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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:07 PM

Obama called top Republicans to discuss looming cuts: White House

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke to Republican congressional leaders on Thursday in the first sign of movement toward heading off across-the-board government spending cuts that could go into effect in a week.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president had placed calls to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were "good," Carney said, but he declined to provide details.

An estimated $85 billion in across-the-board "sequestration" cuts are due to go into effect March 1 unless Congress acts. Obama and others have warned that the cuts could hurt economic growth and lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses.

Aides for the congressional Republican leaders confirmed the calls but declined to discuss the content. A McConnell spokesman said it was the first outreach from Obama since the New Year's Eve fiscal cliff deal.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-usa-fiscal-obama-idUSBRE91J0XW20130221

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Reply Obama called top Republicans to discuss looming cuts: White House (Original post)
steve2470 Feb 2013 OP
Ganja Ninja Feb 2013 #1
rtracey Feb 2013 #2
Bandit Feb 2013 #5
Liberalynn Feb 2013 #6
MotherPetrie Feb 2013 #7
Skittles Feb 2013 #10
AAO Feb 2013 #8
Doctor_J Feb 2013 #16
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #3
Doctor_J Feb 2013 #17
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #18
Scalded Nun Feb 2013 #4
AAO Feb 2013 #9
goclark Feb 2013 #11
John2 Feb 2013 #12
pampango Feb 2013 #13
DCBob Feb 2013 #14
Enrique Feb 2013 #15

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:21 PM

1. Here comes the cave.

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Response to Ganja Ninja (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:30 PM

2. not sure

With the second term election wrapped up, I'm not so sure he will cave on this one......we can only hope he won't

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Response to Ganja Ninja (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:11 PM

5. What would he cave over?

The cuts are going to happen unless Republicans do something and Republicans want the cuts..There is nothing to bargain with or for.. He certainly is not going to say go ahead and cut and we won't ask for any new revenues.. What would that get him? Republicans are going to allow sequestration to take effect and then introduce a bill to increase Defense spending by the same amount as is being cut and then dare Democrats to vote against a Defense Bill... Democrats are scared shitless of being called weak on Defense....I would bet about half will vote with Republicans on such a bill..

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Response to Bandit (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:21 PM

6. I just hope we don't end up with Chained CPI

that is my biggest fear. If it's in a deal, I hope there are enough Dems who will stick with the people and vote against any bargin that includes that. Or at least one or two who will have the guts to fillibuster.

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Response to Liberalynn (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:32 PM

7. That is exactly what he is going to offer

 

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Response to Liberalynn (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:15 AM

10. LOL - do you not understand?

everything is gonna be SOOO fucked, CPI will look REASONABLE!!! The lesser of many, MANY evils!!!! Why do you think it was even ever brought up??? Rest assured there will be plenty of money to waste for wars though!!!

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Response to Bandit (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:07 PM

8. Send the bill back saying all sequester cuts are effectively nullified.

 

And let them sweat again.

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Response to Ganja Ninja (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:33 PM

16. Yup

say good-bye to SS and Medicare. He continues to try to negotiate with terrorists. Looks like the 2nd term might be even worse than the first.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:30 PM

3. the adult in the room

mcconnell's spokesman is full of shit.

and no mention of GOP intransigence?

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:36 PM

17. You think Obama would ever call them out?

no mention of GOP intransigence?


He is too timid. Also, he has admitted that he's a moderate Republican, and so these coming cuts to social programs are, down deep, just what he wants.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:12 PM

18. my take is that he still believes they are rational and reasonable

and i think that is dead wrong. they understand one thing: power.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:08 PM

4. God I Hope

he stands his ground on this one. The people of this country need at least one good showing of what the GOP is willing to do.

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Response to Scalded Nun (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:09 PM

9. A lot of republicans are just about fed up and this fiasco could push them over the line.

 

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Response to AAO (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:15 AM

11. Let's hope that happens!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:40 AM

12. People act like the President is

 

the whole Democratic pary. The President can't cave on anything unless the Democrats in Congress agree with it. Social Security is off the table or it will be a deathnail for any Democrat. They are not that stupid. And somebody need to set Joe Scarborough straight every time he controls a discussion surrounding this issue.

The Democrats that do go on his show act like they are scared to set this man straight because he is the host of the show. They are too passive with this man when he goes into his diatribe about Social Security or Medicare. He attachs it to the Debt everytime. That sixteen trillion dollar debt was not caused by those programs. It was caused by bad decisions by Congress and programs not paid for. That is not being said to this man when he places the focus on these programs. He is no different than any other Republican using diversive tactics off the real problem.

He trys to make people feel guilty as if they caused the problem. There was a guy on his program yesterday that showed how the Health Industry overpriced the cost of supplies and services. That is the real problem with Healthcare costs. Supply and demand is still there, but they are over priced today by a few greedy people that want profits. What they have done is monopolized the industry where you have less competition. The only real competitor is the Federal government. Once you get rid of the only real competitor, they can set the prices higher. This maybe to complex for the ordinary person to understand but people have to be educated to this.

What they are really after is destroying government involvement. If someone like Mr Scarborough really wants to have a debate, than ask Krugman on the show instead of people that agree with you. I would be glad to have that discussion with Mr Scarborough and I want be so passive either.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:11 AM

13. Nice political move. Keeps the republicans on the defensive and the blame for sequestration

squarely on their shoulders.

Two polls out Thursday show record support for President Obama over congressional Republicans on the sequester battle that is consuming political debate this week.

The $85 billion in spending cuts Congress hastily agreed to last year as part of a broader deal are scheduled to take effect one week from Friday. Nearly half of the poll's respondents (49 percent) would blame congressional Republicans, while 31 percent would blame Mr. Obama.

A Bloomberg National poll released Wednesday found Mr. Obama holding momentum as well. He hit his highest approval rating in this poll since his first year in office, at 55 percent. The Republican Party is at its lowest point since late 2009, with 35 percent approval.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/02/public-opinion-for-obama-on-spending-cuts-may-not-give-him-upper-hand.html

Now is the time to keep them on the defensive. They are still reeling from their electoral disaster last year and their poll numbers continue to decline while Obama's improve.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:43 PM

14. I suspect there will be deal.. nobody will benefit from these cuts..

even the deficit hawks will be crying once these massive cuts go into effect and send the stock market back to 2008 levels.

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Response to DCBob (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:48 PM

15. the sequester could help the stock market

with more unemployment, companies can squeeze their employees even more than they are squeezing them now.

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