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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:15 PM

Boehner: We’re fine with defense cuts

Source: Washington Post

The sequester put in place last year was supposed to be so unpalatable that both parties would have to come to an agreement. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tells the Wall Street Journal that, now that tax increases are dealt with, the defense cuts in the deal don’t scare him.

He has significant Republican support, he said, for letting the defense cuts (along with drastic domestic spending cuts) take effect. “I got that in my back pocket,” he said. The sequester is “as much leverage as we’re going to get” to force Democrats to cut entitlement spending.

President Obama, he argued, was more worried about the sequester’s effect. “It wasn’t until literally last week that the White House brought up replacing the sequester,” Boehner said. “They said, ‘We can’t have the sequester.’ They were always counting on us to bring this to the table.”

Boehner also previewed his plan for the fight over the debt ceiling. Both he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) say they will refuse to even discuss raising taxes again, and the speaker won’t give up a demand that every increase in the debt limit be equally matched by spending cuts.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/01/07/boehner-were-fine-with-defense-cuts/

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Reply Boehner: We’re fine with defense cuts (Original post)
Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
Kber Jan 2013 #1
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #2
Myrina Jan 2013 #3
maddogesq Jan 2013 #6
think Jan 2013 #16
maddogesq Jan 2013 #20
Andy823 Jan 2013 #15
Tagish_Charlie Jan 2013 #17
Third Doctor Jan 2013 #4
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #12
Zorro Jan 2013 #5
DCBob Jan 2013 #7
Fearless Jan 2013 #8
UpInArms Jan 2013 #9
Historic NY Jan 2013 #10
Schema Thing Jan 2013 #11
They_Live Jan 2013 #13
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #14
bemildred Jan 2013 #18
alcibiades_mystery Jan 2013 #19

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:20 PM

1. OK - then I guess we're all cool then?

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:27 PM

2. Domestic spending cuts = Medicare and Social Security

Which have nothing to do with the deficit or debt.



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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:31 PM

3. Cool, let's cut military spending by 90%

We still have a big enough arsenal on hand to blow up the planet, several times over.
I suspect we won't need anything "new" for about 20 years, unless technology radically changes.

Take a portion of the spending earmarked for defense and turn it toward R&D for infrastructure, clean energy, building schools & nature preserves, and training teachers/scientists/future geeks. The rest can go toward the debt and funding existing domestic programs like Food Stamps, Medicare/Medicaid and SS.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:39 PM

6. IKE SPEAKS, EVEN FROM THE GRAVE.

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Response to maddogesq (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:16 PM

16. Fatastic clip! TY for posting /nt

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Response to think (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:30 PM

20. You are most welcome. Funny thing is...

IKE wouldn't be allowed--even in the peanut gallery--at a GOP convention, much less receive a nomination. The good news is the the Pubs are a divided lot now, and will have to swing back towards the center as a matter of survival. Then again, that may be a tall order given the existing factions that include the Neocons, the Teabaggers, and other thugs of all shapes and sizes.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:56 PM

15. I totally agree

And we could also take away subsidies and tax breaks for big oil, corporate farms, benefits for congress they really don't need, and any other corporate welfare out there. I am sure we can find a lot of things to cut besides programs that actually help those who need them.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

17. It's not like

 

we need aircraft carriers, thermonuclear weapons and cruise missiles to defend against a bunch of radical malcontents living in caves in Tora Bora

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:35 PM

4. He is lying through his teeth.

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Response to Third Doctor (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:17 PM

12. of course he's lying he's a republicon

 

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:35 PM

5. He's bluffing

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:40 PM

7. The MIC will not be happy with that comment.

I suspect his phone might be ringing now.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:43 PM

8. Ok then. You go with that.

Pretty brave now that you've got your job back for a bit.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:44 PM

9. that's terrific!

Who would have thought that I'd ever agree with Boner?

Am ready to slash that military budget - and want to remind him that Social Security does not add to the deficit - it has been hijacked to pay for the military spending.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:00 PM

10. Social Security is not an entitlement, you paid for it....

every week in payroll tax deductions.

What are entitlements, are all the little perks and benefits elected officials enjoy at the taxpayers expense.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:14 PM

11. actually that's what makes it an entitlement



Contrary to popular stupidism, the word "entitlement" refers to "something you are entitled to; owed, even", not "something you FEEL entitled to but are not".

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Response to Schema Thing (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:18 PM

13. Thank You.

That's what I say to myself every time I hear that word.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:33 PM

14. Waiting for Cheeto to walk that back in 5..4..3..2..1 n/t

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:12 AM

18. Nothing really mattered except taxes on the rich, and he lost that one so ... nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:06 AM

19. Bluff City

The sequester doesn't touch Medicare or Social Security. Boehner's conference can't sit for $550 billion in defense cuts. Boehner has no leverage. Obama made sure that the sequester didn't touch those programs. Boehner's whistling past the graveyard. There will be new revenue. They can whine and scream all they like, but it's coming.

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