Sequestration 2013: When will it end?

Sequestration 2013: With Cuts In Place, Obama And GOP Brace For Next Fight.
To all my readers, I find it important for everyone to inform themselves about the actual sequester with an official document sent to Congress  as a direct result of Congress and the President’s inability to reach a decision to avoid the sequester that has now gone into effect on March 1. There is a lot of misinformation going around through various groups so I decided that the actual facts might be nice, then let you the reader decide what is truth. Since both parties the President and Congress refuse to come to a decision on Saturday to avoid sequester, we as a country now face the consequences through automatic spending cuts of $85 billion. Even with last minutes talks and no deal, the sequester which is outline in the official document below has gone into effect with the stroke of Obama’s pen. There are no signs that either group will budge as the Republican refuse any deal with more taxes and Democrats will not do a deal without it. Both parties lay the blame on the other for damages the cuts might inflict which are across the board.  In the words of Obama on his weekly radio and internet address, “None of this is necessary…It’s happening because Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit.” The president also commented that the cuts will cause ripples across the economy the longer they stay in place and could cost more than 750,000 jobs not to mention disrupt the lives of middle class families. The next major battle for both will be to negotiate a plan to fund the government beyond March 27 or possibly face a government shutdown and another debt ceiling clash in May.

OMB REPORT TO THE CONGRESS ON THE JOINT COMMITTEE SEQUESTRATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013

Sequestration Nation: What March 1 Really Means for the Economy – DailyFinance

Sequestration Nation: What March 1 Really Means for the Economy – DailyFinance.

With many of the world’s nations falling into economic disrepair and fighting to stay afloat, the United States may come to the same fate come March 1. President Obama and congressional Republicans have no progress to head off the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that go into effect on Mar 1. Lacking a bipartisan deal to avoid catastrophe and hoping to put pressure on the GOP lawmakers, the administration revealed details about the cuts’ consequences including less secure U.S. embassies, trimmed defense contracts, and furloughed air traffic controllers. When a budget fight between President Clinton and congressional Republicans led to two government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996, some threats came true and others did not only because private groups stepping in and contractors working for IOUs. The budget impasse eventually ended before serious damage happened.

This time no government shutdown will occur but automatic cuts between March 1 and September 30 will occur which means a reduction of 13 percent for defense and 9 percent for other programs according to the budget office. These cut and $1 trillion over the next decade were put into place two years ago when the administration and Congressional bargainers made them so harsh that everyone would be forced to compromise. This has not happened. According to the administration letters and testimony to Congress social security, Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits are exempted. The cuts will be made over a seven month period and do not all take effect March 1. If a deal is reached anytime during this period the money could be restore either some or all. However left in effect the impact is not clear yet for each program. The law limits administration’s flexibility to protect initiatives, but the White House told agencies to avoid cutting those that present risk to life, safety or health and minimize harm to crucial services. Every agency will experience some effects from these budget cuts if they go into effect.

According to AOL Daily Finance these are the tentative cuts according to the administration letters and testimony to Congress:

-Defense: Troops at war would be protected, but there’d be fewer Air Force flying hours, less training for some Army units and cuts in naval forces. A $3 billion cut in the military’s Tricare health care system could diminish elective care for military families and retirees. And, in a warning to the private defense industry, the Pentagon said it would be “restructuring contracts to reduce their scope and cost.”

-Health: The National Institutes of Health would lose $1.6 billion, trimming cancer research and drying up funds for hundreds of other research projects. Health departments would give 424,000 fewer tests for the AIDS virus. More than 373,000 people may not receive mental health services.

-Food and agriculture: About 600,000 low-income pregnant women and new mothers would lose food aid and nutrition education. Meat inspectors could be furloughed up to 15 days, shutting meatpacking plants intermittently and costing up to $10 billion in production losses.

-Homeland Security: Fewer border agents and facilities for detained illegal immigrants. Reduced Coast Guard air and sea operations, furloughed Secret Service agents and weakened efforts against cyberthreats to computer networks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund would lose more than $1 billion.

-Education: Seventy thousand Head Start pupils would be removed from the prekindergarten program. Layoffs of 10,000 teachers and thousands of other staffers because of cuts in federal dollars that state and local governments use for schools. Cuts for programs for disabled and other special-needs students.

-Transportation: Most of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 47,000 employees would face furloughs, including air traffic controllers, for an average of 11 days.

-Environment: Diminished Environmental Protection Agency monitoring of oil spills, air pollution and hazardous waste. The color-coded air quality forecasting system that keeps schoolchildren and others inside on bad-air days would be curtailed or eliminated. New models of cars and trucks could take longer to reach consumers because the EPA couldn’t quickly validate that they meet emissions standards.

-State Department: Slow security improvements at overseas facilities, cuts in economic aid in Afghanistan and malaria control in Africa.

-Internal Revenue Service: Furloughed workers would reduce the IRS’ ability to review returns, detect fraud and answer taxpayers’ questions. It offered no specifics.

-FBI: Furloughs and a hiring freeze would have the equivalent impact of cutting 2,285 employees, including 775 agents. Every FBI employee would be furloughed 14 workdays.

-Interior Department: Hours and service would be trimmed at all 398 national parks, and up to 128 wildlife refuges could be shuttered. Oil, gas and coal development on public lands and offshore waters would be diminished because the agency would be less able to issue permits, conduct environmental reviews and inspect facilities.

-Labor: More than 3.8 million people jobless for six months or longer could see their unemployment benefits reduced by as much as 9.4 percent. Thousands of veterans would lose job counseling. Fewer Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors could mean 1,200 fewer visits to work sites. One million fewer people would get help finding or preparing for new jobs.

-NASA: Nearly $900 million in cuts, including funds to help private companies build capsules to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

-Housing: The Department of Housing and Urban Development said about 125,000 poor households could lose benefits from the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher program and risk becoming homeless.

Inspiring Words for the World

I could not have said it better myself. I encourage everyone to listen to the words and think really hard about their lives. This video encompasses what my blog is about the heart of everything. What would you do if money didn’t matter? This is the key to happiness but only you can unlock it. I hope that the young to the old will find inspiration in the words and go on a journey to find your happiness because in the end that is all we have that is constant yet ever changing. Inspiration can be found everywhere you just have to be willing to listen and follow your dreams.

Employees Buy Luxury Lifestyle Pilfering Printer Cartridges – Careers Articles

Employees Buy Luxury Lifestyle Pilfering Printer Cartridges – Careers Articles.

Probably the strangest story I have heard in a while, but also I didn’t even realize their was a black market for this. In Manhattan, New York hospital clerk Marque Gumbs was found stealing toner for copiers and printers in order to provide for his lavish lifestyle of BMWs, designer clothes and vacations. The $1.5 million scheme at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center exploited a largely overlooked, but lucrative black market for these and other office supplies. The perpetrators were using business accounts to make false orders for more costly items like toner and reselling them for a large discount. A large law firm in Manhattan recently went through the same situation which ended in grand larceny charges against Adrian Rodriguez, 38 years old, who prosecutors say ordered in excess of $376,000 worth of toner over two years. In 2007, two Pennsylvania men were accused of stealing $187,000 worth of ink and toner and in New Jersey an account exec at a stationary supply company pleaded guilty to stealing 30,000 toner cartridges worth $1.75 million. Gumbs went undetected by the hospital for so long since he would had the delivery drivers call his cellphone and meet him at the curb where he would stash the toner in a garbage area so he could retrieve it later. Before he was done, Gumbs had used his profits for rent on a luxury apartment, a BMW, shopping sprees, and airlines tickets and hotel rooms for vacations. Gumbs, pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to 2.5 to 7.5 years in prison and ordered to forfeit everything he bought with the money. I think he got off a little easy, but in the long run he is going to have a hard time finding work when he gets out not only because of his criminal activity.

Joseph Kelley, Utah Man, Takes Rifle To J.C. Penney To Show Guns Can Be Safe (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Joseph Kelley, Utah Man, Takes Rifle To J.C. Penney To Show Guns Can Be Safe (PHOTO, VIDEO).

I do give this man credit for being so ballsy and standing up for what he believes. I don’t know if that’s the reason he did it or he was afraid his guns would be taken away with Obama’s new gun proposal announced this last Wednesday. On that same Wednesday, a woman shopping at J.C. Penny in Riverdale saw a man carrying a rifle slung across his chest, extra ammunition and a sidearm in holster on his right hip, so she did what anyone would do take a picture. The Utah man’s reason was to demonstrate guns in law abiding citizens hands can be safe. The man identified as Joseph Kelley is a firm believer obviously in the second amendment. Besides Kelley, other pro-amendment demonstrations have been going on in the wake of the Obama’s gun control proposal in response to the Sandy Hook shooting. In Oregon two men walked down the main street in Portland carrying assault rifles explaining that they are exercising their Second Amendment right and hope to educate the people on gun rights. What these people are failing to realize is that the way guns were used and obtained in each shooting whether school, mall, etc. was not legal in any way, so to protect the public stricter rules must be implemented. If you have no criminal past or any kind of mental instability in your past, then you can still buy guns. I don’t really understand why they feel all of our rights to own guns is being violated. Plus they are operating on a principal that is over 200 years old that doesn’t mean the same thing it did 200 years ago when it was being written.

AIG Lawsuit: Insurance Giant Won’t Join Ex-CEO’s Suit Against The U.S.

AIG Lawsuit: Insurance Giant Won’t Join Ex-CEO’s Suit Against The U.S..

Okay I have a lot of problems with the complaining that AIG is doing and if they win their lawsuit against the US which includes all of us then let greedom ring people. This will not only affect the government but the people who pay taxes who supplied the money for their bailout. AIG after a public lashing from goverment officials will not join ex-CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s $25 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government over the insurance giant’s financial crisis bailout, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The suit filed in 2011 claims that the terms of the bailout — including giving billions to AIG’s clients, the government taking a more than 90 percent stake in the company and the deal’s steep interest rates, stripped shareholders of tens of billions of dollars — according to The New York Times. Despite the complaints, the government weakened the terms of the deal shortly after the bailout, perhaps to the benefit of shareholders, according to a separate NYT report.

Hillary Clinton Returns To Work After Blood Clot Hospitalization

 

Hillary Clinton Returns To Work After Blood Clot Hospitalization.

I am so glad this little lady is okay because I hope she runs for president next election in 4 years! Okay I am not afraid to say it. She has accomplished so much during her husband’s presidency, as secretary of state, and gosh darn it she’s a firecracker speaking her mind. Cheers, a standing ovation and a gag gift of protective headgear greeted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she returned to work on Monday after a monthlong absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion and finally a brief hospitalization for a blood clot near her brain. She was also given a blue football jersey with “Clinton” and the number 112 – the record-breaking number of countries she has visited since becoming secretary of state – printed on the back. After the initial fun and merriment Clinton returned to business and stressed during the meeting the need for State Department to implement the review board recommendations for improving security in high threat diplomatic posts. She would like them in place before her successor takes over.