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Tuesday
Feb262013

Leftist clergy bring God into politics; improper payments more than sequester

Taxpayers funded the federal employee tasked with coming up with this tribute to Treas. Sec. Time Geithner. Obviously, the federal government has money and labor to burn. (Snip: U.S. Treasury website)President Barack Obama’s sequester is the very large chicken that is coming home to roost in the White House. Many of us won’t even notice a measly $85 billion in cuts, but some states may feel the pinch if they’re heavily reliant on increased spending in sectors like the defense industry.

Fact is all the cuts won’t be immediate and the cuts are actually mostly reductions in spending President Barack Obama and the Democrats increased with their now infamous and failed “Recovery Act.”

Even an op-ed writer at The Washington Post noted fears are overblown.

WaPo's Glenn Kessler does a fairly good job of breaking things down, including explaining why the president is, in fact, pulling the wool over our eyes on cuts to Head Start (boldface added):

The 2008 enacted amount for Head Start, translated into 2013 dollars, would be $7.45 billion. The post-sequester total for Head Start would leave the program at $7.55 billion. So the Obama administration would still be slightly ahead of the game even after sequester.

If you’re older than, say, 35, you’ve seen this battle before. Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians will never fully agree about spending, taxes and the size/power of the federal government. That is as it should be. When all of Washington agrees, we normal people usually lose.

Solutions abound and the fact the White House isn’t seeking them says a lot about the inability of liberals to lead.

Tweaks to managing federal funding at each agency could be made to permit money transfers. Reductions in non-essential items (office supplies, etc.) as well as reductions in employee perks like cell phones could certainly be made. Recruiting bonuses could (and definitely should) be frozen for at least 2 years.

You don’t have to “recruit” a federal employee—that is one sector we have an abundance of, except for diplomat-types willing to serve in danger zones. Potential federal employees are a dime a dozen due to taxpayer funded benefits that go beyond all logic.

Meanwhile, a couple groups allied with the Left planned to “occupy” Speaker John Boehner’s office, said Forbes, “to pressure lawmakers to ask corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share before the sequester kicks in.”

God and politics shouldn’t mix, but politicians having witnessed how easy it is to persuade the so-called faithful who come, hands outstretched not to God but to government—well, both parties will probably continue to call upon God to deliver whatever is being prayed for politically at the moment. And you wonder why organized religion is in deep weeds?

As liberals proclaim the sky is falling, Republicans are digging in and hopefully the GOP will prevent another in a very long line (at least 20 or so) of tax increases Dems have managed to levy. Note that our president and his fellow Dems never talk about the tax hikes in the ObamaCare Tax Bill. Bear those in mind when you hear tax-and-spendthrifters demand more of anyone’s hard-earned dough.

Obama and his team came up with the sequester idea even though many media won’t credit the Teflon administration for doing so. Author Bob Woodward, an icon of the Left if ever there was one, rapidly becoming an icon of the right as well, laid credit for the sequester at Obama’s feet. CNBC summed it up this way (boldface added):

Woodward documents in his 2012 book The Price of Politics that team Obama first proposed the idea of the sequester. Expanding on his work in a Sunday Washington Post op-ed, he noted—as he has before—that both President Obama and his would-be Treasury Secretary Jack Lew lied on the campaign trail by saying the sequester originated with House Republicans. The White House has now ceded that fact.

In a perfect world, true men and women of God would not want to rob one sector to hand money over to another—thievery by any name stinks just as sourly. Whatever happened to ‘Thou shalt not covet’?

In a perfect world, a president would acknowledge that his party’s spending has expanded the dangers the other party’s spending expanded after the president’s party expanded it in the 1990s—you get the idea. Spending has long been a bipartisan habit. It’s the cutting that few want to take on although Americans on Main Street have learned to cut, cut and cut some more in large part, due to this administration’s policies and the previous administration’s inability to staunch liberal policies and refrain from spending unwisely as well.

The federal government reported $115 billion in improper payments for the 2011 fiscal year. Why aren't politicians and our president harping on that? After all, the feds wasted more than the sequester.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 26, 2013)

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Study my Letter on Diana@Philosophyinaction.com. (Search: Crazy Inbox)

The so-called "federal government" is not only BANKRUPT, It's Operating Way In The Red, & Head -Over- Heels in Debt, & It Has A Huge & Increasing , Budget Deficit. There's virtually zero $ for anything whatsoever.

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeRoy Matthews
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