Is the sequestration a good thing? Business says YES

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Should President Obama and Congress stop $85 billion in cuts in federal government spending set to take place Friday?

-Yes, we need more gov't spending to help the economy (got 10%)

-Yes, but make the cuts after the economy is better (got 15%)

-No, we need to start cutting spending now (GOT 72%!!!)

-Other (got 3%)

-Votes Cast: 321

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/poll/re...
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There is a real threat that these indiscriminate cuts will seriously damage the economic recovery. It comes as no surprise, then, that he is seeking to highlight the damaging nature of these cuts and place the blame on congressional Republicans. The implementation of the sequester, painful as it will be, is not meant to torture the taxpayers; it is meant to force the Republicans to act in good faith.

The Republicans have a remarkably incoherent position on the sequester: It is a terrible policy that must be replaced with a cuts-only solution, they say, but there is no actual GOP plan that fits this description. Republicans seem to be hoping that President Obama will negotiate with himself until they are satisfied.

But he has wisely called their bluff. After all, while spending cuts may poll well in the abstract, the implementation of these cuts will prove unpopular – and the public is prepared to blame the GOP. The Republicans deserve that blame: Regardless of the provenance of the sequestration scheme, only President Obama has been serious about defusing it. The Republican “all-cuts” position is not a compromise or even a fleshed-out policy proposal; it’s an intransigent statement of a rejected ideology. Until they accept the fact that they lost the last election, President Obama is right to apply pressure. If they feel cornered by the sequester’s cost, then, it’s a burden of their own making.
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Did the president's remarks to the National Governors Association succeed in shifting blame for the possible sequester toward Republicans?

The answer is probably no – because the public already blames Republicans for the sequester.

A Pew poll released on 21 February found 49% of respondents would blame "Republicans in Congress" if the two sides can't strike a deal, while 31% would blame the president and 11% would blame both.

Republicans have been arguing vociferously that the sequester was Obama's idea and now he must own it. They call it the "Obamaquester." They point to Bob Woodward's reporting from back in July 2011, when the loathsome pact was struck. Woodward says the sequester was the brainchild of White House budget director Jack Lew and congressional relations chief Rob Nabors.

There's no sign that any argument Republicans can make will succeed in laying blame at the president's door. It's a complicated issue. The explanations of who started it are even more complicated. Few and masochistic may they be who will dig in for themselves to decide who to blame. People may unfortunately be liable in this case to snap judgments hewing to intrinsic bias.

And that doesn't work out so well for the GOP. As Dave Weigel put it last week in Slate, "The public is pretty well acclimated to blaming Republicans for a government shutdown, in part because there are lots of Republican members on record not worrying about a shutdown":

The White House knows that. Democrats know that the "Buffett rule" is incredibly popular. And they know it's the Republicans, not them, who are grasping for leverage. It was one short month ago that House Republicans met in Williamsburg and agreed to punt the debt limit a few months, because they'd rather fight on the sequester, and look more responsible.
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Feb 26, 2013
 
What is Obama's plan, please tell me.
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Feb 26, 2013
 
A new poll finds that a plurality of Americans is still on Obama's side. Forty-five percent say they would hold the GOP responsible while only 32 percent would blame Obama if the cuts are triggered, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post. Thirteen percent say both sides would be equally to blame.
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Feb 26, 2013
 
Fred wrote:
A new poll finds that a plurality of Americans is still on Obama's side. Forty-five percent say they would hold the GOP responsible while only 32 percent would blame Obama if the cuts are triggered, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post. Thirteen percent say both sides would be equally to blame.
and what is his plan?
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Feb 26, 2013
 
Bushwhacked
I kinda wonder, if new folks think you're NUTZ !!! LMAOROTFU~! Poor teabagger.... loser.

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Feb 26, 2013
 
Love it wrote:
Should President Obama and Congress stop $85 billion in cuts in federal government spending set to take place Friday?
-Yes, we need more gov't spending to help the economy (got 10%)
-Yes, but make the cuts after the economy is better (got 15%)
-No, we need to start cutting spending now (GOT 72%!!!)
-Other (got 3%)
-Votes Cast: 321
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/poll/re...
Every dollar spent by the government is one less dollar that can be used in the private sector to invest in growth.

Want a stagnant economy or another recession? Increase government spending.

AND the big lie being told by the Obama Administration, and by The Messiah himself, is that the Sequestration is a cut of any kind.

It is NOT A CUT, it is merely slowing the increased rate of spending. The government will still spend more with Sequestration this year than it did last year without it.

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Feb 26, 2013
 
DSM Local wrote:
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and what is his plan?
The story goes that this "plan" originated from within the white house.

Obama's plan is to force the sequestration,(rather then compromise) and try and spin it so it is the fault of congress.

Like his hero GWB, whose policies he has happily embraced and continued, he wants to be perceived as the "my way or the highway, or else" kind of guy.
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Feb 26, 2013
 
Smart Liberal wrote:
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Every dollar spent by the government is one less dollar that can be used in the private sector to invest in growth.
Want a stagnant economy or another recession? Increase government spending.
AND the big lie being told by the Obama Administration, and by The Messiah himself, is that the Sequestration is a cut of any kind.
It is NOT A CUT, it is merely slowing the increased rate of spending. The government will still spend more with Sequestration this year than it did last year without it.
Are you saying the government isn't capable of job growth itself ?? LMAOROTFU~! Sure love your rhetoric, but hate logic...
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cantmakeitup wrote:
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The story goes that this "plan" originated from within the white house.
Obama's plan is to force the sequestration,(rather then compromise) and try and spin it so it is the fault of congress.
Like his hero GWB, whose policies he has happily embraced and continued, he wants to be perceived as the "my way or the highway, or else" kind of guy.
Funny, you elected/supported Bush and now complain WHILE saying Obama is the same ??? First of all, IRAQ, second of all, Bushwhacker tax cuts... we couldn't afford, and lastly filibusters by obstructionist right...

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Feb 26, 2013
 
Isn't it funny how some seem to "just know" how other people voted in an election over 8 years ago.

The story goes that this "plan" originated from within the white house.

Obama's plan is to force the sequestration,(rather then compromise) and try and spin it so it is the fault of congress.

Like his hero GWB, whose policies he has happily embraced and continued, he wants to be perceived as the "my way or the highway, or else" kind of guy.
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Feb 26, 2013
 
cantmakeitup wrote:
Isn't it funny how some seem to "just know" how other people voted in an election over 8 years ago.
The story goes that this "plan" originated from within the white house.
Obama's plan is to force the sequestration,(rather then compromise) and try and spin it so it is the fault of congress.
Like his hero GWB, whose policies he has happily embraced and continued, he wants to be perceived as the "my way or the highway, or else" kind of guy.
What business says that sequestration is good?
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Feb 26, 2013
 
sequestration is a GREAT thing, STOP SPENDING !!

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Bushwhacker wrote:
There is a real threat that these indiscriminate cuts will seriously damage the economic recovery. It comes as no surprise, then, that he is seeking to highlight the damaging nature of these cuts and place the blame on congressional Republicans. The implementation of the sequester, painful as it will be, is not meant to torture the taxpayers; it is meant to force the Republicans to act in good faith.
The Republicans have a remarkably incoherent position on the sequester: It is a terrible policy that must be replaced with a cuts-only solution, they say, but there is no actual GOP plan that fits this description. Republicans seem to be hoping that President Obama will negotiate with himself until they are satisfied.
But he has wisely called their bluff. After all, while spending cuts may poll well in the abstract, the implementation of these cuts will prove unpopular – and the public is prepared to blame the GOP. The Republicans deserve that blame: Regardless of the provenance of the sequestration scheme, only President Obama has been serious about defusing it. The Republican “all-cuts” position is not a compromise or even a fleshed-out policy proposal; it’s an intransigent statement of a rejected ideology. Until they accept the fact that they lost the last election, President Obama is right to apply pressure. If they feel cornered by the sequester’s cost, then, it’s a burden of their own making.

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<quoted text>What business says that sequestration is good?
Any business buried in governmental regulations and taxation, including my business.

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Feb 26, 2013
 
redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>What business says that sequestration is good?
You have chosen to not answer the questions regarding minimum wages, maximum wages, and governments setting pricing for companies.

I would expect nothing less from the fake black guy.
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<quoted text>Funny, you elected/supported Bush and now complain WHILE saying Obama is the same ??? First of all, IRAQ, second of all, Bushwhacker tax cuts... we couldn't afford, and lastly filibusters by obstructionist right...
slimy slew, your boy barry soetoro has the sequestration on his hands, it was his agreement to make these cuts, no going back now !

remember all things bad = barry soetoro !
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Smart Liberal wrote:
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answer the questions regarding minimum wages, maximum wages, and governments setting pricing for companies.
I would expect nothing less from the fake black guy.
You have chosen to not provide promised pictures...I would expect nothing less from a fake "man".
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Feb 26, 2013
 
Smart Liberal wrote:
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Any business buried in governmental regulations and taxation, including my business.
Now what business do you have humm,what you don't won't hurt right? and you don't know sht.

BTW how is billons and billons of dollars taken away from consumers good for business? just asking smart one!
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The Truth wrote:
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Also on your link:
This survey is not a scientific sampling, but offers a quick view of what readers are thinking
In other words, all 321 of those votes could have been by ONE person - your poll is garbage.
All 321 could have been cast by just you and your monikers, giving one voter per moniker used.

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