Also cut, is housing HUD. When your apartment helps you pay
some of your rent. They are not doing that out of kindness,
this government money. It's cut. So the rent is going up.
Keep in mind in my town many dumped their car to kill the car payment etc
to get more money to pay the rent as one can't just work overtime
or get a raise more than $0.10!
The best thing to do is to stop shopping, buy less as you can!
That is what happens with a Sequester. Low sales!
Bring these rich corps to their knees! You have that power,
look what cutting the poor is doing to Walmart stocks!!!
Abby is always spot-on. It's sooo obvious that Capitalism just doesn't work anymore. Our so-called leaders need to stop acting on behalf of the 1% who paid their way into office, and start thinking outside the box. [Do I think this could happen? Probably not, but I am ever hopeful.]
I recently watched a narrative by Prof. Richard Wolff based on his book about "Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism." He made some very, very valid observation and all based on fact. I found another narrative by him at a book review that was shown recently on CSPAN. If you have time to watch it, you may be equally as impressed as I was. http://www.booktv.org/Watch/13807/Occupy+the+Economy+Challenging+Capitalism.aspx
The corporate media is certainly going to avoid talking about the fact that the sequester is going to accomplish what politicians love most about it....potentially killing thousands of poor people. Mission Accomplished.
I think they're shooting themselves in the foot day by day, the part of their mad-party that thinks their failure means they haven't gone far enough "right" is consuming what's left (like the cancer it is). As the demographics inevitably continue to work against them their only hope is more election fraud (which they are working hard on in many states!)
And probably the poorest among us don't even realize what is actually going on -- when my husband and I were working 3 jobs between the 2 of us we didn't have time to pay attention to what was going on in DC, we were too busy just scraping by.
In the sense that said wealth redistribution seems to be going to the top 1% (just look at the tax breaks big media receive from our government), I'd say your right. I'm pretty sure the same could be said about Putin's Russia too.
In the sense that a massive kleptocracy backed by an repressive authoritarian regime is a bad way to 'redistribute" wealth to a tiny oligarchy, you are right.
To me, the funniest thing about the frightened howls of our own right wing 1% worried about the threat to their continued vacuuming of all the available resources is that some of them claim to be against things like family planning.
Every day there are hundred of thousands of hungry new voices added to the chorus questioning the current highly skewed system.
Whether arguing the right or wrong of "redistribution" or who gets to torque the system the fact is millions more are going to tip the scale regardless of ideology or outcome.
Egypt got 250 billion right after the sequester. Not once have I heard of one of these countries we fund come to help us out. Pakistan gets billions and they had no knowledge bin laden was staying right next to a pakistani military base. Then got mad when we came in a and killed him. They could care less. It's time to rebuild here in america. 85 million isn't sh!t compared to 1.5billion fo Pakistan and that's only one country.
Yeah. The media isn't all that concerned about reporting about who keeps getting their piece of the proverbial pie. Even with the cuts, the defense contractors will most likely end up smelling like roses.
But it's the poor and vulnerable right here at home who seem poised to get hurt the most in all of this.
I keep getting people correcting me saying the sequester or federal aid is in the millions. Why do I keep finding info saying it totals in the billions? "Trut". Please provide info supporting your claim. I want to get this straight.
http://bipartisanpolicy.org/sites/default/files/The%20Sequester-%20Mechanics%20a... So by this site the sequester totals 1.2 trillion from (2013-2021). 109 billion/year. These are the numbers I'm going by unless somebody has something else.
Absolutely. Shut the damned bases we have all over the world, stop spending $80 million a day on fuel for all the jets and ships in, on and around all those 120 bases, stop throwing citizens on the islands in the Pacific and Mid-East out of their own homelands, in other words, cut the b.s. created by the M.I.C. and let's take care of our own before someone gets angry enough at us and blows us up.
Oh but if someone retaliates, our elected employees will have the ability to say they told us so -- that "thar's terrorists in them thar hills" (and under our beds too), and the only way to stay safe is to continue being the fuzz of the world!
That's what they'd like us to believe - and I did for a while - but those days are long gone. Drones or no drones - we need to start speaking out more loudly against the military, it's disgusting conduct around the world, and we need to get these young guys to Stop Enlisting for this b.s.
You can lay this at Obamas feet. The sequester was his idea. He got tax raises in the beginning of January. Not all he wanted mind you, but as is the nature of compromise he did get them. The spending cuts did not materialize despite what the president and his cohorts said. This is not due to gridlock in Congress but a dishonesty on the part of the administration.
If the poor are suffering as a consequence of sequestration than look, again, to the administration. It was up to the president how the cuts would be distributed. Additionally, the reduction in spending was actually a reduction in the increase in spending. Due to base line budgeting, the amount spent after sequestration will still be more than in the prior year.
Even more additionally, we now have seen a memo that directs an APHIS (a USDA agency) official to work the reduction in services in a manner that would not contradict what the administration stated the impact would be.
We did away with tours of the White House yet sent the Muslim Brotherhood F-16s, tanks, something like a billion dollars. The president thinks more of a terrorist organization than he does those who would tour the "peoples house". Even worse, DHS is STILL buying weapons, bullets, and up armored vehicles for what many believe is a coming campaign against the people of this country. I'm wondering just which country the administration supports. Disgusting.
Trying to blame Congress for this is dishonest and does nothing more than support a liar.
There's plenty of blame to go around on this one, and it certainly doesn't begin or end with the Executive. But we probably won't hear much from our media on who's at fault or why NOTHING can get done in D.C..
But instead of just rushing to blame this on partisan politics, what's your opinion on the media's role in all of this?
Thanks to Congressional gridlock, automatic budget cuts took effect 14 days ago, threatening 700,000 jobs and gutting funds for vital programs in housing assistance, early childhood education, disaster relief, and national security. Secret Service staffing was also impacted, prompting the cancellation of White House tours last week. Republicans immediately attacked the decision as a political move designed to turn the public against the sequester and 14 Republican senators signed a letter demanding information.
The media has also latched on to preserve the White House tours, while largely ignoring other much more devastating sequester cuts. As Ari Melber of The Nation pointed out on Wednesday, there are 12,000 news stories concerning White House tours and less than 1,000 about the sequester’s impact on housing assistance programs, which disproportionately affect low-income Americans.
ThinkProgress examined this trend on three major cable news networks — Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC — since March 6. White House tours were mentioned 33 times as often (Fox News had 163 segments, CNN had 59, and MSNBC had 42) as mentions of other sequester impacts hitting the poor. Any discussion of sequestration’s steep cuts to housing assistance, food stamps, and Head Start early education was virtually nonexistent on all 3 networks in the same time frame. Fox News mentioned Head Start three times, ignoring housing and food stamps entirely; MSNBC mentioned Head Start 4 times, food stamps once, and did not cover housing assistance cuts at all. CNN stayed completely silent on all three issues:
While covering budget cuts, cable news channels have also largely avoided discussing military tuition assistance programs, which were suspended by the Marine Corps and the Army shortly after sequestration. CNN and MSNBC each mentioned the cuts to tuition assistance once since March 6, while Fox News took the lead with 11 segments.
The media’s silence on the most brutal sequester cuts is well in line with the fourth estate’s normal approach to poverty. During the 2012 presidential campaign, just .2 percent of campaign coverage by major TV, radio, and print outlets addressed poverty in any substantive way. More recently, the media mostly ignored the effects of spending cuts in the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012, preferring to discuss tax hikes instead.
In response to the highly publicized backlash over White House tours, Obama is now signalling some tours may resume.
You "think?" There's no thought even necessary here. Our media reports on crap to keep the public "uninformed." That's why we all watch shows like Link, Freespeech and even RT and AlJazeera. If you really want to know what's happening anywhere, including in our own country, Don't Watch Local Media. Even HLN which used to occasionally run real news stories are now running gavel-to-gavel crap about the "Arias" trial. And they wonder why their ratings are piss poor. Not a word is said anywhere about the crooked banksters, the greedy oil buffoons who are polluting the hell out of the planet. And the programming of local stations really sucks. Undercover Boss, Divorced Wives in this county and that county, unreality TV at it's worst.