Let the sequester begin

The sequester kicks in on March 1, 2013. In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, 22nd District of California, sums up that the Obama administration is using scare tactics that the sequester spending cuts will usher in Armageddon.  

0914-white-house-sequestration-report.jpg_full_600Government employees fear losing their jobs, but as Nunes says, the Obama administration has spent trillions of dollars on job creation, with no results. “The President doesn’t want to make cuts. We need to make a lot more cuts.” Nunes also says Obama is campaigning to put the blame on Republicans so Obama can win in 2014, and put Nancy Pelosi back in as House Speaker.

Obama forgets he agreed to the sequester bill in 2011 when Jack Lew was the White House chief of staff. Bob Woodward writes in an op-ed piece for The Washington Post that Obama began blaming Congress during the last presidential debate. It was Obama who said, “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” A slight of amnesia on the part of our President makes sense that Nunes’ assertion would be correct that Obama is not concerned about our nation’s declining economy, but only campaigning to win in 2014.

Nunes also thought it was goofy to come up with a “super committee” and didn’t vote for it. The super committee, or super congress, consists of six members of the House and Senate, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. The House members were chosen by Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Senate members were chosen by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The sequester reduces budget authority in 2013 to $85 billion and actual spending cuts of $42 billion. At Zerohedge, “The Other Sequester No one is Talking About” is the second sequester. It’s impossible to put an exact figure on actual spending cuts, but the Bipartisan Policy Center (BRC) puts the figure at another $6 billion. Depending on what the Department of Defense (DoD) has spent or not, could result in more austerity.

In a comment to the Zerohedge article, [warning: f-bomb] Daily Bail suggests we should have a sequester every 6 months. “Seriously, how you [sic] can you not LOVE the sequester.” Rick Santelli, credited as a tea party catalyst, may get a bad rap, but the bank bailouts, TARP and the fed’s quantitative easing have not helped troubled homeowners, created jobs, or improved the economy. Many business experts agree QE3 is Bernanke’s and the Fed’s attempt to create another housing bubble for TBTF banks. QE3 is not meant to help average American homeowners or taxpayers since taxpayers for the next generation will be paying for the bailouts, along with other Obama’s administration spending we can’t afford. The Home Affordable Modification Program gave some the impression Obama was promising to pay their mortgage and put gas in their car.

Reported in the Daily Bail, Rick Santelli of CNBC declared “Republicans need to be like Eisenhower and SLASH Spending for the Military Industrial Complex,” in an interview recently with Bill Frezza, who writes for The Huffington Post. Frezza’s article, “To Save the Republic, Republicans Must Slash Defense Spending,” he queries, “What good will it do to preserve a military second to none if there is nothing left worth defending?” He’s right that we should be reserving our resources for future threats. Who knows when North Korea may be able successfully to launch a missile that lands on the Pacific Northwest.

Pamela Seley is a regular contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @PamelaSeley

Pamela Seley is a regular contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @PamelaSeley

The Republican party must stand up for their principles to cut spending, shrink the deficit, grow the economy through limited taxation and regulation, and follow through on a principal of limited government – if the GOP continues to believe that limited government continues to be vital to the survival of our nation. It’s true what Frezza writes, “The Democratic Party’s tax, spend, borrow, and print mentality cannot be effectively challenged by an opposition party that clings to its own kind of pork.”

Going back to what Rep. Nunes said earlier, there are ways to cut spending that does not negatively impact the Department of Defense and our national security.

The dangers of which President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke in his farewell address on January 17, 1961 may be at our door.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Let the sequester begin; and let the Obama administration and Democrats explain why war and building bombs are good for the economy.

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  1. Your article states; “What good will it do to preserve a military second to none if there is nothing left worth defending?”. This is backwards thinking. If there is something worth defending and the military isn’t able to defend it, that is a problem. However, the sequester isn’t a big deal to most people. I wish Leno or O’Reilly would have a man in the street interview and ask people what sequester is. The answers would be funny. Perhaps this is the strategy conservative Republicans need to incorporate in the future. Name so called budget cuts (which are a cut in the proposed increases, not really a cut) with words that are at least 3 syllables long so people who don’t pay attention won’t care that fiscal responsibility is taking root.

  2. Hello, Pushinback, I was quoting Prezza: “What good will it do to preserve a military second to none if there is nothing left worth defending?” Prezza also said “George Washington and John Quincy Adams said Americans shouldn’t go abroad in search of foreign monsters to destroy.” GOP could lead the charge to slashing defense spending, but not in a capricious way. The video interview with Santelli was posted on Daily Bail which is linked in my article. Or you can see it on via @youtube — > http://youtu.be/u8u9FIuOcGI

    I agree with you the sequester is not a big deal to most Americans. Not many common people care because “financial stuff” is seen as boring. That’s why we’re $16 trillion in debt and it’s growing, and why low-information voters and staunch Democrats simply believe raising taxes, or “tax revenue”, as Obama and Nancy Pelosi like to say, is the solution to mounting debt and growing deficit. It’s obvious U.S. public schools have done a terrible job educating the public, especially when it comes to economics and finance. Most people haven’t a clue what is going on with government spending and the sequester. You’re spot on when you say the spending cuts of the sequester aren’t cuts, only that our federal government will not be increasing their spending in the future. It’s similar to an employee claiming his income was cut because one year his/her company didn’t give the expected annual salary increase. Both are counting on money as income they haven’t received and won’t receive. That’s not a cut in income. duh

    Americans, and conservatives, especially need to point out Washington’s word meanings and definitions are slight of hand when it comes to our, taxpayer’s money, and everything else from social issues to gun control. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post today.


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