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    a criminal is a criminal is a criminal............next they will release burglars, robbers, white collar criminals, hollywood ex-stars, ex-politicians and if they need more room maybe they will release first time child molesters, first time felons, first time murderers etc. now, I wonder, since these illegals are not suppose to be legally employed, do we, the taxpayers, get to pay for their rent, food, clothing, cell phones, cars, medical etc?

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    The White House Court Jesters of Sequester
    Michelle Malkin • February 27, 2013 08:24 AM


    Traffic alert: There’s a massive clown car pileup in the Beltway. And with the White House court jesters of sequester behind the wheel, no one is safe. Fiscal sanity, of course, is the ultimate victim.

    President Obama has been warning America that if Congress allows mandatory spending “cuts” of a piddly-widdly 2 percent to go into effect this week, the sky will fall. The manufactured crisis of “sequestration” was Obama’s idea in the first place.

    But that hasn’t stopped the Chicken Little in Chief from surrounding himself with every last teacher, senior citizen and emergency responder who will be catastrophically victimized by hardhearted Republicans. Curses on those meanie Republicans! How dare they acquiesce to the very plan for “cuts” — or rather, negligible reductions in the explosive rate of federal spending growth — that Obama himself hatched?

    How low will the kick-the-can Democrats go? Among the ridiculous claims the administration is making: The National Drug Intelligence Center will lose $2 million from its $20 million budget. That scary factoid appears in an ominous Office of Management and Budget report purporting to calculate the Sequester Disaster. So lock the doors and hide the children, right?

    Wrong. As Reason magazine’s Mike Riggs points out, the NDIC shut down in June 2012, and some of its responsibilities were absorbed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. http://reason.com/blog/2013/02/25/wh...-sequestration

    Ready for more reckless, feckless farce? Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano played Henny Penny during a panicked speech at the Brookings Institution Tuesday. She warned that her agency’s “core critical mission areas” http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...from-sequester would be undermined by the sequester. To cynically underscore the point, “waves” of illegal aliens were released this week from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night, but would not say how many or from which detention centers.

    The real punch line, as I’ve reported relentlessly, is that the catch and release of criminal illegal aliens has been bipartisan standard operating procedure for decades. The persistent deportation and removal abyss allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens — many of them known repeat criminal offenders — to pass through the immigration court system and then disappear into the ether because we have no determined will to track them down and kick them all out of the country.

    While Napolitano shrieks about decimation of the DHS workforce, DHS workers tell me that the double-dipping of retired ICE brass — who get back on the payroll as “rehired annuitants” — is rampant.

    While this open-borders White House phonily gnashes its teeth over the sequester’s effect on national security, its top officials are lobbying for a massive nationwide amnesty that would foster a tsunami of increased illegal immigration for generations to come. The shamnesty beneficiaries will be welcomed with open arms, discounted college tuition, home loans and Obamacare. And as every outraged rank-and-file border agent will tell you, DHS top officials have instituted systemic non-enforcement and sabotage of detention, deportation and removal functions.

    In another emetic performance, Obama parachuted into a Virginia naval shipyard this week to decry Pentagon cuts that would gut our military. But I repeat: The reductions in spending are CINO: Cuts In Name Only. If the sequester goes into effect, Pentagon spending will increase by $121 billion between 2014 and 2023. Fiscal watchdog GOP Sen. Tom Coburn adds that $70 billion is spent by the Defense Department on “nondefense” expenditures each year.

    Send in the clowns. Wait. Don’t bother. They’re here.


    http://michellemalkin.com/2013/02/27...-of-sequester/

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    Just make the cuts! Let’s actually cut government spending for a change. Not that this is really a cut, but let it happen. Everyone else is having to do more with less. Why not government?

    http://andyhefty.wordpress.com/2013/...make-the-cuts/


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    Binyamin Applebaum on the sequester and government spending
    by Tyler Cowen on February 27, 2013 at 7:32 am

    It is a very good piece, and here are the parts citing me: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/bu...pagewanted=all

    “People focus on the upfront cost and they don’t think through the whole timeline,” said Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University and an occasional contributor to the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. “You have to cut spending within the next 10 years anyway. It may be time to take some lumps.”
    of course there is a contrasting attitude that we can and will do this instead in the time of a rip-roaring recovery.

    “It is cutting some of the best spending that government does,” Professor Cowen said of the cuts that would fall on the domestic side of the ledger. He said Congress should focus instead on cuts to military spending, farm subsidies and health care programs like Medicare that he regarded as ripe for reductions.

    He said that military contractors and personnel might be able to find new jobs with relative ease, because unemployment rates are fairly low for well-educated workers; it is those with less education who are struggling most.
    Of course the piece presents some other opinions as well. It’s also worth noting that in 2008-2009 I argued repeatedly that fiscal stimulus should have concentrated more directly on propping up state and local expenditures, and that many of the other projects, such as high-speed rail, were a waste and would only temporarily boost employment if that. In retrospect I believe that advice is holding up quite well.

    http://marginalrevolution.com/margin....RUk93N9A.dpuf

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    I’d frame the government jobs thing differently. Since peaking in May 2010 at 22,997,000, government jobs have fallen by 4.65%, to 21,928,000 in December 2012.

    Between the peak in April of 1980 and the trough in July 1982, government employed fell from 16,583,000 to 15,890,000, a drop of 4.18%.

    Both of these drops are, I think, exaggerated due to census hiring.

    Since World War II, these are the ONLY two periods were employment in government has fallen at all.

    Forest fire analogy, blah blah blah, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

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    Y, I notice they conflate “Government” and “Federal Government”…typical NYT sleight-of-hand, not even a very creative one. Also, as you note, May 2010 was clearly within the “census bulge”…easy to pick out on the graph.
    Even with recent reductions, the number of federal government employees remains roughly at the same level as when the current administration took office. State and Local employment is down 3.6%, but that’s largely a choice that people make in their own jurisdictions. Graph here: http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?g=fY8 .



    Overall, I’m less impressed with the article than Tyler was…selective windows on quoting data, using data out of scope in an attempt to make a point, a very inadequate discussion of government spending’s effect on private investment and consumption….not objective reporting in my view.

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    How about this one – http://www.gao.gov/press/financial_report_2013jan17.htm.

    Tell me how the feds cannot do with less.

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    There’s an implicit assumption that high speed rail would be completed on time and budget. It’s at best a dubious assumption.

    If you really like high speed rail, why not get together with a group of like minded people and pool your money and build it. Kickstarter is just waiting for you to take advantage of it.
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    O and his cronies think that the American people are complete idiots...and we are if we listen and agree with those jacka$es instead of looking at the truth. just because washington says something does not make it the truth and most probably many non-truths...and because they are so used to non-truths, they can't tell what is true and what isn't. if common citizens used the scare tactics that O is using, we would probably be arrested for causing a riot. washington and o are painting a picture with terrorists skipping across the borders, airliners crashing into each other, people searching for crumbs to feed their families what washington thinks they can do to us. It only makes me want a government of,for,and by the people more than I ever imagined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boopster View Post
    O and his cronies think that the American people are complete idiots...
    Apparently just over 50% are......if you go by the election results.
    Mrs Pepperpot is a lady who always copes with the tricky situations that she finds herself in....

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    BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'

    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

    "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said.

    "Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?"

    The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.

    "Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. 'I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country,'" Woodward said.

    "That’s a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time," he said.

    Woodward's harsh criticism came after he stirred controversy last weekend by calling out Obama for what he said was "moving the goal posts" on the sequester by requesting that revenue be part of a deal to avert it.

    Here's the clip, via Mediaite:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/bob-w...#ixzz2M9atsVFK
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    I totally agree!

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    Former Clinton Aide turned columnist says White House threatened his publication, too [AUDIO]
    9:15 AM 02/28/2013

    A day after The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward insisted he was “threatened” by a senior White House official, a former Clinton aide turned columnist says his publication was once threatened by the Obama White House as well.

    Lanny Davis, formerly a special counsel to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor that a White House official once threatened to have The Washington Times’ White House credentials revoked over columns Davis had written.

    Davis says his editor “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.”

    The White House aide allegedly told Times editor John Solomon, “that if he continued to run my [Davis'] columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”

    Last week, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling warned Woodward in an email that the reporter would “regret staking out” the claim that Obama’s “asking for revenues is moving the goal post,” according to copies of the emails obtained by Politico.

    Woodward characterized that statement as a threat in interviews on Thursday.


    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/28/fo...#ixzz2MDW9MaJU

    Interesting all of sudden all the LIBS are being threatened by the same Adm they voted for. Seems the Chickens are coming home to roost to quote Rev Wright.

    USA Today reporter: I know more than a few reporters who’ve gotten White House e-mails like the one Woodward got
    posted at 9:02 am on February 28, 2013 by Allahpundit

    Noteworthy, http://www.usatoday.com/story/theova...house/1953105/ although I’m not sure which way it cuts. Younger reporters were tweeting last night that they get angry e-mails from political flacks all the time and that it’s no big deal, which is a nifty way to humblebrag about how they’ve upset Power by speaking Truth while also serving the liberal cause du jour of discrediting Bob Woodward. (Some serve more bravely than others. https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/sta...53371573698560 ) Is that what David Jackson means here, that Woodward’s blowing routine White House grumpiness out of all proportion? Or that Woodward’s right and that veiled White House threats are more common than you’d think?

    In a statement, the White House said that “of course no threat was intended. As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation. The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more. And Mr. Woodward responded to this aide’s email in a friendly manner.”

    All we can say is: We know more than a few reporters have received similar e-mails from White House officials. Yelling has also been known to happen.

    Tension between presidents, presidential aides, and the people who cover them is inherent and has been around as the government itself.
    Just as I’m writing this, Politico’s posted what’s alleged to be the full e-mail exchange between Woodward and Sperling, no doubt courtesy of a leak from the latter’s office. Quote: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/0...led-88226.html

    From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013

    Bob:

    I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

    But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

    I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.

    My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.
    Follow the link for Woodward’s supposed reply http://www.politico.com/story/2013/0...led-88226.html , which is also conciliatory and even has him saying “You do not ever have to apologize to me” and “I for one welcome a little heat.”

    Here’s how Woodward himself quoted the e-mail to Politico in their interview yesterday: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/2...llenging-them/

    The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets.

    Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of the four or five administration officials most closely involved in the fiscal negotiations with the Hill. “I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today,” the official typed. “You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. … I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

    Woodward repeated the last sentence, making clear he saw it as a veiled threat. “ ‘You’ll regret.’ Come on,” he said.
    The fact that the “threat” came in the context of an apology seemed unusual even last night; as it is, if the leaked e-mail is accurate, Sperling actually apologized three separate times for getting loud and prefaced the “regret” part with “as a friend.” If he’s threatening him, rather than simply trying to steer him away from a wrong/unhelpful claim, it’s a threat so veiled I can’t see it. But stay tuned; Woodward’s set to appear on Hannity’s show tonight to address this, assuming he doesn’t so so elsewhere earlier in the day.

    Video at link : http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/2...-woodward-got/
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