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1 year ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 9:50PM #1
jane2
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news.yahoo.com/budget-cuts-could-affect-...

This is a long article but gives details about how The Sequester affects many of us.

Something that interests me is Medicare, which works. We do learn though that more than a few
over use it. I don't want to spend to spend my golden years in a doc's office or lab, but
some do exactly this. I pay for Medicare B, but I keep my Federal plan and pay for it.
Medicare D is unfunded and I don't use it.

So much to think about on so many levels.

Thoughts ??
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1 year ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 10:09PM #2
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The whole thing's a mess, the cuts are arbitrary and stupid (although defence did need cutting) and the Republicans are mostly to blame.

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 10:20PM #3
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Mar 5, 2013 -- 10:09PM, Ebon wrote:


The whole thing's a mess, the cuts are arbitrary and stupid (although defence did need cutting) and the Republicans are mostly to blame.




Concur totally...............

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 8:51AM #4
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Many Republicans are not at all unhappy with this.


Understand that for many of them, it is not the level of funding or the amount of the deficit that is the issue.


They fundamentally do not want government to do most of the things it currently does.  So defunding anything is a good thing to them.


One might think that when some of these start impacting their corporate allies, there might be some pushback; but many of this new crop of Republicans don't care.  They don't listen to the business community anymore.  Otherwise, we would have had a deal months ago; what business wants is stability and predictability (in other words, any deal at all), not continued feuding and gridlock.  Good luck with that, with the current bunch of yahoos.

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 11:17AM #5
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I really hate that word. It looks like someone who wanted a fancy looking term took a loosely applicable verb, and nouned it, rather than find or coin a better term.

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 12:42PM #6
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The whole thing is totally stupid.


1. We do not have a deficit problem. (For those who actually care about these things - the monetarists among us who have no freaking idea about how economies work - the deficit has been declining since Obama took office).


2. For the most part we do not have a spending problem. We do have a spending priorities problem.


3. We do have a revenue problem which mostly relates to fiscal and tax policies which have adverse economic impacts such as encourage outsourcing, encourage export of capital, favor economically destructive business models, etc... 


The entire blame for the sequester and any adverse effects we may suffer from it lies with the Republicans, who are also responsible for the last recession and the lackluster recovery from it. 


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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 4:40PM #7
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Well, the Repubs passed a continuing resolution that gives back all funding to the DoD, yet again showing that they, in fact, do not believe in a limited federal government.

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 5:11PM #8
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Mar 6, 2013 -- 4:40PM, Nepenthe wrote:


Well, the Repubs passed a continuing resolution that gives back all funding to the DoD, yet again showing that they, in fact, do not believe in a limited federal government.





It only shows that they believe in a bloated military/industrial complex, which is something we already knew.


The difference between Republicans and Democrats can be summarized as follows.


Republicans want big intrusive government in your personal affairs (marriage, reproduction, etc...), corporate welfare and welfare for the well to do, large government expenditures in defense and defense related industries. They want the government funded by Democrats so they can complain about big spending Democrats.


Democrats want big intrusive government in the public interest into the affairs of corporations and those who use common resources (air, water, etc...), welfare for the needy and large government expenditures to invest in American infrastructure and people. They want the government funded and so get labeled as big spending Democrats.



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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 5:57PM #9
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Mar 6, 2013 -- 5:11PM, rocketjsquirell wrote:


Mar 6, 2013 -- 4:40PM, Nepenthe wrote:


Well, the Repubs passed a continuing resolution that gives back all funding to the DoD, yet again showing that they, in fact, do not believe in a limited federal government.





It only shows that they believe in a bloated military/industrial complex, which is something we already knew.


The difference between Republicans and Democrats can be summarized as follows.


Republicans want big intrusive government in your personal affairs (marriage, reproduction, etc...), corporate welfare and welfare for the well to do, large government expenditures in defense and defense related industries. They want the government funded by Democrats so they can complain about big spending Democrats.


Democrats want big intrusive government in the public interest into the affairs of corporations and those who use common resources (air, water, etc...), welfare for the needy and large government expenditures to invest in American infrastructure and people. They want the government funded and so get labeled as big spending Democrats.






Well said.............




 

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1 year ago  ::  Mar 06, 2013 - 6:01PM #10
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and here it is folks . . .

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?
. . .
www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/2...

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