Obama to Visit VA in Push to Avoid Sequestration

President Obama is coming to the commonwealth next week to urge Virginians to push Congress to make a deal to avoid sequestration. Full Story
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business owner

Silver Spring, MD

#1 Feb 21, 2013
This sequestration is nonsense it is a 2.5% cut across the board. It is still too little too late.
hitem

Fork Union, VA

#2 Feb 21, 2013
Obama sucs and will go nowhere he cant bus int a big enough crowd yo out yell the boowing crowd
cvillemom

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Feb 21, 2013
If Obama and Michelle would stop flying all over the place on the taxpayers' dime, we wouldn't need such big spending cuts. Good gravy, they have a really nice house, why doesn't he just STAY HOME for a change?

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TEX

Rocky Mount, VA

#5 Feb 22, 2013
mr OBAMA is dead set on destroying our nation there is not enough money in this world to satisfy his plan to plunge us into poverty while he throws away every cent he can get his greedy hands on we can't drill for oil BUT he can waste billons on wind sun and other useless schemes which are used to channel our taxes to his cronies

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Southerner

Green Bay, VA

#6 Feb 22, 2013
Nobody wants to hear anymore lies, don't you need another vacation?
Edwin

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Feb 22, 2013
The saddest part of all - the sequestration was HIS idea!

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Localgal

Jeffersonton, VA

#9 Feb 22, 2013
I hope he swings through Central Va as well. The sequestration will directly affect residents here as well.
Molly

Rocky Mount, VA

#10 Feb 22, 2013
One would think that Obama would have enough respect for newly minted JDs to not appear 20 miles away on the first day of the bar exam.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 22, 2013
Over five years of campaigning. Do the job you were hired to do and quit wasting my money traveling.

You are over-exposed and think you are some kind of rock star. Just send an email so we can hit delete.
formeruckersvill ian

Chevy Chase, MD

#12 Feb 22, 2013
I work in the defense industry using government contracts. if they cut our contract by 20% we would simply become more efficient. We have hundreds of workers here in DC with high rents. Maybe we could move to greene county or fluvanna and cut pay by 40% and STILL have a enough to live well.

Why should a taxpayer in arkansas have to pay our inflated DC salaries when we are just moving paperwork?

Half the people in the Denese industry here don't need to be here and could telecommute. The only ones we need here are top brass to kiss congress and the pentagons ASh. Everyone else is just a drone.
hondacivic

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Feb 22, 2013
Disillusioned wrote:
Over five years of campaigning. Do the job you were hired to do and quit wasting my money traveling.
You are over-exposed and think you are some kind of rock star. Just send an email so we can hit delete.
Think about what he is really doing for a minute. Is has been obvious over the past four years that republicans have no intent to compromise on any issue to meet Obama in the middle. Obama is taking issues to the people that are being represented by Congress. You might think that it is "campaigning" but it is a smart move. Republicans made their number one goal of his first term to make him a one term president. They did whatever they could do to make sure nothing was accomplished. Even voting down bills left and right that they have supported for years. It didn't matter if it was infrastructure, farm bills, veteran benefits, etc. Now look at the polls. Obama's approval rating is almost as high as it has ever been, yet the Republican's are about the lowest.

Obama is doing what needs to be done. Having the people who elected the republicans to congress, put pressure on them to do what they were elected to do. Do your job and do what is right for the country. The public is tired of the stalemate. If republicans want to keep up this game they are playing, it will be a long time before they win the white house and lose more seats in congress.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Feb 22, 2013
hondacivic wrote:
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Think about what he is really doing for a minute. Is has been obvious over the past four years that republicans have no intent to compromise on any issue to meet Obama in the middle. Obama is taking issues to the people that are being represented by Congress. You might think that it is "campaigning" but it is a smart move. Republicans made their number one goal of his first term to make him a one term president. They did whatever they could do to make sure nothing was accomplished. Even voting down bills left and right that they have supported for years. It didn't matter if it was infrastructure, farm bills, veteran benefits, etc. Now look at the polls. Obama's approval rating is almost as high as it has ever been, yet the Republican's are about the lowest.
Obama is doing what needs to be done. Having the people who elected the republicans to congress, put pressure on them to do what they were elected to do. Do your job and do what is right for the country. The public is tired of the stalemate. If republicans want to keep up this game they are playing, it will be a long time before they win the white house and lose more seats in congress.
If you think that Republicans have not tried to meet him in the middle, you are wrong. They have tried to make compromises, and have made some concessions in the recent months. They have submitted budgets, and other documents that never get past Harry Reid or get serious consideration. The Republicans are doing what their constituents asked THEM to do -- STOP THE SPENDING. These political ploys Obama and the other democrats are trying to make you believe are ridiculous. Scare tactics indicating we will not have teachers, medicare for elderly, and other basic necessities when in actuality they are funding so many extra programs and pet projects.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Feb 22, 2013
hondacivic wrote:
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Think about what he is really doing for a minute. Is has been obvious over the past four years that republicans have no intent to compromise on any issue to meet Obama in the middle. Obama is taking issues to the people that are being represented by Congress. You might think that it is "campaigning" but it is a smart move. Republicans made their number one goal of his first term to make him a one term president. They did whatever they could do to make sure nothing was accomplished. Even voting down bills left and right that they have supported for years. It didn't matter if it was infrastructure, farm bills, veteran benefits, etc. Now look at the polls. Obama's approval rating is almost as high as it has ever been, yet the Republican's are about the lowest.
Obama is doing what needs to be done. Having the people who elected the republicans to congress, put pressure on them to do what they were elected to do. Do your job and do what is right for the country. The public is tired of the stalemate. If republicans want to keep up this game they are playing, it will be a long time before they win the white house and lose more seats in congress.
I will concede this -- both parties are giving themselves a terrible reputation. There is so little confidence in our government now it is shameful. Obama is the most divisive president we've had in my lifetime. He promised hope, change, and transparency in government. If you can honestly tell me he has delivered any one of those things, I'd love to hear how.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#16 Feb 22, 2013
Disillusioned wrote:
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If you think that Republicans have not tried to meet him in the middle, you are wrong. They have tried to make compromises, and have made some concessions in the recent months. They have submitted budgets, and other documents that never get past Harry Reid or get serious consideration. The Republicans are doing what their constituents asked THEM to do -- STOP THE SPENDING. These political ploys Obama and the other democrats are trying to make you believe are ridiculous. Scare tactics indicating we will not have teachers, medicare for elderly, and other basic necessities when in actuality they are funding so many extra programs and pet projects.
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-sto ries/first-thoughts-gops-weak- position-on-the-sequester

"Where’s the compromise? Besides the polling numbers, Republicans find themselves in a weak position -- politically -- because they’ve yet to propose ANY kind of compromise that recognizes they don’t control the White House or the U.S. Senate. By contrast, Obama has offered up entitlement cuts (chained CPI for Social Security is apparently still on the table), and he has indicated a willingness to make additional cuts to Medicare (he said so in the State of the Union). But Republicans are refusing to budge on any tax revenues (via closing loopholes, etc.), even though House Speaker John Boehner offered them up during the fiscal-cliff debate.“House Republicans, shrugging off rising pressure from President Obama, are resolutely opposing new tax increases to head off $85 billion in across-the-board spending reductions, all but ensuring the cuts will go into force March 1 and probably remain in place for months, if not longer,” the New York Times says. Interestingly, Karl Rove has proposed a sort of compromise for House Republicans to offer:“pass a continuing resolution next week to fund the government for the balance of the fiscal year at the lower level dictated by the sequester—with language granting the executive branch the flexibility to move funds from less vital activities to more important ones.” In other words, force the Obama administration to choose which programs and entities get funded. Of course, this comes with political risk as many Republicans will fear that the Obama administration will essentially fund what he wants at the expense of programs or projects important to Republicans."

How do you know a politician is lying? Their lips are moving.
hondacivic

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Feb 22, 2013
Disillusioned wrote:
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If you think that Republicans have not tried to meet him in the middle, you are wrong. They have tried to make compromises, and have made some concessions in the recent months. They have submitted budgets, and other documents that never get past Harry Reid or get serious consideration. The Republicans are doing what their constituents asked THEM to do -- STOP THE SPENDING. These political ploys Obama and the other democrats are trying to make you believe are ridiculous. Scare tactics indicating we will not have teachers, medicare for elderly, and other basic necessities when in actuality they are funding so many extra programs and pet projects.
Keep telling yourself that. Might help to click your heels together three times too. You are correct that some members were elected to "stop spending". That is where the problem lies. The republicans have let these tea party members that were elected move in and take over their party. They are the ones that are feeding this "no compromise" position. John Boehner has to listen to them and is forced to make sure that nothing is getting done because they won't let him. The tea party doesn't represent the majority of the county, just the republican party. Until they realize this, the republican party is being self destructed from inside.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#18 Feb 22, 2013
hondacivic wrote:
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Keep telling yourself that. Might help to click your heels together three times too. You are correct that some members were elected to "stop spending". That is where the problem lies. The republicans have let these tea party members that were elected move in and take over their party. They are the ones that are feeding this "no compromise" position. John Boehner has to listen to them and is forced to make sure that nothing is getting done because they won't let him. The tea party doesn't represent the majority of the county, just the republican party. Until they realize this, the republican party is being self destructed from inside.
NJ: What does this mean now?
McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day,“Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”
NJ: What’s the job?
McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?
McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.
Aaron

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Feb 22, 2013
If Obama is against this, you KNOW it is a good thing! Call congress and demand more of it!
cvillemom

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Feb 22, 2013
Here's a question for you all...

If there are going to be cuts in government "across the board", does that mean Obama takes a pay cut?
impccrazy

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Feb 22, 2013
boo hooo
cvillemom

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Feb 22, 2013
hondacivic wrote:
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Think about what he is really doing for a minute. Is has been obvious over the past four years that republicans have no intent to compromise on any issue to meet Obama in the middle...
Ha ha ha! That is so funny, you really crack me up!
Just a few days ago, Obama told the Republicans they needed to compromise - by accepting the Democrats' plan. Excuse me, but that is not "compromise". That is "you do it my way and we'll pretend we met each other half way." The Republicans already compromised when the fiscal cliff was averted. It is time for Obama and his cronies to take responsibility for the sequester that OBAMA invented, marketed, and signed.
And remember, Obama is the man who proudly announced that the GOP could come along for the ride, but they would have to sit in the back. So please stop trying to tell us how Obama wants a compromise. You look silly.

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