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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Elizabeth Warren On Sequestration: ‘This Is Taking A Meat Axe To Our Budget’ [VIDEO]

Fresh from speaking at the funeral of MIT Police officer Sean Collier, Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared on CBS This Morning to encourage donations to One Fund Boston to support the victims of the Boston bombing.

Massachusetts’ senior senator was also asked to comment on the flight delays happening as result of the automatic cuts known as sequestration.

“I have to tell you,” she said. “This is about how bad sequestration is overall. This is taking a meat axe to our budget. Let’s keep in mind, there are children who having a hard time getting their spots in Head Start, cutbacks on Meals On Wheels for seniors.”

“The real point is sequestration is not a sensible way to deal with our financial problems,” she continued. “The job of Congress is to come together to find sensible spending cuts, which I think are on the table and have been offered, and to close some of the corporate loopholes so that they’re paying their fair share to help fund this government.”

CBS’ Gayle King then tried to get the senator to “concentrate” on flight delays, “the main story here.”

The media continues to have no shame about only covering the sequestration when it affects business travelers. The poor, the elderly and veterans — however — are taking the brunt of the cuts.

  • Sand_Cat

    Who cares about the poor, the elderly, and veterans? The last two at least are too old and too sick or injured to ship off on any more wars (Iran, anyone?), and most of the poor want jobs that actually pay something they can live on rather than becoming indentured servants to the wealthy and the corporate elite. Who needs ’em?

  • charleo1

    Remember the Conservatives? No, not the ones we have today, The ones,
    we have today, deserve a parentheses placed on either end of the title,
    “Conservative,” Because a true Conservative, is not a radical. And these
    guys are. Ronald Reagan quipped, “The 10 scariest words in the English
    language is, I’m here from the government, and I want to help.” But,
    Reagan, like the Conservatives he served with, believed that government
    in it’s proper role, could be a force for the common good. These guys don’t.
    And as such, came to Washington to gum up the workings of the Federal
    Government. To prove their point, as it were. That all government is
    inherently, evil. That, not only is the government incapable of solving any
    problems, or helping to solve problems. But government, in their eyes, is the
    the problem. Now, what is disturbing, is one might attend the meeting of any
    number of the dozens of anti- government, militia groups around the Country,
    and hear the same rhetoric. The sequester itself, came about to prevent these
    anti-authoritarians, from essentially, crippling the Federal Government financially,
    and creating a world wide monetary crisis. Which is exactly what they threatened
    to do. So, I find their frequent references to the Founding Fathers, more than
    a little ironic. Because, the Founding Fathers would have most likely strung
    them up as traitors. And they wouldn’t have been far off the mark.

  • howa4x

    The tea party republicans are not the sharpest tools in the shed, and I don’t really think they understand macro economics. I already know they don’t understand history. I’m using their spokespeople, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Sharon Engle, Christine O’Donnell, and Herman Cain as my barometer I blame the moderate republicans for not standing up to theses clowns and from not taking a leadership role. Especially those from purple states where the sands of an election can move from one party to another. The senate used to be where people voted for the good of the country, but since the health care debates, they vote for partisan advantage. Mitch McConnell has no stature as a statesman. He is closer to a back alley fighter. I think the reality hasn’t set in that the largest voting group in the country are independents, who want to see these problems solved in a reasonable way. They want responsible budget cuts, that don’t put the weight of cuts on the most vulnerable. Ask the average non republican whether he would rather take food from a child’s mouth or close tax loopholes on corporate jets and they will choose the child, most every time.. I think the scariest thing for republicans is that the younger evangelicals have a deeper sense of social justice, than the overt lackeys for the 1% that make up the republican base. Remember the good news is the republican party makes up only 28% of the population so they need a lot of help to win a national election. There were 1 million more votes for house democrats than republicans but gerrymandering saved their majority. The future will be interesting.

  • montanabill

    Apparently Elizabeth Warren can’t do math.

  • Allan Richardson

    They never stood up to say that something besides survival-mode help for the poor, not-quite-poor-yet (which they don’t seem to realize may actually mean themselves) should be cut, but when it’s business travelers and vacationers who can afford to fly (rather than take the bus, drive their old beat up car, or hitchhike) that hurt, then they become one-issue liberals!

    Hasn’t anyone got the memo? The research used to justify austerity IN THE MIDST of a recession was based on a PROGRAMMING ERROR, which was found and proven MATHEMATICALLY a couple of weeks ago. Which confirms common sense: you cannot make an economy grow by making the customers poorer, and you cannot make a nation more prosperous by making most of its people less prosperous.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Lizzy the Native American Indian (yeah right, sure sure) is just another one of the absolute MORONS that make up the increasingly socialist and radical left DemonRAT party, and she’s an effing liar! You mean a leftist freak that’s a liar? SHOCKER!!! NOT!!!

    First off, the sequester was OBOZO’S IDEA. Bob Woodward forced them to admit it. Secondly, the sequester is NOT a CUT. It’s a reduction of 2.5% of the already established rate of growth in government spending. The federal government will spend more money this year than they did last year. And they will spend more money in the next year after that than they will next year. Let me say this again for all of you morons on the left who think that government confiscation of American’s earnings is a good thing: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND MORE MONEY NEXT YEAR THAN THEY WILL THIS YEAR WHICH IS MORE THAN THEY SPENT LAST YEAR!!!!!!!!! Only the most gullible morons think this is a cut.

    BTW…. Obozo is the guy in charge of how those reductions in the rate of growth are spread around. Repubs have nothing to do with it. And your messiah is intentionally working to make those so-called cuts in places that hurt the public the most. God forbid if the hypocritical piece of garbage decided to cut his own personal vacation and entertainment budget. NO No. Instead, cut the tours of the White House off so school children can be hurt.

    When are you morons on the left going to learn that you are being suckered by politicians who tell you that they must take more of the earnings of Americans so that they can spend the money instead of you? When are you idiots going to figure this out?

    Havee a nice day!

    Sen. Barack Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006 — “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

    • Got your panties in a twist doesn’t it?

  • It is interesting that nothing is done about the big sequester cuts until it directly affects the politicians themselves. If they are not, they should be to ashamed to show their faces. They could care less about anyone but themselves, their wants, needs, and next election polls.

  • Allan Richardson

    The wingnuts saying that the sequester is the President’s idea forget (or ignore) history. A couple of years ago, a group of Senators of both parties negotiated what they thought was a reasonable compromise between the left wing who want more social safety net spending and the right wing who want to cut total spending (actually want to cut safety net spending, but do not want to say so out loud) but not military spending. THEY set up the sequester as the PENALTY for not getting an agreement past the Congress, and they did NOT intend it to go into effect; they made it harmful to both sides in hopes that both sided would rather compromise than allow it to happen.

    Unfortunately for the country as a whole, the Tea Party fanatics voted like suicide bombers and forced the sequester. Now that it HAS started to go into effect, they blame the President for making it happen, rather than themselves. But they want to vote for exemptions for THEMSELVES rather than remove the entire sequester, which they could do by a simple vote. Basically, we have people playing “chicken” with the welfare of this country.

    And by the way, there was some breaking news recently: the mathematical “proof” that austerity in a time of recession or recovery is necessary, because a certain threshold of public debt stops growth, was found to have been based on an Excel spreadsheet PROGRAMMING ERROR! In fact, countries with far more public debt than the threshold were listed in the spreadsheet with (correctly recorded) higher growth rates than the “experts” claimed, but the formula omitted those countries.

  • The Right calls liberals communist, but they want government help to support the private Air lines Industry. They want safety but want the government to pay and then take the blame when something happens. Kind of like farm subsides you get payed for doing nothing.