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Tag: Sequestration


The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE


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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

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AP/Jae C. Hong

Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Paul Kelly

Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Emboldened by Shutdown Polls, Democrats Push Spending

Smelling blood in the water, Senate Democrats over the weekend rejected a Republican proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

America’s Lowest Class

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t even have a roof to sleep under, things are getting only worse.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on May 23, 2013 ENLARGE



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How America Became a Third World Country: 2013-2023

The streets are much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. It’s 2023—and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Goes Wobbly

President Obama had the opportunity this week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Suffer While Finance Tax Waits for Congress’ Attention

The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE


Taxpayer Attempts Sequestration









Posted on Apr 15, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Mar 15, 2013 ENLARGE


GOP Austerity Swamp









Posted on Mar 10, 2013 ENLARGE


Invasion by Sequestration









Posted on Mar 8, 2013 ENLARGE


Hungry Children Will Be Among First to Suffer From Sequestration

The difference between a natural disaster and a disaster caused by politicians is that the latter will almost always hit the poor and the obscure most heavily.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


Budget Wars: A Case for Hope

There are, believe it or not, grounds for hoping that the sequester, stupid as it is, might open the way to ending our nation’s budget stalemate.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 5, 2013 ENLARGE


‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Rips ‘Incompetent’ Congress Over Sequester

On his program Monday night, Jon Stewart said that the sequester, which took effect Friday, was like an “autoerotic asphyxiation” for Congress.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



AP/Osamu Honda

Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

Where is the Occupy movement now that the depravity of the super rich is on full display?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


Sequester, Held in Contempt

I hate the sequester, beginning with its name. “Sequester” is a verb, not a noun. This ridiculous exercise is not just unwise and unproductive, but ungrammatical as well.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama: Sequestration Is ‘Dumb,’ It’s ‘Going to Hurt’ but ‘We Will Get Through This’

Braced for automatic budget cuts that he described as “dumb” and painful, the president said Friday, “I’m not a dictator” and “if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say ‘I need to go to catch a plane,’ I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway, right?”

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders on the Sequestration

Regardless of the fact that large numbers of Americans believe the best way to fix the budget crisis is to tax the wealthy and profitable corporations, Sen. Bernie Sanders says, $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts are taking effect Friday.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Time Bomb









Posted on Feb 28, 2013 ENLARGE


Sequester Army Knife









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No Thank You Necessary









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Sequestered









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Triggering the Cuts









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Tea Party Austerity









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Posted on Feb 19, 2013 ENLARGE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Is Going Over Congress’ Head

On Friday, journalist and historian Jon Meacham said on HBO’s “Real Time” that President Obama should, like FDR and Ronald Reagan, ignore Congress and campaign directly to the American people. It appears that is what Obama intends to do.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


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