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President Obama HAS reduced the budget.

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Is that just federal jobs? I feel like I've seen a fair # of hiring freezes, layoffs, & budget cuts at the state & local level too in recent years. Federal funding that trickles down has been reduced for some important programs.

A Record Decline in Government Jobs: Implications for the Economy and America's Workforce | Brookings Institution

Not just federal, employment is down in state and county government jobs as well.

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I don't really know if your wife would happily go along with other plans developed on the way to Red Robin, but Obama certainly hasn't.

He proposed sequester and agreed to no tax hikes in it so that he could get past the election without another debt ceiling negotiation. I didn't like the idea, and thought the Republicans caved. I thought he should have had to explain to Americans on their way to the polls why trillions more in debt ceiling were needed, but my idea didn't prevail :(

Since then, there has been ample opportunity for budget negotiations under the leadership of the President. Hasn't happened. Not serious negotiotions, not Presidential leadership. Obama got his tax hikes in the latest budget extension. Now he gets the spending cuts that he proposed, and did nothing to prevent.

Time to man up. Whining about something he started, then did nothing to stop is very unbecoming a President, even this one. Choose a burger from the menu and make the best of it.

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The congress is responsible for legislating.

The POTUS is not more responsible for this sequester than congress, they agreed together thinking that the terms would be too horrible to carry through. Surprise.

Our elected officials by and large are a bunch of get paid to do nothing fools and I am sick of it.

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A caller to the Michael Medved show last week said this......what if the sequester does happen? and what if life goes on, with an appropriate and probably tiny adjustments....life goes one...then what if another 5% gets cut? and we make adjustments to that also. Ll of a sudden, the Democrats cry of "the sky is falling" has absolutely no merit whatsoever. Something to think about.

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I don't believe that our legislators are practicing in a reasonable and responsible way. Why do any of them believe that this is OK?

All of them are complicite.

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I don't really know if your wife would happily go along with other plans developed on the way to Red Robin, but Obama certainly hasn't.

What other plans have come his way?

He proposed sequester and agreed to no tax hikes in it so that he could get past the election without another debt ceiling negotiation. I didn't like the idea, and thought the Republicans caved. I thought he should have had to explain to Americans on their way to the polls why trillions more in debt ceiling were needed, but my idea didn't prevail :(

He didn't agree to "no tax hikes", he agreed to the "super committee" which was supposed to come with a balance of both spending cuts and revenue. Raising the debt ceiling was needed because it's how we pay for debts we've already incurred, it doesn't stop us from spending. Failing to raise the debt ceiling only causes us to default on money we've already spent, and refusing to pay money already spent is unconstitutional.

Since then, there has been ample opportunity for budget negotiations under the leadership of the President. Hasn't happened. Not serious negotiotions, not Presidential leadership. Obama got his tax hikes in the latest budget extension. Now he gets the spending cuts that he proposed, and did nothing to prevent.

Time to man up. Whining about something he started, then did nothing to stop is very unbecoming a President, even this one. Choose a burger from the menu and make the best of it.

Serious negotiations on what? Congress passes budgets, they haven't brought anything to him that could be considered a budget to negotiate on.

What "whining" are you talking about? If wanting to avoid the sequester is "whining" then you'd have to include most Republicans and whiners as well.

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Stateline -- White House Describes State-by-State Sequester Cuts

While The GOP has been pointing fingers about who started the fight the plans to furlough have had to be in place. The states hit hardest will be some of the states where the legislators have been so adamant that they will not work towards a reasonable budget. These are also some of the states who gain the most from each federal dollar. It is easy for these Senators and Representatives to sit on their bully perches and watch disintegration of their states take place. After all they have jobs, benefits, and have no need of Social Security or Medicare. They have a gravy train for life. Their constituents do not have this. They will suffer. Their children will suffer and the economy in those states will suffer.

At this point Obama has held firm with what he told Congress so long ago. Crisis voting needed to stop. He has taken a hard line. The legislators have been so busy trying to bully their way that they have not seen the handwriting on the wall. Those states that suffer the worst may blame those legislators who have to be re-elected. Obama can take the heat. He does not have to go through the election process again. It might be that some of the good old boys could leave DC.

There is a new sheriff in town.

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A new sheriff? Then who's that guy that's been yammerin' at me for the last four years about how he's going to get tough on this goup or that private citizen?

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Raising the debt ceiling was needed because it's how we pay for debts we've already incurred, it doesn't stop us from spending. Failing to raise the debt ceiling only causes us to default on money we've already spent, and refusing to pay money already spent is unconstitutional.

This argument is so tired and lame. We only go past the debt ceiling because the government continues to spend more than it takes in. Stop and think a minute. Suppose we boosted the debt ceiling to $20T or even $50T. Is that money instantly spent? Or, does that just raise the limit on the Great American credit card so that the government can continue to spend more than it brings in?

Obama was correct when he was a Senator and he said that continuing to raise the debt ceiling was a sign of poor leadership. It was true then and it's true today.

Really though, at this point it probably doesn't matter. By the time the public becomes aware of what the debt is doing it will be too late. The interest our government pays on outstanding debt is around $450 billion with a B and increasing. If interest rates were to increase just a little, servicing the debt would cost more than what we spend on Medicare.

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm

Suppose we outstrip the ability or desire of China to purchase our debt. A debt limit would not matter if nobody wants to purchase our bonds.

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