Sequester never felt so good

  • Article by: Chicago Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 8:26 PM

The sequester doesn't appear to hurt as much as everyone said it would.

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supervon2May. 8, 13 8:39 PM

But Obama said the world would stop revolving and everybody would go hungry if we didn't spend more and more and more and more.

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jbpaperMay. 8, 13 8:47 PM

"That immunity has to end. Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and other entitlements..." ----- While I agree with most of he article, I still have trouble calling Medicare and Social Security entitlements. I will pay into these funds my entire working life, how is asking for what I paid for an entitlement?

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wallyworldmnMay. 8, 13 9:25 PM

Get used to the fact that our government is bought and paid for by big money. As long as Congress gets to write and re-write the rules for their convenience, they don't have to care. As long as they don't have to wait in line for their flights and keep getting all of their self appointed benefits, then why should they work to actually fix anything? The sequester is just another example of the stuff that used to be called voodoo economics.

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hawkeye56379May. 8, 13 9:53 PM

The article says: "Conservatives, having shown the supposed necessity of furloughs to be a falsehood", but then they admit that it happened because "Congress enabled a shift of $253 million from airport construction to controllers’ salaries."------- So, under the existing law furloughs WERE necessary until Congress passed another law allowing that situation to change! The Chicago Tribune editorial board doesn't seem to have any idea of how laws work.

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jd55604May. 8, 1310:42 PM

jbpaper posted: "While I agree with most of he article, I still have trouble calling Medicare and Social Security entitlements. I will pay into these funds my entire working life, how is asking for what I paid for an entitlement?"......Because as soon as government receives your contributions they immediately disperse your funds to current recipients with absolutely no legal guarantee that you will ever receive $1 of what you contributed. It's an entitlement for current recipients but not necessarily a future entitlement for you or me.

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pumiceMay. 8, 1311:11 PM

From the article: "As Americans see officials making choices, lopping needless expenses and living within limits just as families and private-sector employers have to do, the confident claim that spending (and debt) simply can’t be sliced stands exposed as a fraud.... America needs to broaden the sequestration experience — not for its blunt-edged cuts, but for the hard choices it forces on all of us." Coupla things, Chicago Tribune editors: (1) It's the rare family for which living within limits doesn't include incurring debt for needed expenses just as it's the rare small private sector business for which living within limits doesn't include incurring debt. Does any huge multinational corporation not incur debt? (2) Families, small businesses and huge corporations all recognize that blunt-edged cuts are irresponsible and that hard choices include increasing income.

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pumiceMay. 8, 1311:19 PM

Re: "The Chicago Tribune editorial board doesn't seem to have any idea of how laws work." Not only that, hawkeye56379, the Chicago Tribune editorial board doesn't seem to have any idea of the difference between deficit and debt. Nor does the Chicago Tribune editorial board demonstrate ability to connect reductions-in-the-rise-of-federal-spending dots which it admits have "slightly depress[ed] economic growth that has averaged a lousy 2.1 percent since the end of the Great Recession in June 2009" rather than energizing our economy.

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pumiceMay. 8, 1311:33 PM

In order to opine that "the sequester doesn't appear to hurt as much as everyone said it would," one can only conclude that the Chicago Tribune editorial board must know waaaaaaaaay more frequent fliers than they know unemployed workers whose benefits will be cut or pre-schoolers who will lose their Head Start opportunity or WIC recipients whose benefits were eliminated or seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels or small businesspeople who won't be getting loans or adults with severe mental illnesses/children whose emotional problems will go untreated or researchers whose work will be interrupted.

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potter101May. 8, 1311:55 PM

supervon2May. 8, 13 8:39 PM But Obama said the world would stop revolving and everybody would go hungry if we didn't spend more and more and more and more.*****************No he didn't ,not even close. People of course went hungry, take money from food programs for the poor and I'll guaranty people will go hungry. It's simple the right doesn't care or even like the poor, they got them down as cheaters and takers and they call themselves producers.. This is simply a call by the right to go after SS and Medicare and money for the poor. They don't need it so it's useless in their world.

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potter101May. 9, 1312:14 AM

I think that if the right says long enough that SS and Medicare are entitlements, they think can convince enough of the country to except this lie and then they can get rid of it. People would be living in boxes without these programs, Do they even realize that we have payed into this our whole lives and it is ours already. They aren't giving us nothing. I want to put this in perspective . if during the average working life, and if just on the first year alone , a $1000.00 was put into my social security and it was put into the broad market, Dow or S&P that $1000.00 would be worth over $128,000.00 at retirement age. The money I put in, I expect a rate of return equal to at least the broad market.

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