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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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Tedeaux

Mar-18-13 5:51 AM

The secret service has enough money to spend on protecting the president on the golf course with Tiger Woods, but they don't have enough to keep the Whitehouse open for public tours? The canceling of the Whitehouse tours was a symbolic gesture to put the American public out of our house! WE OWN IT AND YET WE CAN'T EVEN GO THERE!

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idiottwo

Mar-18-13 6:01 AM

We need to hold our Gov and the grant recievers accountable for how they use the tax payers money. What money was recovered from all the failed companies proped up for pre-election photo shoots? How can our gov provide money for boondogles and rediculous studies, etc when we have a deficit most determine can't be payed back?

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CHayes

Mar-18-13 6:08 AM

"Example, the federal government gave a company a 3 million dollar grant to put a centipede on a treadmill to see how far it could travel in one hour"

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.

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MrShaman

Mar-18-13 6:13 AM

"God help America before it's too late." - Al Mills

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I think "he" already has...and, delivered "his" message thru Colin Powell:

"You broke it; you OWN it!!!"

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MrShaman

Mar-18-13 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!!

You'd think such "patriots" (as they like to call themselves) would put their imagination to use, developing (actual) fixes for our various problems...rather-than on developing the latest-and-"greatest" fairy tales.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-18-13 6:33 AM

"The canceling of the Whitehouse tours was a symbolic gesture to put the American public out of our house! WE OWN IT AND YET WE CAN'T EVEN GO THERE!"---Tedeaux

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Wrong. It is not owned by the American Public. It is owned by the rich contributors to President Obama. They will still have access to take all the tours they want.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 6:36 AM

I fully support the sending direct aid to the neediest people of the world. Shame on you if you don't.

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Darlin

Mar-18-13 8:36 AM

In the words of Obama "Make it hurt." That's right a president who wants to hurt the people of this country in order for his political gain so he can blame Republicans for not agreeing to his demands before sequestration. That is the kind of man you elected. Enjoy!

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Tgrammiex4

Mar-18-13 9:07 AM

Jerry said "I fully support the sending direct aid to the neediest people of the world. Shame on you if you don't. "

Thats fine and dandy as long as you HAVE the money to do so. We are sending BORROWED money, and really, how much of the money sent ACTUALLY gets to the needy people?

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eriklatranyi

Mar-18-13 9:42 AM

Don't worry, folks!

We can all learn a lesson from the European Union where some member nations are bankrupt.

The answer?

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

Yes, you scraped a few dimes together after taxes and put them away for a rainy day. What do you get for your fiscal responsibility? Confiscation by the same politicians who mismanaged the budgets for decades.

Liberalism at work!

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CMReeder

Mar-18-13 9:44 AM

Sorry but the conservatives have only themselves to blame for this one.

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CHayes

Mar-18-13 10:26 AM

How far out there is World Nut Daily? In a dispute with Ann Coulter a couple years ago, she apparently called the sites owner " a publicity whore" and a "swine".

Apparently Darlin's "news" source is too extreme, even for Ann Coulter, and that's sayin something. It's bizarre, the garbage that people actually believe, but I suppose if you consider a forwarded email a valid news source, anything's possible.

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JerryfromRI

Mar-18-13 11:14 AM

@Tgrammiex4

That's kind of like saying I can't donate to the school band until I pay off the mortgage.

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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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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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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 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 4:49 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 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 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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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 5:41 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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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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Bufftrev1

Mar-18-13 7:09 PM

Excellent point, jerry, accurate as always..

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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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