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Budget battle

Local officials try to assess impact if huge cuts come

February 27, 2013

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Feb-28-13 1:30 PM

Good enough me to repeat: I chuckle when I hear the term "that is racist". "The Chicago way" or just the word Chicago is now racist according to MSNBC. That’s racist. Calling the current president lazy is racist. Stating that the president plays a lot of golf is racist according to msnbc. The NAACP says using the word “Obamacare” is racist. Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Cleveland – accused Sen. John McCain of ‘sexism and racism’ for criticizing UN Ambassador Susan Rice for her comment on Benghazi. Claiming racism and sexism is out of the Lib playbook.

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Feb-28-13 8:44 AM

Why are Democrats so racist always the first to throw out the race card ?

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Feb-27-13 6:19 PM

Folks: remember that in the sequestration bill that Congress passed the ability to fine tune the cuts was expressly taken away. That means that the managers can't do the cuts the smart way. Depending on how the money was appropriated, they have to make a percentage cut from every line. If that line is for salaries, then that is where the cuts have to come. The extreme stupidity of this approach was supposed to be one of the reasons it would "force" congress to act.

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Feb-27-13 6:16 PM

Republican fools!

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Feb-27-13 5:27 PM

@oneill Congress had an approval rating of 14% before the 2012 Election and they still kept the Congress. Congress is elected locally not national and the Republicans are doing what their constituents what them to do.

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Feb-27-13 5:23 PM

@oneill Tell You what if I'm wrong about the Republicans keeping the house in 2014 I will stay off the comments for a year here.

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Feb-27-13 4:30 PM

In the private sector, when something happens that has the potential to affect the delivery of goods and services to the company’s customer, everything is done to minimize the effect on the customer. But Gov’t is not a managed private entity. It is a bunch of little independent departments that are run like individual fiefdoms. So when the FAA has to cut 1.5% out of a $73,000,000,000 budget Ray Lahood decides that it is the air traffic controllers and security screeners at airports that are the first to go in order to maximize the pain felt by taxpayers/customers. Basically, this is a way of getting retribution on the Taxpayer for daring to cut the rate of increase by so little. Inflicting the most pain to the customer/ citizen with the least pain to the FAA. What a bunch of BS.

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Feb-27-13 4:28 PM

To put this into perspective, these cuts are $85 billion. Apple is sitting on $137 billion cash. $85 Billion is chump change. If agencies in the US Gov’t cannot find a way to cut 1.5% out of their budgets, the Gov’t is even more messed up than first thought. The media is focused on the number 85 Billion. It is not that big of s deal. The problem is every agency is going to protect their goodies and make the citizens suffer by cutting personnel. It shows you what disdain the gov’t has for their citizens

If the President has any guts he would demand that the cuts come from something besides laying off folks. There is fat in every departments budget, repeat every single one.

If you set your thermostat to 74, turning it down to about 73 is 1.5%. Are you really going to notice?

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Feb-27-13 4:26 PM

few years

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Feb-27-13 4:26 PM

Everything I have seen or read in regards to sequester has to do with laying off people. That would mean, if this was the private sector, that the entity in question is running at top efficiency and the only way to cut costs in a downtime is to reduce spending. In the private sector scenario, the entity’s highest cost which are personnel so layoffs happen. There is not one Gov’t agency that can be accused of running at 100% lean and mean efficiency. There has to be, repeat one hundred times, there has to be many areas within each agency to reduce costs before going to layoffs of personnel. Problem is that no one has been called on the carpet to make efficiencies happen. When someone gets used to only more money coming in every year, a lazy management style kicks in. The Sequester is a reduction in increases, not reductions in current dollars. Layoffs are the manager’s easy way out. Gov’t has no mangers, just appointees. Every major industry has learned to do with less over the last fe

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Feb-27-13 4:24 PM

The Republicans will not lose any seats this year or 2014 because there are no swing districts left in America. I know Democrats have dreams but you already have "Hope & Dope " in the white house you don't need the congress too.

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Feb-27-13 4:18 PM

JoshBrown.... My father worked for ODOT for 25 years and without those workers. This put jobs into our area and it is better to have local workers than contractors that don't care about our streets or how our snow is removed. Come on give it a break!!!

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Feb-27-13 2:22 PM

JoshBrown: Such gross generalizations about any group of people are the product of a pea-brained intellect.

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Feb-27-13 12:48 PM

This is going to hurt. The tea party is smiling but they will lose seats because they are cutting good government programs. I think they like to blame government for every problem. I see cheating, bad individuals/people/businesses using a cash economy and filing false claims for government money. Bad citizens, not bad government is a big problem. Greed and selfish self interest by your neighbors.

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Feb-27-13 12:40 PM

Everyone wants cuts till they find out what they are then its the home game it's this party or that party's fault .Neither party will give an inch so now we will have a real mess. It's like a couple of kids it's my fault it's your fault and that's where we are stuck . And still in this column nothing but the blame game all of you you as dumb as congress

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Feb-27-13 11:34 AM

As for Head Start 'working'; 'January 13, 2013, "The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released its latest batch of Head Start data, revealing, once again, that its students are receiving far less than a “head start.” The study, which was finally released the weekend before Christmas after more than a year’s delay, examines the third-grade outcomes of two groups of Head Start students: those who began the program at age three and another who began at age four." *******blog.heritage****/2013/01/13/another-study-confirms-head-start-doesnt-work/

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Feb-27-13 11:29 AM

Marietta Times, there are no REVENUE CUTS. Sequestration involves a 2% REDUCTION in our FUTURE spending, a slowdown on how quickly we spend our Country into poverty. If we can not cut 2 cents off every dollar of future government spending then we are in much more severe trouble then we have been told. And how is it that the sequestration is the Tea Party's fault? Obama came up with the idea, promoted the idea & signed the idea into law and promised during the debates that it would never happen. When the republicans wanted to rearrange how and where the sequestration cuts would be made, Obama threatened to veto that. He just thought the republicans would cave again and he could raise taxes via the fear factor routine. Obama might be a 'Community Organizer' but the man couldn't organize himself out of a paper bag let alone run the government.

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Feb-27-13 11:06 AM

@oneill it will be over on Friday the cuts will happen .At the end of the March obama will be begging congress to raise the debt ceiling. The great thing about all of this is congress has to nothing to fear American is divided between diehard democrats&republicians

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Feb-27-13 9:40 AM

@voiceofreason1 There shouldn't be ODOT workers the work should go to private contractors.

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Feb-27-13 9:34 AM

JoshBrown--I don't agree with your statement at all about getting rid of all State and government employees.

The ODOT workers were lined up with their snow plows and salt spreaders awaiting the last snowfall & ice accumulation. I think they do a great job!

Since they are neither police or fire fighters, under your philosophy, our roads would never be plowed or salted.

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Feb-27-13 9:15 AM

They need to do away with all State & Government workers but Police and Firefighters. Government workers just sit around all day waiting for retirement and they are the most miserable group of human being alive.

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Feb-27-13 9:05 AM

@O'Neill The answer to the question that was never asked .

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Feb-27-13 8:02 AM

"Forward" Like Lemming Over a Cliff

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Feb-27-13 8:00 AM

So obama has a choice cut 15k jobs or cut welfare for people abusing the system and obamaphones it's all up to him

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Feb-27-13 7:20 AM

If government cuts back on 10 jobs and cuts the red tape to open up the door for more business someone will see the opportunity to manufactuer something and hire 1,000 people weigh it out that 10 for a 1,000 new jobs .

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