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The Sequester Bamboozle

Boy. Listening to the caterwauling from Obama and some Republicans over the impending sequester, one would think this is the result of magic and forces beyond human control. If I did not know better I would swear this is what the Mayan prophets had in mind when the warned about the end of the long cycle.

First we have this pathetic spectacle from Barky Obama:

So, let me get this straight–Obama proposed the sequester and now he thinks its a bad idea? Cry me a river.

But Obama is not alone in the hypocrisy weeping. Here’s John Boehner in today’s Wall Street Journal:

The sequester is a wave of deep spending cuts scheduled to hit on March 1. Unless Congress acts, $85 billion in across-the-board cuts will occur this year, with another $1.1 trillion coming over the next decade. There is nothing wrong with cutting spending that much—we should be cutting even more—but the sequester is an ugly and dangerous way to do it.

By law, the sequester focuses on the narrow portion of the budget that funds the operating accounts for federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Defense. Exempt is most entitlement spending—the large portion of the budget that is driving the nation’s looming debt crisis. Should the sequester take effect, America’s military budget would be slashed nearly half a trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Border security, law enforcement, aviation safety and many other programs would all have diminished resources.

How did the country find itself in this mess?

During the summer of 2011, as Washington worked toward a plan to reduce the deficit to allow for an increase in the federal debt limit, President Obama and I very nearly came to a historic agreement. Unfortunately our deal fell apart at the last minute when the president demanded an extra $400 billion in new tax revenue—50% more than we had shaken hands on just days before.

Boehner’s lament falls short in this regard–the Republicans agreed to the stupid deal. This was not a unilateral move by Obama. He was enabled by unprincipled Republicans.

Both Obama and Boehner are completely and totally delusional with their hysterics and dire warnings. It would be one thing if we were talking about a 20% cut in annual spending. But we are not. The actual number is 2.3%. When your Federal budget is in excess of 3 trillion dollars and you are proposing not spending 85 billion, the reality is far from draconian.

And the number of programs exempted from sequestration is sizable (source, Congressional Research Service):

• Social Security benefits (old-age, survivors, and disability) and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits.
• All programs administered by the VA, and special benefits for certain World War II veterans.17
• Net interest (budget function 900).
• Payments to individuals in the form of refundable tax credits.18
• Unobligated balances, carried over from prior years, for nondefense programs.
• At the President’s discretion (subject to notification to Congress), military personnel accounts may be exempt entirely, or a lower sequestration percentage may apply.19
• A list of “other” budget accounts and activities; readers should consult the statute for a complete list. A few selected examples include
• activities resulting from private donations, bequests or voluntary contributions, or financed by voluntary payments for good or services;
• advances to the Unemployment Trust Fund;20
• payments to various retirement, health care, and disability trust funds;
• certain Tribal and Indian trust accounts; and
• Medical Facilities Guaranty and Loan Fund.
• Specified federal retirement and disability accounts and activities (consult the statute for the complete list).
• Prior legal obligations of the federal government in specified budget accounts (consult the statute for the complete list).21
• Low-income programs, including
• Academic Competitiveness/Smart Grant Program;22
• mandatory funding under the Child Care and Development Fund;
• Child Nutrition Programs (including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food, and others, but excluding Special Milk);
• Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
• Commodity Supplemental Food Program;
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the TANF Contingency Fund;
• Family Support Programs;23
• Federal Pell Grants;
• Medicaid;
• Foster Care and Permanency Programs;
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps); and
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
• Medicare Part D low-income premium and cost-sharing subsidies; Medicare Part D catastrophic subsidy payments; and Qualified Individual (QI) premiums.
• Specified economic recovery programs, including GSE Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements, the Office of Financial Stability, and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
• The following “split-treatment” programs, to the extent that the programs’ budgetary resources are subject to obligations limitations in appropriations bills:
• Federal Aid-Highways;
• Highway Traffic Safety Grants;
• Operations and Research NHTSA and National Driver Register;
• Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs;
• Motor Carrier Safety Grants;
• Formula and Bus Grants; and
• Grants-in-Aid for Airports

When you look at the Department of Defense budget, you have to ask yourself, “what is wrong with Republicans?”

For Fiscal Year 2012, the total spent on Defense, which included intelligence activities, exceeded 1 trillion dollar. This is an outrageous, egregious, bloated number. Republicans and Democrats share the blame for boosting the civilian workforce being employed under the rubric of “defense” and “intelligence.” For example, we do not need a National Counter Terrorism Center. That is an agency that serves no useful purpose other than to give a bunch of white people white collar jobs. Setting that organization up was a political gesture in the wake of the horror of September 11, 2001. Their work is redundant and totally lacking in originality and creativity. They have no operational role whatsoever. Yet, God help the politician who dares to call this bloat of government excess to task.

(And, I would appreciate your help. I am searching, in vain so far, for a link/reference for the size of the civilian work force at the Department of Defense. If you have some info please post below. It has grown under Obama, not shrunk. Want to have the facts.)

So, with reference to the sequester. Bring it on. It will do us good. In fact, the fear of the politicians on both sides is that the public will discover that cuts can be made and the world does not end. Exposing that fact will put greater pressure on them to get spending in check.

UPDATE–And for you Obama trolls who want to deny reality, suck on this:

Senator Max Baucus (D., Mont.) admitted to the local CBS station in Billings, Mont., that President Obama bears responsibility for the sequester: “The president’s part of the sequester. The White House recommended it, frankly, back in August 2011. And so now we’re feeling the effects of it. Now I don’t want to say the president’s solely to blame; he’s not not. It’s both the president and the Congress, the president and the speaker, who put together this deal.”

Hell, even NPR concedes that Obama proposed the gimmick:

Though Obama proposed the idea, it’s unlike Obamacare — which received no GOP House votes. Indeed, 174 House Republicans, a majority of the majority, joined 95 Democrats to pass the plan in that body. So Republicans arguably own the sequester as much as Obama, if not more so, since Obama never wanted to link spending cuts to the debt ceiling.

  • nannasin smith

    it is an ugly and dangerous way to do it.
    2SK170

  • Popsmoke

    It blows the bullshit away….

    Deficit Reality: U.S. Government GAAP-Based 2012 Financial Data

    http://www.shadowstats.com/article/no-500-special-commentary-us-government-gaap-based-2012-financial-data

  • HARP2

    Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts “including 401(k)s and IRAs” and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/the_feds_want_your_retirement_accounts.html#ixzz2LdQBS9zM

    Sooner or later

  • KenoshaMarge

    And meanwhile Obama’s fear-mongering tour continues…

  • Denise Betters

    zzzzzzzzzzz…..ZZZZZZZZ……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • DianaLC

    This is most dfinitely OT, but I had to copy and post it. It’s from an email I just received from the Independence institute (a conservative think thank) here in CO written by Jon Caldara.

    I loved the snide little swipe at the Dems in CO’s legislature in light of the recent posturing and stupidity re gun control.

    Here it is:

    “The Colorado Legislature is considering repealing a very old, unenforced law banning adultery and criminalizing innkeepers for renting rooms to unmarried couples. Looking for a trusted leader of morality and virtue in our community, the sponsor of the bill repealing the law asked me to testify for it.

    Let me make very clear that the Independence Institute doesn’t wade into social issues and has no official stance on the bill. So allow me to speak solely for myself on this issue.

    There are busloads of married women who wish to sleep with me but are prevented from doing so solely by this outdated law. Binders full of them. And no, this is not just bravado speaking. In some of their applications for restraining orders against me they have mentioned this law specifically.

    Oh yes, there is a limited government argument here as well. Having laws on the books that are not enforced leaves them open to abuse, to be used for selective harassment. The law, and its enforcement, should apply to all, not just to a few. Inn-keepers shouldn’t have to worry that if they become crosswise with some government official, an obscure law can make them a criminal. And while this legislature is now passing similar harassment laws to be selectively used against gun owners, the least they can do is repeal some old ones.

    But that’s not why I support its repeal.

    Here is a partial list of the married women I plan to make time with should this bill pass:
    Selma Hayek
    Angelina Jolie
    Halle Berry
    Marcia Brady
    Nicole Kidman
    The young Sophia Loren
    Faith Hill
    The old Sophia Loren
    Margaret Thatcher
    That chick in the bikini from the “Tab” commercial when I was a kid
    Blondie Bumstead (what’s she doing with Dagwood I’ll never understand)
    Aunt Bea, but I’ve been in therapy for that.”

    • buzzlatte3

      OMG…too funny!

  • HELENK2

    from legal insurrection

    http://networkedblogs.com/IxMyr

  • KenoshaMarge

    So the fear-mongering POTUS is on the campaign trail flapping his yap again. Does he ever shut up?

  • elizabethrc

    Off topic, but I think this is worth noting:
    A growing number of employers are firing employees who voted for Obama. One employer put it quite well. His company does business with the Navy and the defense industry. He said it’s essential that his employees are discerning enough to know the difference between actual fact and fact as described by the media. His business relies on intelligent employees who know how to make correct decisions because of the specialized nature of their product and who recognize the long term consequences of their actions.
    He said that Obama voters proved they had chosen a destructive path, one which doesn’t support the defense of our nation but promotes American weakness abroad. Intent on his ‘cult of personality’, these voters willfully chose not to examine the facts, his background, anything which might reflect negatively on him. They are potentially a great risk and pose a threat to being influenced by factions which might seek to undermind the country or steal corporate secrets.
    I’m reading about this as a growing phenomenon.
    Yes, Mr. Obama, elections DO have consequences.

    • DianaLC

      I would love to see your sources. It strikes me that if it’s open and true, those fired employees are going to keep them busy with lawsuits.

      • elizabethrc

        Diana, you may be right. This was an Associated Press article yesterday in the Columbus Dispatch. The comments below the article include those of quite a few business owners. These are their opinions and decisions and they are not alone in their thinking.
        If it takes lawsuits, so be it. Whatever calls public attention to what Obama is doing to our business community is important.

        • DianaLC

          Thanks! If I were an employer, I would look at the work ethic of each of my employees and also study the effectiveness of each one. If I saw a correlation between those things and their espoused preference for Obama, you can bet I’d be covering my behind and then firing them. I’d make sure I could show that I fired them for their incompetence. I’d have my other-than-politics documentation already set up.
          And I bet it would not be difficult to find a correlation between their poor work skills and their preference for THE ONE. I would be as annoyed as hell if I had to pay salaries for idiots.

    • jjamele2

      Please explain to us how employers know who their employees voted for. I’ll be waiting.

      • TeakWoodKite

        They have obvious signs of dementia.

      • buzzlatte3

        Liberals are terminally stupid. All the employer has to do is put a TV or computer in front of the employees and play Obama’s Greatest Lies and they slobber all over themselves and fist bump. It’s easy.

        • John Jamele

          1. Seriously? That’s your answer?

          2. I don’t know what being an Obama supporter and being a Liberal have in common. I’m a liberal, and I wouldn’t consider voting for a guy who lets Wall Street run his administration and seems to enjoy dropping drones on people- including Americans-all over the world. What is the matter with you?

          • buzzlatte3

            Prove it otherwise. Seriously, you think that liberals have invisibility cloaks? I used to be a liberal but knew when it was time to grow up. It’s called consequences and it’s happening all over. The fact that you had to respond in such a manner said loads about your liberalism. No sense of humor. Which, by the way, is a marker for above average intelligence. Get some.

  • getfitnow

    o/t It amazes me still, that blacks that live in these districts continue to support crooked, corrupt and/or representatives that apparently don’t have the constituents best interest in mind.

    They seem to be happy with a few crumbs and thriving on imagined, contrived grievances.

    Very sad.

    http://www.suntimes.com/18368789-761/analysis-while-jesse-jackson-jr-and-sandi-jackson-were-living-it-up-district-paid-the.html

  • Ian McCloud

    Back to the old NQ standby of censorship…

    Obama proposed the sequester”

    No he did not. It was Boehner’s idea and more generally it was the GOP that held the gun to America’s regarding the debt ceiling vote which lead directly to the sequester.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/20/the-powerpoint-that-proves-it-s-not-obama-s-sequester-after-all.html

    “Congress passed sequestration before the president signed it, and the whole self-defeating exercise was carried out in response to Tea Party Republicans’ insistence that we play chicken with the debt ceiling, which ultimately cost America its AAA credit rating.

    But here’s the thing. I happened to come across an old email that throws cold water on House Republicans’ attempts to call this “Obama’s Sequester.”

    It’s a PowerPoint presentation that Boehner’s office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011. Intended to explain the outline of the proposed debt deal, the presentation is titled: “Two Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable.”

    It’s essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it’s clear as day in the presentation that “sequestration” was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending—the conservatives’ necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations.

    The presentation lays out the deal in clear terms, describing the spending backstop as “automatic across-the-board cuts (‘sequestration’). Same mechanism used in 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement.”

  • HARP2
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CHQODQDLWZLZEV7D2GOQNVE6GA Freedom and Democracy

    Today 80% of the Internet is censored by Yahoo and “Facebook.” Both are covers for the USA Government!

    “SEQUESTER” is a word chosen to confuse the average reader:

    Materialist Analysis of Economic Warfare of

    Extermination Implemented by
    the USA-Led

    World Capitalist
    Dictatorship Against the

    International Working Class
    and Entire World

    Which can Only be Ended by a
    Socialist Revolution

    Abolishing Capitalism First
    in its Center the USA!

    Don’t
    be Fooled by Obama, the Con Man, the Demagogue, the

    Smoothie Liar for Whom the
    Working Class Does Not Even Exist!

    There is More Money in the
    United States Today Than Ever Before in History!

    There is enough money in the
    United States Today for Every

    Single Person to live like a
    Millionaire with NO Exaggeration!

    The U.S. Government—Meaning the U.S. Capitalist Dictatorship—

    HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY and ALL LEGITIMACY TO RULE and ALL

    RIGHT TO SOVEREIGNTY IN THE UNITED STATES OR ANYWHERE ELSE!

    Today the only
    talk we here from the capitalist dictatorship is about the “middle class.” The
    capitalist dictatorship has TOTAL CONTEMPT and HATRED
    for the Working Class and wants to try to brainwash us into believing that the
    Working Class has ceased to exist (!), that such a class may never have even
    existed in the first place and that all we have now or may have ever had is
    ”the middle class” and “the wealthy Americans,” and that it will be capitalism
    forever? This is the new 1984 Newspeak! What precisely IS
    the “middle class and why do the capitalists only rarely to never or only
    reluctantly mention the WORKING CLASS? The middle class or petit
    bourgeoisie, designates small business owners, doctors, lawyers and the direct
    servants of the capitalists like the police and fire department. That is it! If
    you do not belong to one of those categories then you probably are a member of
    the Working Class! The capitalists try never to mention the Working Class and
    substitute “middle class” whenever possible in order to falsely flatter the
    Workers so that the Working Class does not even understand its own CLASS
    IDENTITY and its CLASS DESTINY, which is namely to
    overthrow capitalism and organize a Socialist society, which can only be
    created by overthrowing capitalism at its center in the United States and then
    worldwide. We were close to doing this in the 1930s! The middle class
    also has no historical destiny of its own, a fact which highly appeals
    to the capitalist dictatorship! The middle class generally follows either the
    capitalists or the Workers depending on who is in power. But in the final
    analysis a person’s class origin is NOT
    determinative; it is the person’s class loyalty! A person can be
    both a capitalist and a Communist simultaneously, which is an application of
    the Law of Unity of Opposites, the Second Law of Dialectical and
    Historical Materialism. There are many examples and we have to have more!
    Friedrich Engels was both a capitalist as the co-owner of a large textile
    factory in London and was also a Communist and co-authored The Communist
    Manifesto and the completed the Second and Third Volumes of “Capital”
    after the death of Karl Marx in 1883, and was apparently the sole author of the
    Fourth Volume of Capital (The three volumes of Theories of
    Surplus Value}!

    In addition,
    many big capitalists came over to the side of the Working Class and joined the 1917
    October Socialist Revolution in Russia. So THIS is what
    we have to say to Wall Street: “You know that capitalism offers you a world
    with no future! What are you offering your children? More Hurricane Sandys and
    much, much worse? Money won’t buy you survival under End-Stage Capitalism! You
    can be a capitalist and Communist at the same time. We need you on our side!
    Not the side of an economic-political-social system of capitalism, which is in
    its End-Stage and is in the process of destroying all life on this planet!”
    Talk about: “We are the 99%” and “We are the 1%” is carefully designed
    propaganda of cynicism deliberately designed to lead to resignation,
    acquiescence, submission, despair and defeat. Those dead-end, go-nowhere, fake
    “left” slogans were actually written by the capitalist “intelligence community”
    itself, which runs its own fake “opposition,” and was deliberately designed to
    lead to defeat and offer no genuine solution! But 95% of New Yorkers and the
    majority of Americans already agree that we need a new system based on human
    need not private profit! That should be our slogan! That is
    Socialism not Fascism and is already a Communist response, although systematic
    brainwashing by the capitalist dictatorship from earliest childhood has
    brainwashed the masses against the word Communism. So we have an organizational
    problem primarily, but also a deprogramming problem very similar to the Scientology,
    Moonie or Hari Krishna Cults. In this case it involves deprogramming the masses
    from Cult of Capitalism and the false beliefs: 1.) that it is the ENTITLEMENT of
    the capitalist dictatorship of millionaires and billionaires to steal our labor
    value, the Surplus Value, the source of ALL value
    in society, which we create each day by
    the goods and services we create, and 2.) that it is the capitalists’
    entitlement to wage war against the entire world including their very
    own population, and 3.) the false belief that it is going to be capitalism
    forever! But no economic-political-social system lasts forever.
    Capitalism is destroying the planet, which is easy to see with Hurricane Sandy.
    The answer is not to “ADAPT” to the End of the World and
    keep digging for more oil and gas and destroying one ecosystem after another
    and permanently polluting the water supply, which capitalism has told us is the
    “solution.” The answer is to get rid of capitalism in the only way possible, by
    a Socialist Revolution.

    The United
    States is not merely waging war against one country after another worldwide but
    is also waging economic war, biological war and psychological war against its
    very own population—its own people—innocent civilians! Let’s briefly look at
    the history and the present situation both in the U.S. and worldwide. We cannot
    change the future without knowing the past. The reason for this is that we must
    learn the lessons of the past because our capitalist class enemy already has
    and routinely applies those lessons against the Working Class and its allies.
    That’s us! Therefore, we have to briefly examine some history. The real
    story of the New Deal: What actually happened in the 1930′s was that a
    million-strong Communist-led Working Class in the United States
    generated the pressure which forced Franklin Delano Roosevelt to come up with
    the New Deal—16 Federal Jobs Programs and Social Programs which included the
    Social Security Act. At that time and most recently on Channel 13 Public
    Television Roosevelt was given credit for “saving capitalism!”
    “Saving capitalism,” from WHAT pray tell? From a Socialist Revolution
    in the United States! It was that close! So, the New Deal TODAY
    is only a dream because there is currently a ZERO organized Communist
    movement in the United States. Instead we get The No Deal and The
    Bad Deal—the Budget Deal! But in the 1930s the New
    Deal was actually just a BRIBE!. The
    Working Class did not HAVE to take that bribe! So WHY did they take that
    bribe??? At a point in time when they did NOT have to take that
    bribe and with proper leadership could have gone all the way and carried out a
    Socialist Revolution here in the United States? If this had happened there
    would have been NO World War II! There would have been NO
    Adolf Hitler and NO NAZIS, who were funded by German, French,
    British and U.S. capitalists, for example, Henry Ford, Senator Prescott Bush,
    father of Bush I and George Herbert Walker. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., father of
    JFK and Charles Lindbergh were all NAZI propagandists. All were U.S.
    NAZIS! The Western European governments turned over all of the economic
    and military power to the NAZIS through the political policy falsely described
    as “appeasement” to send them against the USSR deemed the
    greatest threat to world capitalism! Whole countries “fell” (were deliberately
    turned over!) to the NAZIS in a few days while towns in the USSR held out for
    far longer!) It is important also to know that these governments supposedly “at
    war” with Germany, passively supported the NAZI attack on the USSR by refusing
    to open a second front against the NAZIS for 3 years under all sorts of
    fraudulent pretexts, UNTIL the Soviet Union itself
    turned the NAZIS back, forcing them to retreat on a line over
    1000 miles long in the largest battle in all human history—the Battle of
    the Kursk Salient, a battle which NO American school kid
    has even heard of because of the systematic unrelenting brainwash of the USA
    population! Only then was it clear that the USSR alone would be
    able to liberate all of Europe from the NAZIS, right up to the English Channel.
    The Anglo-American forces invaded Europe in “Operation Overlord” at Normandy ONLY
    to PREVENT that from happening! The European “front” in
    WWII up to 1943 thus represented a failed attempt by world capitalism to destroy
    the USSR militarily by using the brainwashed NAZIS as their battering ram. The
    architect of victory in Europe was Marshall Georgi Zuchov—not Stalin! 85% of
    NAZI war materiel was lost on the Soviet Front! The Soviet Union defeated the NAZIS,
    NOT the Americans! Lend Lease amounted to no more than 5% of
    Soviet war materiel! WWII caused the deaths of 57 million people and would not
    have occurred if U.S. Workers had carried out a Socialist Revolution in the
    1930s!

    Why Franklin Delano
    Roosevelt Wrote the New Deal:

    The Importance of Genuine
    Communist Leadership:

    The
    million-strong Communist-led Working Class took that bribe, the New Deal,
    because of the deliberate misleadership of Josef Stalin, who himself was NOT
    a Communist although he was a member of the Communist Party and used behind the
    scenes manipulation to become General Secretary, a position which Lenin
    opposed! Prior to the 1917 Russian Revolution, the most important and
    significant event in the Twentieth Century, Stalin voted against
    taking state power on each and every vote that was taken. He always
    voted with Kamanev who always voted against! This included the vote taken the
    night before the Bolshevik party led the Working Class, (70% of whom supported
    the Bolsheviks) and 30% of the Peasantry which included the all-important
    military WHICH WAS IN MUTINY, to take state power. Stalin played
    a highly counter-productive role in the Revolutionary War and much later in
    1924 after becoming General Secretary. Stalin poisoned Lenin while Lenin
    was recuperating from his second stroke. All the details of what was well known
    since the 1920′s were all published in the Moscow News, Jan-Feb,
    1989. Stalin murdered virtually all the remaining leaders of the Bolshevik
    Party most of them in a series of show trials but others through outright
    assassination. His position internationally was well known: Socialism in one
    country–in practice meaning Socialism in no other country. Today we
    live in a world of Nation States. All Nation States are dictatorships of one
    class over another, either of the capitalists over the Workers or vice versa.
    The USSR was only a Workers’ State—not a version of Socialism, the first stage
    of Communism. Communism is a stateless society which has never been practiced
    and can never be put into practice until capitalism has been overthrown in its
    center—the United States! There is thus no such thing as a “Communist state” or
    “Socialist state.” Do not allow yourself to be taken in by capitalist
    terminology which is designed to mislead us. In addition to sabotaging the
    Working Class movement in the U.S. and throughout Europe, Stalin sent 50,000
    Chinese Communists to their deaths before Mao got wise and stopped accepting
    directives from Stalin. Finally in 1943 Stalin ended the Communist International
    altogether. So much for Stalin being a “Communist!” Stalin rode the
    back of the 1917 Russian Revolution and drew all his power from it and was
    compelled to defend it albeit rather poorly starting out as mentioned by
    murdering Lenin. We have to build back a million-strong Communist movement here
    in the United States like there was in the 1930’s and with the lessons learned
    carry it through to a Socialist Revolution in the United States and overthrow
    capitalism permanently worldwide. CAPITALISM OFFERS A WORLD WITH NO
    FUTURE FOR YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN!

    The One-Way Blind Dynamic of Capitalism:

    Capitalism
    cannot be turned into Socialism because of its inherent Blind (now) ONE-WAY
    DYNAMIC which leads to Fascism, barbarism and the end of civilization,
    a DYNAMIC which is totally independent of the WILLS of the
    individual capitalists and politicians who nevertheless RIDE that dynamic to
    the top based on the extent that they express and further the interests of that
    one-way dynamic. That same dynamic makes George Bush look like a choirboy
    compared to the Obama Regime! The system controls them NOT the other way
    around. This is hard for most people to understand or accept. People are taught
    to think in terms of individuals and good guys and bad guys. This forms the basis
    for elections under capitalism, which is the primary weapon of capitalist
    deception. But under capitalism it is NOT a question of good guys
    and bad guys. Under capitalism they are ALL BAD GUYS, AND
    THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE! (There is an exception to every
    rule–including this one—where there are NO
    exceptions!) The proof for this is that there is not ONE capitalist politician
    anywhere who is saying that capitalism is a failure and has had its day and
    must be replaced with Socialism through a Socialist Revolution in the
    United States as the precondition for survival of humankind and all life on
    Earth and explaining how it must proceed! ALL capitalist
    politicians without exception try to encourage the false illusion that
    capitalism can be reformed. That is the basis for the Presidential elections
    and all capitalist elections by extension, which are the Number One
    Weapon of Capitalist Deception. (ALL capitalist politicians also
    cover up the fact that the rich pay virtually NO TAXES and that
    66% of corporations pay no tax at all!) See below.

    Every capitalist administration since the
    beginning of Imperialism, which correlates approximately with the beginning of
    the Twentieth Century has been to the right of the one which preceded it
    whether it has been Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference. The only
    exceptions to this were the administrations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and
    the two New Dealers who followed him, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, a
    Democrat who ran as a Republican, and Lyndon Johnson another New Dealer. These
    exceptions applied domestically ONLY! Roosevelt orchestrated the Pearl
    Harbor Provocation in order to get the U.S. Congress to declare war on Japan
    and reverse the anti-war sentiment in the United States: Seven months after the
    U.S. cracked the Japanese code and the U.S. heard the Japanese approaching
    Pearl Harbor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt pulled the 2 aircraft carriers in Pearl
    Harbor out to sea because they did not want the decks of those carriers to be
    damaged in the coming attack, which they needed to take place! Reflecting the
    overwhelming will of the U.S. people the U.S. Congress had just passed the Neutrality
    Act because the horror of WWI was so fresh in people’s minds and
    Roosevelt needed a provocation, “a Day Which Would Live In Infamy,” in order to
    justify asking Congress to declare war on Japan, which it did the very next day
    after the attack on December 8, 1941 The reason that the capitalists are able
    to get away with their lies and are able to wage economic war, biological war
    and psychological (brainwashing) war against their “own” people with virtually
    NO ORGANIZED OPPOSITION is that only genuine Communists oppose the capitalist
    dictatorship of millionaires and billionaires and genuinely represent the interests
    of the Working Class and survival of life on this planet. But today there is no
    organized Communist movement in the United States! Communists are the only ones
    who call up front for a new system based on human need not private
    profit—Socialism. But right now in New York City 95% of those interviewed DO
    smell a rat and Do agree, given the choice, which they are NOT,
    that we need a new system based on human need not private profit. That is a
    Communist response (!) and does mean Socialism not Fascism. So how
    do we obtain Socialism?

    Capitalism is in its Final
    Stage of Permanent War, Which is

    Potentially the Most Ideal Pre-Revolutionary Situation
    Possible!

    The
    Capitalists Rule Through a Combination of Force and Deception!

    Therefore:
    1.) The Capitalists Must be Disarmed
    and Deprived of the Ability to Send Bodies of

    Armed
    Men against the Masses and 2.) The Primary Capitalist Weapons of Deception Must
    be

    Explained
    and Exposed in Order to Take the Steps to Defeat Them and 3.) A Nationwide
    Network

    Of
    Workers and Soldiers Community Councils
    Must be Organized as a DUAL POWER and

    Counterposed
    to the Government of the Capitalist Dictatorship of Millionaires and
    Billionaires!

    THE
    CAPITALISTS MUST THEREFORE FIRST BE DISARMED! Mutiny in the armed forces
    is the Absolute Precondition for Socialist Revolution and ALL SOCIAL
    CHANGE as well as really ending the USA Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan,
    Libya, Syria, Yemen and Worldwide! Mutiny saves lives! Mutiny
    is the Pre-Condition for ALL Social Change! This must be repeated! And
    repeated! And repeated! The capitalists must first be deprived of the
    ability to send bodies of armed men against the masses and must be deprive
    of the ability to hire mercenary/proxy armies as in Syria and Libya, before
    there can ever be genuine free speech where opposing viewpoints
    can even be fully heard by the masses, for example on NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN
    television at prime time every night of the week and even the INTERNET which is
    NOW HIGHLY CENSORED by “Facebook, Yahoo, Hotmail and other “sign-ins,” which
    exclude certain individuals from posting anything whatsoever on the larger
    Internet! Speaking on a street corner even with a megaphone, currently
    forbidden, is not free speech! Mutiny is also the first step to
    abolishing the standing army while arming the vanguard of the Working Class. In
    order to try to forestall the future arming of the Working Class the
    capitalists’ misnamed, so-called “USA intelligence community,” working closely
    with the media, “think tanks” and “educational system” which are all also a
    part of the ”intelligence community” periodically orchestrate mass provocations
    through manipulation, special drugs, and hypnosis of the chosen perpetrators
    such as in the New Town Massacre, in order to try to provide a pretext to disarm
    the masses for what is the capitalist dictatorship of millionaires and
    billionaires apparently have planned: namely programs of extermination of the
    U.S. masses using economic, biological and psychological warfare.

    Because
    of the Mutiny of U.S. armed forces in Vietnam in 1975 the U.S. has taken
    precautions to try to prevent another mutiny! The capitalists have switched to
    an army of mercenary mass murderers, which includes regular low-paid GI
    marauders and cutthroats plus a group of 45,000+ armed
    “private contractors,” paid 4 times the salary of the regular mercenary army.
    These are the special elite Fascist killers such as Blackwater USA (leader
    photographed by major media openly giving the Hitler salute!), Dyncorp
    International, Custer Battles, Aegis, Zapata, Triple Canopy, etc., which are directly
    analogous to the NAZI SS (Schutz Staffel), for the personal protection of
    the U.S. high military command and officer corps. These very highly paid
    heavily armed military contractors are not in Iraq or other
    countries occupied by U.S. forces in order “to protect diplomats” despite the
    fact that the U.S. built the largest embassy in the entire world in
    Baghdad—primarily as a staging area for future invasions, which may not happen
    because of widespread troop demoralization and the introduction of an entirely NEW
    FORM OF WARFARE: “Facebook-Assisted Invasion by Proxy! Protection of
    diplomats has always been carried out by the regular military. And they are
    not there to hunt for Al-Qaeda! This highly paid organized group
    of psychopaths exists for one reason only—to protect the officer corps in event
    of another mutiny! There were no super-highly paid military contractors in
    Vietnam! Only after the mutiny in Vietnam was such a security force deemed
    necessary for Iraq and Afghanistan, which were in many respects new Vietnams! The overall number of
    private contractors in Iraq, which included the 45,000 ARMED NAZIS, Blackwater
    USA, etc., numbered about 183,000 according to the Associated Press,
    September 19, 2007, more than the regular U.S. troops (then 150,000—recently
    reduced). In this situation the U.S. strategy of using very highly paid
    private contractors in order to buy their loyalty ultimately cannot prevent a
    mutiny, but it does complicate it. The regular army must defeat these
    NAZI-style SS private contractors militarily while turning their weapons on
    their officers and taking prisoner all those who do not support the mutiny,
    along with these NAZI-style SS forces. The regular army is better organized,
    has heavier weapons with more men under arms so this is not an impossible task.
    The morale of the “regular” mercenary army has never been lower
    because of the repeated deployments and because after a while the military
    personnel start asking themselves why they must kill, kill, kill!! So-called
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental illness also afflict twenty
    percent (20%) of the military! It is this irreversible problem of decreased
    morale which has forced the U.S. dictatorship to resort to Invasion by Proxy!

    After the Mutiny in Iraq and in all U.S.
    forces, which must include all National Guard units followed by the more
    reactionary police forces, who are the very last to join the mutiny, the
    Working Class will be able to begin to set up a government of Dual Power
    in the United States consisting of a nationwide network of Workers and
    Soldiers Community Councils which are directly counterposed to the
    capitalist dictatorship’s “Congress,” where the interest of ONLY the
    millionaires and billionaires is seriously considered. The success of the
    Socialist Revolution in all other developed countries is guaranteed after
    capitalism is abolished in the United States, but if necessary, we will provide
    every assistance in any pockets of crazed resistance. The Socialist
    Revolution in the United States and the actual taking of state power will
    take place relatively bloodlessly, and can only take place relatively
    bloodlessly because the masses must support it! Only after Mutiny in the armed
    forces and after winning the support of at least 70% of the U.S. Working Class
    and their class allies through patient, systematic and persistent
    explanation of all issues especially adapted to the practical needs of the
    masses, will
    it be possible to take state power, just as occurred in Russia in October
    1917—where only about 220-240 people died in the actual taking of state power
    starting on October 25th and the days that followed. It was only
    afterward that millions died in the Revolutionary Civil War after U.S.-led
    world imperialists first invaded the Soviet Union 4 months after the October
    Revolution and all of those 14
    invading imperialist armies on 19 different fronts mutinied,
    forcing the capitalists to demobilize their invading armies. The capitalists
    then backed the “White Army” organized by the former Czarists and the
    Provisional Government of Kerensky, the fake-left “Socialist Revolutionary,”
    against the finally victorious Red Army. When the Socialist Revolution takes
    place in the United States there will be no civil war and no more
    central support for capitalism-imperialism anywhere on Earth. A Socialist
    Revolution is not a coup d’etat (which the capitalists carried
    out in Libya and Yemen and are trying to do in Syria, etc.) and must be
    supported by the masses won over to the Socialist Revolution through
    patient, systematic and persistent explanation, as
    mentioned above, which can only occur if genuine free speech exists.

    • HELENK2

      graduate of the bomber billy ayres school of education?

    • DianaLC

      This granddaughter of immigrants who fled Russia to escape the bolshevik takeover thinks you need to study history. Tell me any past experiment in communism or socialism that really has worked well.
      That’s probably too much to ask, as you can only copy paste, not really research or study.

      • jjamele2

        My guess is that this guy didn’t read one-tenth of that cut-and-paste rant.

    • wylrae

      Do you have one or two recommended histories in which one may read this? Prefer the original and not some revisionist version. Thanks.

    • FLDemFem

      If you are going to use up this much space, you should make a contribution to the blog to cover the extra bandwidth you are hogging. Next time, be more succinct.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Will no Obama supporter explain how the Republicans forced the sequester on him and how he is totally blameless for it?

    • HELENK2

      why do you want those pesky facts??? just listen to backtrack and sit back and relax and enjoy

    • KenoshaMarge

      An Obama supporter that required facts? Now that would be something new.

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/20/flashback-biden-says-sequester-overwhelmingly-redeeming-feature-of-fiscal-deal/

    roh roh Joey Gaffes strikes again.
    sequester overwhelming redeeming feature of fiscal deal

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/20/krauthammer-sequester-most-ridiculously-hyped-armageddon-since-the-mayan-calendar/

    sequestration = the most ridiculously hyped armageddon since the mayan calender

  • HARP2

    Let`s start by making mooch fly in a Cessna.

    • HELENK2

      she would not fit. too many people needed to make her look half way decent

      • getfitnow

        Like many government workers, they’re not doing their job much of the time. On second thought, maybe they’re doing their best with what they have.

      • buzzlatte3

        One plane for the wighats. One plane for the beee-hind. One plane for the nasty attitude. One plane for her arrogance. America should refuse to pay the bill.

    • Mark Urbo

      I’m sorry, but that won’t work…

      That behind of hers requires a C-5 transport at least.

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        I know that it’s racist to comment on Michelle’s big behind, and sexist to comment on Hillary’s big behind, but since he’s a Republican, is it OK to smirk at Christie’s enormously big behind? Or would that be behind The (New York) Times?

        • Popsmoke

          Yeah and its all part of the Left Behind Series…

    • getfitnow

      Her helmet wighat won’t fit.

    • DianaLC

      Since this is such a “green” presidency, I would like to see her gallop across the U.S. on a horse. It would be a fun thing to watch for sure.

      • wylrae

        Come on! Take pity on the poor horse.

        • DianaLC

          Well I was going to suggest a relay style trip, as in the days of the pony express. And I was also going to suggest using draft horses–Percherons or Clydesdales, etc.—in consideration of the load they would be carrying.

          • buzzlatte3

            Preferably a 2yr old unbroke Percheron that startles at everything.

            • DianaLC

              Well then that poor horse might startle at the sight of what was climbing on its back, don’t you think. Only if blinders on for the mounting into the saddle.

              • buzzlatte3

                My point, exactly.

    • Dave L.

      How about her BROOM ??

  • DDDDSSSS

    i distinctly remember during the debates that Obama said the sequester would not happen in response to Romney saying it would. Romney looked shocked and asked for Obama’s plan to stop it, which Obama just brushed off with his typical sneer.

    Obama to Voters: I’m shocked that there’s gambling going on in this establishment!

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    O/T, kind of. Chicago. Body
    count: In the last 12 months 500 killed (murdered) in Chicago. 221 killed in Afghanistan. Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws
    in the entire US. President: Barack Hussein Obama Senator: Dick Durbin House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. Governor: Pat Quinn House leader: Mike Madigan Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) Mayor: Rahm Emanuel The leadership in Illinois
    - all Democrats. Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago . Of course, they’re all blaming each other. Can’t blame Republicans;
    there aren’t any! Chicago school system rated one of the worst in
    the country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any! State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any! Cook County (Chicago )
    sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Can’t blame Republicans;
    there aren’t any! This is the political culture that Obama comes
    from in Illinois. And he is going to ‘fix’ Washington politics for
    us??? George Ryan is no longer Governor, he is in
    prison. Of course he was replaced by Rob Blajogevitch
    who is…that’s right, also in prison. And Representative Jesse
    Jackson Jr. resigned 11 / 21 / 2012. That is because he is fighting being sent to… that’s right, prison.

    • Fred82

      Well that’s why they call it the People’s Republic of Illinois.

      And to think, I was born in that city.

      • buzzlatte3

        Not to mention….Chicongo.

    • Popsmoke

      ” George Ryan is no longer Governor, he is in prison.”
      Ryan is home…. so another prison bed is now open for the next Illinois politician…

  • HELENK2

    stole this from a commenter at crawdad hole

    https://twitter.com/FormerDeminTX/status/304375426183213056/photo/1

  • getfitnow

    The world is burning down around us. Is this going to be the hallmark of Kerry’s time in office? God, help us.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/02/20/so-apparently-gigolo-john-kerry-is-a-scientist-now/

  • HELENK2

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/20/carney-undercuts-obamas-sequester-scare-strategy/

    carney tripping over himself as he tried to backtrack, backtrack’s sequester threats

    • DianaLC

      And Carney is such a tool that he almost seems to believe himself.

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/20/susan-rice-investigation-into-benghazi-talking-points-bigger-tragedy-than-actual-terrorism-attack/

    this silly twit really does not know when to shut up does she?

    investigation into benghazi talking points bigger tragedy then the actual terrorism attack

  • HELENK2
  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    I’m sorry to say that our government reminds me somewhat of an Egyptian Air Force lieutenant that I once encountered many years ago. The lieutenant was the base duty officer for an Egyptian Air Force base over a weekend. Since that duty was usually assigned on the basis of (a) having pissed off the Colonel during the preceding week, or (b) being the dumbest lieutenant available, if one had to interact with the weekend duty officer, one prepared oneself for a trying experience. In this case, the Colonel had not left written authority to allow a visiting USAF aircraft that spent the night on the base to depart over the weekend, so the lieutenant wouldn’t clear the flight for departure. He said, “I cannot take responsibility for what might happen if I take action.” My frustrated and embarrased Egyptian expeditor replied, “But are you willing to take responsibility for what might happen if you don’t take action?” The concept of there being consequences of not taking action caused a mental and emotional overload on the young officer, who turned the base over to a senior NCO while he contemplated this problem. The senior NCO wisely said, “Quick, take off before he decides to make a decision.”
    Too bad we can’t “take off” in this situation.

    • Popsmoke

      ” Too bad we can’t “take off” in this situation.”

      The problem is even if we did take off. Who would be flying the plane?

  • HELENK2

    both sides of the aisle need a new broom to sweep them clean. most of the people there have been too long at the fair. Until voters get off their dead asses due their due dilligence and vote with their brains the country is screwed

  • HELENK2

    gee he is gone. the obot was just here and was singing backtrack’s new theme song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9qrj68QJdA

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

      I cut him. I will not tolerate their bullshit propaganda.

      • HELENK2

        but he does have the song down pat

      • Jim Gocht

        Larry…what do I have to do to get my drivel posted? Or have you cut my water off…?

        • Jim Gocht

          Larry yer “full of it”…!

          I agree we have a spending problem…to much on the military, to little on our national infrastructure.

          Our bigger problem is related to collection of tax, REVENUE…!

          Revenue that has been secretly, sequestered in the Caymans and
          Switzerland… where the millionaires and billionaires, have managed to
          hide TRILLIONS…of there “greenback” dollars out of sight and reach of
          Uncle Sam… DAMMIT…!

          My better half and I pay more than 20% of what I receive as a part
          time technical consultant and on Social Security, plus what she earns as
          a professional…

          Mitt Romney, a multimillionaire paid less than 9% of his income due to tax loopholes and hidden and sequestered accounts…!

          THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS…!

          • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

            Then, why don’t you focus your outrage on Jack Lew, Obama’s new nominee for Treasury, who helped facilitate the Caymans loopholes and put his own money there. Where is your outrage for the ones who are actually in power?

          • FLDemFem

            God, you are stupid!! Romney paid the highest bracket in taxes when he initially earned the money. He now lives off his investment income, which is considerable, and pays taxes on it which are a much lower rate than earned income. So he has paid taxes twice on the same money, once when he earned it and once when it earned money for him. That’s a lot more taxes than you will ever pay.

          • Bigfoot Steve

            THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS…!
            It’s also not true. But lying is what libs do, because they have to.

        • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

          Genuine, thoughtful comments are not removed. I have not seen a problem with yours. Are you keen on getting banned? Why?

    • HELENK2

      http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/20/john-kerry-congressional-republicans-greater-threat-to-u-s-foreign-policy-than-china-middle-east/

      now john kerry singing the same song.

      congress is a greater threat to US than china or ME
      because of sequester

      • KenoshaMarge

        Pogo was right.

      • Bigfoot Steve

        Well, Congress IS a bigger threat to the U.S. than China or the ME, but it’s not because of the Sequester.

  • Ian McCloud

    “Obama proposed the sequester”

    No he did not. It was Boehner’s idea and more in general it was the GOP that held the gun to America’s regarding the debt ceiling vote which lead directly to the sequester.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/20/the-powerpoint-that-proves-it-s-not-obama-s-sequester-after-all.html

    “Congress passed sequestration before the president signed it, and the whole self-defeating exercise was carried out in response to Tea Party Republicans’ insistence that we play chicken with the debt ceiling, which ultimately cost America its AAA credit rating.

    But here’s the thing. I happened to come across an old email that throws cold water on House Republicans’ attempts to call this “Obama’s Sequester.”

    It’s a PowerPoint presentation that Boehner’s office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011. Intended to explain the outline of the proposed debt deal, the presentation is titled: “Two Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable.”

    It’s essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it’s clear as day in the presentation that “sequestration” was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending—the conservatives’ necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations.

    The presentation lays out the deal in clear terms, describing the spending backstop as “automatic across-the-board cuts (‘sequestration’). Same mechanism used in 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement.”

  • DianaLC

    Boy, talk about timing. Just as I opened this new post, I received a call from the Republican Party, hoping somehow I could give them $2,000 but if that wasn’t possible maybe at least $100 as a “long-time” Republican.

    I let them know they needed to do better research, as my personal history is most definitely not as a Republican. I also said just what you have written: the current problems are most definitely not coming just from the Democrats. I made it clear that neither party would be getting my money, as I was marshalling all my finances to protect my family as much as possible from the sewage flowing out all over the country coming from D.C.

  • HELENK2

    was thinking about keeping a running record of all the DIRE things that are going to happen according to backtrack if HIS sequester is allowed to happen
    so far

    lead paint
    no emergency responders
    criminals will go free
    civilian jobs at the pentagon
    health care will suffer

    has anyone noticed nowhere does he say
    politicians will not get paid?
    ME governments that hate our guts will not get money
    no more road trips for meeehellee and him

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Not to mention cats and dogs living together outside of wedlock.

      • buzzlatte3

        ….and who’s gonna pay for Sandra Fluke’s birth control? Or does she really need any…yuuuuuck!

    • Scorpio

      No no mention on cutting those expensive vacations…….but a new Michelle Obama White House portrait.

      This is one area that could of been cut! What the hell is wrong with the original White House portrait?

      And who cut those bangs?? Gag!

      http://tinyurl.com/ajkygeb