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December 10, 2013
So the House and Senate actually came up with a bipartisan budget. Props to our boy Paul Ryan and his Senate counterpart Patty Murray for working together on a plan (which they actually called The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013) to roll back most of the toughest sequestration cuts. But not everyone’s impressed.

So the House and Senate actually came up with a bipartisan budget. Props to our boy Paul Ryan and his Senate counterpart Patty Murray for working together on a plan (which they actually called The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013) to roll back most of the toughest sequestration cuts. But not everyone’s impressed.

20:43 // 4 months ago
October 8, 2013
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11:03 // 10 months ago
April 9, 2013
reuterspictures:

REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson/Handout 
Blue Angels
The U.S. Navy’s renowned flight demonstration squadron has cancelled its flying season due to federal spending cuts.

On the downside, no more fancy Blue Angels for you fans of fancy air shows. On the upside, a little peace and quiet come Fleet Week time for the rest of us.

reuterspictures:

REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson/Handout 

Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy’s renowned flight demonstration squadron has cancelled its flying season due to federal spending cuts.

On the downside, no more fancy Blue Angels for you fans of fancy air shows. On the upside, a little peace and quiet come Fleet Week time for the rest of us.

(via newshook)

20:19 // 1 year ago
April 1, 2013

Sequestration forces White House to tighten its belt, too

  • 480 White House staffers will be required to take unpaid days off as a result of the sequestration which took effect on March 1, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. White House officials have also apparently scaled back staff travel expenses, delayed filling open positions, and stopped using mobile Internet cards. source
15:39 // 1 year ago
March 2, 2013
pol102:

“America’s fiscal union: The red and the black” | The Economist
The sequester is here! And this map is probably a good indication of what it means for you. The “redder” your state, the most likely you’ll be negatively affected by the sequester. Why? Because “redder” states get more money from the federal government than they send back in taxes.
I currently live in Mississippi. We’re going to be hit especially hard. Because, as this map shows, Mississippi runs a 254% deficit (as of 2009) in federal transfers. The state gets an estimated $2.47 for every federal dollar sent. 
Basically, think of the “redder” states as on a form of federal-to-state welfare. And since the cuts are going to all kinds of programs and services, they’ll likely hit those state hard. That means states like Mississippi will have two options: 1) Kick in more state revenue to make up for cut programs. 2) Lose the benefits of those programs. Since the many of the “redder” states are poorer than the “bluer” states (e.g. the median household income in Mississippi is $36,656 compared to $69,272 in Maryland), option #2 would simply mean falling further behind in terms of poverty, education, and health. But option #1 means collecting more taxes to make up the differences. And since states collect taxes less efficiently than the federal government, often through less progressive taxes, and will have to negotiate prices for goods and services from a weaker position, the pocketbook impact of taxes would be high. 
So let’s get our sequester on! Let’s find out just how little federal government voters really want. 

Feels like everyone’s heads have been spinning, to the point of fatigue, on the matter of the budget sequestration that went into effect with President Obama’s signature Friday night. It’s a nice change of pace, instead of arguing political benefits and machinations, to start getting some practical information about what sequestration will mean for the states.

pol102:

“America’s fiscal union: The red and the black” | The Economist

The sequester is here! And this map is probably a good indication of what it means for you. The “redder” your state, the most likely you’ll be negatively affected by the sequester. Why? Because “redder” states get more money from the federal government than they send back in taxes.

I currently live in Mississippi. We’re going to be hit especially hard. Because, as this map shows, Mississippi runs a 254% deficit (as of 2009) in federal transfers. The state gets an estimated $2.47 for every federal dollar sent. 

Basically, think of the “redder” states as on a form of federal-to-state welfare. And since the cuts are going to all kinds of programs and services, they’ll likely hit those state hard. That means states like Mississippi will have two options: 1) Kick in more state revenue to make up for cut programs. 2) Lose the benefits of those programs. Since the many of the “redder” states are poorer than the “bluer” states (e.g. the median household income in Mississippi is $36,656 compared to $69,272 in Maryland), option #2 would simply mean falling further behind in terms of poverty, education, and health. But option #1 means collecting more taxes to make up the differences. And since states collect taxes less efficiently than the federal government, often through less progressive taxes, and will have to negotiate prices for goods and services from a weaker position, the pocketbook impact of taxes would be high. 

So let’s get our sequester on! Let’s find out just how little federal government voters really want. 

Feels like everyone’s heads have been spinning, to the point of fatigue, on the matter of the budget sequestration that went into effect with President Obama’s signature Friday night. It’s a nice change of pace, instead of arguing political benefits and machinations, to start getting some practical information about what sequestration will mean for the states.

21:41 // 1 year ago
March 1, 2013
breakingnews:

Obama calls automatic spending cuts ‘dumb’; blames GOP
NBC News: President Barack Obama said the “dumb” automatic across-the-board cuts going into effect today are the fault of Republican resistance to a reasonable deal to avert the sequestration’s budget reductions.

“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington,” Obama told reporters after meeting with congressional leaders. “Even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that I am presenting a fair deal —  the fact that [Republicans] don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” he said. 

Earlier, Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

In a brief statement to reporters after the meeting, Boehner reiterated that Republicans will continue to oppose Democratic proposals to raise new revenues to offset the cuts. 

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Doesn’t sound like anyone’s in a compromisin’ mood.

breakingnews:

Obama calls automatic spending cuts ‘dumb’; blames GOP

NBC NewsPresident Barack Obama said the “dumb” automatic across-the-board cuts going into effect today are the fault of Republican resistance to a reasonable deal to avert the sequestration’s budget reductions.

“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington,” Obama told reporters after meeting with congressional leaders. “Even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that I am presenting a fair deal —  the fact that [Republicans] don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right,” he said. 

Earlier, Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

In a brief statement to reporters after the meeting, Boehner reiterated that Republicans will continue to oppose Democratic proposals to raise new revenues to offset the cuts. 

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Doesn’t sound like anyone’s in a compromisin’ mood.

12:53 // 1 year ago
Instead of directing his cabinet secretaries to trim waste in their departments, he’s going to go after first responders. And teachers. And almost any other sympathetic constituency you can think of. And he’ll arbitrarily close parks and monuments too – all to force Americans to accept higher taxes. He’ll claim his hands are tied.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell • Throwing tough words at President Obama regarding the sequestration deadline, which passed at midnight without a deal in sight. House Speaker John Boehner, while calling the cuts “not smart,” instead pointed out that his own party was on the hook to find a solution … but it hadn’t.
7:33 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2013
14:18 // 1 year ago
Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.
Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward • Making a veiled comparison of Obama to Nixon on “Morning Joe” this morning — specifically in regards to Obama’s decision to announce an aircraft carrier could not go to the Persian Gulf due to the budget issues. This is a new approach for Woodward, we’ll give him that.
9:14 // 1 year ago