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Napolitano: These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border and fight terrorism
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Posted on 02/26/2013 7:38:44 PM PST by chessplayer

And there it is: The ultimate panic-inducing cherry on top of the sequester-scaremongering sundae. Apart from the devastating, eviscerating, meat-cleaving threats of flight delays, park closures, and whooping cough, the existential threat that is the dreaded sequesteration is going to make it much more difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to perform one of its primary functions: Thwarting terrorism. Via WaPo:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday that her agency would be forced to furlough 5,000 border control agents under mandatory spending cuts, likely allowing more illegal immigrants into the country and potentially compromising national security.

Napolitano said the cuts, known as the sequester, would disrupt the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to conduct customs inspections at ports, leading to increased waiting times for travelers and cargo shipments. Disaster relief funding would be reduced by $1 billion, she added, meaning relief for victims of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and tornados in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., could be cut. …

Asked if the cuts would make the country more susceptible to acts of terrorism, Napolitano said: “It’s always a threat. We do what we can to minimize the risk, but the sequester makes it awfully, awfully tough.”


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1 posted on 02/26/2013 7:38:53 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

LOL like this woman gives a damn about securing the border..the illegals practically stroll into our country..wouldn’t be surprised to see them skipping into the country..but hey, as long as these illegals vote Dem they are welcomed with open arms


2 posted on 02/26/2013 7:40:56 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: chessplayer

Just remember, they think the terrorists are us.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 7:41:53 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: chessplayer

Like Big Gay Sis has not tied Border Control’s hands. It is just money for nothing. It would be good if they could get paid to do a good job, but to be paid to not do a job is a typical democRAT waste.


4 posted on 02/26/2013 7:42:56 PM PST by MtnClimber (I did not vote for 0bama, someone else did that!)
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To: chessplayer

Napolitano is clueless. There is no border right now.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 7:42:59 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: chessplayer

Like Big Gay Sis has not tied Border Control’s hands. It is just money for nothing. It would be good if they could get paid to do a good job, but to be paid to not do a job is a typical democRAT waste.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 7:42:59 PM PST by MtnClimber (I did not vote for 0bama, someone else did that!)
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To: chessplayer

The whole administration from top to bottom is nothing but a bunch of damn drama queens.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 7:43:14 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: chessplayer

Notice how The Boy King’s Lap dogs all line up to repeat the Lies?


8 posted on 02/26/2013 7:43:25 PM PST by LtKerst
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Bloat.

DHS should calibrate its sphere of influence.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 7:45:15 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Right...letting all of ‘em walk out of our jails today, ending deportations, “DREAM” act, fast track citizenship for all 30 millions...like we’re supposed to believe you’re interested in securing the border. Lying sack of excrement.


10 posted on 02/26/2013 7:45:42 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Repeat Offender

Boy, am I scared. The Feds are going to keep doing what they have always done..ooh, my knees are shaking..

I think the Feds need a new scare tactic, but they have already played all of their cards...I call their bluff and raise a few starving children..


11 posted on 02/26/2013 7:46:01 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: chessplayer

Since this $85 Billion seems to be the only thing keeping this country running, that other $3.6 Trillion Obama spends every year must be all pork


12 posted on 02/26/2013 7:46:01 PM PST by digger48
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To: LtKerst

The Cuts are discretionary with omammy. If he cuts border control o meat inspections to starve us or cuts airport gestapo, he is stepping in it real bad and will be exposed real bad.


13 posted on 02/26/2013 7:47:40 PM PST by willardwx
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14 posted on 02/26/2013 7:47:48 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The left sees illegals as votes..if they can get enough illegals to vote they wouldn’t need to have people vote 20-30 times each for Dems..they wouldnt have to commit massive voter fraud anymore, just get illegals amnesty and they can all vote Dem


15 posted on 02/26/2013 7:48:38 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: chessplayer

Ya gotta love it. No talk about firing a bunch of bureaucrats who do little other than write regulations that strangle the economy, jobs, and a robust future. Oh Hell, no. Instead, they would choose to fire people who actually are trying to secure this country. Every time there’s a local budget crisis, it’s always police and fire that is going to take the hit, not the dozens of unnecessary public employees who contribute nothing to productive activity. All of this crap really just pisses me off.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 7:49:02 PM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: chessplayer

Cut the Secret Service funding first.

The cut all anti terrorism efforts in NYC, LA, Seattle,Boston San Francisco, Chicago.

We will be just fine.

hehehehehe


17 posted on 02/26/2013 7:49:46 PM PST by NoLibZone (We have the nation we deserve. I predict FR will hate GOP Candidate for 2016 , because of his shoes.)
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To: Liz; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; TADSLOS; chessplayer; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ...
RE :”Napolitano: These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border and fight terrorism”

More Dreamers and potential voters. Why would Obama worry about that?

Didn't he sue AZ for defending themselves?

18 posted on 02/26/2013 7:49:59 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: chessplayer
OH Cry Me A River, Nappy

The average America has had to adjust with less income, let the freaking government learn to also....

19 posted on 02/26/2013 7:50:45 PM PST by haircutter
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To: chessplayer

Are they still giving out free Obama phones?


20 posted on 02/26/2013 7:51:26 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: KittenClaws

The Food Stamp Prezidint would never let that happen. I see your starving children and raise you a Spotted Owl and 10 Delta Smelt.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 7:53:19 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: chessplayer

What was this about banning guns again when the border is more or less wide open? Napolitano just confirmed why we need our guns more than ever.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 7:53:40 PM PST by bergmeid (I told you so - now pass the ammo.)
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To: chessplayer
These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border

But you're not securing the border with the funds you already have. So . . .

"What difference does it make?"

23 posted on 02/26/2013 7:54:19 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: KittenClaws

The sequester is hitting the private sector as well. The store that sells ink pens has closed and I may be unable to write a check to the IRS ;-)


24 posted on 02/26/2013 7:55:16 PM PST by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: chessplayer

obambo, Butch, Uncle Joe, John Effin Kerry....does anybody think these clowns realize we’re all laughing at them?


25 posted on 02/26/2013 7:56:46 PM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: sickoflibs
-- Didn't he sue AZ for defending themselves? --

Yes, he did. That was exactly what I was thinking. Here's a state that wants to help secure the border, and the federal government says "No way, that's OUR turf." Now the federal government says it has no intention of enforcing the law anyway, both by executive order, and by standing down at the border.

It makes an impression on me that the federal government is worse than worthless.

26 posted on 02/26/2013 7:57:19 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: lonestar

They can take their mirrors and use it to observe the smoke coming from their collective behinds.

I don’t care what they do anymore. I’m just waiting for them to cross that invisible line.

I’ll not be goaded into crossing it, but I’m darn sure waiting for them to do it. They won’t be able to help themselves - they are like children with a secret..


27 posted on 02/26/2013 7:57:49 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: chessplayer
The Obama administration has plans to sabotage our national security over not getting their way.
Who the hell is going to stop them? NOBODY!
28 posted on 02/26/2013 7:59:55 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Repeat Offender

A spotted owl and 10 delta smelt? LOL! I won’t call yet, but I’m laying down a sand lizard ‘ 3 prairie chickens, and one frack tank..


29 posted on 02/26/2013 8:03:39 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: chessplayer

...but not tougher to pay welfare queens? Funny what the priorities are of the people that set up the automatic cuts.


30 posted on 02/26/2013 8:04:47 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: chessplayer

Napolitano is an insult to women, to people who know how to walk and chew gum simultaneously and to anyone with the brain stem of a moth!


31 posted on 02/26/2013 8:05:01 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: chessplayer

If this was true, the dems would want a sequester every day.


32 posted on 02/26/2013 8:05:33 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: Cboldt; Liz; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; TADSLOS; stephenjohnbanker; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; ...
RE :” Yes, he did. That was exactly what I was thinking. Here's a state that wants to help secure the border, and the federal government says “No way, that's OUR turf.” Now the federal government says it has no intention of enforcing the law anyway, both by executive order, and by standing down at the border.
It makes an impression on me that the federal government is worse than worthless. “


Worse yet Obama sues AZ for defending themselves against illegal invasion partially disarms the state by judge order, then he says ‘if you refuse to help me raise taxes AGAIN I will let the illegals in jail loose and open the borders too, and blame it all on the Republicans in congress’

Call him out GOP. Fight on this one.

33 posted on 02/26/2013 8:06:20 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
Tax time is upon us, isn't it?

I'll give to Caesar what he asks, this year. Caesar should be made to feel comfortable, made to feel powerful..until the ENTIRE body of patriots have run out of ink.

34 posted on 02/26/2013 8:09:43 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: chessplayer

How much of the DHS’s share of the sequestration would be met by cancelling those orders for hollow point ammunition that they have no legitimate use for? (If it’s really for training, let them shoot cheaper rounds on the range.)


35 posted on 02/26/2013 8:10:17 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: econjack
Ya gotta love it. No talk about firing a bunch of bureaucrats who do little other than write regulations that strangle the economy, jobs, and a robust future. Oh Hell, no. Instead, they would choose to fire people who actually are trying to secure this country.

Everybody who has ever run a business knows what it's like to have to cut costs.

Indeed, outside of Defense, they're having to cut costs by, what, 3%? After having gotten a 6-7% budget increase from the previous year? And we're not talking short notice -- they've known this was coming since, when, July, 2011?

So, given that kind of notice and the relatively niggling amount involved what the hell kind of managers are they that they can't find enough efficiencies, redundancy and waste to perform the same functions within a slightly smaller cost frame?

Truth be told, the administration should be ashamed for their publicly proclaimed incompetence! And the media reveals their own ignorance by not calling them on it.

There is not a manager at any level in the private sector who hasn't had to deal with a problem of this nature and similar scope. Most have handled it.

And nobody in the federal government can...???

36 posted on 02/26/2013 8:11:03 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: smoothsailing
The whole administration from top to bottom is nothing but a bunch of damn drama queens.

You have that right Smoothsailing. Deceitful drama queens at that....

37 posted on 02/26/2013 8:13:42 PM PST by A message
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To: chessplayer

Someday they’ll play the same kind of tax increase blackmail with obamacare, threatening the public with the consequences of service cuts, particularly to seniors and children.


38 posted on 02/26/2013 8:14:15 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You’re being a little rough on lying sacks of shit.


39 posted on 02/26/2013 8:14:43 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: chessplayer
"...These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border and fight terrorism..."


40 posted on 02/26/2013 8:17:42 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: digger48

Since this $85 Billion seems to be the only thing keeping this country running, that other $3.6 Trillion Obama spends every year must be all pork

My thoughts exactly. So we only need 85 billion to run the country according to BO. Why do we have a deficit problem ? Oh yeah, BO and the Mooch and their entourage of hanger oners and the papparazi news media need their lavish vacations.


41 posted on 02/26/2013 8:27:39 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: chessplayer

How about furloughing Secretary Janet Napolitano and about 75% of her department. The ONLY part we should keep is border security. And beef that up.


42 posted on 02/26/2013 8:28:13 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: musicman

#14: Did anyone report animal abuse to the SPCA re the photo of Napolitano riding a horse?

Oh my aching back!


43 posted on 02/26/2013 8:28:19 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: chessplayer

I’ve got a suggestion for you, Madame Secretary: take one for the team. If you are worried that your Department won’t have enough money for the agents in the field, voluntarily turn back your own salary and use the money to pay them.


44 posted on 02/26/2013 8:31:56 PM PST by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: chessplayer

Because they are now?


45 posted on 02/26/2013 8:31:56 PM PST by mykroar (Sig is pending a Conservative party.)
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To: MaxMax

The Republicans should stop everything and begin impeachment proceedings against BO. I know it would go no where, but it may stop him. He’s really delusional and will go to any length to get his way. Impeach because he’s not mentally fit to run the USA.


46 posted on 02/26/2013 8:32:03 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: chessplayer

Hey Janet, I have an idea. Why don’t you #@5*&%$!!!!


47 posted on 02/26/2013 8:33:18 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: MaxMax

The Republicans should stop everything and begin impeachment proceedings against BO. I know it would go no where, but it may stop him. He’s really delusional and will go to any length to get his way. Impeach because he’s not mentally fit to run the USA.


48 posted on 02/26/2013 8:34:53 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: chessplayer
Dear Janet, the people of the United States are waiting for you to do your job and start enforcing our immigration laws! Instead, you have opted out and have chosen not to enforce them.

If Sequestration results in “cuts”, how would we recognize your pre-Sequestration activities in enforcing the law with its post-Sequestration version? Hint: there isn't any.

49 posted on 02/26/2013 8:40:18 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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Impeach Obama?

Hell with that. Impeach the entire government.

All of them right down to the waste engineer.

Why can’t we do that? They are ALL our employees, serving at our pleasure, reaping our dollars.


50 posted on 02/26/2013 9:01:14 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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