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2013-02-24 11:15:27 PM  
It will list states alphabetically?

The horror.
 
2013-02-24 11:38:00 PM  
Apparently Iowa will lose $0 million dollars in Air Force funding.

Just further proof that anyone with access to an airplane already got the fark out of the state.
 
2013-02-25 12:01:33 AM  

Richard Saunders: It will list states alphabetically?

The horror.


sigh
you made me LOL
 
2013-02-25 12:13:32 AM  
i56.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-25 12:15:21 AM  
I'm fascinated at how Republicans are screaming and hollering about how cutting government spending is now horrible.

Seriously ... how do you even exist with such cognitive dissonance?
 
2013-02-25 12:15:58 AM  
In before "Sequestration was totes Obama's idea".

The idea, for people not paying attention here, was to provide a bad alternative to cooperation over the budget in order to ensure cooperation and that the GOP started acting like grownups at long last. Both sides agreed to it and Republicans voted for it in larger numbers than Dems.

The idea, not to put too fine a point on it, was that only complete imbeciles would allow it to come to that.

Boehner and what remains of the not completely batshiat insane portion of the GOP almost got an 11th hours deal done before Cantor stepped in a farked it all up.

Apparently Cantor got the notion that he could force the sequestration that would ensure deep cuts to the social safety the teatards have a hardon for and yet somehow finangle his way out of the deep cuts to the military they've studiously avoided talking about.

Everyone with a room temperature IQ or above recognizes that the budgetary problem cannot be solved with either cuts or more revenue but require both and that to do too much too quickly in either direction would be a disaster particularly during a weak recovery as the economy veers away from the cliff the GOP were driving towards for 8 years.

So the GOP have done everything they could to ensure this disaster while convincing low-info voters (ie. farktarded farkstains like our regular trolls) that it was all Obama's idea and had nothing to do with the GOP.

And here we sit.

Hi-Ho.
 
2013-02-25 12:27:00 AM  
That read like a list of things well-off white people don't need.
 
2013-02-25 12:29:33 AM  
A detailed state by state look at how sequester is Obama's fault, even though some of us voted for it-Tea Party
 
2013-02-25 12:30:52 AM  
These have happened before and they will happen again.  Most of the time they are a good thing.  The last one I had to deal with resulted in 10% of the group's funding going away.  It was amazing how many things were decided to be less essential and all the needed work was done just with more efficiency.  After the budget was passed, the new extra money didn't go back into what was cut but went into other projects but the group was working better.

I'm just glad we don't get all the government we pay for.
 
2013-02-25 12:32:51 AM  
Tennessee:

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Awesome.
 
2013-02-25 12:36:42 AM  
quatchiIn before "Sequestration was totes Obama's idea".

The idea, for people not paying attention here, was to provide a bad alternative to cooperation over the budget in order to ensure cooperation and that the GOP started acting like grownups at long last. Both sides agreed to it and Republicans voted for it in larger numbers than Dems.


Well, hopefully if nothing else the democrats will realize what a stupid plan that is and not do it again.
 
2013-02-25 12:37:41 AM  
That's a real nice state you have there.

Be a shame if anything happened to it.
 
2013-02-25 12:47:49 AM  

kmmontandon: I'm fascinated at how Republicans are screaming and hollering about how cutting government spending is now horrible.

Seriously ... how do you even exist with such cognitive dissonance?


Well, they aren't.  The White House put out this report because the Republican right is perfectly willing to let the sequester go through.
 
2013-02-25 12:49:10 AM  
Well there goes my NSF grant. Sigh.
 
2013-02-25 12:58:19 AM  

Lsherm: kmmontandon: I'm fascinated at how Republicans are screaming and hollering about how cutting government spending is now horrible.

Seriously ... how do you even exist with such cognitive dissonance?

Well, they aren't.  The White House put out this report because the Republican right is perfectly willing to let the sequester go through.


That's funny.  Every republican I know has been biatching nonstop about the sequester going through and how everything is going to be farked.  They especially like to point out how it's all Obama's fault (because the president passes the budget, dontcha know).
 
2013-02-25 12:58:59 AM  
It drives me crazy to see these representatives disregarding their areas in exchange for re-election donations and "The Party". Right after the election, I actually wrote to our AZ senators (McCain and Flake) and reminded them that there are 15,000+ military related jobs in Arizona (between contractors, suppliers, Army, Border Patrol, and Reserve jobs). I reminded them they were elected to represent Arizona, not the GOP.    (I didn't vote for them but left this information out of my letter).

I was told in response that the sequester is more important than the citizens of the state they were elected to represent. MORE IMPORTANT, what a crock. But of course they're conservative and this is Arizona so all they have to do every 6 years is stump on religion and anti-darkies, and do whatever the GOP tells them to in exchange for the campaign help.
 
2013-02-25 01:06:08 AM  

Lsherm: kmmontandon: I'm fascinated at how Republicans are screaming and hollering about how cutting government spending is now horrible.

Seriously ... how do you even exist with such cognitive dissonance?

Well, they aren't.  The White House put out this report because the Republican right is perfectly willing to let the sequester go through...


... so they can scream and holler about how cutting government spending is now horrible
 
2013-02-25 01:20:11 AM  
Gawd I hate to jump into this crap again.  But all the dems gotta do is propose 2% budget cuts, with no taxes (remember, they raised taxes less than 2 months ago), and the repubs will jump on it.

They know there is no way the republicans will swallow another tax increase of any kind without seeing some real cuts first.  They also know the pubs are taking it on the chin in the media and in the public's eyes.  So, the sequester is going to happen, even though both sides know it's a horrible thing.
 
2013-02-25 01:22:09 AM  
I'm in a red state - we don't believe in no "sequester."

/excess of bootstraps
//excess of sarcasm
 
2013-02-25 01:27:33 AM  
I work for the government. I work for a certain high-profile agency that is in headline news probably at least several times a year. My most recent stint began in 2/2009.  There has not been an actual budget since before then. At this point we don't even have basic office supplies in my office, and we have been unable to make any long-term (read: efficient and strategic) plans in over four years.

This sh*t is crazy. We get two messages from up on high at this point:

1. Are you sure you need this money?

2. Why did you not do everything perfectly 10 minutes ago?
 
2013-02-25 01:29:37 AM  

coco ebert: Well there goes my NSF grant. Sigh.


Non Sufficient Fund Grant?

Meh, the cheque would have probably bounced.

/I keed.
//That sucks.
/// >.<
 
2013-02-25 01:30:52 AM  

Snotnose: dems...propose

Snotnose: repubs will jump on it


i575.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-25 01:33:38 AM  

Gig103: Right after the election, I actually wrote to our AZ senators (McCain and Flake) and reminded them that there are 15,000+ military related jobs in Arizona (between contractors, suppliers, Army, Border Patrol, and Reserve jobs). I reminded them they were elected to represent Arizona, not the GOP. (I didn't vote for them but left this information out of my letter).

I was told in response that the sequester is more important than the citizens of the state they were elected to represent. MORE IMPORTANT, what a crock. But of course they're conservative and this is Arizona so all they have to do every 6 years is stump on religion and anti-darkies, and do whatever the GOP tells them to in exchange for the campaign help.


It has been something like 18 years and I don't really remember what the issues were, but I sent a letter to the McCain offices, opposing what he was advocating. I received a form letter reply. It said something like: thank you for contacting my office. I really do appreciate your support and opinion on this topic. With your help we will be able to defeat this <I don't remember what, but I told his staff that I supported it> and those that support it. Thanks you for your letter, here is a "portrait of McCain" for you.
 
2013-02-25 01:44:46 AM  
So vote Republican, because Obama isn't one of us (wink, wink)
 
2013-02-25 01:50:08 AM  
It's a good start.
 
2013-02-25 01:57:47 AM  

Philbb: It has been something like 18 years and I don't really remember what the issues were, but I sent a letter to the McCain offices, opposing what he was advocating. I received a form letter reply. It said something like: thank you for contacting my office. I really do appreciate your support and opinion on this topic. With your help we will be able to defeat this <I don't remember what, but I told his staff that I supported it> and those that support it. Thanks you for your letter, here is a "portrait of McCain" for you.


I wrote my congressperson once back in college. I asked about an issue, and also included a statement along the lines of "I'm in college, but want to try and work for the public good once I'm out. What advice do you have?"

I got back a form letter with two or three pre-written paragraphs shoved into it, all related to 'newsworthy' congressional stuff at the time, none of it relating to my question about public service.
 
2013-02-25 02:13:30 AM  

Sid_6.7: Philbb: It has been something like 18 years and I don't really remember what the issues were, but I sent a letter to the McCain offices, opposing what he was advocating. I received a form letter reply. It said something like: thank you for contacting my office. I really do appreciate your support and opinion on this topic. With your help we will be able to defeat this <I don't remember what, but I told his staff that I supported it> and those that support it. Thanks you for your letter, here is a "portrait of McCain" for you.

I wrote my congressperson once back in college. I asked about an issue, and also included a statement along the lines of "I'm in college, but want to try and work for the public good once I'm out. What advice do you have?"

I got back a form letter with two or three pre-written paragraphs shoved into it, all related to 'newsworthy' congressional stuff at the time, none of it relating to my question about public service.


I sent Eric Cantor an email that said I hoped his mother farked him in the ass every day while he was in high school to make him the man he was today, and I still got a form letter back thanking me for my support.  Not only that, they keep sending me email asking me to support him.
 
2013-02-25 02:13:51 AM  
things that would work
mandate that the sequester be management only
starting at the top ... layoff managers, starting with the head/director/whatever and keep going lower until they reach the 2% mark.
This will have ZERO negative effect short term in ANY agency. Promotions from within could be used to fill any critical roles.

this would solve 100% of the problem.
budgets would be cut, saving would be made, people who could have saved money already but didnt would lose their jobs.
win-win for the everyone

sigh
 
2013-02-25 02:20:07 AM  

serial_crusher: Well, hopefully if nothing else the democrats will realize what a stupid plan that is and not do it again.


That would be nice.

At some point Charlie Brown has to stand up to Lucy and say Hell no.
 
2013-02-25 02:23:19 AM  

Snotnose: Gawd I hate to jump into this crap again.  But all the dems gotta do is propose 2% budget cuts, with no taxes (remember, they raised taxes less than 2 months ago), and the repubs will jump on it.

They know there is no way the republicans will swallow another tax increase of any kind without seeing some real cuts first.  They also know the pubs are taking it on the chin in the media and in the public's eyes.  So, the sequester is going to happen, even though both sides know it's a horrible thing.


Taxes weren't raised, the Bush Cut for the wealthy were allowed to expire.  If you want to discuss politics with the big kids, do not start out by regurgitating a talking point in your first sentence.  Maybe you should try Reddit.
 
2013-02-25 02:24:44 AM  

serial_crusher: Well, hopefully if nothing else the democrats will realize what a stupid plan that is and not do it again.


Why not?  It's working out pretty nicely for them.  They don't have to take the heat for spending cuts, they get to seriously cut defense, and all the heat is aimed at the repubs.
 
2013-02-25 02:30:30 AM  

Altair: If you want to discuss politics with the big kids, do not start out by regurgitating a talking point in your first sentence.


iseewhatyoudidthere.jpg
 
2013-02-25 02:32:19 AM  
I recommend a 50% tariff on anything imported to the United States.
 
2013-02-25 02:33:39 AM  

Altair: Snotnose: Gawd I hate to jump into this crap again.  But all the dems gotta do is propose 2% budget cuts, with no taxes (remember, they raised taxes less than 2 months ago), and the repubs will jump on it.

They know there is no way the republicans will swallow another tax increase of any kind without seeing some real cuts first.  They also know the pubs are taking it on the chin in the media and in the public's eyes.  So, the sequester is going to happen, even though both sides know it's a horrible thing.

Taxes weren't raised, the Bush Cut for the wealthy were allowed to expire.  If you want to discuss politics with the big kids, do not start out by regurgitating a talking point in your first sentence.  Maybe you should try Reddit.


No one mentions it, but the payroll tax holiday ended and the vast majority of Americans are noticing THAT.  They could give less of a shiat about the income tax going up on people making above $450,000 per the Bush tax cuts.

Also, since taxes are arbitrary regardless, when they go up, they are "raised."  There is no default level of taxation.
 
2013-02-25 03:00:17 AM  
Aviation security- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would reduce its frontlineworkforce, which would substantially increase passenger wait times at airport security checkpoints.TSA would need to initiate a hiring freeze for all transportation security officer positions in March,eliminate overtime, and furlough its 50,000 officers for up to seven days.

The TSA could get worse? That is unimaginable
 
2013-02-25 03:07:45 AM  

Lsherm: Sid_6.7: Philbb: It has been something like 18 years and I don't really remember what the issues were, but I sent a letter to the McCain offices, opposing what he was advocating. I received a form letter reply. It said something like: thank you for contacting my office. I really do appreciate your support and opinion on this topic. With your help we will be able to defeat this <I don't remember what, but I told his staff that I supported it> and those that support it. Thanks you for your letter, here is a "portrait of McCain" for you.

I wrote my congressperson once back in college. I asked about an issue, and also included a statement along the lines of "I'm in college, but want to try and work for the public good once I'm out. What advice do you have?"

I got back a form letter with two or three pre-written paragraphs shoved into it, all related to 'newsworthy' congressional stuff at the time, none of it relating to my question about public service.

I sent Eric Cantor an email that said I hoped his mother farked him in the ass every day while he was in high school to make him the man he was today, and I still got a form letter back thanking me for my support.  Not only that, they keep sending me email asking me to support him.


Exactly my point, My comment was sent by snail mail a couple of years before I had email. But the result was the same. "Please rethink your position on THIS because I think that you are on the wrong side of IT."

"Thank you for contacting me, I do appreciate your support. Together we can defeat THIS and go on to defeat IT, Below you will find several places where you can make financial donations to help me continue to represent you against these threats to our way of life."
 
2013-02-25 03:20:14 AM  

encyclopediaplushuman: I recommend a 50% tariff on anything imported to the United States.


why stop there? go for 100% !!!
of course, that means that our export will drop to about zero ....

and can I buy a new TV and home theater BEFORE the tariffs go into place please !!!
 
2013-02-25 04:18:43 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2013-02-25 05:42:16 AM  
State: Maine.

Except for the civilian defense contractor furloughs and the relatively small cuts to military readiness, the cuts are basically all cutting services to the poor or funding to states that offsets aide to the poor.

This is all somehow Bush's fault.
 
2013-02-25 05:43:30 AM  
They had over a year to fix this and they couldn't get it done. I think the government's broken. And, apparently, on vacation.
 
2013-02-25 05:43:46 AM  
Apparently I'll need a snow shovel to remove all the fallen sky from my lawn next week.
 
2013-02-25 05:51:36 AM  
So while one state has the loss of a Blue Angels fly over as one of their major impacts, another state will lose a $500 in military funding alone.

TL;DR: States that rely on government welfare best practice bendin' over 'n spreadin' dem cheeks a-wide.
 
2013-02-25 06:06:06 AM  

quatchi: In before "Sequestration was totes Obama's idea".

The idea, for people not paying attention here, was to provide a bad alternative to cooperation over the budget in order to ensure cooperation and that the GOP started acting like grownups at long last. Both sides agreed to it and Republicans voted for it in larger numbers than Dems.

The idea, not to put too fine a point on it, was that only complete imbeciles would allow it to come to that.

Boehner and what remains of the not completely batshiat insane portion of the GOP almost got an 11th hours deal done before Cantor stepped in a farked it all up.

Apparently Cantor got the notion that he could force the sequestration that would ensure deep cuts to the social safety the teatards have a hardon for and yet somehow finangle his way out of the deep cuts to the military they've studiously avoided talking about.

Everyone with a room temperature IQ or above recognizes that the budgetary problem cannot be solved with either cuts or more revenue but require both and that to do too much too quickly in either direction would be a disaster particularly during a weak recovery as the economy veers away from the cliff the GOP were driving towards for 8 years.

So the GOP have done everything they could to ensure this disaster while convincing low-info voters (ie. farktarded farkstains like our regular trolls) that it was all Obama's idea and had nothing to do with the GOP.

And here we sit.

Hi-Ho.


They thought they could win the WH and get 100% of what they wanted.
 
2013-02-25 06:06:44 AM  

digistil: So while one state has the loss of a Blue Angels fly over as one of their major impacts, another state will lose a $500 in military funding alone.

TL;DR: States that rely on government welfare best practice bendin' over 'n spreadin' dem cheeks a-wide.




Government welfare = taking money from some people and giving it to other people to show the kings generosity.

Since where the cash goes is decided by a corrupted system that puts favoritism ahead of its responsibilities, I'm not really having a problem with this. Maybe it will spur people to get off their asses and pay attention.

/...but it won't, because hardly anyone will notice unless it drags out for a few months.
/The true deadline to break the impasse is weeks away.
 
2013-02-25 06:08:54 AM  
And it was still Obama's idea and he still threatened to veto it if anyone tried to change it months ago.

But it's so nice that the propaganda machine has fallen in line with him blaming others for it.
 
2013-02-25 06:11:03 AM  
My reps were screaming "Cut the budget! Cut the budget!" Then budget cuts were announced and it was obvious that among subsidies for childcare for poor working parents, nutritional programs to seniors, clean air initiatives, and law enforcement grants, there would be cuts to programs my Reps actually cared about.  Well, the one program, the military.  Now it's "But the chainsaw approach is bad! Let's negotiate! Cuts are bad! Oh please dear god, don't wreck our economy by negatively impacting the military even though we've spent years screaming about getting the feds out!"

They fully expected that the cuts wouldn't come out of their backyard.  Idiots.

So, I've been motivated to run for local office.  I'm not sure at what point I'd have to give up my brain, but for the moment I'm capable of seeing inevitability.
 
2013-02-25 06:15:43 AM  

quatchi: serial_crusher: Well, hopefully if nothing else the democrats will realize what a stupid plan that is and not do it again.

That would be nice.

At some point Charlie Brown has to stand up to Lucy and say Hell no.


This /\

In fact, the only time family guy ever made me smile was when peter made lucy hold the damn ball for charlie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh_l8EoI6Lk
 
2013-02-25 06:22:46 AM  
To those wondering why Congress hadn't done anything in over a year since the sequester passed, you forget that the GOP believed through and through that they'd have the Senate and White House right now. They were not prepared in the least to be in the position to have to maybe give concessions.
 
2013-02-25 06:26:08 AM  
Meh, I looked at Michigan's losses - and apart from the education funding I don't really care.  They say 300 teacher jobs are at risk.  There are about 600 schools in michigan - so only 1/2 of the schools would lose 1 teacher.   Doesn't sound too bad when put in perspective - except for the fact that we really need to add teachers and bring the class sizes down.

Education shouldn't be a federal thing in my opinion anyway.  They should give back local control to the schools.
 
2013-02-25 06:37:43 AM  

kukukupo: Meh, I looked at Michigan's losses - and apart from the education funding I don't really care.  They say 300 teacher jobs are at risk.  There are about 600 schools in michigan - so only 1/2 of the schools would lose 1 teacher.   Doesn't sound too bad when put in perspective - except for the fact that we really need to add teachers and bring the class sizes down.

Education shouldn't be a federal thing in my opinion anyway.  They should give back local control to the schools.


So states can have even MORE leeway to spout creationism, revisionist history and other bullshiat? Yeah, no. States need LESS control over the education, not more.
 
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