Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs
That list as gross as it is represents chicken**** in the overall budget and for the most part is gifts to Congressional districts to reward Congressman or Senators for their votes on key issues. Not much of that can be laid at the feet of the President, any President.
Obama was open to a large long term budget deal that included a balanced approach. Now you can argue that what he calls balance is simple BS but he did put an ass whipping on the Republicans in the Presidential election based on his premise of taxes and cuts.
The election in the Senate was even more embarrassing for Republicans as the demographics favored them retaking it and they actually lost seats.
The reality of sequestration is it's bad for Congress. The President isn't running again, if the economy tanks it's not going to impact him it's going to impact the Congressman and Senators who's districts take massive military or other cuts.
I don't believe the President is going to be the loser in sequestration I believe it's going to be Congress and their home districts. The President believes in an expanded Social Safety net and he has an agenda he would like to get through but he isn't going to be the loser in this game politically.
I don't care who's in office -- the fact that we excuse such ridiculous expenditures is a symptom of a MUCH bigger problem -- the idea that something is worth spending money on even if you don't have the money to spend.
Is that true for the military? Maybe. Education? I guess so. Healthcare? I could see it. But pancakes for yuppies? I'm sorry -- as long as we live in a society that thinks such trivial things are worth spending imaginary money on we'll NEVER have a realistic shot at economic health (which I've already resigned myself to a LONG time ago)
It's a mindset. If I'm trying to save money, I can rationalize how "$10 on coffee a week is a drop in the bucket compared to the $10,000 I owe my bank", but does that mean I should keep spending it?
Again, I've given up hoping this country will turn things around. I'm squirreling away as much as I can and hope my children don't get too screwed. At this point it's just an annoyance that people can continue to defend/excuse such worthless spending like a diabetic explaining why "one more Twix bar won't hurt" . . .