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Will lawmakers strike a deal before the automatic spending cuts take effect on Friday?

Fox Report with Shepard Smith 2013/02/27 16:00:00
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First there was the debt-ceiling crisis. Then the "fiscal cliff." Now it's the "sequester." While Congress averted the first two crises, it looks like lawmakers do not have a way out of the automatic spending cuts poised to hit Friday -- at least not yet.

But are they really as bad as the Obama administration says? Republican lawmakers, while acknowledging the whole situation is far from ideal, have increasingly come to the conclusion that, no, they're not.




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  • Hawkeye 2013/02/27 19:55:06
    No
    Hawkeye
    +15
    The sequester was Obama's idea and was intended to coeerce the republicans into granting Obama unlimited taxation powers.. It was set up to make therepublicans look BAD no matter how it turned out..

    IF Obama got what he wanted the Republicans get blammed for raising taxes.. If he DIDN'T then the cuts in defense would ALSO end up being blammed on the Republicans..

    Obama vowed to VETO any attempt to avoid the sequester and Reid BLOCKED two attempts to do so..

    But Obama took it too far.. He counted on the Media backing him UP as they ALways HAVE.. He was counting on the fact that the sequester was all HIS Idea never getting out there and he was conting on the republicans cowing to his will..

    THAT didn't happen.. the Republicans,, with the help of Liberal media wonk Bob Woodward,, got the truth OUT there and the Republicans did the unthinkable.. They called called Obama's Bluff.. NOW the WHOLE world will come crashing down if HIS idea comes to pass..

    FACT IS,, the left is out there saying that the WORST possible thing that can come out of all of this is for the sequester to go through and NOTHING happens and THAT is WHY EVERY head of EVERY cabinet position in Obama's administration has come out with DIRE predictions .. THAT'S why of ALL of the tebns of thousands of people i...


    The sequester was Obama's idea and was intended to coeerce the republicans into granting Obama unlimited taxation powers.. It was set up to make therepublicans look BAD no matter how it turned out..

    IF Obama got what he wanted the Republicans get blammed for raising taxes.. If he DIDN'T then the cuts in defense would ALSO end up being blammed on the Republicans..

    Obama vowed to VETO any attempt to avoid the sequester and Reid BLOCKED two attempts to do so..

    But Obama took it too far.. He counted on the Media backing him UP as they ALways HAVE.. He was counting on the fact that the sequester was all HIS Idea never getting out there and he was conting on the republicans cowing to his will..

    THAT didn't happen.. the Republicans,, with the help of Liberal media wonk Bob Woodward,, got the truth OUT there and the Republicans did the unthinkable.. They called called Obama's Bluff.. NOW the WHOLE world will come crashing down if HIS idea comes to pass..

    FACT IS,, the left is out there saying that the WORST possible thing that can come out of all of this is for the sequester to go through and NOTHING happens and THAT is WHY EVERY head of EVERY cabinet position in Obama's administration has come out with DIRE predictions .. THAT'S why of ALL of the tebns of thousands of people in the transportation department,, ONLY the Air Traffic COntrollers will LOSE their Jobs.. The SAME is true with all other agencies as well.. The Democrats will MAKE this hurt..


    THAT'S exactly what they're telling you and you can BET for the FIRST time in YOUR lifetime that THIS time,, the Democrats will actually DO what they promise they're going to do..
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  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/03/12 02:14:47
  • Sidrah Zaheer 2013/03/10 02:45:20
    No
    Sidrah Zaheer
    Don't you know how the script goes? They never strike any deal.
  • Peewee ~PWCM~ 2013/03/10 01:39:37
    No
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    How about passing a BUDGET?
  • Constitution Believer 2013/03/10 01:06:31
  • bt sedlock 2013/03/04 19:37:06
    No
    bt sedlock
    What the heck is a sequester?
  • nicesteve 2013/03/03 23:43:20
    Yes
    nicesteve
    With a LOT of luck, and TONS of answeared prayers, maybe they will.
  • Sunny 2013/03/03 19:03:52
    No
    Sunny
    It seems as if, one more time, Congress, with it's already ridiculously low rating, once again is behaving like high school students... bickering, one upping each other and waiting for the last minute to do the report... or in this case, study for the exam... which would require actually working!... studying the options and specifics and making intelligent decisions about each topic proposed.... which they had MONTHS to do.
  • JET 2013/03/03 14:27:18
    Yes
    JET
    It's obama's baby and it needs to be born, just so we can enjoy watching him back pedal.
  • bt sedlock JET 2013/03/04 19:39:54
    bt sedlock
    What do you mean by back pedal?
  • JET bt sedlock 2013/03/10 20:14:57
    JET
    Do a Kerry, he was for it before he was against it. Same for the prez, he was all for it before he realized that it actually had a chance of passing.
  • bt sedlock JET 2013/04/02 19:22:44
    bt sedlock
    Thanks for the info. These politicians can't make up their minds and people look up to them as role models.
  • JET bt sedlock 2013/04/03 00:01:30
    JET
    I really am getting tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. There's just got to be a better way than sorting through the garbage and hoping to find something usable.
  • bt sedlock JET 2013/04/03 03:10:16
    bt sedlock
    +1
    Me too.
  • whitecollar 2013/03/03 06:07:59 (edited)
    No
    whitecollar
    +1
    The Republicans are to blame for refusing to work with Democrats on preventing the Sequester. They are refusing to keep this country out of another recession. It is more important to help their wealthy donors than it is to support the country. Just once, I'd like to see if they could try being less selfish and do something for the greater good.
  • Constit... whiteco... 2013/03/10 01:19:09
  • masondog1 2013/03/03 00:58:34
    No
    masondog1
    The President came up with sequestor. It was his idea. Now he is going to use it to blame the Republicans. He is a con. What do you expect out of a politician from Chicago.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/03/02 18:51:19
    No
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    First off the cuts that are being made are no where near large enough to help the spending problem that we have. The House was passing a bill that would allow the President more say so on what got cut he told them he would veto it. Before that The House passed Two Bill that would have avoided the sequester and neither made it thru the Senate and the President had already said that he would veto them if They came to his desk. He wanted to use sequester as a tool to beat-up on the Republicans. I think that is why he asked for it in the first place.
  • T 2013/03/02 18:02:19
    No
    T
    +1
    Republican goals are to make cuts. Not avoiding the Sequester will bring about cuts.

    Dems want to increase taxes on big business and the rich. Not avoiding the Sequester will give Dems nothing.

    Republicans have nothing to lose and everything to gain by NOT avoiding the Sequester. Why would they give in?
  • Dave 007 2013/03/02 13:25:31
    No
    Dave 007
    +1
    The end of America is coming very soon to you.
  • El Prez 2013/03/01 23:03:01
    No
    El Prez
    +1
    No! but they will back out soon after the pinch comes in and all their constituants begin to complain. Write, call, e-mail and fax you congress people, especially if they are part of the "no group". Complain and somethign will happen. If ther is no complaint they will get the idea that this crap is "acceptable". idiots need to be turned out in 2014 too!!!!
  • Magus BN-0 2013/03/01 22:58:25
    No
    Magus BN-0
    +2
    The House Republicans don't care about what's good for America, after all.
  • DougE Magus BN-0 2013/03/02 00:35:43
    DougE
    +3
    aparently you have no clue sir. Making the spoiled little ass in the whitehouse actually do something is good for Amercia, and taking his checkbook away is the only way to reign this guy in. Sorry you don't like it, but you'll like speaking Mandarin Chineese even less I think.
  • Magus BN-0 DougE 2013/03/02 07:24:34
    Magus BN-0
    +2
    The guy who uses the worst president of the 20th century as his avatar thinks I'm the one who's clueless? That's pretty funny.

    Obama has been doing what's good for America. It's the Republicans in the House who are trying to hurt America. They figure they can trick voters into blaming Democrats for Republicans' own actions.
  • Giantfan 2013/03/01 20:11:19
    No
    Giantfan
    +2
    Not at all because republicans think we can cut our way out of $16.5 trillion in debt not counting interest without any revenue increases. That will never happen. We need both cuts and revenue increases.
  • DougE Giantfan 2013/03/02 00:38:32
    DougE
    +2
    You have no clue what you are talking about do you? Should we all pay 100% to government and then beg them for money? I know you don't get this, but if we taxed all taxpayers, not people who get back more than they pay, 100% it would not pay down the debt. Do some g*dd@mn research for once in your life and be useful. The answer is less spending, not more revenue.
  • Giantfan DougE 2013/03/02 03:56:19
    Giantfan
    +2
    I don't need that old talking point about taxing all 100% of their wages line it's old and it's pathetic. You see your profile picture there, he's the beginning of our debt problems. Cutting taxes from 70% to 28% and tripling our national debt. We wouldn't be in the position we are in today if not for Reagan. Research it yourself and stop writing like an ass.
  • Mungam44 2013/03/01 18:21:29
    No
    Mungam44
    The socialist in the White House and his comrades in arms in Congress have us on a path to fiscal ruin. If my personal expenditures outran my revenues how long before I would have to screw my creditors and seek protection from the court?? What does this country intend to do when Bernanke's printing presses break. The two largest holders of U.S debt are The SS Trust Fund and The Fed so how long does that shell game continue before Social Security has no purchasing power. China and Japan are by far the two largest holders of U.S. debt instruments. Will they continue to lend us money because they still feel America is a safe haven for their money, or will they pull back?

    Interest on the debt, even with the low yields, was at almost $1/2 trillion for fiscal 2011
    and Bernanke has no choice but to keep rates down. The cuts being discussed are not cuts as such but just a reduction in what those spendaholics want for future expenditures but are still an INCREASE over current levels. A reduction of $85-110 billion per year out of a ANNUAL budget of $3.6-3.7 TRILLION is chicken feed!! Without a reversal of the current deficit spending, that $16.7 TRILLION debt will only get larger. Time to really cut especially with all the social handout programs. I think jug ears and Congress are just trying to make our fiscal condition so bad that it will open the door for a national sales tax or a VAT tax. They will then say they had no choice!!!
  • MS PRUD 2013/03/01 18:20:29
    No
    MS PRUD
    Obama got his tax increases that started 1 Jan 2013 now he wants more and he initiated this sequester and now is trying to blame the Reps - people are not stupid. Its hard to forget about the increase in taxes when your middle class and your paycheck goes down.
  • whats u... MS PRUD 2013/03/01 19:14:44
    whats up with that
    +1
    no he didn/t the super powers that be is still trying to keep from paying there tax. George Bush set up for the super rich that does not apply to the rest of us we pay they play they are the big bully in the room they are in control . What has been going on for some time now like a snowball rolling down the hill how do you stop it? Even the Republican party is not agreeing with the super Tea party that seems to be running the show .knock knock knock WAKE UP AMERICA .
  • DougE whats u... 2013/03/02 00:38:52
    DougE
    poly want a cracker?
  • Glen 2013/03/01 17:50:00
    No
    Glen
    Obama doesn't do deals or compromise.
  • Prettyface 2013/03/01 17:38:53
    No
    Prettyface
    President Barack Obama will get the Resources that He Need to Keep Us above the Mark Line . We will Be out of Debt in about 20 More Years and President Obama will serve for the Next Twenty Years keep Us above Sinking Level . Presidents are Suppose to Be the Leaders of the Future . So We have Our New Leader . Say No More. We have never Had a Leader for President that was For Their Peoples as Our President is for Us . Thank You Mr. President Barack Obama For Your Great Work you are doing .
  • DougE Prettyface 2013/03/02 00:39:16
    DougE
    +1
    wow, what are you smoking?
  • Ev Prettyface 2013/03/05 02:20:59
    Ev
    +1
    Are you living in an alternate universe???
  • Frank 2013/03/01 17:38:05
    No
    Frank
    The O, bit off more than he can chew. And one day good Lord willing it will be humble pie.
  • Steven 2013/03/01 17:30:22
    No
    Steven
    +1
    This was Obama's idea in the first place. But, it takes two to tango. The Republicans have been giving him grief since day one. And when they talk about spending cuts are they talking about the military as well?

    Justin
  • firozali a mulla 2013/03/01 16:51:20
    No
    firozali a mulla
    "China is gaming us"

    So is Russia, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico and even Canada. There is not a nation around our world which is not hacking America.

    In turn, our American government, our military, our spooks, law enforcement and private enterprise are hacking China and every other nation around our world.

    Shoot, our own government is hacking our American internet service providers and home computers of American families. There is more to this problem, our government is listening in on our phone calls, reading our emails and rummaging around in private files on our family home systems.

    Here is some interesting trivia for you. I routinely log hackers trying to break into our web server and our email server. Our server machine sits right here at my right elbow as I type. What is interesting is those hackers are using compromised Homeland Security computers, FBI computers even Congressional and Senate servers. Last week hackers came in through our American military's Fort Huachuca server which is completely compromised.

    A most interesting case is hackers using Viasat servers up in Colorado. Those servers are a major hub for our American communications satellites which are absolutely compromised b...

















    "China is gaming us"

    So is Russia, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico and even Canada. There is not a nation around our world which is not hacking America.

    In turn, our American government, our military, our spooks, law enforcement and private enterprise are hacking China and every other nation around our world.

    Shoot, our own government is hacking our American internet service providers and home computers of American families. There is more to this problem, our government is listening in on our phone calls, reading our emails and rummaging around in private files on our family home systems.

    Here is some interesting trivia for you. I routinely log hackers trying to break into our web server and our email server. Our server machine sits right here at my right elbow as I type. What is interesting is those hackers are using compromised Homeland Security computers, FBI computers even Congressional and Senate servers. Last week hackers came in through our American military's Fort Huachuca server which is completely compromised.

    A most interesting case is hackers using Viasat servers up in Colorado. Those servers are a major hub for our American communications satellites which are absolutely compromised by hackers all around our world.

    More than a decade now, not a single successful hack into our servers. Reason for this is I practice excellent security measures which requires time and effort.

    Our government, our CIA spooks, Homeland Security, private enterprise and most other systems of significance, those operators do not practice good security policies. Quite the opposite, our most sensitive national computer systems are compromised by employees walking malicious software right into their offices. This is compromised laptops and compromised thumb drives employees willingly and ignorantly walk right into their offices and cubicles.

    This is precisely how our government messed around with Iran's nuclear program, with help from Israel, a country which routinely hacks American computers.

    Punishing China with economic sanctions will not stop Chinese hacking, nor stop Israel from hacking our American computers. America could cutoff all trade with China and ten-million Chinese teenagers would continue hacking the Pentagon simply for cheap thrills.

    This is so odd Chinese teenagers can so easily gain access to CIA computers, or steal credit card information of a million Walmart customers.

    Scott Paul, you have this bassackwards. You should not be calling on China to stop all their hacking, you should be calling on your system operators to prevent hacking of your computers through effective security measures.

    Going on fifteen years, some the best hackers have taken runs at our server here in our home. Not a single successful attempt. They annoy me, yes, sometimes give me a scare, but they do not compromise our server system.

    I practice the latest and best in security measures, I invest time and effort into this. You should stop your whining and crying and practice good computer system security, like I do.

    Asking China to stop hacking is like asking a rabid pit bull to stop savaging your leg. Ain't going do you one bit of good, not with China nor with that pit bull. There ia big game of finger-pointing and we have no idea who is right I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA
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  • DougE 2013/03/01 16:47:14
    No
    DougE
    +1
    The problem is Obama's reputation is now at stake because he's lied so much about the effects that it has to be avoided or else he'll look completely inneffective and the media won't be able to spin it. They have already walked back the scare tactics a bit by saying the effects won't be immediate, which is a shift from two weeks ago. This president is finally having his bluff called, and we'll see he's a crappy poker player. And yes, Sequiestration will suck, because it's not being managed correctly, but it won't be the end of the world.
  • SW 2013/03/01 16:46:14
    No
    SW
    +1
    Pubs just fillibustered the last proposal to avert it in the Senate. Still blaming Obama? If so, you need to watch more CSpan and less Fox.
  • DougE SW 2013/03/01 16:49:45
    DougE
    Good, and guess what SW, this spoiled little brat president doesn't always get to have his way, except he wanted Sequestration, and now he's got it. You need to get a better understanding of the issue, and stop drinking the kool-aid!
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