Top Ten Sequester Lies

By now you’ve probably heard more than you care to about this looming “sequester” and chances are good that you’ve been fed lies, cleverly disguised as fear mongering clichés, courtesy of liberals.

Does the following sound familiar?

The budget sequester Obama opposed will hurt the economy, arbitrarily cut $85 billion in spending, and put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work; yet Republicans refuse to compromise.

There are nine lies right there. Let’s break them down for the low-information voter:

 

  1. The sequester will hurt the economy. Spending cuts don’t hurt the economy; they show investors and employers that we’re trying to resolve our debt crisis. They also pave the way for tax cuts, which—from JFK to Reagan to Clinton to Bush—have stimulated the economy.
  2. Obama opposed the sequester. Obama swore to veto attempts to repeal the sequester his party stuck into the Budget Control Act. Democrats bet that in the sequester game of chicken, Republicans would flinch, because they wouldn’t be able to stomach defense cuts.  Democrats bet wrong.
  3. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will lose their jobs. Whatever time these workers spend off the job, they will most likely be paid for via furlough appeals or unemployment benefits. No furloughs even begin until April, which gives negotiators a month to work things out.
  4. Fires won’t be put out, crime won’t be stopped, air traffic will halt, etc. All the essential functions of government will continue during a sequester. Most agencies have ballooned since Obama took office; a return to 2009 levels isn’t going to send them into a tailspin.
  5. The cuts are arbitrary. The bipartisan supercommittee hashed out the cuts in the sequester, half each from domestic and military spending. Yet propagandists make it sound as though lawmakers opened the federal registry and randomly targeted hapless employees to fire.
  6. Republicans won’t compromise. Republicans didn’t consider the sequester ideal, but realized it might be the only way to force Democrats to cut spending. Republicans are willing to take a haircut on defense if Democrats will trim a whisker off the leviathan entitlement state.
  7. There will be large budget cuts. The sequester will yield cuts of $85 billion—a whopping  three percent of the projected $3.6 trillion 2013 spending (also known as a “budget” before Democrats came to power). The Washington Post admitted, “[S]ome White House allies worry the slow-moving sequester may fail to live up to the hype.” 
  8. The sequester will cut $85 billion out of the 2013 budget. Actually, it will cut only $44 billion. The $85 billion figure references the cut in “spending authority,” the other half of which Congress will merely postpone indefinitely until voters have forgotten about it.
  9. The sequester will cut spending. Actually, the sequester will merely slow spending increases.  Even with the sequester, the 2013 budget will be larger than in 2012. The sequester will no more cut spending than shooting a bullet through shrubbery will reverse its course.

And one more:

      10. Republicans can win the sequester fight. Republicans can win the sequester fight… only if they stand up and make the above points—in easy-to-digest language, with concrete examples, refutations of fear-mongering quotes, and relentless attacks on Obama for lying to Americans and treating them like children.

Comments

Comments

  1. sda53 says:

    This is just another scare tactic of obama’s to control the ignorant. He does not know that most of us do not fit that category. We see thru him and his evil ways and know he was never qualified for office nor legally voted into office. He is not doing any cuts except ones to hurt us. The cuts can be made where needed. Reduce government, do away with obamacare, we can’t afford it. Climate control is a money pit and something we can’t change. God is in control. Stop all government administration employees salaries. This means obama, senate and one term only then go back to other jobs. No more lifetime support. What happened to being an honor to serve? Fire obama’s security to enforce his gun wishes. He needs to live what he says. Close the White House for if things are as bad that he is letting illegal criminals out in our back yard we can’t pay that utility bill. Put him in a rental and fire michele’s full time hair dresser and make up artist. She can do these things herself. They think they are idols for we let them spend money like they are so no more vacations money for necessities. I am sick of him rubbing it in our faces. It is our money. Golf lessons from tiger woods, really. Who paid for that one?? Ground Air Force One and stop all the tv spots for they are not actors but a disgrace to us all. The buck stops with government. We must force them to have same medical and retirement as we the people for them to have a vested interest it keeping it good. They are not above us but our employees. Time for us to get off our rears and quit complaining and deal with our problem. Arrest the guilty and give pink slips to the ones that have not stood up for our best interest and protection. It is now or never people we are sending our money to terrorist enemies and building up those who will destroy us.

  2. Teddy Bear says:

    How can people believe all these lies? If you add up everything, the DNC puppets are saying will be cut, it adds up to 10x the sequester cuts. Seriously, this division of the citizens is becoming a global joke. We have a bunch of petty career (criminals) politicians who only care about themselves.

  3. Cindy says:

    No unemployment. For furloughs in most states. Get your shit straight.

  4. Liberalmann says:

    The GOP once again is bested by Obama and look like fools and the party of the elite.

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