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It may be that we should let sequestration happen March 1 and look for a sunrise on March 2. There, I wrote it. I actually said it out loud two days ago to a serious and indeed rarefied lunch group, one prominent and bipartisan and learned.

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Editorial, Pages 15 on 02/21/2013

Print Headline: Calculating cuts

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  • Jfish
    February 21, 2013 at 7:44 a.m.

    Well said John.

  • drs01
    February 21, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

    The president's "chicken is falling" line of BS is not helping Arkansas legislators who must decide if-when-how to deal with Medicaid expansion. Who could believe ANYTHING originating in Washington these days? And we thought Clinton wrote the book on BS and lies. Move over Bill, there's a new leader in town. Let the sequestration begin.

  • Jackabbott
    February 21, 2013 at 8:42 a.m.

    The voters decided on the status quo in November and that is what we are seeing and getting. Let the chips fall where they may on the cuts, it is got to start somewhere and you are not going to get this current group of folks to agree on much. The bloating of the military and the wars and tax cuts for the 1% plus a bunch of "junk"/payback spending has created this mess. With the exception of the 1% and the military, practically everyone else has had to cut back. The big and over-reaching belief that all these tax cuts(remember the Obama stimulus was 33% tax cuts) would create an economic paradise have basically failed.
    Please quit referring to premium payments for SS and Medicare as "taxes"- Are you insurance payments for your vehicle, home and health also taxes??

  • Jackabbott
    February 21, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.

    drs01, you are only partially correct. What about Bush and his grand, worthless, endless wars that are bleeding us broke?? What about the Reagan and Bush tax cuts and Babe Ruth trade agreements that shifted our jobs to China and Mexico, they promised us a paradise, it never mateialized because they siphoned the money to the 1%, foreign countries and the military and we are left with tab. Clinton and Obama basically followed the same old worn out voo doo economic policies that have failed.

  • drs01
    February 21, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

    Jack - I can read history. However, this is the present. We can't change what has already happened, but we can speak out and maybe even act on what is happening today. And today this goober is staging events to meet his self-serving, destructive, anti-American agenda. He wants a nanny state with a weak military. Ironically, the old south rises again with Obama and the liberals running the plantation.

  • Dontsufferfools
    February 21, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

    Had a few beers with a friend who is a financial adviser for a national company. He says that because of sequestration, his company is betting on a 10% stock market correction this spring.

  • RaylanGivens
    February 21, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

    beer there is a 10% correction every year at some point, and there are 3 corrections of 5% each year also. So if it happens it really does not mean a thing.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.

    The cuts we’re talking about here are chicken feed compared to overall scope of the federal budget. Whine as the bureaucrats may, I’m sure they can deal with losing $85.4 billion from a $3.8 trillion budget.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 21, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.

    drs01......... TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott announced plans Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan.

    Scott said he will ask the Legislature to expand the program under a bill that would expire in three years, after which it would require renewed legislative support. He's the seventh Republican governor so far to propose expanding the taxpayer-funded health insurance program.

    foxnews. com/politics/2013/02/20/gov-scott-agrees-to-expand-florida-medicaid-program/#ixzz2LYkEl7GL

  • 000
    February 21, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.

    I think Gov Scott may be buying into an old community organizer tactic to kill off "The Man".
    Suck the life out of it and it will die, is the basic premise.
    Get enough folks taking the free stuff and you can bring the system down.
    Oh, WOW! Obama was a community organizer, wasn't he? MY GOD! I wonder if... no, surely not...