The article notes that the furlough for the current year will be $4 to $5 billion for DoD; that's out of a ~$525 billion base budget. While much of that gets committed in various ways, we're still talking about 1 percent of total spending. For this we're going to furlough all or most personnel, gnash our teeth and rend our garments, Mr. President?
Bring. It. On.
Let's just see how that works.
Reminds me of an old joke of how you could cut the federal budget: wait for the next DC snowstorm (should be soon). Everyone in DC panics at the first hint of snow, of course, so go on TV and announce that because of the snowstorm, all non-essential personnel can stay home.
After the storm passes, fire all the people who didn't show up to work -- they're not essential, after all.
Gee, back in the 70s when Congress failed to approve authorization for DoD (repeatedly month after month living on a continuing resolution, which itself went beyond being approved by payday too), we were told to report for work regardless and just hope that sometime in the month they'd get around to paying anyone, so anyone and their families could pay their bills and buy food.
I remember that, come payday we (Navy)Were "Paid" By voucher, redeemable when the congress approved, fortunately the Congress DID approve, by next payday, Didn't miss any cash.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Never say never ...
The US Debt has suppos risen US$5.0Trilyuhn every year since the Bammer has been in office.
As per DEBTCLOCK.ORG, the US National Debt was under US$16.61 as of late afternoon yesterday Guam time - this means that the US National Debt could be over US$21.0Trilyuhn by EOY 2013 = January 1st, 2014, sum that most Perts didn't expect the US to achieve until circa 2020-2022.
IT COULD BE AS HIGH AS US$46.0TRILYUHN BY 2020.
IS US INTEL AT RISK OF CUTS - OH YES, IT IS.
* FYI IIRC FREEREPUBLIC > [Weekly Standard] BUDGET CUTS COULD FORCE US ARMY AND MARINES TO REDUCE TROOP LEVELS BY 200,000.
* TOPIX > [Hamilton Spectator] CANADA WAITING TO SEE IFF BORDER PACT UNDERMINED BY US BUDGET CUTS.
Unless something changes, the US won't have to ability to oppose Iran andor China, etal. + still meet geopol, international obligations + planning requirements NO MATTER ANY RHETORIC TO THE CONTRARY.
IFF THE US CAN'T EFFEC SECURE ITS OWN NORTHERN BORDER WID CANADA, AKA A CANADA WHERE VIOLENT PRO-JIHAD ISLAMIST MILTERR GROUPS, CELLS + NETWORKS, ARE INCREASINGLY SETTING UP SHOP FOR PURPOSES OF TERROR, HOW CAN IT TAKE EFFEC MILACTION AGZ IRAN ANDOR CHINA, ETAL. OVERSEAS IN [Treaty]SUPPORT OF ALLIES???
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward continues to break ranks with his Obama-loving colleagues by holding the President's feet to the fire concerning the looming budget sequester.
One finds integrity in some of the unlikeliest places sometimes, but I'll take it and endorse it whenever and wherever I see it...
Just days after he wrote a piece in the Post exposing the inconvenient truth that it was indeed the White House that initially proposed sequestration during the 2011 debt ceiling debate, Woodward appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday saying that Obama's decision to not send the USS Truman to the Persian Gulf as a result of these deliberations was "a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time" Video at the link with transcript and commentary
SteveS, I have a sneaking suspicion that the geniuses did see through this poltroon early on. BUT, they never could talk themselves into believing that he'd be this bad because they couldn't get past the rose colored tint of their ideological spectacles.
They wanted to believe so badly that they ignored what their eyes and brain were telling them.
The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the Homeland Security Department already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention in order to save money.
Yup, Obama wants us to think the worst, well Obama we think the worst , OF YOU, (I can't WAIT UNTILL HE'S IMPEACHED)
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Rest assured the Admin still wants to take away Amer's guns AMAP.
As for impeachment, its NOT gonna happen unless something akin to the 1960's Valachi hearings takes place. The way things stand currently, AFAIS McCain etal. have N-O-T-H-I-N-G.
The Bammer neeeds to be subpoenaed, as well as others inside the deep abysses of DepState, DOJ + USDOD. ANY LINKS BETWEEN BEGHAZI + "FAST-N-FURIOUS II" IN LIBYA, SYRIA - OR NON-EXISTENCE OF SAME- MUST BE VERIFIED.
THUS FAR MCCAIN + BOYZ JUST KEEP ASKING WIMPY QUESTIONS.
So, he does it in one big photo opportunity, rather than stealthy day to day. Big deal. Catch and Release(tm) has been the modus operandi of DHS and ICE for five years. They're just not hiding it anymore.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the illegals aliens, who do not abide by the rule of law, and who undercut the wages of all lawful citizens.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
I guess putting them on greyhound busses and sending their asses across the border was too expensive. Cut one congresscritter's pay and you'd have the funds.
Everyone of these pogs in the administration should give up their chauffered limos, security details, and vacations in the name of austerity. Congress should only meet once every two years such as in Texas in the interest of damage control.
This is the same kind of crap all municipalities and most states do when they have a budget shortfall - threaten the critical items (like Defense, Border Security, etc...) to force higher taxes to save their pet projects (Welfare, ObumbleCare, etc...).
The first thing that should be cut is any and all 'earmark' spending - that is almost total waste. Then start chopping anything the Federal government is doing that it has no authority to do (in other words enforce the 10th Admendment): Education, Environment Protection, FDA, ObamaCare, Health and Human Services, Welfare.
The absolute last things which should be cut is Defense - including Border Security (which is essentially what this is all about).
It is my understanding that the National Guard can be called up by State Governors for domestic emergencies.
My understanding is that the number of illegals/criminals being released by Obama's Department of Homeland Security, a cabinet level department that Obama is molding into a group that could counter the National Guard, the number of illegals being released by the DHS is 10,000.
The proper approach is for Governors to call up the guard to apprehend the illegals. Followed up with the writing of articles of impeachment.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.