Judge Napolitano: American Public Not Buying Obama Admin’s Sequester Scare Tactics



While You Were Watching Rand Paul The House Secretly Approved A $982 Billion Dollar Spending Bill


by Bill Chappell
March 06, 2013 5:43 PM

The House has approved a bill to fund the federal government through the end of September. The $982 billion continuing resolution introduced by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), who heads the Appropriations Committee, would avoid a potential government shutdown on March 27.

The measure provides spending through the end of the current fiscal year, and while it does not undo the “sequestration” cuts, the resolution does allow the Pentagon more room to manage its share of the reductions. It was approved by a vote of 267-151, with 53 Democrats joining Republicans to support the legislation.

As NPR’s Tamara Keith reports for our Newscast unit, the measure now heads to the Senate:

“Democrats and the White House have made it clear they don’t like this bill because it locks in across-the-board spending cuts and only gives additional budget flexibility to the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. Senate leaders say they plan to make changes to allow other agencies more flexibility as well. But they aren’t planning to undo the sequester cuts, which means a fight that would threaten a government shutdown is unlikely.”

Original Article:http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/06/173655649/house-gives-ok-to-982-short-term-spending-bill

The Sequester – A Manufactured Crisis



Even Obama admits the Sequester is a manufactured crisis.  Just another in a long line of phony, fake, made-up Washington manufactured economic crises.  

This article reveals the origins and truth behind the Sequester manufactured crisis.

First came the Debt Ceiling Crisis, then the Fiscal Cliff Crisis, another Debt Ceiling Crisis, and now the Sequester Crisis. All manufactured crises.

All these manufactured crises came with grave warnings of a global economic collapse, doomsday, financial armageddon.  Obama, Democrats, and Republicans, all tried to use these manufactured crises, to benefit their political aims and their wealthy sponsors.

In each of these manufactured crises, Republicans, Democrats, and President Obama tried to panic the American people and investors.

During the debt ceiling crisis Obama tried to crash the stock market and failed.  With the sequester came warnings that toilets will be closed in National Parks, children will go hungry, and crippled veterans will be dumped onto the streets.

In the Debt Ceiling Crisis and Fiscal Cliff Crisis,  Republicans tried to scare the crap out of the American people, with warnings that the dollar will collapse and America will turn into Greece.  With pretzel logic they tried to convince the American people that cutting taxes on the wealthy, while destroying Social Security and Medicare, is the only way to save the economy.

The President, Democrats, Republicans, all use the American people and economy as hostages, in a sick game of economic chicken.  The American people and investors sit in the passenger seat, time and again, watching these sociopathic lunatics drive the economy at each other in a twisted version of “Groundhog Day“.

The politicians  use of  fear to manipulate the American people, in an effort to achieve their political and financial agendas, has gotten out of control.  This time, with the Sequester, Washington may have finally “Jumped the Shark“.

Even though thankfully, almost no one is paying attention to the Sequester,  it is still somewhat interesting and instructive to know how we ended up with the dun..dun..dun..Sequester.

We got the Sequester, automatic cuts to the budget, because the Sequester was used as a tool in the politicians game of economic chicken during the 2011 phony debt ceiling crisis.  It was meant to scare the bases of the Democratic and Republican parties into agreeing to a “Grand Bargain”.   Cuts to both Defense and Social spending were placed into the Sequester Bill.

The Grand Bargain was Obama’s plan from before he became president, to create economic growth by cutting Social Security and Medicare, while also modestly raising taxes on the wealthy.  Similar policies were used by President Reagan and President Clinton to successfully create economic growth and Obama was simply following their example.

The manufactured Debt Ceiling Crisis and Fiscal Cliff Crisis were used as a means to get the American people to agree to the Grand Bargain.  However, the wealthy elite 1% backers of the Republicans, greedy to the core, refused to give an inch on raising taxes.  That didn’t stop  Obama from offering up Social Security and Medicare anyway, during the equally phony Fiscal Cliff Crisis, to the Republicans in exchange for nothing.

The Republicans smelled a trap, and at the last minute, refused Obama’s offer of Social Security and Medicare cuts.  The base of the Republican Party, the actual dimbots who vote Republican and not the wealthy elite 1% who bankroll them, is made up of angry old white voters who not only love their commie Social Security and Medicare programs, but who also depend on them for their survival.

If the Republicans had agreed to Obama’s sell-out of Social Security and Medicare, the Republicans would have lost the Congress, and any hope of the Presidency for years to come.  Senator John McCain said it best during Debt Ceiling Crisis II…

“It’s a very bad, losing proposition,” McCain said. “What [Democrats] are saying now is, ‘Republicans want to preserve tax breaks for rich people and give up seniors’ Social Security.’ That’s the argument they’re using. Now whether it’s valid or not, it’s a winning argument. It should be off the table. And I think most Republicans believe it should be off the table.”

So, the Republicans chickened out at the end, Obama called their bluff, the Republicans folded, and Obama won a Pyrrhic Victory.  Social Security and Medicare were pulled off the Fiscal Cliff and the wealthy got no tax cuts.  Status quo.   Unfortunately, the Sequester Bill had been passed, the Republicans are obviously not interested in helping Obama out of the sequester, and so now the nation is stuck with the cuts.


Read More: http://www.iplanretirement.com/retirementblog/sequester-truth-behind-a-manufactured-crisis/


President Barack Obama Now Targeting To Cut Social Security And Medicare


In what appears to be a new offensive started on March 3 by Barack Obama in the political battle over mandatory spending cuts, the President proposed putting social security reform on the table as a way to bring Congress back to budget negotiations, in the hopes of furthering discussions to increasing taxes on the American people.

President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday.

“He’s reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they’d be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit,” White House senior economic official Gene Sperling said on Sunday on the CNN program “State of the Union.” – Reuters

Until the sequester deadline was reached on Friday, March 1, President Obama went across the country in a campaign style tour to try to garner public support for an end to the mandatory cuts outlined during the 2011 debt ceiling compromise. When no new deal was struck before Friday, the President was forced to choose programs and agencies within the government that can fulfill the $85 billion agreement, or do nothing and have triggered cuts take place automatically in legislated programs and departments.

The belief that these mandatory budget cuts would have a major effect on the American people, as well as in most government agencies, was invalidated on Sunday when former Congressman Ron Paul analyzed several wasteful programs that could easily be scrapped to cover the required $85 billion, and would have little impact on the abilities of the government to perform their necessary functions. Simply cancelling the failed F-35 aircraft project for example, would eliminate a projected $1.5 trillion, and completely fulfill the 10 year requirement of cutting $1.2 trillion from the Federal budget.

While the Republican controlled House of Representatives would like to see more budget cuts, and social program reform than what is currently required under the debt ceiling agreement, neither party has any stomach to take on social security, and hold their political lives at stake. Thus it is quite a change of direction by President Obama to put social security cuts on the table, just to try to get Congress to vote in new taxes, which are already testing the consumer and lifestyles of most Americans.


Article By: Examiner

Original Link: http://www.examiner.com/article/president-barack-obama-suggests-cutting-social-security




Medicare Doctors Pay To Be Cut By 2% Starting April

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By Parija Kavilanz | CNNMoney.com



The nation’s Medicare doctors, already facing higher costs and sluggish revenue, now face a pay cut because of the automatic spending cuts that were triggered Friday.

Under the so-called sequester, Medicare payments to health care providers, health care plans and drug plans will be reduced by 2% starting April 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The bottom line is that doctors who treat Medicare beneficiaries will only be reimbursed 98 cents on every dollar for a vast array of services. Reimbursement for low-income beneficiaries is exempt.

Overall, the cut will mean $11 billion less for doctors, hospitals and other providers in 2013. Last year, the agency doled out more than $500 billion in such payments.

A 2% cut may not seem large, but Medicare payments to doctors have been lagging, said Dr. Jeremy Larazus, president of the American Medical Association.

“Over the last 12 years, Medicare payments to physicians have increased by only 4%, while the cost of providing care has jumped 20%,” said Lazarus.

The cuts could make it harder for patients to get care, Lazarus added. “One in five Medicare patients already is facing difficulties in finding a doctor to take them. If you cut their pay, this access problem will only get worse.”

The threat of payment cuts isn’t new for doctors who treat the nation’s 47 million Medicare patients.

Federal law already triggers annual Medicare cuts to keep the program financial sound. But Congress has stepped in and blocked those cuts — which now stand at 29% — from happening more than two dozen times over the past decade.

Dr. David Wilt is an internist at a primary care group practice in Kansas City. About 60% of patients treated at his practice are Medicare beneficiaries.

Wilt agrees with Lazarus that Medicare patients are having a tougher time finding doctors. It’s happening at his practice, which has already stopped seeing Medicaid patients because of “abysmal reimbursement rates.”

“At some point, we will do what we have to if it means keeping the practice afloat,” said Wilt. “This includes reducing the number of patients whose payments are too low for us to run our business.”

Dr. Jeffrey Cain, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is concerned that the 2% cut will catch on with private insurers, too.

“Most private insurers base their payment rates on Medicare. We anticipate that they will also reduce reimbursement by 2%,” he said


Read More: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/medicare-doctors-pay-cut-124000392.html


Ben Bernanke Agrees With Sean Duffy After Getting Owned In Heated Argument Over Spending Cuts



Rand Paul: I’m Getting Kind Of Annoyed At The President Scaring People About The Sequester