Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Phony Sequester Hysteria

I thought we might have gone beyond the phony budget cut claims that are so much the norm in this country. Maybe just because during the last few years in California they actually did reduce spending in some areas.

That doesn't seem to be the case with the hysteria over the federal budget and the supposed "sequester". As Bob Woodward explains, they're not going to cut anything. They're just won't be increasing spending as much as some would like:

"In other words this isn’t even really a cut – “devastating” or otherwise – it’s a modest growth rate reduction following years of unnecessary, embarrassing and unsustainable excesses.".

Yet all of the mainstream media I've read or watched keeps saying there will actually be cuts.
On a related note, Reason's Nick Gillespie looks at what causes government spending to go up. His main conclusion: United government and war. This is why I insist gridlock is good!


At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

True, it is about spending, but the twist is make people believe that the services they get will be dramatically cut. It ain't about one type or side of those serviced (ie. planned parenthood, pre-schoolers, other social services or the military, Nasa, blah, blah, blah), it includes as many people or agencies or groups or organizations that receive anyhting.

It would be one thing if "hard numbers" were shared with each and every type of receiver showing exactly what they will lose, but alas, America is a BIG LIE these days. Voters who continue to vote Two-party candidates are directly to blame alongside the decision makers. Screw 'em all politically for choosing a two-sided lifestyle. It does not mean HOJ hates these types of voters (for HOJ is friends with enough two party system proponents), but HOJ surely will battle through arguments back and forth to at least get them to think a little more about the extraneating circumstances. - HOJ

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yet all of the mainstream media I've read or watched keeps saying there will actually be cuts."

Because... there will be cuts. You can read whatever opinion you want on the issue, but wanting something to be true doesn't make it true.

Don't act surprised in the third or fourth quarter of the year when most government agencies cut back services.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

Anonymous, if cuts do occur in the 3rd or 4th quarter of the year, then that is actually good in that better now than later. American Government has a spending problem, a tax dollar waste problem, a monetary corruption problem and the list goes on. Simply allowing the local level of government to get away with banter on the money was is part of the conspiracies of the various levels of government. If the feds did not kick problems back to the state, the state did not kick back problems to the local level, the fact still remains that at some point, cuts will occur. The game of deference and transference fools only the dumbed-down.

Let the cuts begin and to hell with the manipualtive arguments on the subject matter. Besides, at range of 1/2% to 2% overall cuts, that is a drop in the bucket, and still not enough. personally, 10% across the board is what is needed, but alas, too many people whining are those who gain benefits already of our manipulated tax dollars.

The theoretical example of cuts against a budget of $2 per $100 should not even be argued, but it is because the real thieves are trying to retain money for their schemes that benefit those already in power who have built their base off fear mongoring, dumbed-down people and people who get the kickbacks in various forms that helpt to increase wealth for the insider connected eliutes, but nobody else. Opportunities as reasoning is pure manipulation as opportunities are not provided by taxes, only by individual hard work.

Can't wait! - HOJ


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