there’s a word for this

Feburary 25 2013…

…Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today warned that the budget cuts known as the sequester slated to go into effect on Friday would not only slow the economy by hampering the flow of trade and travelers, but it would also have an impact on national security.

“I dont think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester,” Napolitano said during today’s White House press briefing, explaining how the widespread cuts would impact her department specifically.

The sequester cuts, which would cut $85 billion from the federal budget this year and $1.1 trillion more over 10 years, would cut force DHS to cut its budget by about 5 percent, Napolitano said. The impact would be significant, she said, since her department is personnel-heavy. The department, for instance, will have to furlough Customs and Border Protection officers and reduce overtime, decreasing the number of hours Border Patrol has to operate between the nation’s ports of entry by up to 5,000 agents.

“If you have 5,000 fewer border patrol agents, you have 5,000 fewer border patrol agents,” she said. “That has a real impact.”…

Feburay 26 2013…

…President Barack Obama is taking advantage of the probable “sequestration” cuts to the federal budget in order to provide a political smokescreen for his releasing of a large number of illegal aliens awaiting deportation from detention centers throughout the U.S…

…This latest de facto “get out of jail free card” is part of the president’s campaign to convince the nation that impeding budget cuts will harm national security, specifically border protection and the enforcement of federal immigration laws…

Finish your assignment! »


  1. Paul Moore
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 1:07 am |

    No Secret Service, IRS, OSHA, or EPA cuts are planned, I’ll bet.

  2. Jess
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:00 am |

    Best photo Pelosi in years.

  3. Freddie Sykes
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 2:32 am |

    The Washington Monument Strategy… if Interior has to make any cuts, it will cut what the people use and enjoy the most to punish them, namely parks and monuments. At the local level, it is always education and first responders. Even The Washington Post has noticed the ploy:

    The ‘Washington Monument’ sequester strategy

    What this means is that whatever the level of damage across-the-board would impose, we can expect the affected agencies will try to make the damage look as high as possible.

  4. Hopefulone
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 5:58 am |

    When smooth-talking marxist Mark Warner became governor of Virginia he said that he had to cut back service at the Department of Motor Vehicle offices, among others. DMV services are fee-based so it wasn’t about the money. Same thing here. Hurt the taxpayers, not the government drones. Use the press to cover your malfeasance. “Oh, we had to burn the Constitution and Declaration of Independence to heat our offices…”

    Now teachers are worried that Fed money to local schools will be cut and teachers will lose–but the Dept. of Education will still staff their wasteful phoney-baloney “work” and their indoctrination programs.

  5. Stick
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 6:05 am |

    “That’ll get those right-wing clingers on board”

  6. geezerette
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:07 am |

    It was all going to happen anyway so now he/they can blame the evil rich white man . When he/they all have theirs and their fathers dreams come they can walk away with their pockets full and say tough shit suckahs—-and the evil rich white man is running around with his finger up his arse saying WTF just happened?

  7. MikeG
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:24 am |

    A few years back, we had a state government shut down in Minnesota. Places like state parks and highway rest areas were immediately closed up. SInce there was no one at the parks to police the area, some people just camped out anyway. Anyone who would normally be there to collect payment had been sent home. I would guess travelers used gas station toilets. Who here on the proch has not peed in a cornfield or on the side of the road? Don’t tell me wimmen can’t do that. I’ve seen it done.

    Shut it down. What fears them most is it will take a lot of us quite a while to notice.

  8. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:37 am |

    Ya, DHS will cut back on Customs and Border Patrol.

    Airport child molesters, on the other hand ….

  9. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 8:19 am |

    He’s a vindictive hateful spiteful fuck….perfect prog.
    No wonder the Lympians love him.

  10. jlw
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 8:25 am |

    will funding stop for barry and michelle’s big buck vacations?

    i didn’t think so

  11. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am |

    If a terrorist attacks or a freed border-jumper commits a crime,
    these traitors will be responsible.

  12. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:30 am |

    ^ Oh, you kidder.
    It will be the RethugliKKKan’s fault and everyone knows it.

  13. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:41 am |

    Federal budgets (…which we ain`t had for years…) are, by design, planned to increase by some percentage in the next fiscal year. DHS planned for 8%. Sooo, being reduced by 5% means an INCREASE of 3 fucking %!!

    If DHS got by on their budget last year, why can not they get by with the same budget PLUS THREE PERCENT this year???????

    This is Bullshit!

  14. Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:48 am |

  15. Buzz
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:57 am |

    Releasing the illegals to coincide with carefully choosing cuts to important functions, rather than the waste, is all about making the story fit the narrative.
    Just like Fast & Furious funneling US guns to Mexico, if the facts don’t fit, make the facts.

  16. Buzz
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:59 am |

    It’s not like the media, except maybe Fox or Drudge, are going to report the truth rather than the narrative.
    Hell, even if they did, the majority of Americans have proven themselves too dense to “get it.”

  17. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 10:05 am |

    ….If you have 5,000 fewer border patrol agents, you have 5,000 fewer border patrol agents…
    Incompetano just said 1 = 1. What Churchillian oratory!I

    ^^ Sondra (9) What you said and I hope He Whose Name I Will Not Say has a stroke and Moochelle has to put up with a drooling jellyfish for the rest of their lives.
    I may have to rethink that – a drooling jellyfish would be an improvement….

  18. MikeG
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 11:56 am |

    What pisses me off to no end is that our business has taken several hits since December and our income is way down. By tightening out belts and GASP! cutting our budget here and there we have made it through and things are looking better now. Our income was down a hell of a lot more than the two pennies on the dollar we are asking these assholes to “cut” from their INCREASE and we did not piss and moan like they are.

  19. geezerette
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm |

    Just heard that He/they do not have anything to do with the release of the prisoners and that’s the truth—there’s no money because the evil rich white man won’t pay more taxes so it’s their fault. Don’t blame them.

  20. Fat Baxter
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm |

    Hopefulone @4: “Hurt the taxpayers, not the government drones.”

    O, rly?

    I work for DOD. If sequestration hits, I get to take Fridays off with no pay for the rest of the fiscal year (i.e., mid-April up to 1 October). That’s a 20% pay cut.

  21. ZZMike
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm |

    “I dont think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester,” Napolitano said…..

    I guess that means they’ll have to let the Secret Service guys go.

    Democrats will always tell us that unless they get to raise taxes, they’ll have to fire policemen and firemen and teachers and doctors and nurses. Jerry Brown told us just about that when he was campaigning for Prop 30. (We believed him.)

    But there’s enough waste and fraud in the government that if they closed those “loopholes”, we could go a long way to closing the deficit:

    One example:

    Medicare Fraud: A $60 Billion Crime

    “Medicare fraud – estimated now to total about $60 billion a year – has become one of, if not the most profitable, crimes in America. ”

    That is just a tip of the iceberg.

    Here’s another site:

    5 Outrageous Examples of Waste, Fraud and Abuse

    “#3 From 1999 through 2005, the federal Farm Services Agency paid out $1.1 billion in subsidies to 172,801 dead farmers, ”

    These are examples of incompetence rather than outright fraud.