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Obama Blames Sequester on Republicans: ‘They Have Allowed These Cuts to Happen’

At a White House press conference this morning, President Obama laid the blame for the sequester and its effects solely on Republicans. He warned that “every time that we get a piece of economic news” in the coming months, that “economic news could have been better” if not for Republicans’ failure to act. “None of this is necessary,” he continued. “It’s happening because of a choice that Republicans in Congress have made. They have allowed these cuts to happen” in order to prevent tax increases.


After failing to reach a deal with congressional leaders to avoid $85 billion in automatic “sequester” budget cuts, President Obama on Friday blamed the crisis squarely on Republican lawmakers.

“They’ve allowed these cuts to happen because they refuse to budge on closing a single wasteful loophole to help reduce the deficit,” Mr. Obama said at the White House after a Friday morning meeting with top congressional Republicans and Democrats that broke no new ground. “Many middle-class families will have their lives disrupted in significant ways.”


SEE RELATED: Sequestration process begins: Congress fails to reach agreement on budget fixes before deadline


But neither side showed any signs of yielding Friday, and Republicans said the reason for the impasse is Mr. Obama’s insistence on more tax increases.

In the Oval Office meeting, GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner told the president it was time to focus on spending cuts instead. He reminded Mr. Obama that he succeeded in raising income taxes Jan. 1 on families earning more than $450,000 and payroll taxes on all wage earners, a deal that had no spending cuts.

“The American people know that Washington has a spending problem,” said Mr. Boehner told reporters after the session.

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The president said he told Mr. Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, that “these cuts will hurt our economy, they’ll cost us jobs, and to set it right, both sides need to be willing to compromise.”

The GOP leaders told Mr. Obama they were willing to close tax loopholes, but only if the revenue was used to lower tax rates and create jobs, not to replace the sequester spending cuts.

The meeting was Mr. Obama’s last-minute attempt to postpone a fiscal crisis that has been building for two months. Both sides agreed to the $85 billion across-the-board sequester cuts in 2011 as a way to force Congress to find less arbitrary ways to reduce deficits, but the House and Senate were unable to agree on another solution. In spite of Friday’s deadline, the president had not held any previous face-to-face meetings with the Republican leaders on the budget cuts.

Both sides did agree to work towards a measure to keep the government running beyond the end of March, when the current appropriations legislation expires.

Mr. Obama said he would sign a continuing resolution if Republicans kept the same spending levels agreed to in the 2011 Budget Control Act, although the sequester cuts would still take effect.

“I think it’s the right thing to do to make sure that we don’t have a government shutdown,” he said.

Without an alternative to the automatic cuts, the president was to sign an order Friday directing federal agencies to begin trimming their budgets, roughly 8 percent from defense programs and about 5 percent from domestic spending. Many federal programs are exempt, such as Social Security, welfare, food stamps and pay for uniformed military personnel.

Thousands of federal employees are to be furloughed, although the extent hasn’t been determined yet. The president said the cut will slow economic growth.

“It’s going to mean less growth,” Mr. Obama said.”It’s going to mean hundreds of thousands of jobs lost. “

Although he has been painting a picture of dire consequences from the cuts, Mr. Obama also tried to convince the public Friday that the impact wouldn’t be calamitous.

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High, low, and average approval ratings for every president from Truman to Obama - Gallup.com

Harry S Truman High 87%, Low 22%, Average 45%
Dwight D. Eisenhower High 79%, Low 48 %, Average 65%
John F. Kennedy High 83%, Low 56%, Average 70%
Lyndon B. Johnson High 79%, Low 35%, Average 55%
Richard Nixon High 67%, Low 24%, Average 49%
Gerald Ford High 71%, Low 37%, Average 47%
Jimmy E. Carter High 75%, Low 28%, Average 46%
Ronald Reagan High 68%, Low 35%, Average 53%
George H.W. Bush High 89%, Low 29%, Average 61%
Bill Clinton High 73%, Low 37%, Average 55%
George W. Bush High 90%, Low 25%, Average 49%
Barack Obama High 69%, Low 38%, Average 49%


How can the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal be compared to Watergate and Iran-Contra, direct violations of

the law? Granted, Clinton did a disgusting thing, there was no reason whatsoever he should have been unfaithful to his wife like that, but what Clinton did wasn't for political gain, he was just a horny crotchdog. Nixon, if he didn't like someone, harassed them by sending them fake bills from the IRS and sent agents to break into the Watergate hotel to steal files and money, and to bug phones. Reagan did a complete violation of the law by selling weapons to Iran, and using the proceeds to arm the Contras in Guatemala, both of which were illegal. Yes, Clinton was wrong too, but he cheated on his wife. What he did wasn't for political gain. How Conservatives could even compare the Lewinsky scandal to Watergate and Iran-Contra is beyond me.

JFK speech from November 21, 1963

Just imagine. He had no idea what was in store for him "tomorrow"

Here goes Fox again: "Hit Obama documentary '2016' snubbed by Academy Awards"

Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2016: Obama’s America” was a hit at the box office, earning $33.4 million, the fourth highest grossing documentary of all time. Yet the anti-Obama film failed to make the Academy Awards’ short list.

“I was surprised," producer Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for “Schindler’s List,” told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. "‘2016’ was never made with any particular award in mind nor [was it] looking for specific accolades from anyone. But as an industry practice it was submitted along with a number of other documentaries."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, D’Souza’s controversial film, which delved into the President’s past and early influences that may have shaped his political ideology, made more money than all 15 short-listed films such as “Searching for Sugar Man,” “Ethel” and “Bully.”

“‘2016’ loses an opportunity to compete in what most always perceived to be a fair business atmosphere," Molen said. "But no way, it is totally unbalanced and unfair... The left rules - for now.”

And while Molen was somewhat surprised, others in the media industry were not.

“Hollywood is seldom just about money. It’s about propaganda. And if you defy the party line, you stand no chance of winning. So when Dinesh D’Souza’s movie got passed over, I wasn’t even vaguely surprised,” noted Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Institute. “Is that bias? Of course. Jack Nicholson was close: Hollywood can’t handle the truth. And they can’t handle disagreement. Their one-sided view of what deserves awards underlines that.”

Yet some media critics argue that Oscar nods have little to do with box office earnings.

“The Academy has a particular set of criteria for documentary films, mostly based on how they perceive the quality of the story telling in the film,” said Hollywood writer Jenn Hoffman. “To accuse the Academy of being in some sort of liberal conspiracy seems childish.”

The Academy did not respond to a request for comment.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/12/07/hit-anti-obama-documentary-2016-snubbed-by-academy-awards/#ixzz2Lwn1yz9A

Worst governor of your state

Who is the worst governor of your state? For me, Oregon, I have no idea, actually

Some funny conservative skewering cartoons


Who is actually stupid enough to vote for George W. Bush as president?

Who, I ask, who?

Sometime within the next 12 years, I plan on running for Governor of Oregon

I'm serious. I feel that I could be a good candidate. The school systems here suck, and with us being one of only 6 states that don't have a sales tax, I feel that incorporating such a tax would benefit our schools. not 2014, but maybe 2018 or 2022, I'll run. Doesn't hurt to try

Why was Gray Davis recalled?

Why was Gray Davis recalled in 2003 as Gov. of CA, and who and why in the hell would someone vote for Shwarzenegger?
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