Happy Sequestration Day

So It Wasn't True?

Happy Sequestration Day to all you doom and gloom liberals out there in LalaLand. Of course it wasn't true, even though Obama had you convinced once again that only he has the inside skinny on the workings of such a complex economy of ours administered by an bunch on incompetents that are only interested in feathering their own nests.

I rose early this morning and immediately ran outside and guess what? The sky was still up there, stars shining away and the cosmos was still intact. There wasn't a sign of Chicken Little yesterday and it is rumored that he was holed up with our Crazy Uncle Joe of 'use a shotgun to repel those pesky invaders' fame. I have seen so many loons in one administration since Jimmie Carter occupied the Whine House.

Anyone Been To An Airport Today?

So I dashed back inside and I was amazed! I still had electricity even though it's getting more expensive because of Obama's lack of an effective energy policy. I turned on the TV and it worked!!! What in the world was going on? Fox News was still there! Oh my goodness and they were still telling the truth rather than some sideways Obama lies that the Lame Stream Media had been parroting for Obama for a least a week. Obviously the internet didn't collapse at midnight because here I sit writing this missive.

I haven't dashed off to the grocery store yet to make sure they're still selling meat but I'm not as worried about that as I used to be. Afterall, the sky is still up there where it belongs despite what President Scarequester had his worshippers believing. Hopefully the sun is going to actually come up here in a little bit and shine down upon this once glorious nation.

Imaginary Cuts At Best

The part Obama didn't talk about as he was out campaigning this past week was the nature of the supposed cuts that aren't really actual cuts in the first place. As usual he was selling wolf tickets and as usual the Lame Stream Media was parroting our fearful leader and the koolaid slurpers were gulping it down as fast as their throats would take it.

Now I have a question for you folks out there. Has anyone figured out yet why Obama remains on the campaign trail rather than in Washington DC leading this nation? Is he now running for Supreme Leader? Isn't leading, not scaring, what we pay him to do? Here we are giving him, Moochelle and the bambinos, along with his mother-in-law, free room and board and he can't run a lemonade stand much less a small Latin American nation of little consequence. What in the world were you thinking when he was elected the first time? Then you up and reelected him for a second spin expecting a different result? Really? That's called insanity.

Now for all you "Bush blamers" out there don't even try it. Sequestration was Obama's idea. He dreamed the crisis up and manufactured it all by himself. Well, maybe not but with the help of the Keynesian economists that continue to advise him. The economy is stagnant and barely growing and the unemployment rate remains high. Obama's answer is to levy even more taxes on the American people so he can spend more money on his misguided policies. That isn't the answer at all and any economist worth his salt knows that. But then again Obama, self-admittedly, knows nothing about economics and not being a listener but rather a talker he doesn't get the message.

We have yet to feel the effects of the $600 billion plus tax hike that kicked in upon his request on January 1st of this year but rest assured when that goes south, like everything else his incompetence begets, it will be the Republican's fault or Bush's fault or anyone else the Blamer-in-Chief can poke his bony finger at.

Rest Easy America! Obama's Got This!!!

So there ya go... The first day of Sequestration and the sun is rising, we're alive and kicking like a chicken and Chicken Little will soon take to the cameras with a different crisis he has manufactured. Such is the way of incompetent politicians and Washington DC is full of them these days. They created this mess and now you expect them to fix it? Maybe another sign of insanity...

Now remember that $85 billion in cuts? First of all that was a 2.4% cut in government growth not actual dollars. Then there is more magic. Only $44 billion of that amount will be applied to this year's growth. That's lunch money to these professional pick pockets up there. So for crying out loud what the heck are they bawling about?

QUOTE OF THE DAY FROM YESTERDAY: "Let me see here. My degree isn't in nuclear science but if revenue in is at an all time high and we're running trillion dollar plus deficits for five years in a row then spending must be what? So simple that even a 5th Grader can understand it."

"Like"It, "Tweet" It, "Pin " It, "Share It" With Your Followers. Time to let em read it and keep reading it.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Obama is unreal. He schedules a meeting with Congressional leaders for 10 this morning. He decided on the meeting on Tuesday, but Tuesday wasn't dramatic enough. He can't resist high drama. Bring on the sequestration! Rated up and shared!


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

BPOP - Obama is a Drama Queen. Can't you see that? LMAO

The Frog


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Jewel01 3 years ago from Michigan

Talk about a blame game...


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Jewel - Just placing ownership for the crisis squarely where it belongs. Might I suggest you light your candles and kneel at the altar and prayer for the next manufactured crisis?

If you voted for him you can share some of the blame huh? LMBO

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Without fail, every TV reality show I have seen has a manufactured deadline that must be met before the end of the show. It is fighting this deadline that makes the show.

We must have some TV reality show fans in the White House who have picked up on this strategy. They build suspense right up to the last minute, then save the day for all of those depending on them.

Our government has used this script effectively on numerous occasions, but they need to know we are becoming immune to these manufactured crisis.

In reference to the above comment about the blame game, perhaps to some degree it is. Those highly paid people we elected to represent our interests have not done their jobs, so yes, they deserve the blame for the failures. If this were private enterprise rather than bloated government, many of these people would have been "blamed" right out the door long ago. Good managers prevent crisis, not create crisis.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - It's called playing on the fears of the people and Obama is a master at it. For those who stick their head in the sand and continue to believe that every word he says is true, I have empathy but absolutely no sympathy since those of us who weren't conned have to suffer with those who were.

TFP


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tsad - Evidently his devoted altar children have failed to notice that Father of the Nation Obama has not once accepted any responsibility for crisis after crisis he has manufactured. He needs to be impeached and should have been if not for the incompetence of Congress itself.

The Frog


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Well, some people learn better from pictures than actually listening or reading. After all a picture is worth how many words? But don't blame me, I'm just trying to help. Yeah, let's talk about the blame game.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Howdy Froggie (The Frog Prince) -

Sequester is such a nice big word - a word that the low-info voters don't begin to understand... What it may mean (if it carries on through) is that the the fed's far too liberal allowance has been cut a few pennies a month. Big deal.

Gus :-)))


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Gus - Good to see ya. Barely lunch money for this crowd of pick pockets. In 2014 we need to sweep some more of these professional criminals to the curb.

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

This whole sequestration circus show reminds me of the days I used to watch the phoney wrestling matches on TV. The wrestlers had a well rehearsed script they followed, and the outcome of the match was decided days before the match begin.

However, not all of the viewers of these matches understood they were phoney, and nothing would convince them otherwise.

Kind of like people watching the sequestration show?


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Jewel01 3 years ago from Michigan

@frogprince; I really don't appreciate your comments, but then what could I expect. I am not Democratic nor am I a Republican. The sequester is going to happen over time. Each program will be cut, during 2013. This was not anything expected to happen over night, but then I suppose you weren't informed. I don't appreciate everything that our government does, from either party.

I try to unbiased, as to the laws our government pass, and the issues they fail to address. Our government was set up with an executive branch, legislative branch, and judicial branch. This was to ensure that one group did not have too much power or control. As far as I am concerned it's all there fault.

I guess we could always go back to quick wit and say, "when you assume you make an ..... out of me, and you."


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

You got that last sentence right!


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

@Jewel01 - Perhaps you should consider writing a hub explaining your position on this matter.

I would be particularly interested on how they justify making this a last minute crises when there was ample time to accomplish budget cuts that actually made sense.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Jewel - Speaking of not appreciating comments. When you entered this Hub you were immediately out of line. You do realize that don't you? If not, you might know that now. I am a Tea Party Independent and have no allegiance to either party. They are both guilty of mismanagement and incompetence in the name of playing politics.

The fact is Obama has shredded the US Constitution as he has moved along. I am also a strict Constitutionalist. Read my profile and you'll know where I am coming from.

Next time you enter a conversation you might want to choose your comment more carefully. You were out of line. I don't write to please anyone. This was written with a bit of satire to keep people reading. If you had really read the whole thing you might have seen that.

Mike - They only had 18 months and the House sent two bills in that time which the Senate ignored. Just facts.

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Jim, I had no idea they only had 18 months. Wow, I apologize to all those members of Congress. It was unfair of me to expect some positive planning and results from them with less than two years time.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Hey, Frog...YOU might just get a call from the White House shouting at you, and warning at you that 'you will regret it'!!!

Becareful and watch out for the black helicopters....

:)


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Chris - You know me Bro. I ain't scairt!!!

TFP


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

If you can believe what Jewel says, and I have no reason not to, Jewel is a fence sitter - thinking taking a side is being biased and is content with allowing elected officials to manipulate the sytem and basically do anything they want because Jewel can just blame them "As far as I am concerned it's all there fault." Now who is playing the Blame game? People who live in glass houses shouldn't be throwing stones.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Frog Prince

My viewpoint is to make the spending cuts from the top down, and not just on the lower echelon.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Well why don't they start with waste - you can't tell me there isn't 85 billion a year in waste - no one need lose a necessary job.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

ib - I am of the same view. There is part of an upcoming bill that states that if Congress doesn't pass a budget this time around they don't get paid. We'll see. Obama needs to have his flight privileges revoked and he needs to keep his butt in the Oval Office and stop campaigning all over the country.

TFP


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

FP - Most of them could live a few years without their paycheck. They make enough off insider trading and backroom deals they would never need another paycheck. Is it civic duty that makes them spend a million or more of their own money to get elected? Me thinks they are looking at making back their initial investment very quickly one elected.


Partisan Patriot 3 years ago

Froggy

Kinda reminds you of the infamous y-2K debacle doesn't it? This was yet another example of Rahm Emanuel's famous philosiphy; "never let a crisis go to waste." Well old Barrackie Boo thought he was going to cease upon this latest crisis and force the Republicans to agree to yet another tax increase. Seems at this point Boehner abd McConnell found some starch to put in their shirts!


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

PP - We'll see what happens today. The sequester isn't but a pittance to what has to happen.

TFP


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Classic Obama....Urgency, Urgency, Emergency!....no time to think, no time to talk, no time to give, time to take...got to do it in a hurry before we all die...because if we stopped and talked about it, common sense would tell us that it's a bad idea. All his ideas are bad...proven over time. He had his deal in hand a year ago with the Speaker but tossed a half billion dollar "but" on the deal at the last minute because he was never looking for an agreement in the first place. Even ol' liberal Bob Woodward is astute enough to point that out and earn himself an "Obama Bitch-Slap" for his effort. Lot of folks need to ask themselves how long can we continue to hear about all these socialist and commies surrounding this guy and simply write it all off to coincidence. If the media had a spine, Obama's butt would be against the wall just like when they had Nixon by the tender parts and ready to eat his carcass. Not Obama....not the annointed one....their lovechild can never be wrong lest they look like fools as they slobber at his feet in idolic adoration. As a nation, we would be better off running the country with one of those 8-Ball decision makers that kids use to get for their birthday. At least we might get an honest answer to the question we asked. Maybe after Obama retires, he can drop by the poor-house and visit all his worshippers...you know, bring along the good Reverend Wright...we could all pray for better days. Thank ya, Jesus, Thank ya, Jesus...a community organizer who was raised and mentored by a card-carrying communist and elevated to high corrupt places by the likes of a hate-mongering preacher and a self-dclared American born terrorist (Bill Ayers) and his warped daddy is now running the greatest nation on earth....I suppose the joke is on us! ~WB


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

FP Nothing happening today - the Messiah is on TV now blaming the Republicans, He does have the Blame game down pat?


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bgamall 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

This austerity is nothing like that which is happening to the UK, Spain, Italy and Greece. The sky is falling in there. America has more wealth so these cuts likely won't doom us. But if you add high gas prices and other issues on top of this, who knows Froggy. The story isn't over.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Can you imagine what would happen if the CEO of a large corporation placed the blame for failure on one of the departments within the company? He would be fired and would never get another job as CEO of any company.

When will he realize this all rolls up hill to poor leadership?


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Guys he was just on TV blaming Congress again, talking he wants more taxes, blah, blah, blah... He actually uses the word "comprime" which he knows nothing about. He said the majority of Americans are on his side which isn't what polls say. The polls say we think there is a spending problem and there is.

Mike - I was thinking "prison" concerning your question.

The Frog


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bgamall 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

You lost the election Froggy. These cuts are in the military, so I would rather see more infrastructure growth take the place of some of these cuts. That would do more good than military spending, which benefits overseas more than in the US. In infrastructure spending the dollars turn over here. That is the problem Frog, dollars are not turning over on MainStreet like they should. That means there are not enough dollars on MainStreet while the UBER Rich have too many dollars.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

The Frog Prince

I like your idea about tethering Obama to the WH.

Lets add up all the costs of Air Force One, Ground Force One, the Secret Service, the additional planes and support vehicles that go with Obama on each of his trips.

Then publish these costs to the public, and run it like we did the Iran Hostage carnival.

President Obama -- Days without leaving Washington DC

Day 1

----

Day 1

----

Cumulative Score

President Obama consecutive days out of Washington DC

President Obama total days out of Washington DC

Then we would have a tote board like they have for the National Debt Calculator.

Adding the cost of each trip to the total score.

etc/


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

bhamall - Please spare us from showing up on a Hub and displaying your total lack of knowledge concerning economics. This has not a thing to do about winning or losing an election. Grow up and get past that. This is about Obama being incompetent, suggeting this very idea and then wanting his cake and eating it too. Ain't proabably going to happen son.

ib - Every time he takes off it costs us a minimum of $179K. He thinks he's on a perpetual campaign tour. Only it is at our expense.

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

bgamall - Could you please be a little more specific in what exactly you are calling infrastructure growth? Are you suggesting we weaken our Miltary to the Clinton levels so the terrorists will have good bridges to use while they attack our cities?

How about some cuts in Foreign Aid where we send billions of dollars to countries who hate us? Or the money we send to China so they can loan it back to us as high interest loans?

Based on the current world situation you honestly think this is the right time to cut Military to build highways and bridges? I think there are far more places to look at cutting than the Military.

Besides that, we have not had a budget for at least 4 years. Without a budget in place, how do we even know how we are doing in any one of the necessary departments?


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Do you believe after all the times Obama just blamed the Republicans on TV for not accepting his plan to close loopholes not one reporter asked "Well didn't the Republicans just give you the largest tax hike in history?" Unbelievable.


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Sir Frog, I must admit to being jealous. The level of sarcasm found in your introduction raises the bar. Kudos.

As for the sequester, as you point out, it's smoke and mirrors designed to keep the populace on edge. Not only should they bring it, let's really get to it and stop the hocus-pocus. How about we really start cutting some now type spending, like lowering their salaries, slashing secret service funding so no more vacations and the like. Won't happen. You point out how the Potus is still campaigning. This is a key point. The question is why. I posit the why is the same why behind the sequestration and all the other manufactured drama. His divisionist agenda is dividing America while his economic policies bleed us dry. He has weakened the military and continues to do so. He has undermined the very foundations of what is thought to be American and does so at every opportunity. BUT, to what end? He is pushing the people to the point of breaking purposefully. When they finally snap and peeps get a little out of line he can and will gleefully implement martial law to "protect us all." The legislation has been in place for some time. And the sheeple will thank him while FEMA camps all over the country "re-educate" those who don't agree with his policies, at least 80 percent of them, if I remember the numbers correctly. I believe it was an estimated 20 percent that would be too entrenched in their beliefs to be suitable candidates for “re-education.” Funny, they didn’t mention their plans for them… Or, more appropriately should I be saying us, as in those of us who have criticized his policies? Food for thought.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - bgamall hasn't read the US Constitution evidently. It states that the priamry role of the federal government is defense and establishment and maintenance of a standing Army. Oh duh!

tsad - Don't expect that press corp to ask any hardball questions. They understand that Obama is a softball player. He blamed Congress again for the sequester idea which was his in the first place.

poetvix - They aren't talking real dollars or money in hand. They are talking about slowing down the rate of federal spending. That has to happen and real quick like. My use of satire is to hold the attention span of liberals past 3-5 seconds.

The Frog


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

@ Jewel01 – I like that you flat out state you are not for either side. It makes me think perhaps you are on the side we should all be on, America’s side. If history proves nothing else, it proves that politicians of any flavor can never be trusted.

You state “Our government was set up with an executive branch, legislative branch, and judicial branch. This was to ensure that one group did not have too much power or control. As far as I am concerned it's all there fault.” You are right. While that statement is too true, it is incomplete. Yes, the three branches were set up as checks and balances for each other in an effort to guard against any one branch gaining too much power which directly threatens the freedom of the populace. Under the current administration, the executive branch has slurped power from the other two like a vampire slurps up blood. That is undeniable.

This trend did not start under Obama. I admit that, but he has taken it to extreme levels. His “army” of monitors and homeland security, while getting no play in the Lame street media, are sucking up major bucks, expanding exponentially, and recently purchased millions of rounds of hollow point ammunition. Does anyone really believe they will be the ones defending us in the event of an attack from another nation? Those increases are to battle Americans. Everyone needs to wake up and smell the coming power grab that’s in our face. Tactics such as the sequester serve no purpose other than to keep us at each others’ throats while further weakening our economy. America was for centuries known as a bastion of freedom to the world. If things keep going the way they are, America will be but one more country in the global government. Check into who holds some of the most powerful seats in the UN. You will find a glaring conflict of interest. If one wanted to bring America under control of a global government, everything mentioned above would be par for the course… it’s just good strategy to weaken any opponent as much as possible before the actual fight.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Sequestration is just another word for extortion.

"If you don't give me what I want, I will hurt you bad."

In essense, I don't want to cut spending, I love to spend.

No, there will not be a budget you can use against me if you are keeping score.

I want to raise taxes again and again until I have the largest government this country has ever seen.

Very soon I will see to it that the only available jobs with decent pay are government jobs. There will be little or no private enterprise.

I will just blame the Republicans for all of this and I will look like a hero against a pack of villans before this is over.

No, I will not talk about cutting entitlements such as free cell phones.

I will open the doors to our prisons and turn them loose on your streets. "Oh wait, sorry, I already did this."


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - The last part wasn't funny. They've just released we don't know how many illegal aliens brought up on criminal charges there in your home state. Now no one, and I mean no one, knows who told who to do that. Really?

The Frog


Pat Potts 3 years ago

I just read an article where a guy said, " He's got us" He's pulled off the greatest scam in the history of the world. He's told so many lies, so many times, that even his lies have become fact.

Sequestration was his idea, he owns it , don't play his bluff as he's glad it happened.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

FP - It really happened over the weekend, but nobody knows who issued the orders? If that is true, then you or I could call any prison and instruct them to release X number of prisoners and they would just do it?

I guess this transparent administration views providing the name of the person who gave this order as something we don't have the right to know.

In all truth, most know it was just more payback from this failed administration against the state of Arizona.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

"Now no one, and I mean no one, knows who told who to do that. Really?" Where have we heard this before ? Fast and Furious? Benghazi? I think you will find it on the front page of the Democrat playbook. It's called the "Schultz" explaination. Whenever something goes wrong " I know nothing, nothing!" But when something goes right like getting Bin Laden... Heil der fuhrer!


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

tsadjatko - I just wrote a hub on this. I think it wasn't supposed to happen until after sequestration kicked in, but somebody jumped the gun. Napolitano swears she knows nothing even though ICE reports directly to her.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Someone knows something and it's someone in a position of making decisions - I'll believe Napolitano when she takes a lie detector test. That goes for the rest of the administration too.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tsad - The whole bunch of them would fail a polygraph.

TFP


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Practiced liars can pass a polygraph because they believe what they are saying.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Not if I was asking the questions - they'd tell the truth or I'd get them so unraveled they'd leap from the chair and try to strangle me. You'd never see me again I'm sure but they know that I know they are lying. :-)

Hey OP where is that hub you wrote?


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Not supposed to do this, but if Jim doesn't get mad at me, here it is.

http://oldpoolman.hubpages.com/hub/Opening-our-Pri...


Ghost32 3 years ago

Frog: I've been scratching my head at the use of the term "sequester" from the get-go. Until this game was created out of thin air, you only heard about "sequestering a jury"--i.e., shutting them away from all communication with the outside world.

Oh. Wait. That's it in a nutshell. With nobody but the Politician Rampant on TV, spouting away, it's US who've been sequestered, denied any information that might taint our virgin pro-Bama views.

No, wait again. It's the TRUTH that's been sequestered, the knowledge that the so-called cuts were never cuts but merely nominal paper slow-downs in governmental GROWTH.

Or...

Aw, Hell, Jim, I give up. My brain just got sequestered.


Stu 3 years ago

While it's true that the sequester is largely symbolic (except for the defense cuts), it does highlight the inability of Congress to face fiscal reality and pass an effective budget. In all truth, Democrats and almost all GOP's want more taxes and more spending. House GOP's won't even support any serious spending reduction bill unless they are certain the Senate will vote it down. The RSC plan and the three Ryan plans are proof of this point.

At the root of our spending crisis is federal entitlements, which cost about $2 trillion per year. The feds also spend another $1.6 trillion on discretionary expenses, $200 billion of which does not pertain to federally enumerated powers (regulatory and enforcement expense associated with powers usurped from the states). Further, the federal entitlements, our biggest federal expense, violates enumerated powers.

Apart from the primary reason of averting tyranny, one can see another reason why federalism (vertical separation of powers) is so important. Were all federally usurped powers devolved back to the states, we could easily run a federal surplus of over $1 trillion, and most of the off balance sheet debt would simply disappear. The states simply can't overspend on the devolved powers the way the fed's do because they can't print money or borrow indefinitely.

As stupid as the sequester is, because its cuts are too randomly assigned, I think it should go through, at least temporarily, just to prove that cutting a little expense won't bring the sky down. Really, it doesn't even cut spending; it just very slightly slows the rate of increase in spending, but it's a small symbolic step. Then, Congress needs to work at real budget reform. We could easily limit federal spending to about $1.4 trillion per year ($400 billion for debt interest, and most of the rest for national defense). Other Constitutionally delegated functions of the federal government, including Congress, the Courts, the Patent Office, the Postal System, etc. add little in percentage terms to proper federal spending.

If we could get down to $1.4 trillion of annual federal spending, total tax intake of $2.4 trillion (a bit higher than recent historical averages) would yield a $1 trillion annual surplus, which could be used to pay off the official debt over 20-30 years, depending on where interest rates on rollovers head. Once the official debt is liquidated, and the off balance sheet debt is largely abrogated (via devolution of federal entitlements to the states, and ending non-contractual "full faith and credit" backing for federal housing agency bonds (bailouts)), taxes could be cut 40% to maintain a balanced budget. Even this scenario can be improved upon. If we scrapped the FIT in favor of a flat national sales tax on all end use goods and services, the tax base would skyrocket, because everybody would pay at least some tax (only half of adults do now), allowing for a lower tax rate which would boost business investment and hence jobs, further raising the tax base in a virtuous cycle.


Stu 3 years ago

CMerritt,

Your comment about getting "a call from the White House shouting at you, and warning at you that 'you will regret it'" is all too true.

I write alot to all branches and levels of government, and I'm almost certain I'm on a red list. Almost all of my emails and faxes are anti-Obama in some manner.

I get telephone calls with dead silence having caller ID's like "AFL-CIO" and "Ayers." I received an implied threat in the mail. My front door lock was recently picked and the door placed open at a 45 degree angle, with the deadbolt extended (I never even used the deadbolt, until after the incident).

Sadly, we are entering a Gestapo-like world where the First Amendment means very little, unless you work for Obama or Soros.

Stu


Mudslide 3 years ago

It's amazing how much the informed general public knows and understands what is happening to this country, yet that same general public keeps re-electing the same self-servers who are 100% responsible for our woes. I just don't get that, so I guess I'll just go fishing...


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mudslide - It isn't the informed voters that keep doing it. It's the people who have no business voting in the first place because they are uninformed. They see name recognition or a (D) or (R) and know nothing about the candidate or incumbent.

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great comment. It seems our biggest challenge right now is voter education. At least to the point where they know who the candidates are and what day is election day.


Mudslide 3 years ago

Mr. Frog - Now hang in to your lilly pad, but most respectfully, there truly are a great deal of very well informed voters out there re-electing these pathetic self-servers term after term. I personally know too many of them and I bet you do as well. Given the exact same information you and I are presented, they manage to somehow see it 180 degrees out. And there are millions of them out there; Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, CEO's, Executives, Engineers, etc. Our biggest problem remains our fellow voter.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Yes, there are many well informed voters. I don't dispute that. But there are also those whose attitude is "what's in it for me?" that the panderers of political nonsense cater to and get to go to the polls. Having watched some of the exit polls and also worked as a poll watcher I can tell you that voter fraud is there and many people who vote have no business doing so. The professionals you mention are labeled as liberals in some cases and union bunnies in others. I would rather them be voting than some of those I have seen casting an ill in ofrmed ballot.

The Frog


Stu 3 years ago

Mudslide,

Although it's true that there are alot of bright people out there, alot of factors combine to keep Obama in office and keep his approval rating high:

(1) The growing ranks of the unemployed creates Obama voters becuase they want to keep their benefits high.

(2) Hispanics overwhelmingly vote Democratic because they see Democrats as the drivers of a potential amnesty.

(3) The MSM reports very little of Obama's wrongdoings, so you can only find out about them if you get your news from sources that don't own broadcast stations.

(4) Democrats employ voting fraud and vote counting fraud at a significantly higher level than GOP's.

(5) Obama is very glib, and his words hide the nature of his actions unless you ignore what he says and look at what he really does.

(6) Obama can attract alot of campaign money because he's so willing to sell policy for cash to just about anyone.

(7) Our schools have been brainwashing students in the progressive ideology for decades, creating voters who are "programmed" to vote for leftists.

Stu


Mudslide 3 years ago

Guys, as each day passes we lose more ground. I believe we all are quite aware of this. I truly believed the Tea Party was going to make a major difference in this country, but the empowered left, duped voters, and our despicable liberal media have certainly put aback the movement.

Kerry taking the Sec. of State position attests to how much trouble this country is really in....God help us all.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Mudslide, it sure isn't looking good is it? We need a huge house cleaning if we are to ever get this back on track. Unfortunately, this would take some educated voters and it seems we are a little short of those.


Mudslide 3 years ago

OP, I have come to accept the fact that my children and grand children are going to pay a horrible price for what the Progressive left has brought upon this country, and my deepest regret will be I won't be here to help them when it is upon them full force. However, I will have done all I can to leave them as much as I can...including my arsenal if the Feds don't confiscate them all.

Our fellow Americans have intentionally and methodically created this monster and I honestly do not see things getting any better for decades to come.

SO....I'm goin' fishing..


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

May I go fishing with you? I might not want to come back to reality if I do that.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mudslide - A friend of mine sent me an email about you landing on her Hub which profiles me. Now let me tell you something in plain English which I know you'll understand Ron House AKA Semper Fi. Be careful what mud you sling here on Hub Pages. That is advice to you as a new user who is hiding behind a fictitious facade.

Maybe you don't know the rules concerning slander and libel. Maybe you should become familiar and not be shooting from the lip as you did. She deleted your comment but I got it. As we both know you are a fake conservative and will stab someone in the back because you just feel like it. I know this because I saw it.

I suggest your go back to the forum that you crawled in here from. This place is for legitimate writers and even the liberals here stand head and shoulders above you.

The Frog


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - You'd probably rather go fishing with a rattle snake buddy.

TFP


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Hub pages told me the way to deal with mudslide's ilk is to mark their comments as spam and not delete their comments. Hub pages eventually scans all comments marked as spam periodically and blocks IPs of those who are repeaters.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

tsad, Thank you for this feedback. I hope this never happens again but I will surely mark as spam in the future. I was very taken aback and actually quite pissed but now, sadly, I will be ready if it ever happens again.

Love you, Jim and y'all have a lovely day, Maria


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tsadjatko - Seems that Mudslinger has a stalking problem and he is bringing some of his misguided minions here with him. They are following me as they arrive. What a dead give away. This group isn't too bright though. I will get a list out to folks as they arrive so you can beware of people who are malicious.

Maria - Nice to have people watching our backs as back biters arrive. They obviously have nothing better to do with their lives than be pests. Some of what Mudslinger wrote in the comment block was something I said to him once so it was a dead giveaway. As I said, this isn't the bright bulb crowd here we're dealing with.

All off topic comments can be treated as spam by the author. Nice system but if the comment is out of line such as his was just copy and paste it and send it to team hub. They'll handle it.

The Frog

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