The Human Costs of Sequester

The Human Costs of Sequester

There are 37 comments on the www.thenation.com story from Feb 26, 2013, titled The Human Costs of Sequester. In it, www.thenation.com reports that:

The media is going sequester 24-7. Anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the across-the-board spending cuts about to hit this Friday is about to have little choice. The brouhaha about the austerity bomb is drowning out any attention to what is actually going on in the economy—which is supposedly the point of the whole debate.

The stark reality is the economy is still in trouble and Americans are still hurting. The economy contracted last quarter, even before Americans got hit with the end of the payroll tax holiday, which will take $1,000 out of the typical family’s annual paycheck.

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Cquester

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#21 Feb 26, 2013
radiofreeamerica wrote:
I wonder if The Nation plans on doing a story about the human cost of a 16-20 trillion national debt?OK.Dont hold your breath.
excuse mi, i hav to piss! cant holding anylonger!! ;-000h, bibye;-0

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#22 Feb 26, 2013
Churmudgeon wrote:
The payroll tax holiday wasnt a reduction of income taxes. I was a reduction in the amount of social security witheld from the paycheck. It reduced the rate from about 7% to 4%. As a result it caused a social security shortfall. the social security fund ran in the red in 2011. in 2011 the social security paid out more than it took in. Why Reduce social security revenues just as the very first wave,s of great numbers of baby boomers are just starting to retire? That,s a very stupid thing for the goverment to do. I believe its a good thingthe payroll tax holiday did expire.
Getting close to retirement I take it. So, as you say it was a reduction from 7% to 4% and it expired. Why did it go up 2% and not 3%? I realize that in progressive math 7 minus 4 equals 2, but where did the money go? Stimulus you say? You mean like Solyndra? I thought SS was a separate fund dedicated to SS. Wait, they took it to pay for 'other' programs, like "green" energy? How could Obama do that to old people? This happened under Obama's watch. I got it, it was those damn republicans. But they didn't control the Senate, or the White House. How could they do it? They canít be Bush tax cuts because Obama had absolute control over the House, the Senate and White House. Why would he have done that? And he absolutely promised NO TAXES FOR ANYONE MAKING LESS THAN $250K. And here we are, every single working person in the country got a 2% tax increase. But, it was for your own good. Go figure.
Ninthman

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#23 Feb 26, 2013
Obama stuck it up his own butt with this latest fiasco.
Benghazi.
Ninthman

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#24 Feb 26, 2013
I bet the cost of Moochelle's whitey wigs could bail out the Post Office.
She looks like she stole some from Al Sharpton.
CQuestion

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#25 Feb 26, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
What happened to Debt ceiling? Fiscal cliff ?....Is Sequester a new term, to explain why the mutant republicans can't govern, as lond as President Blackula is in office?
NO!! onlee yesterDAY!! ;-00h, U C-fool!! ;-00
CQuestion

Nha Trang, Vietnam

#26 Feb 26, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
I bet the cost of Moochelle's whitey wigs could bail out the Post Office.
She looks like she stole some from Al Sharpton.
9boy! U let hate gogo!! ;-000h, congrat2U:)
Ninthman

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#29 Feb 27, 2013
Another Barack Benghazi idea gone bad.
No surprise here.
I bet his college records shows that he almost failed. He's stupid as a stump.
news flash

Coffeyville, KS

#30 Feb 27, 2013
It is 2% people. They already agreed to raise the ceiling. It is like saying we will only RAISE spending 98% instead of 100%. It amounts to one less vacation for Michelle. Boo freakin hoo!

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#31 Feb 27, 2013
news flash wrote:
It is 2% people. They already agreed to raise the ceiling. It is like saying we will only RAISE spending 98% instead of 100%. It amounts to one less vacation for Michelle. Boo freakin hoo!
This is about Social Security, poor thing.
Nothing to do with spending, or Mrs Obama.

It will be your own retirement.
Pull that head of yours out of the toilet and pay attention.

Sue your school district for what they did to you.
Churmudgeon

Mountain Home, AR

#33 Feb 27, 2013
RustyS wrote:
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Getting close to retirement I take it. So, as you say it was a reduction from 7% to 4% and it expired. Why did it go up 2% and not 3%? I realize that in progressive math 7 minus 4 equals 2, but where did the money go? Stimulus you say? You mean like Solyndra? I thought SS was a separate fund dedicated to SS. Wait, they took it to pay for 'other' programs, like "green" energy? How could Obama do that to old people? This happened under Obama's watch. I got it, it was those damn republicans. But they didn't control the Senate, or the White House. How could they do it? They canít be Bush tax cuts because Obama had absolute control over the House, the Senate and White House. Why would he have done that? And he absolutely promised NO TAXES FOR ANYONE MAKING LESS THAN $250K. And here we are, every single working person in the country got a 2% tax increase. But, it was for your own good. Go figure.
All I know is that I was paying 15.3% selfemployment tax. How much was going to medicade and what % went to social security I dont know. all I know was the self employment tax was reduced about 6 %.
reasoning with fools

Coffeyville, KS

#34 Feb 27, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
This is about Social Security, poor thing.
Nothing to do with spending, or Mrs Obama.
It will be your own retirement.
Pull that head of yours out of the toilet and pay attention.
Sue your school district for what they did to you.
BS! This is about 2% from an already agreed upon raise in spending. That's it!!! Just because you fall for all the scarey bs Obama is trying to spread doesn't change the fact that it is about cutting 2% from the increase in spending. If our economy can't handle a 2% cut in spending after they agreed to increase it anyway then we are in some serious trouble. It isn't going to stop anything. No teachers fired, no layoffs, no nightmares at the DMV or airports that aren't already a part of those places. It just means they will increase the spending 2% less than they were going to. Everything else they are trying to scare you with is a lie! ALL of the government could use 2% cut, especially in what we are paying for the first family to vacation non stop. You have to wonder, is it Michelle that likes being away from Barack or the other way around, or perhaps it's mutual.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#35 Feb 27, 2013
reasoning with fools wrote:
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BS! This is about 2% from an already agreed upon raise in spending. That's it!!! Just because you fall for all the scarey bs Obama is trying to spread doesn't change the fact that it is about cutting 2% from the increase in spending. If our economy can't handle a 2% cut in spending after they agreed to increase it anyway then we are in some serious trouble. It isn't going to stop anything. No teachers fired, no layoffs, no nightmares at the DMV or airports that aren't already a part of those places. It just means they will increase the spending 2% less than they were going to. Everything else they are trying to scare you with is a lie! ALL of the government could use 2% cut, especially in what we are paying for the first family to vacation non stop. You have to wonder, is it Michelle that likes being away from Barack or the other way around, or perhaps it's mutual.
Did Rush tell you that? It is a lie.

Don't trust FOXLIES. They filled your poor head with sawdust.
gossamer

Roseville, MI

#36 Feb 27, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
This is about Social Security, poor thing.
Nothing to do with spending, or Mrs Obama.
It will be your own retirement.
Pull that head of yours out of the toilet and pay attention.
Sue your school district for what they did to you.
Did CNN tell you that? They will say anything to make Obama look good while making the Republicans look bad.
US No 1

Colonial Heights, VA

#37 Feb 27, 2013
If the people had some personal losses at stake, like their paycheck, I bet both sides would come to some kind of agreement. But, they don't so it's all about posturing and power. Hey America, BOHICA.
US No 1

Colonial Heights, VA

#38 Feb 27, 2013
Ninthman wrote:
Obama stuck it up his own butt with this latest fiasco.
Benghazi.
He still got elected. I guess four dead Americans is no big deal, but Romney closing a dying plant down is.
gossamer

Roseville, MI

#39 Feb 27, 2013
US No 1 wrote:
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He still got elected. I guess four dead Americans is no big deal, but Romney closing a dying plant down is.
47 per centers don't pay much attention to the news. All they hear is whats in it for me.
reasoning with fools

Coffeyville, KS

#40 Feb 28, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
This is about Social Security, poor thing.
Nothing to do with spending, or Mrs Obama.
It will be your own retirement.
Pull that head of yours out of the toilet and pay attention.
Sue your school district for what they did to you.
Notice how Obama has knocked down his bs about who all will be effected by this "armagedon" he was preaching just a day ago? yeah, even Obama knows he has over played his lying hand on this one.

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