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Squawk of the day - March 25, 2013

"Sequestration, dreamed up in the Oval Office and coming to life in places like Albany. Thanks for nothing, Obama."

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year ago

I have the solution! Each state secede from the U.S., thus eliminating the U.S., thus eliminating all debt owed by the U.S.. Then we reunite the country and name it the Reunited States of America. We redraft the Constitution and BAM, problems solved!

Who's with me?!

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RedEric 1 year ago

Uh, we have a problem Red Rider. While I like that solution it isn't available to Georgia, and specifically Albany. Albany provide a very low revenue (taxes) to cost ratio. We spend way more money than we provide, but it goes to such wonderful uses. Spending $10.6 million remodeling a $2.5 million property. Making self proclaimed Bishops wealthy. Putting smiles on BMW and MB dealers.

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rightasrain 1 year ago

Some of you just fell right into Obama's "faux sequestration". Every area that is being effected are those that he hopes will cause we citizens to contact our Congressmen and demand they end this nonsense. Let's see...stop Outhouse tours (except for his half-million dollar contributors to OFA), close national parks (I'm sure the animals won't mind that), shut down air traffic control towers at the smallest, insignificant airports (like Albany- we have so much air traffic that'll show'em) FedEx, UPS, DHL can fly into Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and truck packages from the larger airports. And the best one...let's fall for this thing of closing schools and laying off teachers because they just might sequester the almighty federal dollar. As for the employees at MCLB, suck up your one day off; teachers are still furloughed without pay. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

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USTPC 1 year ago

You are right. The Obama administration is making sure the cuts taking place impact the average citizen in the hopes they will whine to their congress person.

There are cuts that could be made that would minimally impact the average citizen but that does not help his agenda so they will not happen. Cutting foreign aid to Middle East countries that hate us would save approximately $300 billion a year...25% of the $1.2 Trillion dollar sequestration cuts.

None of the cuts that make sense will happen because....well, because they make sense.

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Shorty50 1 year ago

Think you have your "billions" and millions confused. Total worldwide foreign aid is $30 to $50 billion a year from the US.

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USTPC 1 year ago

You are correct...I was incorrect on the amount of foreign aid. However, I stand by my statement that the first place to cut should be foreign aid to countries that openly spout their hatred against us and that $1.2 Trillion dollars in cuts should be easy to find if you eliminate waste and pork projects and grants for research that the government should not be involved in.

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GeeGee 1 year ago

I think you have a very good idea. The USA has evolved so far from where the forefathers intended. Each state could exist on their own today. Use a sale tax to tax everyone and we could exist. If the federal government continues on this path, it is not a unheard of idea. Look at the currency Euro. Each small country does not have their own currency and now they are all at the mercy of the debt of Europe. We are heading in that direction. We need as each state to issue their own currency. Most states are not bankrupt like America and we should not have to pay for Alaska or Calif and their debts. Watch Europe and see where we are heading.

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bigbob 1 year ago

Obumma tell us were broke one day gives millions to foreign country next day. He is useless.

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bigbob 1 year ago

In the last years we have provided direct cash aid to

Hamas - $351M,

Libya $1.45B,

Egypt - $397M,

Mexico - $622M,

Russia - $380M,

Haiti - $1.4B,

Jordan - $463M,

Kenya - $816M,

Sudan - $870M,

Nigeria - $456M,

Uganda - $451M,

Congo - $359M,

Ethiopia - $981M,

Pakistan - $2B,

South Africa - $566M,

Senegal - $698M,

Mozambique - $404M,

Zambia - $331M,

Kazakhstan - $304M,

Iraq - $1.08B,

Tanzania - $554M,

With literally Billions of Dollars and they still hate us!!!!

Our retired Seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds of billions of $$$$$$'s and tons of food to foreign countries!

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

AMERICA: A country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without needed medication and mentally ill without treatment - etc.

YET...

They have a 'Benefit' for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if our GOVERNMENT gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn't it?

99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.

I'm one of the 1% who will --

© 2013 Microsoft

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fcarroll 1 year ago

Who on this site is willing to admit they voted for the man currently in what used to be "our" white house? Now known as the Oscumma house. Not me said the blind man. Wonder how many that voted him in is proud to say they did and he has helped them with all their freebies. Just asking.

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VSU 1 year ago

bubbasmithredneck for one.........He worships the ground Obuma walks on and would kiss Obumas feet if asked to.

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VSU 1 year ago

Well I was gonna mention another body part, but thought it would be inappropriate.

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TrixibelleBento 1 year ago

Rightasrain - I hope you never have to count on any of these insignificant items you mentioned for a package, a loved one coming from far away, a business call from out of town or a Marine protecting you.

Local jobs are being affected, but I guess that doesn't apply to you. Be careful what you wish for--you just might get it.

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rightasrain 1 year ago

Trixibells...you obviously missed the entire point. ALL air traffic can (and at times has been) handled by the Tallahassee Airport; UPS, FedEx has and can pick up shipments from Tallahassee and truck them to the hub here in Albany. And if you for one minute believe that civilian employees at MCLB being furloughed one day a week is going to hinder the Marines, then you need a good dose of magnesia to clean your brain. I am part of the "greatest generation" and you lilly livered, whining, don't ask me to sacrifice, pansies just don't have the balls it takes to "man up" and deal with the hand your dealt. Period.

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TrixibelleBento 1 year ago

Air traffic is not handled by Tallahassee; it is handled by Jacksonville.

You didn't understand my point either. These insignificant items you speak of provide direct and indirect economic impact to Albany. Why not fight for your community rather than handing everything to Tallahassee? Our newspaper and mail already comes from there...lets keep something for US.

I'm not a lilly-livered whining pansy. I've made a lot of sacrifices already under the current administration. Unfortunately, the current administration doesn't understand how to sacrifice...over $1 million has already been spent in Paris on their current jaunt. The elimination of over 100 air traffic control towers only saves lightly less than $40 million. Doesn't make any sense.

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jglass 1 year ago

Funny how the president, nor congress, nor the senate, etc. are having pay cuts or benefit cuts and yet they continue to send money to other countries while the working people continue to suffer.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year ago

Don't blame me, I didn't vote for President Jackass. Hey Squawker, did you expect something different?

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VietVet1 1 year ago

Hear ye, hear ye - he comes before us - Your majesty King Obama! Presenting gifts of phones and other free stuff!!

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waltspecht 1 year ago

Stop the payment of tribute we so loosely disguise as Foreigh Aid, EBT Cards, Public Housing, Medicade and the entire Federal workforce created to monitor these programs. Wasn't it once said that "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute". Let each draw as each contributes, not as each thinks they need.

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erock 1 year ago

How's that hope and change thing working out for you? The very ones that voted him in get hit the hardest, yet they swear he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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Cartman 1 year ago

Sequestration? Wait until Obamacare goes into full swing. Then the laugh riot really begins.

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erudite 1 year ago

So why did the Repub's support it?

In fact, 174 of 240 House Republicans voted for it, while just half of House Democrats joined them (95 out of 190 votes). In the Senate, Democrats carried the vote, providing 45 of the 74 “yes” votes, but Senate Republicans also supported it by a 28-19 margin.

So in total, more than 70 percent of congressional Republicans voted for the deal that included the sequester, while 58 percent of Democrats voted for it.

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VSU 1 year ago

The complaint is not the sequestration, the complaint is what Obama is chosing to cut and what not to cut.

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FryarTuk 1 year ago

The real issue IS sequestration which was/is a bi-partisan debacle. Along with the minimal wiggle room available due to legally dedicated indebtedness of social programs and the illegal trillion dollar Iraq war of W, Dickie, Wolfie, Rummy, Colon and Condy which none dare call treason.

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