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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2013, 12:56:22 PM »

maybe because there is no such thing as Obamaphones

how about we stop paying Congress until they come do a deal

how long do you think it would take to come to an agreement

I'd bet they'd have it done before dinner time today

How about we cut off Obama's endless trips on AF1 too? 
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« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2013, 01:11:05 PM »

maybe because there is no such thing as Obamaphones

how about we stop paying Congress until they come do a deal

how long do you think it would take to come to an agreement

I'd bet they'd have it done before dinner time today

Now THAT's a plan that can bring Republicans & Democrats together.  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2013, 01:17:47 PM »

Now THAT's a plan that can bring Republicans & Democrats together.  Grin

I dont think any of them should get paid anything to begin with.

Should be a volunteer position that meets only rarely.  Do a budget and go home.   
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« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2013, 01:18:56 PM »

How about we cut off Obama's endless trips on AF1 too? 

good lord you're an idiot

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« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2013, 03:56:32 PM »

White House cancels tours over sequester cuts, as lawmakers call decision political (ya think?)
 FoxNews.com ^ | March 5, 2013 | Fox News

Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 5:48:20 PM by LUV W

Sorry, Washington-bound spring-breakers. Your White House tours have been canceled.

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel all tours starting this weekend, due to sequester cuts. The move prompted swift condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who described the decision as the latest attempt to make the sequester seem worse than it is.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/05/white-house-cancels-tours-citing-sequester/#ixzz2MhycOBzj




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LMFAO!!!!!!   More free time for Obama to snort lines of coke and choom. 
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« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2013, 04:26:09 PM »

White House cancels tours over sequester cuts, as lawmakers call decision political (ya think?)
 FoxNews.com ^ | March 5, 2013 | Fox News

Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 5:48:20 PM by LUV W

Sorry, Washington-bound spring-breakers. Your White House tours have been canceled.

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel all tours starting this weekend, due to sequester cuts. The move prompted swift condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who described the decision as the latest attempt to make the sequester seem worse than it is.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/05/white-house-cancels-tours-citing-sequester/#ixzz2MhycOBzj




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LMFAO!!!!!!   More free time for Obama to snort lines of coke and choom.


more free time for you to spend here on GB.com making essentially the same posts every day

seriously dude, I will pay for a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation if you will posts the results here
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« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2013, 04:34:28 PM »

he's changing the world one post at a time  Grin
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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2013, 09:48:54 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/342244/congressman-no-golf-obama-until-wh-tours-resume-andrew-stiles


Good - end obama's dithering and leisure
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« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2013, 08:06:31 AM »

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White House Email: The Sequester Needs to Be as Painful as We Said It Would Be

Mar. 5, 2013



If any observers thought the White House was bluffing in its dire, even sadistic predictions about the outcome of the sequester, they may be disappointed. A new internal email discovered by the Washington Times suggests that, even if the negative effects of the budget cuts known as “sequestration” can be blunted, the White House has precisely no interest in doing so, most likely because it would undermine their bargaining position with Congress.
 
The Washington Times reports:
 

 In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.
 
He said he was discouraged by officials in Washington, who gave him this reply: “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
 
“This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the Sequester cuts for political gain,” said Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas Republican.[...]
 
The administration earlier had warned that supplies of beef, pork and poultry could drop this year because slaughterhouse inspectors will have to be furloughed, and under federal law meat can’t be processed without inspectors present.
 
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has, of course, studiously denied the idea that the administration is sacrificing its flexibility in order to make its dire predictions about the outcome of the sequester self-fulfilling prophecies. Nevertheless, the email raises some questions about just how much that flexibility is being applied, even if the person behind it might just be a disgruntled lower level official.
 
Allies of the administration have been pushing less than likely estimates of the sequester’s impact since before the policy took effect. Most notably, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) predicted that the sequester would cost 170 million jobs, a statistic notable for its mathematical impossibility.
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« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2013, 08:17:53 AM »

Let's see the Obama worshippers' explanation for this one.
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« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2013, 08:30:29 AM »


Capitol janitors making ‘ends meet’ with overtime? Nope

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“You know, those Capitol janitors will not get as much overtime. I’m sure they think less pay, that they’re taking home, does hurt.”
 
— Gene Sperling, director of the White House economic council, on ABC News’ “This Week,” March 3, 2013
 
“On the issue of the janitors, if you work for an hourly wage and you earn overtime, and you depend on that overtime to make ends meet, it is simply a fact that a reduction in overtime is a reduction in your pay.”
 
— White House spokesman Jay Carney, news briefing, March 4

At a news conference last Friday, President Obama claimed that, “starting tomorrow,” the “folks cleaning the floors at the Capitol” had “just got a pay cut” because of the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester.

The president very quickly earned Four Pinocchios for that statement, especially after senior officials at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the federal agency that employ janitors on the House side, and the office of the Sergeant at Arms (SAA), which employs janitors on the Senate side, issued statements saying the president’s comments were not true.

Still, the White House has kept up its spin offensive, claiming that a cut in “overtime” was a de facto pay cut and thus the president was right — or at least not wrong.

So, we wondered: How much overtime do Capitol Hill janitors actually make?


 

The Facts
 

First of all, we should note that the White House’s story kept evolving as we reported last week’s column. It’s almost as if the president’s aides had to scramble to come up with reasons why the president could be correct, without actually knowing the facts.

So, when we forwarded to White House aides an AOC memo saying no furloughs were planned, White House aides latched onto a line about overtime reductions. For a couple of hours, we were also told that the janitors were on contract — and contracts were being curtailed. But that line of reasoning turned out to be incorrect. Then, after the statements from the Capitol were issued, there was no longer any response.

But, as seen by the quotes above, the talking point about “overtime” did not fade away.

AOC officials declined to discuss janitor compensation, but SAA officials were willing to share details. Given that the AOC and SAA janitors essentially work side by side, it is reasonable to assume that the pay statistics are roughly similar.

Bret H. Swanson, assistant sergeant at arms for operations and the manager of cleaning technicians, said 27 people are employed on the night cleaning shift and 16 people on a day shift; a majority of the cleaning takes place at night. There is a differential for the overnight shift, so the night janitors earn an average of $51,644 a year and the day janitors earn an average of $49,481.

And the overtime pay? It averaged $304 per employee in fiscal year 2012 and $388 per employee thus far in the current fiscal year. “Cleaning technicians do not earn what I would consider to be a great deal of overtime pay,” Swanson said.

In other words, overtime amounts to only pittance of the overall pay — about $6.50 a week on top of wages of $1,000 a week. That’s much different from Carney’s claim of having to “depend on that overtime to make ends meet.”

Indeed, even before the sequester was implemented, Capitol Hill janitors have already earned more overtime pay than they did in all of last year. Swanson said the higher amount so far this year is because of “the demands of beginning a new Congress and hosting a presidential inauguration during a weekend that also included a federal holiday.”

Swanson said that, as reported, SAA would work on trying to drive down overtime requirements for employees for the rest of the year. But, for the rest of the sequester, the janitors are already ahead of the game.

A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.


 

The Pinocchio Test
 

We don’t try to play gotcha here at The Fact Checker. When Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was ridiculed for saying last week that 170 million jobs would be lost because of the sequester, we dropped our inquiry when we realized she had corrected her statement — to the official Congressional Budget Office estimate of 750,000 jobs — later in the same news conference. Everyone makes mistakes, and that’s understandable.

The quicker the mistake is cleaned up, the better. As Education Secretary Arne Duncan showed this week, a little humility, even a bit late, can be a good thing.

But a clean-up brigade shouldn’t simply try to deflect and obfuscate. Apparently, the president assumed — incorrectly — that the janitors on Capitol Hill would get a pay cut. Rather than admit an error, White House aides doubled down on their talking points about overtime being essential to their livelihood, without actually knowing the truth.

Clearly, the sequester is hurting segments of the government and will cut the pay of some government workers. It would be better to focus on those people rather than imaginary victims

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« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2013, 08:32:19 AM »

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/chief-white-house-calligrapher-gets-paid-96725-year_706521.html

3 Caligraphers making a total of almost 300k a year. 
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« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2013, 08:34:10 AM »

Sequester won’t interrupt collection of taxes from 'ObamaCare'
 
By Bernie Becker and Sam Baker - 03/06/13 05:00 AM ET






Implementation of the taxes and fees from President Obama’s healthcare law is on track despite the cutbacks at the IRS from sequestration.
 
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010 and derided by Republicans as “ObamaCare,” contains the broadest set of tax changes enacted in some two decades — more than 40 alterations in all, including penalties on people who choose not to purchase insurance.
But while IRS and Treasury officials have warned of reduced services as employees are furloughed under the sequester, neither agency has expressed any concern that the automatic spending cuts would delay the rollout of the healthcare overhaul.
 

A spokesman for the IRS declined to comment any further on the agency’s concerns about sequestration.

 
Democratic and Republican lawmakers also haven’t raised the issue though major tax changes from the law are just seven months away.


“The silence is deafening,” said Chris Condeluci, a former tax counsel for Senate Finance Committee Republicans who is now at Venable law firm.
 
Condeluci argued that the response from the IRS to the sequester cuts shows that getting the healthcare law off the ground is a top goal for the agency and that the government would shift resources to ensure the law goes into effect.

 
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But because the sequester’s $85 billion in cuts for the rest of fiscal 2013 were meant to be unwieldy and harsh, agencies have limited leeway in putting them into effect.


“ACA implementation is a priority,” Condeluci told The Hill. “Their silence with regard to the sequester indicates that they won’t let anything get in the way of implementation, sequestration or otherwise.”

 
The tax changes from the healthcare law will have a broad impact on the public. Spotting an opportunity, the tax preparation firm H&R Block is already running advertisements offering to help individuals navigate the law’s requirements.


But while the individual mandate is arguably the highest-profile piece of the Affordable Care Act for the IRS, the agency’s biggest undertaking is a more immediate challenge: setting up the new subsidies to help people buy private insurance.

 
Roughly 15 million people will likely be eligible for the subsidies, which will be administered as tax credits. The IRS not only has to dole out the credits but also build a complicated system to determine who is eligible and how much they should receive.

 
People who are eligible for subsidies can begin selecting plans in October that would start in 2014, putting the IRS under a time crunch to get its systems in order.


The IRS has more breathing room when it comes to the mandate, which takes effect in 2014. That means the agency won’t have to actually comb through returns and enforce the law’s penalty for going uninsured until 2015.


But even with those daunting tasks ahead, few in Washington seem concerned that the sequester will hurt the implementation of the healthcare law’s tax changes.

 
Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, didn’t bring up implementation of the healthcare law at all in his memo to staff shortly before the sequester went into effect on March 1.


Miller did tell employees that the sequester could require between five to seven furlough days — to start this summer, after the current filing season was over — and that the IRS would cut travel, training and supply costs.


“It is essential that we prepare for whatever events may unfold and continue to look for opportunities to reduce expenses,” Miller wrote.

 
Earlier in February, Neal Wolin, then the acting Treasury secretary, told lawmakers that the furloughs would eat into the IRS’s customer service capabilities and the agency’s ability to prevent fraud.


Treasury’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism would also take a hit, Wolin said.


Meanwhile, the National Taxpayer Advocate, an in-house IRS watchdog, has long said that Congress was making a mistake by limiting the agency’s budget, saying that would reduce the amount of revenue the government collected.


But the advocate, Nina Olson, has shown few specific concerns about the healthcare law.


Democrats on both Capitol Hill and in the White House have decried the effect of the sequester, warning that the cuts could cause longer lines at airports and impact the country’s food inspections.


But with the full effects of the cuts — which the Congressional Budget Office says could cost 750,000 jobs this year — not likely to be felt for some time, Democrats have softened their tone.

 
“One way or another, I think the administration will find a way to implement ACA,” Rep. Sandy Levin (Mich.), the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, told The Hill. “But if the sequester were to go seven months, there’d be all kinds of ramifications.”

 
On the other side of the aisle, Republicans continue to search for ways to roll back the law. But Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, said his concerns about the law did not stretch to IRS implementation.


“I constantly hear the refrain that they need more resources,” said Boustany, whose panel held a Tuesday hearing on the healthcare law’s tax implementation.
 

“Well, my reply to that is, No. 1, the tax code is too complicated. And secondly, there is a significant amount of waste in IRS operations.”


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/286423-sequester-wont-interrupt-taxes-from-healthcare-law#ixzz2Mm41cQ8B


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« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2013, 08:38:29 AM »

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DHS plans to release 5,000 illegal immigrants due to sequestration

March 5, 2013 | 1:45 pm
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House investigators learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision.
 
“An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced.
 
The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22 and March 31st, this plan would drop the number of detainees from 30,748 to 25,748.
 
“The decision to release detained aliens undermines the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to keep our homeland secure and instead makes our communities less safe and more vulnerable to crime,” Goodlatte said. “[R]egardless of sequestration, DHS actually has plenty of funding to pay for the detention of criminal aliens.  Unfortunately, it seems Administration officials are more interested in using sequestration to promote their political agenda than as an opportunity to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.”
 
Napolitano said that it wasn’t her decision, even though ICE is part of DHS. “Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field,” she told ABC.
 
She also confirmed that the releases would continue. “We are going to manage our way through this by identifying the lowest risk detainees, and putting them into some kind of alternative to release,” Napolitano said at a Politico event, per The Daily Caller.

 The New York Times profiled a “low risk” detainee released by ICE. The detainee was taken into custody “when it was discovered that he had violated probation for a conviction in 2005 of simple assault, simple battery and child abuse, charges that sprung from a domestic dispute with his wife at the time.” NRO’s Jim Geraghty asked, “If convictions for ‘simple assault, simple battery and child abuse’ make you ‘low-risk,’ what do you have to do for Janet Napolitano to consider you ‘high-risk’?”
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House investigators learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision.
 
“An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced.
 
The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22 and March 31st, this plan would drop the number of detainees from 30,748 to 25,748.
 
“The decision to release detained aliens undermines the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to keep our homeland secure and instead makes our communities less safe and more vulnerable to crime,” Goodlatte said. “[R]egardless of sequestration, DHS actually has plenty of funding to pay for the detention of criminal aliens.  Unfortunately, it seems Administration officials are more interested in using sequestration to promote their political agenda than as an opportunity to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.”
 
Napolitano said that it wasn’t her decision, even though ICE is part of DHS. “Detainee populations and how that is managed back and forth is really handled by career officials in the field,” she told ABC.
 
She also confirmed that the releases would continue. “We are going to manage our way through this by identifying the lowest risk detainees, and putting them into some kind of alternative to release,” Napolitano said at a Politico event, per The Daily Caller.

 The New York Times profiled a “low risk” detainee released by ICE. The detainee was taken into custody “when it was discovered that he had violated probation for a conviction in 2005 of simple assault, simple battery and child abuse, charges that sprung from a domestic dispute with his wife at the time.” NRO’s Jim Geraghty asked, “If convictions for ‘simple assault, simple battery and child abuse’ make you ‘low-risk,’ what do you have to do for Janet Napolitano to consider you ‘high-risk’?”

Hey Moron - you're in favor of this remember so how about you wash the sand out of your vagina and STFU

how is it you have the time to still make all the posts everyday

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« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2013, 12:23:18 PM »

maybe because there is no such thing as Obamaphones

how about we stop paying Congress until they come do a deal

how long do you think it would take to come to an agreement

I'd bet they'd have it done before dinner time today


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