresponsible, instigating unsafe practices, having no business sense and not being able to do his job. A leader has to be able to work with all types of people to come to a solution for the common good. Apparently President Obama can only do his work in front of cameras using scare tactics, this is not leading this is bullying and a sorry attempt. The cuts over a 10 year period are 1.5T compared to the budget of 50T. Maybe if some unsafe/hard cuts are being implemented March 1, they should bring some of our people home from countries like Libya and others we do not need to be in. and now it looks like we all will be adding our suggestions, too bad our leaders who get PAID for this can not figure it out!

    February 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm |