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Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:41 PM

This sequester is going to hurt our local economy if allowed to drag on into furloughs and layoffs

I can't tell you how angry and frustrated I am that republicans are being allowed to wreck our nation's economy with their dithering and meddling; almost ALL of it to try and inflict some sort of political blow to President Obama. This has been going on since the beginning of his first term and it has had real-world effects on my prospects for hours and pay.

Now, with the almost certain possibility of local layoffs and forced, arbitrary cutbacks in our federal workforce, I'm certain that our business and others in the region will feel the impact of already shell-shocked consumers pulling back their purchases to cover their loss of income.

This couldn't happen at a worse time. We're just starting to see business creep back and hours have been tentative, but mostly holding steady. I can see a future where our area businesses (and the nation's) are struggling to overcome this republican, self-induced economic downturn. Taking this much money out of our economy at once is economic homicide.

It's a deliberate attack on the most vulnerable in our country; holding vital services hostage, while standing in the way of any attempt to reduce their own wealthy share of government benefit that would affect their tax shelters and their beneficiaries' corporate welfare.

Yet, the government services that republicans are looking to rob to support their wealthy tax schemes have already been shrinking; even before this President took office.

from the WSJ: Government Payrolls Shrinking Even Before the Sequester

The billions of dollars in federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” began to take effect on Friday after President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans failed to reach a deal to avoid them. But even before the latest round of cuts, the public sector was getting smaller by at least one critical measure: jobs.

Federal spending is still rising. But that is mostly because of the rising cost of entitlement benefits, primarily Social Security and Medicare, as well as interest on the national debt. Spending on most everything else, from defense to scientific research, is falling as a share of economic output—and in many cases falling outright. Inflation-adjusted federal spending, as measured by the Commerce Department in its GDP accounting, has fallen in seven of the past eight quarters.


Standing firm against ANY sacrifice from the wealthy, republicans are just, outright, stealing from average-to-low income and poor Americans with these sequestration cuts. I've goddamn HAD it with these rich fucks - millionaire legislators - dismantling government services to advantage their own bank accounts.

Wake up, America! There's a mob of fat cats loading up their limousines with our furniture; our clothes; our food; our medicine; the very planks of our homes. They're just standing there; daring us to arrest them; daring us to stop them; taunting us to give them even more than they've robbed so far. They're destroying our jobs and our livelihoods to keep us in a perpetual state of depression and dependence.

They're daring us to step outside of these arranged deals and slick budget schemes and put them in their place. Negotiating with them just enables them even further. What they need is a good measure of obstinacy to match their own deliberate obstruction. We're truly screwed if our party doesn't respond to this attack on the majority of Americans with force and resolve.

We don't need to wonder anymore if republicans would actually allow our country to suffer for their petty politics. This is the largest economic assault on average-income to poor Americans that any political party of legislators has ever engaged in. Defeating them politically, somehow, just seems wholly inadequate in the face of this attack. It's the least we can and should do.


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:52 PM

1. Spread the word to your community who is doing this to them. There should be payback for this in the

midterms.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:05 PM

2. absolutely, bettyellen

. . . thanks for the reminder!

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:45 PM

5. it sounds like there is a lot of anger you could help redirect- I'd tap some DUers who are in a

similar situation and collaborate on information- flyers and LTTE. Be stealthy and fight this as a individual and not a Dem. Get people writing their Rethug congressmen now, so they'll want to vote against them next year.

As painful as it is, you can help turn the tide better than those of us in blue areas can. And people are more receptive to this message than they have been for years. Good luck!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:06 PM

3. The Republicans don't understand economics though

dumb cuts

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:31 PM

4. they understand how to game the system

. . . to their financial advantage.


John Boehner
Net Worth – $2,700,000
House Salary – $223,500

Mitch McConnell
Net Worth – $32,700,000
Senate Salary – $193,400

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Sat Mar 2, 2013, 06:55 PM

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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:08 AM

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