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Giving up leverage?

October 12, 2013

To the editor: President Obama waxed eloquent in his Wednesday news conference about his willingness to meet with Republicans in the House to discuss their concerns regarding Obamacare....

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Oct-18-13 12:43 PM

Avoice, the truth is not rhetoric. I have not seen a single Republican deficit reduction plan that reduces Defense spending. Paul Ryan who just unsuccessfully ran against Obama as the VP nominee actually wanted to significantly increase defense spending. That is insanity!

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Oct-17-13 10:45 PM

japanviking posted " You cannot balance the budget and get rid of the deficit solely on the backs of the elderly, sick, and poor, while not touching wall street, corporations and defense." Your posted rhetoric gets old after time. There are many places the government has wasted money in providing benefits or entitlements to healthy, working age individuals which should be stopped. How about union waivers to the health care law, how about the 3.5 million working adults, neither sick, elderly or disabled who should be dropped from the SNAP program(even the CBO admits there are about 3.8 million peole who are receiving benefits which should not be)? You will never get anybody to agree to selected reductions, so an across the board cut is probably the best course as everybody then feels the pain. Having done budgets for over forty-five years, every budget has "slush" built into it - you just have to weed it out. I am sure you have had to make adjustments in setting you

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Oct-17-13 1:34 PM

Avoice, I was discussing the Affordable Healthcare Act and not the sequester. I would be more than happy to discuss that with you also. It was an ax used to do surgery instead of a scalpel but as neither side would allow their pet programs to be cut sufficiently this is what we ended up with. Both sides share equal blame for the sequester. You cannot only cut personal entitlement programs and not touch corporate entitlements or defense and say that is a balanced approach. I spent 24 years in the military and now work as a defense contractor so defense cuts would be and are very pertinent to me but they are necessary. You cannot balance the budget and get rid of the deficit solely on the backs of the elderly, sick, and poor, while not touching wall street, corporations and defense. Shared sacrifice needs to be just that, shared.

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Oct-17-13 1:20 PM

So easy to forget, japanviking, but the sequester was proposed by the President, passed thru both houses of Congress and was signed into law by him. The Senate in one of thier bill offerings proposed repealing the sequester but the House rejected. I did not hear you voice an opinion saying the sequester was the law of the land.

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Oct-14-13 2:44 PM

tea baggers

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Oct-14-13 2:43 PM

JapanViking is right, *********s need to quit with the political terrorism already, they are only hurting the country and increasing the synicisim of the public. Shame on you.

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Oct-14-13 8:58 AM

My suggestion to Congressional Republicans is simple. You want to repeal existing law which was passed by legal legislative means, pronounced constitutional by the Supreme Court, and cleared a proxy referendum in the form of a presidential election in which the loser ran on the platform of repealing it? Try winning a Presidential election. Obstructionism and extortion are not forms of political dialog or negotiation which will ever work, especially when the current resident of the White House championed the Affordable Care Act. Even if you are one of the militant, radical, I hate Obama and anything he does crowd a little common sense would bring you to the realization that this is a fight you cannot win.

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Oct-14-13 3:04 AM

"Giving up leverage"...because this whole government shutdown is just one big game, isn't it?

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Oct-13-13 8:45 AM

Quit spewing out things you hear and understand the real situation.

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