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Mar 2, 2013
 
Obama, his team struggling with accuracy when explaining impact of sequester cuts

President Obama and top administration officials are struggling with accuracy in explaining the impact of billions in federal budget cuts known as sequester that kicked in Saturday morning -- even getting called out by a Capitol Hill superintendent about furloughs for support staffers.

Carlos Elias, the Capitol Building superintendent, sent out a memo Friday reminding staffers that the current sequestration plan does not include “reductions in force or furloughs” and that “pay and benefit of each of our employees will not be impacted.”

Though not directly mentioning Obama by name, Elias also said in the memo that a “high-ranking official said employees that clean and maintain the U.S. Capitol will receive a cut in pay.”

Hours before the memo was released, the president, in what appears to be the administration’s attempt to maximize the potential impact of the cuts, said at a press conference:“Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”

The cuts were proposed by the president and agree upon by Congress in 2011 after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a more measured way to reduce the deficit. The $85 billion in cuts in 2013 to the Defense Department and domestic program will be more like $45 billion when pro-rated this year.

Last weekend, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told CBS “there are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall." However, Duncan appeared to backpedaling Wednesday, coming up with just one example, a West Virginia county, and the disclaimer that “whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know.”

Officials in the state’s Kanawha County told The Washington Post that “transfer notices” were sent to at least 104 educators and they had more to do with how West Virginia allocates federal dollars designated for poor children.

PolitiFact, the Tampa Tribune’s fact-checking operation, has also reviewed officials’ sequester claims, concluding much has been “doomsday” and “worst-case-scenario” rhetoric.

The newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning group found that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s recent warning that air travel will be delayed because of Federal Aviation Administration cuts is just mostly true.

"Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer (air traffic) controllers on staff,” LaHood said last week.

Thought sequester requires across-the-board cuts with no shifting of money between agency departments, there appears to be some flexibility in make the cuts, including $600 million from the FAA, experts told PolitiFact.

Rough one-third of FAA employees are controllers, so furloughs are possible. But agency Chairman Michael Huerta recently suggested cuts might start on the midnight shifts or at smaller and low-traffic facilities, which would at least in the short term spare the major airports.

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After listening to Obama I thought for sure the world was coming to an end.
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Mar 2, 2013
 
1. Air Travel Disruption
2. Longer Security Lines at Airports
3. Slower Extreme-Weather Forecasts
4. Greater Risk of Wildfires
5. Pest-Infested Crops
6. Nationwide Meat and Poultry Shortage
7. Prison Lock-downs
8. Slower Gun Background Checks
9. Fewer FBI Agents
10. Immigration Backlog
11. Longer Waits for Passports and Foreign Visas
12. Neglect for Mentally Ill, Homeless, and Substance Addicted
13. 125,000 Would Be at Risk of Homelessness
14. 600,000 Women and Children Thrown Off WIC
15. 424,000 Fewer AIDS Tests, 7,400 Fewer Patients Could Get HIV Medications
16. No Rent Assistance for 7,300 AIDS Patients
17. 807,000 Fewer Hospital Visits for Native Americans, Hospital Closures
18. Dilapidated Low-Income Housing, Closed Projects
19. No Child Care for 30,000 Kids, No Head Start for 70,000
20. Longer Waits for Disability Payments
21.$725 Million in Cuts for Low-Income and Special-Needs Students
22. Cuts to Schools on Indian Reservations
23. Native American Tribes Would Lose Almost $130 Million
24. Higher Risk of Terrorism
25. Untranslated Wiretaps
26. Less Surveillance
27. Classified Information Vulnerable to Foreign Spies
28. An Even More Porous Border
29. Untended Nukes
30. U.S. Less Prepared for a 'WMD Incident'
31. FBI Will Eventually Be Using Broken Equipment, Could Have Trouble Tracking Fingerprints
32. 1/3 Cutback in Pacific Naval Presence
33. Reduced Army Readiness
34. No Maintenance for Some Ships and Planes
35. 46,000 Defense Jobs Could Be Lost
36. Some Air Force Planes Can't Fly
37. Less Cyber-security
38.$1 Billion Cut from Disaster Relief
39. First-Responder Layoffs
40. Coast Guard Operations Cut by 1/4, Drugs Coming In on Boats"
41.$500 Million Cut from Foreign Economic and Military Aid
42.$380 Million Cut from Global AIDS Funding
43. Less Security at U.S. Facilities Abroad, Less Protection for Americans Abroad
44. Freed Up Terror Money
45. U.S. Attorneys Will Take 2,600 Fewer Cases
46. Smaller Unemployment Checks
47. 1,200 Fewer OSHA Inspections, Potential for More Workplace Deaths
48. Fewer Mine Inspections
49. No Job Training for Hundreds of Thousands of People, Less Training for Veterans
50. 1,928 Fewer Small Business Loans
51. Slower Reporting on Economic Data, Less Analysis of It
52. Parks? Can't Use 'Em.
53. 128 Refuges Could Close
54. Less Oil Drilling and Exploration, Offshore and Onshore
55. Fewer Air-Quality Forecasts
56. 1,000 Fewer Environmental Compliance Inspections
57. Less Nuclear Cleanup
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Bushwhacked wrote:
1. Air Travel Disruption
2. Longer Security Lines at Airports
3. Slower Extreme-Weather Forecasts
4. Greater Risk of Wildfires
5. Pest-Infested Crops
6. Nationwide Meat and Poultry Shortage
7. Prison Lock-downs
8. Slower Gun Background Checks
9. Fewer FBI Agents
10. Immigration Backlog
11. Longer Waits for Passports and Foreign Visas
12. Neglect for Mentally Ill, Homeless, and Substance Addicted
13. 125,000 Would Be at Risk of Homelessness
14. 600,000 Women and Children Thrown Off WIC
15. 424,000 Fewer AIDS Tests, 7,400 Fewer Patients Could Get HIV Medications
16. No Rent Assistance for 7,300 AIDS Patients
17. 807,000 Fewer Hospital Visits for Native Americans, Hospital Closures
18. Dilapidated Low-Income Housing, Closed Projects
19. No Child Care for 30,000 Kids, No Head Start for 70,000
20. Longer Waits for Disability Payments
21.$725 Million in Cuts for Low-Income and Special-Needs Students
22. Cuts to Schools on Indian Reservations
23. Native American Tribes Would Lose Almost $130 Million
24. Higher Risk of Terrorism
25. Untranslated Wiretaps
26. Less Surveillance
27. Classified Information Vulnerable to Foreign Spies
28. An Even More Porous Border
29. Untended Nukes
30. U.S. Less Prepared for a 'WMD Incident'
31. FBI Will Eventually Be Using Broken Equipment, Could Have Trouble Tracking Fingerprints
32. 1/3 Cutback in Pacific Naval Presence
33. Reduced Army Readiness
34. No Maintenance for Some Ships and Planes
35. 46,000 Defense Jobs Could Be Lost
36. Some Air Force Planes Can't Fly
37. Less Cyber-security
38.$1 Billion Cut from Disaster Relief
39. First-Responder Layoffs
40. Coast Guard Operations Cut by 1/4, Drugs Coming In on Boats"
41.$500 Million Cut from Foreign Economic and Military Aid
42.$380 Million Cut from Global AIDS Funding
43. Less Security at U.S. Facilities Abroad, Less Protection for Americans Abroad
44. Freed Up Terror Money
45. U.S. Attorneys Will Take 2,600 Fewer Cases
46. Smaller Unemployment Checks
47. 1,200 Fewer OSHA Inspections, Potential for More Workplace Deaths
48. Fewer Mine Inspections
49. No Job Training for Hundreds of Thousands of People, Less Training for Veterans
50. 1,928 Fewer Small Business Loans
51. Slower Reporting on Economic Data, Less Analysis of It
52. Parks? Can't Use 'Em.
53. 128 Refuges Could Close
54. Less Oil Drilling and Exploration, Offshore and Onshore
55. Fewer Air-Quality Forecasts
56. 1,000 Fewer Environmental Compliance Inspections
57. Less Nuclear Cleanup
The sky is falling....
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The future's coming, you mean ??? It's as simple as 12 years of tax cuts, WE OWE !!! Increasing taxes is common sense, pooping YOUR pants, is NOT !!!
scooby slew

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Mar 2, 2013
 
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The future's coming, you mean ??? It's as simple as 12 years of tax cuts, WE OWE !!! Increasing taxes is common sense, pooping YOUR pants, is NOT !!!
To be the amused slewchebag, or not to be the amused slewchebag, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of the outrageous bushwhacked,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of smart liberals,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to?'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, will any remember you were once the spell check princess of topix?
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The future's coming, you mean ??? It's as simple as 12 years of tax cuts, WE OWE !!! Increasing taxes is common sense, pooping YOUR pants, is NOT !!!
How stupid are you? Let me dumb it down for you. The sequester means all the little money grubbing piggies at the trough are not going to get quite as much as they would like, but will still get more than they used to. Compared to Obama's 6 trillion in spending, the 85 billion in cuts is a drop in the bucket. Spread that out over the entire federal government, no one should feel anything.

Of course, that doesn't mean the cuts can't be concentrated where tax paying citizens will feel the most pain, and you'll have no one but Obama to thank for that. It is, after all, what he was hoping for.

Libs are so gullible.
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Mar 2, 2013
 
You'd be my choice for dumb, you did a great job of avoiding any factual references PERFECTLY !!!
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Mar 2, 2013
 
Did someone say something intelligent? I couldn't hear it because of all the background noise.
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Of course, that doesn't mean the cuts can't be concentrated where tax paying citizens will feel the most pain, and you'll have no one but Obama to thank for that. It is, after all, what he was hoping for.
Libs are so gullible.
Now is that a crime or what
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You'd be my choice for dumb, you did a great job of avoiding any factual references PERFECTLY !!!
I know since it didn't reference feces, it was a little over your head and too hard for you to understand. Try doing Google search, sweet cheeks. You might learn something!

Libs are so helpless.
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Mar 2, 2013
 
I think I'll bring some more food and water to my bunker tonight and spend the night underground.
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I know since it didn't reference feces, it was a little over your head and too hard for you to understand. Try doing Google search, sweet cheeks. You might learn something!
Libs are so helpless.
I certainly, won't learn anything from your content. No reality touches your "planet". Ps I know(comma).
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I think I'll bring some more food and water to my bunker tonight and spend the night underground.
You really know how to plan a Saturday night.

I'm going to dinner and a movie with my wife.
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Did someone say something intelligent? I couldn't hear it because of all the background noise.
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DSM Local wrote:
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Now is that a crime or what
What's this? Someone is trying to have a grown up conversation that doesn't involve a poop reference?

It's a crime in the sense that roughly half the American population re-voted this imbecile in, without having a clue what it is they were voting for, unless it's a third world country they're really wishing for.

I'm no fan of the republicans, either. But Boehner held his ground yesterday, probably because he knew it would be the end of him if he didn't. That's a ray of hope, and a start. Someone, somewhere is figuring out taxing more just to flush it down that black abyss known as Washington DC is not the right way to go.
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<quoted text>I certainly, won't learn anything from your content. No reality touches your "planet". Ps I know(comma).
You have no desire to. The feeling is likewise, since you have nothing to offer.

And thank you for your comma correction. I'll do better next time. You have earned a break as well. I know, proper sentence structure is tough when you have to plug away on a keyboard with a pencil in your mouth because you're in a straight jacket. You get one freebie.
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You really know how to plan a Saturday night.
I'm going to dinner and a movie with my wife.
I guess Slew is letting you use the forklift tonight.

http://fattylane.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/...
Try and save some food for your wife.
http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/file....
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<quoted text>It's your imagination. Who cares if you prove you're a political moron, with clearly stupid rhetoric, Ms Prick.
OK, Mr. C U next Tuesday. Need to run. I'm off to my nephew's 3rd birthday party. He's smart, his conversation is cute, and engaging, and I find him fascinating.

Sorry you have nothing else to do on a Saturday. Sad. Very sad.
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What's this? Someone is trying to have a grown up conversation that doesn't involve a poop reference?
It's a crime in the sense that roughly half the American population re-voted this imbecile in, without having a clue what it is they were voting for, unless it's a third world country they're really wishing for.
I'm no fan of the republicans, either. But Boehner held his ground yesterday, probably because he knew it would be the end of him if he didn't. That's a ray of hope, and a start. Someone, somewhere is figuring out taxing more just to flush it down that black abyss known as Washington DC is not the right way to go.
Boehner better hold his ground. I wonder what the common Leftist is thinking now, those are the ones that need to grow up and realize you can't just have free stuff

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