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Call Obama’s Sequester Bluff: The sequester was the president’s idea. He has to own it.
National Review ^ | February 7, 2013 8:00 P.M. | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 02/08/2013 6:55:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Edited on 02/08/2013 8:40:19 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

For the first time since Election Day, President Obama is on the defensive. That’s because on March 1, automatic spending cuts (“sequestration”) go into effect — $1.2 trillion over ten years, half from domestic (discretionary) programs, half from defense.

The idea had been proposed and promoted by the White House during the July 2011 debt-ceiling negotiations. The political calculation was that such draconian defense cuts would drive the GOP to offer concessions.


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TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: obama; sequestration

1 posted on 02/08/2013 6:55:22 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree with Charles, and we all know how the media will spin it anyway.


2 posted on 02/08/2013 7:04:16 AM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: corlorde

You are right of course. If the media could convince most voters that the crappy economy is still Bush’s fault, they can convince them of nearly anything else as well.


3 posted on 02/08/2013 7:05:45 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

What planet are you on, Charles? Obama doesn’t have to own anything.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 7:06:50 AM PST by Tax-chick (Watch out for spiders.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only problem is that the Republicrats, ( or Dimocans, if you will ) will once again cave.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 7:09:00 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Clarified the stand-off situation well.

(The Democrats spend so much time muddying the water, it’s easy to get lost in the rhetoric.)

The Republicans probably won’t take Charles’s advice, though, and will cave to the media pressure.


6 posted on 02/08/2013 7:14:43 AM PST by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Of course, the sequester is terrible policy.

It must be driven home that this is Øbongo's plan - he owns it, and he should choke on it.

7 posted on 02/08/2013 7:18:15 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Chad N. Freud

“The Republicans probably won’t take Charles’s advice, though, and will cave to the media pressure.”

I heard MN Rep. John Kline on the radio this morning...he didn’t sound like caving was an option in the House.


8 posted on 02/08/2013 7:27:40 AM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Republicans finally have leverage. They should use it.

ROTFLMAO!

9 posted on 02/08/2013 7:27:52 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: rockrr

These are not cuts. They are reductions inn the rate of increase. Spending will continue to go up.


10 posted on 02/08/2013 7:29:58 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: rockrr
It must be driven home that this is Øbongo's plan - he owns it, and he should choke on it.

I agree with this 100%!!!! This point has to be driven home by any and all Republicans that get in front of a camera. Keep it simple. This is Obummer's idea, he owns it. Without muddying the waters too much, they also need to drive home the point that the Republicans have offered alternatives to this that have been rejected by the democRAT Senate and the President. I wouldn't even use the term "White House". Too impersonal. The time for "nice" is over. It has been rejected by THE PRESIDENT!
11 posted on 02/08/2013 7:35:39 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Comparison is the beginning of discontent.)
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To: tom paine 2
These are not cuts. They are reductions inn the rate of increase. Spending will continue to go up.

Exactly! Rush laid it out really good on one of his shows this past week. That is anything "talking point" that the Republicans need to drive home.

Is there any way of getting rid of "baseline budgeting"? This is really a huge problem over time.
12 posted on 02/08/2013 7:38:43 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Comparison is the beginning of discontent.)
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To: copaliscrossing
That is anything "talking point" that the Republicans need to drive home.

Ooops... should read "That is another "talking point"...
13 posted on 02/08/2013 7:40:38 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Comparison is the beginning of discontent.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media sycophants spin this little standoff. I’m sure they are in their war rooms right now with White Hut personnel trying to come up with a strategy to blame this on the Republicans.


14 posted on 02/08/2013 7:42:49 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Comparison is the beginning of discontent.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Psychology 101

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ...all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment....... with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the “team”.

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked.

Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water...Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how Government operates... and this is why, from time to time:

Maybe ALL of the monkeys in the Congress, Senate and the White House need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.


15 posted on 02/08/2013 8:36:32 AM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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To: B4Ranch

Our system specifically prevents that and it is to our benefit. Imagine an Obama landslide that gave him and his party 100% control over government. What would stop them between then and the next election?

I recognize your frustration and agree with your sentiments, but let’s trust our Founders. The DOD can afford the sequestration cuts. Panetta’s lying and he’s a part of Obama’s team.


16 posted on 02/08/2013 9:00:41 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: tom paine 2

Feels like a cut in my world. My husband has served in 3 wars and retired to DoD civil servant position consulting all things on A10. He and tens of thousands have to begin in March take one furlough day off a week for remainder of year. Loss of over $1000 a month in pay


17 posted on 02/08/2013 10:19:03 AM PST by Boxsford (God Is.)
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To: B4Ranch

Great example.

In the UK there are people whose families have been on the dole for three generations.

The youngest generation, with this heritage and example, no more understand the work ethic than the man on the moon. They have no idea that they could and should do better, no shame, no expectations, no ambition.

This transformation is already well underway in our blue inner cities.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 2:05:02 PM PST by muffaletaman (IMNSHO - I MIGHT be wrong, but I doubt it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is a sin to balance the budget on the backs of seniors children and those most deserving. Define deserving? So while Americans standby and wait for a man that has been incompetence on display the government will attempt to balance the budget on the backs of our military. Sure college is great and yes there is a chance some great leaders will rise up out of those liberal classrooms, but it is in the military were boys become men.


19 posted on 02/08/2013 2:39:02 PM PST by Accessible Pudding
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To: SeekAndFind; All

It really doesn’t matter whose idea it was. Even if Obama came up with the idea, the Republicans will be blamed. We on the right literally have no representation in the media these days.... other than a few under-appreciated and often demonized and ridiculed talk show hosts on the right.... and their message only gets across to those that choose to listen. Unless or until that changes, we’re pretty much screwed IMO.

Establishment GOPers and right-wingers, RINOs and even some conservatives will never hear their message and ergo, become acquainted with the truth. That’s why we need to support and help what few media reps we on the right do have...while we still have them. And since they are being targeted even moreso now by the Obama regime, we may not have those few voices of ‘conservative reason and truth’ for much longer.....especially without the support of ALL of us on the right.


20 posted on 02/08/2013 3:02:32 PM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
"The only problem is that the Republicrats, ( or Dimocans, if you will ) will once again cave."

BINGO!!! We have a winner!!!

21 posted on 02/08/2013 4:58:16 PM PST by avacado (he)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hamas and Muslim Bro.:

” The Great Satan, America, is now weak ATTACK NOW , ATTACK NOW!”

“They do not even have armed guards at their schools, attack them and slaughter their children!”

You bet Obama owns it. And Obama needs to be disposed of.


22 posted on 02/09/2013 9:10:34 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: 1010RD

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2986858/posts

It’s time to replace them all. Every damn one of them!


23 posted on 02/09/2013 5:56:24 PM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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