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Sequesterlization

March 18, 2013

Our federal government threatening to cut jobs and programs for American citizens. Amazingly, they still haven’t cut out pork barrel spending....

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-19-13 12:07 PM

Hey Jerry, could you pass that on to Obama and Congress?

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JerryfromRI

Mar-19-13 11:38 AM

If as the month goes on you've spent the rent money on tacos and soda pop, you can not then complain at the end of the money that you don't have the rent because the rent is too high.

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-19-13 8:24 AM

So, it's POSSIBLE that...giving the 1%ers/high-roller$ a tax-cut...right BEFORE pulling-the-pin on WAR...MIGHT have been a mistake??

Possibly, but still pales in comparision to the loss of lives in both the wars and those lost on 9-11. Bush's "mistakes" might be far surpassed once all aspects of Obamacare kick in. That remains to be seen.Question: if the wars were such big mistakes why didn't Obama pull our troops out immediately after taking office?

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MrShaman

Mar-19-13 6:30 AM

"This country can't pay it's monthly bills and is borrowing every month just to keep up with operating costs..." - Tgrammiex4

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So, it's POSSIBLE that...giving the 1%ers/high-roller$ a tax-cut...right BEFORE pulling-the-pin on WAR...MIGHT have been a mistake??

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MrShaman

Mar-19-13 6:23 AM

"Don't worry, folks!

The answer?

Place a tax (ranging from 5% to 15%) on every citizens' savings accounts!" - eriklatranyi

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Ah, yes...whatever-it-TAKES...to avoid inconveniencing those folks, who gamble on Wall Street, with the SAME tax-rates as those who WORK-for-a-living!!!!

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USABorn

Mar-19-13 2:07 AM

MrShaman - 6:23 AM

"In light of the fact that no information about this exists online, I call BS. This is either a lie made up by the letter writer, or it's from a chain email." - CHayes

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"Agreed!!"

Sham you are as ignorant as Hayes when it comes to calling people liars just because you don't know something. I'll give you the same advice.....learn to google!

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USABorn

Mar-19-13 2:05 AM

The National Science Foundation is a federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

With a budget of about $6.9 billion in fiscal year 2010, the agency funds about a fifth of all federally supported basic research conducted at U.S. colleges and universities.

Anytime Hayes disagrees with someone, they are either quoting from a chain email or they are liars.

Hayes, learn to google instead of calling people liars.

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USABorn

Mar-19-13 2:02 AM

CHayes - 6:08 AM "In light of the fact that no information about this exists online, I call BS. This is either a lie made up by the letter writer, or it's from a chain email."

Shrimp treadmill research has cost taxpayers more than $3 million. That includes a a $559,681 grant for research into "Impaired Metabolism and Performance in Crustaceans Exposed to Bacteria."

But don't blame Congress, as the AARP did in a major television ad buy in 2011. The decision to fund the research actually came from the National Science Foundation.

cont'd

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Ritty77

Mar-18-13 10:54 PM

From Jerry's point of view, he is correct. If the numbers in the info I posted are correct, SS should have a $2.7 trillion surplus from which to draw in the lean years. But it's been spent and it's not coming back. It's all debt now when revenues are short of expenses. Thus, SS, as currently administered, adds to the debt and needs adjustments, like every other line item.

The President recently said that there is no immediate debt crisis and apparently Boehner has agreed. So be it, I guess, but I don't know what the positive results are from all the spending.

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WKnapp

Mar-18-13 9:59 PM

JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 7:13 PM

@Bobbie2

If you venture over to the liberal think tank ...

"liberal think..."??? Really into oxymorons, eh? Thought is impossible for liberals.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-18-13 9:42 PM

Hi Jerry.. 27 years.. I'll be 69!

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 7:32 PM

Even running $100 billion a year deficits, it will still take 27 years before SS adds one penny to the national debt.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 7:14 PM

@Bufftrev1

Thank you Sir.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 7:13 PM

@Bobbie2

If you venture over to the liberal think tank that is reason [dot] com you will discover that you are, as is so very often the case, wrong.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-18-13 7:09 PM

Excellent point, jerry, accurate as always..

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Bufftrev1

Mar-18-13 6:04 PM

Hi erik.. the problem was caused by politicians from both parties.. hate to break it to you but fiscal conservative is an oxymoron, just like gay republican.. while I've seen you occasionally bash both parties, your most virulent rhetoric is reserved for liberals.. seems to clearly be diametrically opposed to your comment below.. no?

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 5:41 PM

@eriklatranyi

"Social Security is adding to the debt"

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Unpaid for spending is adding to the debt. Social Security is not adding to the debt. It never has, not one penny.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-18-13 5:28 PM

JerryfromRI:

Social Security is adding to the debt because politicians could not stop spending it.

Just like the pension discussion, the money was spent on other things and now we have to borrow to pay Social Security recipients.

If that doesn't get you to stop supporting politicians who see no problem with debt, nothing will.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 5:27 PM

@Tgrammiex4

Mr. Mills, the letter's author, questioned the wisdom of foreign aid. My comment was in reply to his letter.

But I'm all for more charity here at home. More money for schools and less for bombers, that sounds good to me.

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-18-13 5:07 PM

Jerry, I didn't bring up this program, you did. I just commented on it. I just don't understand why you think it's ok for the Gov't to keep borrowing to fund this program and MANY others. They say charity begins at home, what about all the poor here? Are other countries helping our poor? Are they borrowing money to do it?

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 4:49 PM

@Tgrammiex4

Why pick on a program that costs so ridiculously little? Direct foreign aid is is .07% of the federal budget. That's seven one-hundredths of one percent of the budget.

It's so small that I really have to question your motives. If your concern was really purely budgetary you'd advocate for change of substance.

AND, retired seniors have PAID FOR their social security. Social Security has never added one penny to the national debt.

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-18-13 4:25 PM

OK Jerry, but how many Americans are paying taxes? Out of that number pull all children, retired seniors, low income and welfare recipients, unemployed, unemployed that aren't counted, college students. Where is the money coming from to make up for all these people who for the most part aren't paying taxes? I have no problem helping the poor. We have plenty here in our own country. I do have a problem with the Gov't . borrowing money to send to foriegn countries and driving up the debt.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 4:09 PM

@Tgrammiex4

The US gives in direct foreign aid about $10 per year per American. It really makes me sick how many people would just let other people starve to keep a couple of bucks in their pocket.

It works out to less then 3 cents per day, three cents.

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-18-13 12:07 PM

Not at all Jerry. If I can pay my monthly bills, feed my family, cover all my expenses and still HAVE money left I can choose to donate to whatever cause. I am not going out and BORROWING money to donate it. This country can't pay it's monthly bills and is borrowing every month just to keep up with operating costs and still sends money to other countries to support thier poor when there is no money left at the end of the month. An average household couldn't do that, how can this country do that?

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JohnZook

Mar-18-13 11:18 AM

Sham- Maybe you could research the real meaning of "patriots" by reading the Constitution. That is the definitive meaning of a Patriot. Liberals.......

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