The sequester: The hammer Republicans hold

Liberals constantly lecture, more in theatrical sorrow than in actual anger, about their eagerness to compromise with Republicans, just not with Republicans who are - liberal moderation expresses itself immoderately - hostage-taking terroristic anarchistic jihadist suicide bombers. Full Story
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fingiswold

Newark, OH

#1 Oct 14, 2013
More pompous, right-wing crapola from George "Head up my ass" Will.

Republicans are, indeed, "hostage-taking terrorist anarchist jihadist suicide bombers," in the political sense at least.

F--- off, George. Talk baseball, at least you know something about that.

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Albuquerque, NM

#2 Oct 14, 2013
poow fingi is upset
opps I did it again

Edinburg, TX

#4 Oct 14, 2013
More libtard crapola. Libards don't have a brain to think with. They think that anti-American is doing a great job. Have to admit, he is doing a great job, a great job of ruining this great country. We need a change and we need that change now! We are already almost there, being a third world country. The dictator has spent almost all of our monies on his middle eastern family and friends. Heck, he has already brought thousands upon thousands over here to live off our land of the free. He and his mate have spent millions upon millions on their private expensive vacations, clothes, and parties for their people in OUR WH. Our WH of which OUR American people are not allowed in now. He spends allot of time on the golf course. More of OUR money spent. Our American's are being pushed out of their homes and jobs. Our economy has never been this bad from any of our past president's. Only brainwashed dimwits and illegals think this guy is the first coming of Christ. Sorry folks, this is about the end of our country, as we have known it, by a muslim who is not the least bit interested in us or our country. I will always be proud of my country. But I am not proud of the job this administration is doing.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#5 Oct 14, 2013
awwwwww wrote:
poow fingi is upset
fingi is the guy walking behind the parade elephants with a broom, shovel and cart. Everyone thinks he's unhappy picking up sh it but, in fact, he takes it home as dinner.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#6 Oct 14, 2013
When they put their own benefits on the table, then I will take them seriously.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#7 Oct 14, 2013
opps I did it again wrote:
More libtard crapola. Libards don't have a brain to think with. They think that anti-American is doing a great job. Have to admit, he is doing a great job, a great job of ruining this great country. We need a change and we need that change now! We are already almost there, being a third world country. The dictator has spent almost all of our monies on his middle eastern family and friends. Heck, he has already brought thousands upon thousands over here to live off our land of the free. He and his mate have spent millions upon millions on their private expensive vacations, clothes, and parties for their people in OUR WH. Our WH of which OUR American people are not allowed in now. He spends allot of time on the golf course. More of OUR money spent. Our American's are being pushed out of their homes and jobs. Our economy has never been this bad from any of our past president's. Only brainwashed dimwits and illegals think this guy is the first coming of Christ. Sorry folks, this is about the end of our country, as we have known it, by a muslim who is not the least bit interested in us or our country. I will always be proud of my country. But I am not proud of the job this administration is doing.
Nice rant bro. Remember me when you are standing in the soup line.

Since: Jun 08

Bangkok, Thailand

#10 Oct 15, 2013
I liked George Will's characterization of one Senator: "Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins, the very model of moderation." In fact there's nothing moderate about her except in her self-serving press releases. When it came to Obamacare, other GOP Senators were against it but not Susan Collins. No, she voted to continue the filibuster not because it was a bad bill but because she wanted to make it better. How? She never said and in the final vote she voted "no" along with the conservatives.

Then there was Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal. She was against the policy, she said, and was inclined to vote for repeal. However, in September 2010, she voted to maintain the GOP filibuster because she wanted "more discussion."

Then there was a failed Senate effort to exampt companies from coverage for birth control pills. The moderate Susan voted the same as the conservatives.

Basically Susan Collins is a right wing liar who pretends to be moderate. George Will is lyibg when he pretends otherwise.
spud

Reading, PA

#11 Oct 15, 2013
George Will talks about wielding the sequester hammer as if it's a big deal. The sequester cuts may me draconian to irresponsible spend freaks but, in reality, they are minor at best. A balanced budget would be a hammer.
Mayela

Atlanta, GA

#12 Oct 15, 2013
On Monday, The New York Times reported that eleven counties in Colorado are promoting efforts to secede from their state government. Of course, men like Governor Rick Perry of Texas have gone further and threatened secession from the federal government. It is not much noticed that parts of the country act as if they had already seceded from the union. They do not recognize laws and Supreme Court decisions, or constitutional guarantees of free speech. For instance seventeen states have violated the First Amendment by preventing or hindering the work of “navigators”—organizations and businesses funded by the federal government to educate people on ways to follow the rules of the Affordable Care Act.

The people behind these efforts are imitating what the Confederate States did even before they formally seceded in 1861. Already they ran a parallel government, in which the laws of the national government were blatantly disregarded. They denied the right of abolitionists to voice their arguments, killing or riding out of town over three hundred of them in the years before the Civil War. They confiscated or destroyed abolitionist tracts sent to Southern states by United States mail. In the United States Congress, they instituted “gag rules” that automatically tabled (excluded from discussion) anti-slavery petitions, in flagrant abuse of the First Amendment’s right of petition.

The Southern states were able to live in such open disregard for national law because of two things. First, the states were disproportionately represented in Congress because they got three extra votes for seats in the House of Representatives for every five slaves owned in the state—giving them 98 seats instead of 73 in 1833, and similar margins up to the war. Second, the national Democratic-Republican Party needed the Southern part of its coalition so badly that it colluded with the Southern states’ violations of the Constitution. In 1835, for instance, President Andrew Jackson did not enforce the sacredness of the US mail, allowing states to refuse delivery of anti-slave mailings unless a recipient revealed his identity, requested delivery, and had his name published for vilification.

Just as the Old South compelled the national party to shelter its extremism, today’s Tea Party leaders make Republicans toe their line. Most Republicans do not think laws invalid because the president is a foreign-born Muslim with a socialist agenda. But they do not renounce, or even criticize, their partners who think that. The rare Republican who dares criticize a Rush Limbaugh is quickly made to repent and apologize. John Boehner holds the nation hostage because the Tea Party holds him hostage. The problem with modern Republicans is not fanaticism in the few but cowardice in the many, who let their fellows live in virtual secession from laws they disagree with.

Republican leaders in Congress are too cowardly to say that the voting restrictions being enacted by Republican-controlled state legislatures are racially motivated. They accept the blatant lie that they are aimed only at non-existent “fraud.” They will not crack the open code by which their partners claim to object to Obama because he is a “foreign-born Muslim” when they really mean “a black man.” They will not admit that the many procedural laws adopted to prevent abortion are in violation of the law as defined by the Supreme Court. They go along with the pretence that all the new rules are “for women’s health.” De facto acts of secession are given a pseudo-legal cover.
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/oct...
Mayela

Atlanta, GA

#13 Oct 15, 2013
Thus we get people who say they do not want the government in control of women’s health under Obamacare—just after they order doctors to give women vaginal probes the doctors do not consider medically necessary. Or that they do not want the government telling Americans what they should do about their health—just before they prohibit “navigators” from even discussing choices about their health. The same people who oppose background checks for gun purchases now want background checks for anyone the government authorizes to explain the law to people. This is a gag rule to rank with antebellum bans on the discussion of slavery.

So we have one condition that resembles the pre-Civil War virtual secessionism—the holding of a whole party hostage to its most extreme members. We also have the other antebellum condition—the disproportionate representation of the extreme faction. In state after state in the 2012 election, there was a large vote for President Obama, but a majority of House seats went to Republicans. In Pennsylvania, for instance, Obama won 52 percent of the votes cast, but Republicans got over twice as many seats (13 to 5), thanks to carefully planned gerrymandering of districts by Republican state legislatures. This advantage will be set in stone if all the voter restriction laws now being advanced block voters who might upset the disproportion.

The presiding spirit of this neo-secessionism is a resistance to majority rule. We see this in the Senate, where a Democratic majority is resisted at every turn by automatic recourses to the filibuster. We see it in the attempt to repeal the seventeenth amendment, which allows a majority of voters to choose a state’s senators. The repealers want that choice to go back to the state legislatures, where they rule thanks to anti-majority gerrymandering.

The Old South went from virtual to actual secession only when the addition of non-slave Western states threatened their disproportionate hold on the Congress and the Court (which had been Southern in makeup when ruling on Dred Scott). It is difficult to conjecture what will happen if the modern virtual seceders do not get their way. Their anti-government rhetoric is reaching new intensity. Some would clearly rather ruin than be ruled by a “foreign-born Muslim.” What will the Republicans who are not fanatics, only cowards, do in that case?
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/oct...

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Cordwainer Trout

Campbellsville, KY

#14 Oct 15, 2013
Slavery was good for the Blacks in America. It taught them civilized behavior, that promised a future, whereas if they had stayed in Africa, their own kings and opposing tribes would have killed them and paved throne rooms with their skulls. Many, many more White Europeans were put into slavery during the same time periods of Blacks coming to North America. The Arab Muslims ran the slave trades and made more Blacks slaves and taught them to take slaves for over a thousand years.

The Blacks in America got their boost up and survived to have children and grandchildren. Most of them never ever suffered the propagandistic nonsense coming from the America haters on the Left. However, it appears many of the Blacks have squandered that boost up. Now, the age group of Black males amounting to about 3% of the US population is committing a 50 to 1 ratio of violent rapes and murders. Thousands of rapes by Black males, even against White women in their seventies and eighties has been taking place, but the Left hides it.

It's time Blacks looked at their own behavior and started managing the horrendously stupid, violent Black males Obama has angered with his stupid Leftist anti-American, lying bullshit.
Cordwainer Trout

Campbellsville, KY

#15 Oct 15, 2013
"Mayela" is one of the propagandists pandering an uneven, slanted view of history.

Abraham Lincoln only granted slaves in the South freedom with the Proclamation. His overall view of the Black issue in America was to ship them all back to Africa, or an island somewhere.

Blacks in the South were housed, clothed, fed and given labor and lives, when if they had stayed in Africa, they'd have been dead. Supposedly, the Leftist anti-American bigots pandering nonsense understand what "dead" means.

“It's Time to Defeat Terrorism ”

Since: May 11

NYC

#16 Oct 15, 2013
Obviously, House will not agree to cancel the sequester because Obama needs more money to buy more votes of illegal invader sick people from all over the world in return for their vote. Senate is using the GOP RINOs to fight their own party in the GOP but they will fail when the House will not surrender ‘in the last minute’ to the Obama demands. Obviously, when Reid is talking about progress it means that the GOP RINOs are bending over backwards to appease Obama who will never cave in for anything the GOP led House demand. The GOP RINOs led by Collins, McCain, Graham, McConnell are looking for opening the government and allowing Obama spent trillions of dollars based his liberal welfare and vote buying agenda using the deceitful Obamacare as a tool. There is no concession from Obama about the failed Obama care scam that only few thousand have joined so far all over the country except more thousands in NYC where half are unemployed and expect all for free food, phone and Obama care paid by the hard working conservatives. Nevertheless, the GOP led House by Speaker Boehner demand the removal of special subsidized gifts to Obama’s friends, removal of the tax on medical aids. The House will not go with concession about the Obama care that most Americans demand it’s cancelling as means of oppression of the Obama regime using the IRS henchmen who go after conservatives. Boehner already expressed his wish to increase the debt limit and allow Obama to borrow hundreds billions from other countries and avoid default that could be destructive to America’s credit. However, Boehner and GOP Reps will not approve the removal of the government shutdown without getting concessions about delaying Obamacare, removing the waivers to Obama’s friends of the Federal Unions and big corporations and applying the check on the income of the those Americans who demand subsidized free healthcare from Obama in return for voting for the liberal Democrats.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#17 Oct 15, 2013
Is Denver in one of those counties? I have a Daughter in Denver and I just may move there if that happens. I support all succession movements! We have to do something!
My president was elected by dead people!
Regards, Terri
Mayela wrote:
On Monday, The New York Times reported that eleven counties in Colorado are promoting efforts to secede from their state government. Of course, men like Governor Rick Perry of Texas have gone further and threatened secession from the federal government. It is not much noticed that parts of the country act as if they had already seceded from the union. They do not recognize laws and Supreme Court decisions, or constitutional guarantees of free speech. For instance seventeen states have violated the First Amendment by preventing or hindering the work of “navigators”—organizations and businesses funded by the federal government to educate people on ways to follow the rules of the Affordable Care Act.
The people behind these efforts are imitating what the Confederate States did even before they formally seceded in 1861. Already they ran a parallel government, in which the laws of the national government were blatantly disregarded. They denied the right of abolitionists to voice their arguments, killing or riding out of town over three hundred of them in the years before the Civil War. They confiscated or destroyed abolitionist tracts sent to Southern states by United States mail. In the United States Congress, they instituted “gag rules” that automatically tabled (excluded from discussion) anti-slavery petitions, in flagrant abuse of the First Amendment’s right of petition.
The Southern states were able to live in such open disregard for national law because of two things. First, the states were disproportionately represented in Congress because they got three extra votes for seats in the House of Representatives for every five slaves owned in the state—giving them 98 seats instead of 73 in 1833, and similar margins up to the war. Second, the national Democratic-Republican Party needed the Southern part of its coalition so badly that it colluded with the Southern states’ violations of the Constitution. In 1835, for instance, President Andrew Jackson did not enforce the sacredness of the US mail, allowing states to refuse delivery of anti-slave mailings unless a recipient revealed his identity, requested delivery, and had his name published for vilification.
Just as the Old South compelled the national party to shelter its extremism, today’s Tea Party leaders make Republicans toe their line. Most Republicans do not think laws invalid because the president is a foreign-born Muslim with a socialist agenda. But they do not renounce, or even criticize, their partners who think that. The rare Republican who dares criticize a Rush Limbaugh is quickly made to repent and apologize. John Boehner holds the nation hostage because the Tea Party holds him hostage. The problem with modern Republicans is not fanaticism in the few but cowardice in the many, who let their fellows live in virtual secession from laws they disagree with.
Republican leaders in Congress are too cowardly to say that the voting restrictions being enacted by Republican-controlled state legislatures are racially motivated. They accept the blatant lie that they are aimed only at non-existent “fraud.” They will not crack the open code by which their partners claim to object to Obama because he is a “foreign-born Muslim” when they really mean “a black man.” They will not admit that the many procedural laws adopted to prevent abortion are in violation of the law as defined by the Supreme Court. They go along with the pretence that all the new rules are “for women’s health.” De facto acts of secession are given a pseudo-legal cover.
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/oct...

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#18 Oct 15, 2013
Cordwainer Trout wrote:
Slavery was good for the Blacks in America. It taught them civilized behavior, that promised a future, whereas if they had stayed in Africa, their own kings and opposing tribes would have killed them and paved throne rooms with their skulls. Many, many more White Europeans were put into slavery during the same time periods of Blacks coming to North America. The Arab Muslims ran the slave trades and made more Blacks slaves and taught them to take slaves for over a thousand years.
The Blacks in America got their boost up and survived to have children and grandchildren. Most of them never ever suffered the propagandistic nonsense coming from the America haters on the Left. However, it appears many of the Blacks have squandered that boost up. Now, the age group of Black males amounting to about 3% of the US population is committing a 50 to 1 ratio of violent rapes and murders. Thousands of rapes by Black males, even against White women in their seventies and eighties has been taking place, but the Left hides it.
It's time Blacks looked at their own behavior and started managing the horrendously stupid, violent Black males Obama has angered with his stupid Leftist anti-American, lying bullshit.
Racist pig.
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#19 Oct 15, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
<quoted text>
Racist pig.
Yes, and a very ignorant one at that if you happen to look up her other posts. But the looney bin of topix does add a lot of laughter to my day.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#20 Oct 15, 2013
Lamer wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, and a very ignorant one at that if you happen to look up her other posts. But the looney bin of topix does add a lot of laughter to my day.
No doubt about it. LOL
How

Santa Fe, NM

#23 Oct 15, 2013
spud wrote:
George Will talks about wielding the sequester hammer as if it's a big deal. The sequester cuts may me draconian to irresponsible spend freaks but, in reality, they are minor at best. A balanced budget would be a hammer.
insane. The sequester has cost between 750K and 1.6 million jobs and stalled the economic recovery.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#24 Oct 15, 2013
spud wrote:
George Will talks about wielding the sequester hammer as if it's a big deal. The sequester cuts may me draconian to irresponsible spend freaks but, in reality, they are minor at best. A balanced budget would be a hammer.
A balanced budget?

The last time we anything even resembling
a balanced budget was at the end of Clinton's
presidency.

Bush took care of that in short order and turned it into an
$8 trillion deficit..

Conservatives like to talk about balanced budgets,
but since the end of WWII they have been the
biggest budget busters we've had in Washington.
wow

Pasadena, CA

#25 Oct 15, 2013
TerryE wrote:
Is Denver in one of those counties? I have a Daughter in Denver and I just may move there if that happens. I support all succession movements! We have to do something!
My president was elected by dead people!
Regards, Terri
<quoted text>
nutty and ignorant.

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