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Obama, Sequester and “Meat Cleaver” Republicans

“If Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness, it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research.” – President Obama


WIELDING the bully pulpit, President Obama hit Congress hard over the looming sequester cuts that are about to land hard.

But Republicans are almost gleeful about sequester. From The Hill:

“If [Republicans] don’t shy away from this, if they don’t run from their own shadows and they don’t [buckle] at the last minute, I think it’s a battle they can win,” conservative Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler said. “The reason [Republicans] lose the battling war to the president so often is they can’t get themselves on a clear path as to where they want to go – this is pretty easy, this is law,” he added.

Sequester is going to be very real in Virginia, including on our bottom line, so voters should remember Republicans applauding sequester cuts.

In 2011, contrary to what’s been said in the press, Congress couldn’t get their act together and Speaker Boehner couldn’t get the House extremists to offer revenue during the budget debacle, so instead they passed an idea, sequester, to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, which included automatic cuts that hurt. Of course Obama went along, because Tea Party extremists in the House were holding the nation hostage. Since then, Speaker Boehner and House Republicans still refuse any deal with President Obama, now demanding the Senate act first.

Today on his show, Rush Limbaugh fussed, fumed and generally flipped out over President Obama laying blame for the sequester on Republicans. However, he also called Obama’s “campaigning” nothing less than “masterful.” Admitting that Obama was defining the opposition, Limbaugh went on and on about how mean the President was being.

Shorter Limbaugh: Leave Republicans alone!

Obama isn’t listening and he’s making sure voters know who’s to blame for what’s about to go down.

“The whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing tax loopholes and so forth,” President Obama said. “And so this was all designed to say we can’t do these bad cuts; let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration.”

Now, if Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness; it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research. It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness, or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions.

Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find childcare for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.

And already, the threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the Persian Gulf. And as our military leaders have made clear, changes like this — not well thought through, not phased in properly — changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in unstable parts of the world.

Sean Hannity played selected quotes of Obama from 2011, ignoring Republican obstructionism on the budget during that summer, when Republicans were the cause of the U.S. economic rating being downgraded while extremists on the right refused to compromise.

I’m not in favor of what Obama offered up in 2011, but it should be noted he offered the grand bargain on entitlements, which still wasn’t enough for Republicans. So let’s not pretend the situation today was President Obama’s doing.

Once again, Republicans are willing to scuttle the U.S. economy, just like what caused the sequester to be offered up in the first place.

“It’s a losing argument for Republicans … when you’ve seen clearly that the American people believe in having the wealthy pay their fair share in order to fund the things that are important to all of us – FBI, Border Patrol – all sorts of things that matter on a daily basis,” said Andy Stone, spokesman for the Democratic-affiliated House Majority PAC. “That’s why this is a losing prospect for them.”

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40 Responses to Obama, Sequester and “Meat Cleaver” Republicans

  1. Art Pronin February 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Yea this is BS. I cant believe the gop thinks sequester enacted is a winner for their home districts. they are in for a rude awakening.

    • Taylor Marsh February 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      It’s VERY unpopular in Virginia, let me tell you.

      • Solo February 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

        Among cons you mean right? Since Obama just won that state.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter February 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    I am SO glad these ass monkeys are actually stupid enough to go down this path. In the short term it is going to cause devastating pain to ALLOT of people…..and that is a truly tragic thing…but maybe the morons that voted in the repugnantKLAN/teabaggers who are actually forcing this will learn a leason and change that in 2014….maybe. And if they don’t…SCREW em….enjoy what the repug/baggers are doing for you.

    • Taylor Marsh February 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      The President cannot be happy with what Republicans have been doing to Hagel, so I don’t think his “vitriol” is only about sequester, but that’s my personal opinion, not analysis, as I think presidents take stuff like impugning the integrity of a potential leader of the Pentagon personally. The repercussions could be lasting.

      Obama really set off the wingnuts today, that is for sure.

      • Solo February 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

        This President is just expert at setting off conservative cranks and getting them to expose themselves on TV! Republicans like Boehner and Paul Ryan were all for the sequester a few months ago before they were against it. The Speaker even went on TV to say with a big smile on his his face that he got 98% of what he wanted. LOL! Cons are for the sequester because they think it will throw the economy back into recession and that they will eventually be able to campaign next year using what they hope will be a double dip recession against Dems in the run up the elections next year. But what will they do if there is no recession? What will their strategy be if the economy keeps growing? I sense another huge embarrassment coming there way once again at the hands of this President!

      • Solo February 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

        “Vitriol”? Sorry just caught that. This President has never been anything remotely close to vitriolic!

        • Taylor Marsh February 20, 2013 at 12:10 am #

          “Vitriol” should have been in quotations, which have now been added.

          TM update: Should have included that “vitriol” was used in the first place because of Limbaugh & Hannity’s depiction of Obama’s presser, which you can see in the video.

      • Solo February 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

        He was his usual clam collected self.

        • Cujo359 February 20, 2013 at 2:08 am #

          Not crabby at all, then?

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 5:05 am #

            When are you guys going to finally just give up on that angry black guy lie? You have been pushing that crap for literally years now and it’s gotten you nowhere. Just give it up already, it didn’t work.

          • Cujo359 February 20, 2013 at 5:13 am #

            You need to read your own comments more carefully, or possibly type them more carefully.

            Not that the point is germane here, but I’ve never referred to Obama as an angry black man, or anything remotely close that I’m aware of. In fact, I really don’t recall anyone criticizing him in that particular way. We’ve written lots of unkind things about him, but I don’t know why anyone would write that.

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 5:26 am #

            Cujo359: All of the unkind words about the President on this site didn’t prevent him from getting re-elected did it? After the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama to to second term as President of The United States of America slapping you guys around lost some of it’s thrill. It must really suck being so colossally wrong doesn’t it? Wrong of George Bush proportions. I will leave you this night to contemplate your complete total irrelevancy! Obama4ever!

            PS – I understand that when President Obama goes to Israel their going to give him a medal! Zing!

          • jinbaltimore February 20, 2013 at 9:39 am #

            You probably know this, but there is no sense in engaging Solo, Sec or Angels directly. They either do not know how or simply refuse to argue in good faith. Their MO, in response to any criticism of the Obama administration, is the personal attack, with accusations of racism being their favorite go-to distraction.

            Best to speak OF them, as cautionary tales of tribalism gone unchecked…but not TO them.

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 10:05 am #

            jinBaltimore: Yes we who voted for Obama and actually stuck around to do the work are just a bunch of race hustlers. That birther stuff had nothing to do with President Obama’s ethnicity. Those African witch doctor posters and those Obama as Hitler posters were all in good fun!

          • Cujo359 February 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

            Yes, I know this individual is oblivious. In fact, this particular thread, which started with me making a joke based on Solo’s typo, is a classic example. Since then we’ve seen:

            - an unsubstantiated claim that folks here are in the habit of calling Obama an angry black man, which leads one to ask oneself how one can get away with describing him as angry if he actually appears to be angry, and..

            - a massive appeal to popularity, in which it’s somehow expected because a substantial portion of the U.S. is fool enough to do something, those of us who didn’t must be wrong, and, what’s more, we should be ashamed.

            This individual is a living rhetorical fallacy machine. Plus, you’ll note, even with my explicitly telling him to check his spelling, he still doesn’t understand that this was a joke. It’s hard to be more oblivious and still be able to find the keyboard.

            For that alone, I suppose it’s worth it, but I really just was trying to make a pun out of a typo.

            Which is proof that stupidity kills. In this case, it killed a joke.

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

            Cujo359: Believe it or not I got the joke it just wasn’t funny and wasn’t worth commenting on. Being in the opinion minority sometimes means your just wrong. But of course in your mind anyone who doesn’t agree with you is a fool. Obama4ever!

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

            Cujo359: You are the classic condescending liberal and the reason President re-election was so satisfying! I hope your crow tasted good?

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

            Cujo359: You are the classic condescending liberal and the reason President Obama’s re-election was so satisfying! Hatred lost! I hope your crow tasted good?

          • Cujo359 February 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

            Solo writes:

            Believe it or not I got the joke it just wasn’t funny and wasn’t worth commenting on.

            Yes, I should have realized, because the logical response to a bad joke is to go off on a rant about how we’re all calling someone an angry black man.

            Being in the opinion minority sometimes means your just wrong.

            Yes, but it’s just as often that you’re in the wrong when you’re in the majority. That’s why it’s a logical fallacy. The popularity of an idea means nothing.

            But of course in your mind anyone who doesn’t agree with you is a fool. Obama4ever!

            No, anyone who uses faulty reasoning to justify his position and insult others for theirs is a fool. I just tend to react to such foolishness a little more when I disagree with the conclusions.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter February 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

        To quote a well known scientologist from a very forgetable film….”yeah…ain’t it cool?”

        • Taylor Marsh February 20, 2013 at 9:07 am #

          Solo February 20, 2013 at 5:26 am

          Not obliging out right sycophancy is not the same as whatever “unkind” means.

          Just stop it.

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 9:32 am #

            Unkind was Cujo359 word not mine. What you call sycophancy I call making a decision, being patient, seeing it through to the end and not flaking out at the first sign of trouble. Not mad at you in the least, I actually agree with you often than not but vindication feels damn good!

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 9:36 am #

            In that last Presidential election the forces of rational patient moderation won and the forces purity on the left/right lost.

          • Taylor Marsh February 20, 2013 at 9:36 am #

            Hey, there’s no argument on Obama’s 2012 win and supporters like yourself should feel some “vindication” on top of “damn good.” It’s not like third party candidates registered a blip, however good they make people feel to vote for them, which I still maintain is an important function of our democracy that needs strengthening, while Republicans continue to not be a viable option at all.

          • Solo February 20, 2013 at 9:56 am #

            I don’t disagree with any of that!

  3. Cujo359 February 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    This is what it’s all about, isn’t it? On the one side, a party that is perfectly happy to guarantee the bad financial decisions made by our economic elite to the ten of ten trillion dollars, while also happily telling the rest of us we don’t get to have our Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid because that’s too expensive (less than a twentieth of that aforementioned guarantee for bad loans), and who also just can’t bring themselves to stop a useless war in a place most of us still couldn’t find on a map. On the other side is a group of people for whom this awe-inspiringly stupid fiscal policy isn’t stupid enough.

    I’ve never felt more like voting third party than I do right now. These people are utterly useless – all of them.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      To quote a well known scientologist from a very forgetable film….”yeah…ain’t it cool?”

  4. fangio February 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    There must be a mechanism for removing people from office who ran for election with the sole purpose of undermining the very government and president they were sworn to defend. One of their brethren announces that his only goal is to unseat Obama in the 2012 election and now we have practically the entire party attempting to destroy the economic fabric of the country, along with it’s people, in a criminal attempt to create a one party state ( which they have accomplished in many states ). There must be a remedy for this, some way to remove them from office. They are lawbreakers, not law makers, and were paying them to kill us.

  5. james richardson February 20, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    It’s called voting.

  6. angels81 February 20, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    jinbaltimore, talk about calling the kettle black. You bring my name into a conversion that I have not been apart of, and criticize me for posts I’ve made on other subjects, which have nothing to do with this post. It sounds like you are baiting posters to respond, so you can play the poor me I’m so reasonable while these other posters are so unreasonable and just Obama lovers.

    I get your game, you like baiting people, instead of actually interacting with people who may disagree with your comments. You may fool some people here, but some of us see what tactics you are using.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 20, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Now, now…you sound dangerously close to being rude there!!!!! It’s perfectly OK for the third partyinistas to say just about anything they want no matter how nonreality based or personally directed…just dontchu call them on it!!

    • jinbaltimore February 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      “angels81 January 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      What a bunch of crap, you sound like some right wing Fox news commentator. To make a statement like ” Obama decimating the black middle class” is right out of Glenn Becks mouth. I know you are a Obama hater, and I question you saying you are a progressive left wing type. The more I read most of the crap you post, the more I wonder if you are a racist to boot.”

      If this is what you call “actually interacting with people who may disagree with your comments,” then you are correct; I’ll pass.

      • Cujo359 February 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

        Let’s see, looks like he managed two out of three with that diatribe. Or did he work in “arsonist” in the part you didn’t quote?

        • jinbaltimore February 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

          “Liar Liar pants on fire” … implied?

          ; )

        • jinbaltimore February 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

          p.s. Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, it looks I will have occasion to reference it often.

          • Cujo359 February 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

            You’re welcome. BTW, is having your own pants on fire considered arson?

          • jinbaltimore February 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

            I suppose if you lie purposely to ignite them?

  7. DaGoat February 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Both parties are handling this problem as they do most others – by blaming the other side. There is an added twist that this time is a debate that my kids often had “You started it – no you started it – no YOU”.

    The reality is both sides signed off on the sequester and it had bipartisan support. I believe the original idea came from Gene Sperling but it was modified at the insistence of Republicans. Both parties own the sequester. Until both parties get away from the current silly finger-pointing the problem will not be solved.

  8. angels81 February 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    jinbaltimore, I thought you weren’t responding to me? You can’t even tell the truth about that.

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