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AMAC Survey Shows Seniors ‘Overwhelmingly’ in Favor of Sequestration

AMAC Dan Weber The Association of Mature American Citizens AMACPresident’s budget cut fear-mongering may backfire on him and cost him allies – 

BOHEMIA, NY, Mar 8 – “President Obama’s attempts to blame Republicans for imposing allegedly onerous federal budget cuts may ultimately backfire on him.  His fear-mongering raised so much interest that even some in the mainstream media now acknowledge that Mr. Obama was the author of sequestration, as it is called, in the first place—not the House Republicans,” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens said.

In his third Presidential Debate last fall, the President stated that the sequester was “not something that I’ve proposed.  It is something that Congress has proposed.”

David Gregory of NBC, not widely known for being tough on the administration, challenged the president’s chief economic advisor Gene Sperling on that point in an interview last week.  After patiently listening to Sperling’s lengthy attempt to sidestep the issue, Gregory forced Sperling to admit that yes, the president did not tell the truth, Weber explained.

“Nor did he tell the truth in the days leading up to the sequester’s initial implementation when he and his surrogates publicly repeated several times a day that the sky would fall and that the budget cuts would have far-reaching effects on us all.  The sky did not fall, his efforts to pin the blame on the GOP failed and, as it turned out, most people think the imposition of budget reductions is a good thing.  In fact, many believe that the cuts do not go deep enough.”

Weber cited the “tepid” reactions of the three major credit rating agencies, Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.  They told reporters that sequestration will have little or no positive impact on the country’s credit standing.  They indicated that a lot more cutting needs to be done.

Seniors seem to overwhelmingly agree with that notion, according to Weber.  He pointed to a new AMAC Web site poll, which asked members and visitors whether they believe government spending via the sequester was good or bad.  “An exceptionally high number of responders took the survey – 5,877 of them – and an overwhelming majority of them, 97% of them – said it is time we cut spending.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a call. 

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Judy Robertson
8 years ago

I feel sorry for the military and federal employees who will be “cut” by 22 days a year, but, I am an ordinary citizen and when Obummer got into office and the economy started going downhill, my job got cut by 2 days a week, for a total loss of 104 days a year! I and many others had to learn to adjust, they will too. Be thankful you have a job, and only got cut 22 days a year! Get rid of this bum and get a president that works for America, not against it!

Joseph
8 years ago

I want to see Obama gone. But this sequester has cost me a lot of money. I’m not rich; I’m a wage worker fixing government airplanes. Now I’ve been cut back to a four day work week. Believe me when I tell you this sequester will be taken out on the workers who can ill afford it–not the high up salaried workers. It has also all been dumped on the DOD civilian work force. The Washinton government workers, the post office, and most other federal agencies are exempt. Obama chose where the cuts would be taken out. I didn’t vote for Obama either time. I also think he cheated to get in again–through mass voter fraud.
I want to see him gone. I’ve worked hard all my life and for what? I just hope I don’t lose my house. I gave 31 and a half years of hard work to this government. I’ve always been frugal. I paid my 2 sons way through college–scrimped and drove old cars do it. We never took a government hand out to get them on their feet. I just hope we have something left at the end. If Obama has his way I won’t.

Dave
8 years ago
Reply to  Joseph

The original author of “hit them where it hurts!”

jackson39
8 years ago

I’m afraid we’re well past the point of no return. By the time the “stupid” majority who elected this traitor figure out what they’ve done, he will have destroyed the nation and entrenched himself as supreme Dictator for life..
As I don’t care to spend my retirement in a re-education camp, I’m planning to move out of country and leave this mess to the “stupids” who voted for it.

Paul
8 years ago
Reply to  jackson39

First of all not a Democracy but a Republic. In a Democracy mob rules and that is what B Hussein Obama has created in four years. A dependent Nation. Then comes Socialism and after they run out of other’s money comes anarchy, and Dictatorship.
As far as Rs or Ds they are all the same, we need term limit and a third party. In 2016 vote for Dr. Benjamin Carson for President GOOGLE his biography then spread the word

N. Painter
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul

You had better be careful with the Dr. because he is more for gun control than against and that is what we have now.

Dave
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul

“Term Limits” used to be called elections until we have the recent debacle with non-resident blacks voting in all white precincts, precincts failing to have any votes for Republicans or Independents, voters admitting they voted multiple times, etc.

MariElizabeth
8 years ago

In this so-called climate of sequester (“confiscating property until a debt is paid”…the real meaning of sequester), we need to be reminded of some things, and maybe take some action…1) Social Security is NOT funded by everyone’s tax dollars! Is it not funded by those of us who are required to pay into it from our wages?! And has not congress “confiscated” and manipulated the Social Security monies to PAY for some programs other than the retirement of the seniors who paid into that fund?! 2) Federal employees DO NOT pay into Social Security. Right?! But when federal employees reach social security age, do not they too have to “sign-up” for Medicare??? (So says my sister-in-law, a retired high-paid federal employee.) 3) Federal employees have their own, separate retirement program, not Social Security. Right?! Well, not to go into a long diatribe, I’ll get to my point!…I think ALL federal employees, congress, and I mean ALL employees, whoever they are (federal, civilian, public, private…ALL), MUST pay into the same system; i.e., Social Security! (Oh, this brings up MEDICAL INSURANCE PLANS, too…they MUST be under “Obama-care” just as the rest of us are!…but that’s a topic for another discussion.) So, back to Social Security vs. the federal pension plan: 1) Would Congress be “raiding” THEIR retirement program if they were under the same plan as the rest of us? 2) Would Congress USE their funds for OTHER programs NOT related to the intended use of those funds? Oh, I get so tired of hearing that Medicare has to be “cut” or “used” for people/programs never intended. If one does not pay into Social Security, they should NOT benefit from it. That’s NOT cold-hearted, it’s reality! Enough said!

NOT CRAZY
8 years ago
Reply to  MariElizabeth

Social security and Medicare are separate. Those who have replacements such as PERA still pay into medicare.

John Harris
8 years ago
Reply to  MariElizabeth

On Item #2 above: Federal employees under the newer FERS retirement system do pay into Social Security, just like everyone else. The FERS retirement system was started for all federal employees hired since some time in the late 1980’s. And Federal employees under the FERS retirement system pay into their own retirement system just like employees in private companies. FERS federal employees also have the option of paying into a 401K-like account, in addition to their retirement system. Also, all military members pay into Social Security. And, yes, we (as Federal and military retirees) do sign-up for medicare. Military retirees are shifted from military health care to Medicare at age 65 (as their primary health insurance).

On Item #3 above: Older Federal employees had a separate retirement system and do not draw social security. This ended in the late 1980’s, although most older federal employees elected to stay under the old CSRS retirement system.

I cannot speak for Congress and you are probably right about them.

Dave
8 years ago
Reply to  MariElizabeth

MariElizabeth – far too much sense for this topic – would that it were true; the money always seems to flow from the masses to the elite.
Comparison shop by income between government jobs and civilian jobs; there’s no equality and likewise, try living on a regular job in the “federal job rich” areas of VA, D.C., etc and see how far your income goes
It’s no wonder these positions were to be “temporary” with the job holders returning to regular employment; too many of them forget what the rest of us live like and what we make for a living.
It’s not bad enough their pay, benefits, standard of living, and all the “perks” are beyond the rest of us; when they “lose an election”, they quickly try to segue into the spotlight again and pull what passed as an election in 2008 and 2012 with far above “high crimes and misdemeanors” activity.

Gary G
8 years ago

If you want real solutions from DC I suggest you join, support and vote for the candidates of the Constitution Party. Swapping out candidates from the same 2 parties every election day is not solving problems. It is only creating problems. Our allegiance needs to be with the Constitution Itself not the 2 parties in power that do nothing but lie, cheat and corrupt. http://www.constitutionparty.com

THig
8 years ago

It seems a shame that thousands of children are on ‘spring break’ this week and in the week to come, many traveling to Washington DC to see the “Peoples House” for the first time; my 2 grand children are in this category. Now there, it seems they can scratch off the White House tour, thanks to our wonderful administration. This sequestration and the results of the cut backs are a drop in the budget bucket for the country; but for others like myself, facing a furlough it is money that will effect our personal budgets, to a great degree. Some budgets are effected by more than a mortgage and car loan combined. And being government workers we also have to maintain our ability in holding a security clearance, with finances being a huge hindging factor. It may not hurt all of us now in that aspect, but it could many single parents in the future if they are not able to get financial relief for the 22 days of unpaid salary that is looming on the horizon of all federal employees. I do not know about others; but I will be looking hard at the voting records of my states mid-term congressional candidates when I go to the polls in November 2014,,,,,how about you?

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  THig

Obama was given the option by Congress to decide where the cuts, which really aren’t cuts at all but reductions in planned increases, would occur. He decided he didn’t want that responsibility. So he is ensuring that the furloughs that do occur will be as painful as possible. He’s like a spiteful, spoiled child lashing out at the country for not giving him his way.

jackson39
8 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Obama is cherry picking “sequestering” that he believes are most aggravating to the public and trying to blame Republicans. But everybody knows he’s choosing the items to be cut, and not cut. What a dunce!

ANNA
8 years ago

I feel in my heart that Obama is doing his best to under mind this country and we have sit back and let him do it. He does hat America and all it stands for . He has no Respect for us and never will. I feel that he tinks he is King and we should be greatful to just be alive. I feel that he is trying to make us another 3rd world. I feel that any one sick or old should be done away with, as they are coasting him money.I feel his trying to take America down. Why can’t he cut back on the BIG Parties that he gives and not take a Vacation at my expense. He will not cut back on Galfing or anything else he does. Just cut back on sick children and old people and poor ones as well. What is left? He does not believe in GOD which is a big mistake in any god you believe in. This country was built on GOD who has taken care of us.He has robed my SSI and now is robing my grandson. We as americans have sat to long and let some one else tell us what to do and how to do it and if you don’t you want get paid at all. Our troups have given thier lives and those who come home hurt and looking for help from our President Never weill get help. We as ANERICANS need to stand up and take our country back and put God first. I did not vote for this man and he does not have my respect. I and old and I am living in poverty and for the fisrt time in my life I do not have to file tax’s- that is how poor I am. But I have worked all my life and don’t want anything free from OBAMA ever. I am who I am and never be anything else. AARP is OBAMA. Thank You God Bless this country. Anna

DougS
8 years ago

I haven’t looked at it but I heard that this $89 Billion is basicly just part of the increase requested by Federal departments NOT a cut. It is a DC cut which is if you ask for a ten dollar raise and get five you’ve been cut five dollars. Out of $1 Trillion $89 Billion is sales tax, 9% for crying out loud. If they operated last year they should be able to do the same without cutting people or hours because inflation is only a third that high. I haven’t had a raise in years, had the same inflation happen, and I still pay the bills and eat with a roof over my head. They should be able to do the same.

Mary Jean
8 years ago

I have never heard a good word about Obama or obamacare from anyone I talk to…so who are all these people who voted for him (50%) or so ? … It is very discouraging that he is acting like a dictator and yet blaming the Republicans. Now I don’t think the Republicans are so great either, but I would feel safer with them knowing our country would not take a left turn to a real socialist state.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Mary Jean

You obviously don’t hang out with welfare recipients or drugged-out crack heads. You probably also don’t hang out on a typical college campus, where unfortunately a large majority of the students are being indoctrinated in the wonders of socialism / communism and its many, many benefits. While some students manage to avoid the brainwashing treatment, they are a small fraction of the typical whole. There are of course other groups that comprise the Obama supporters, but you obviously haven’t had the “privilege” of meeting them yet. :-)

Butters
8 years ago

Obama is evil. He is a very bad man.

Les Siegel
8 years ago

How come not any congress person has offered to take a pay cut, or the president stop taking vacations, or at least pay for them out of his pocket ? I dont even have a full time job, let alone a paid vacation.

Guntoten g-pa
8 years ago

I’m 70 years old, I have never seen a president so intent on causing division within a country. WHY????

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Guntoten g-pa

1) He doesn’t believe the United States is an exceptional country and will do what ever he can to rectify that situation. By rectify, I mean he intends to reduce our standing in the world by lowering our economic standard of living, reduce our defense capability and reign in our freedoms, so we are more reflective of the countries he considers an example of what we should be.

2) He was raised as a socialist / communist and as much as the media tries to hide that fact, those are his values. Obviously the United States would need to be “re-made” for him to find the country “acceptable”. Creating division and stoking class envy is one way socialists go about inciting revolutions. Read about any of the socialist revolutions of the last 100 years and you’ll see both tactics were used extensively to topple former governments and install socialistic regimes.

3) A divided people are easier to mold and control than a united people. Given the fact that socialism is all about centralized command and control, a fractured people are essential to keeping the enemies of the government off balance.

Sue S
8 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Couldn’t agree with you more Paul. What’s the old saying, “United we stand, divided we fall”?

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Sue S

That’s right and Obama and the Democrats are doing everything they can to gin up division and envy in this country, so they can push through the changes they desire while the people fight amongst themselves. Classic socialism playbook.

TRUS
8 years ago
Reply to  Guntoten g-pa

Why is it that I have not spoken to one person in 4 1/2 years (except my brother in law who is an IDIOT ACTOR)
who thinks he is doing a good job. We have states that want to leave the UNION to get away from this traitor. WHY is he still here. WHY has he not been IMPEACHED? OR……? He has torn this country apart. We are going to have a CIVIL WAR. All because we can’t seem to get RID of him

Gary
8 years ago

The rich will do just fine is correct; also polititians will do just fine; the lower income people will probably
do somewhat the same as now in using mandatory E-R services, so with the hugely bloated costs in
supporting what will eventually be “single payer” I’m sure that medicare seniors will be the ones screwed!

Peter J
8 years ago

Well, as a federal government employee I will tell folks that we have not seen the impacts of the sequester yet. Those impacts will begin to kick in next month. Employees will be furloughed many for 22 days in 2013. As the sequester is a permanent reduction to all federal bureaus we will not recover in 2014 or beyond. In fact there may be more budget cuts to the government in 2014 if the Administration (comprised of incompetent boobs) and Congress (a ship of fools) cannot pass a budget. Now we need to take a step back when we assign blame. The blame for this mess falls squarely on the shoulders of the American voter. Why would we have retained any member of Congress or the President given the mess both created. Congress has not passed a budget in more than 5 years. Try running your household without a budget all the while spending like a drunken sailor. Well, that is Congress.. remember it is the Democrate controlled Senate and Harry Reid that have failed over and over again to pass a budget. They even pushed back from Obama’s budget proposals. Now, take a step back to the Inagural Address… Obama promised to focus on the middle class and boy has he done that. We now have higher taxes, higher gas prices, higher food prices and the list goes on and on. Mr. Obama also proposed another tax hike to the middle class less than 8 weeks after the first increase took effect. Yes, he is focuing on the middle class… he wants to break the bank on our backs. So, for those who voted to retain their Senator or Congressman and the President… shame on you. Elections have consequences and we are now reaping the rewards. They include a full sacle assault on our Constitutional rights and our pocket books. Be smart… next election vote all of them out. We need new blood and leadership not liberal liars or Marxist politicians.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Peter J

Very well said and all completely true. The problem we face is that the majority of the voting public has now tipped to the entitled class. Those who believe that they are owed a living simply for being. That will be a very difficult situation to turn around, but it may still be possible, although not probable at this point, if we provide a united front against them.

Tim
8 years ago
Reply to  Peter J

Hear, hear!

Sue S
8 years ago
Reply to  Peter J

Amen Peter – all of it well said.

Jim Cherry
8 years ago

Not sequestration; an immediate $1 trillion reduction in spending. Next year, an additional $1 trillion reduction. Focus on getting rid of the things that are not authorized under the constitution.

DrJCA1
8 years ago

Since the religious right have hijacked our party, we’ve gone downhill fast. The problems of jobs, economics, debts, and deficits are far more important than abortion, birth control, and gay rights. Unless many conservatives get off their high holier than thou horse and focus on the truly vital issues of the day, we will go down the tubes. Most inteligent folks on both sides know very well the current financial situation will destroy our nation. The lesser important social issues will not.

PAUL KNOWLES
8 years ago

We beed to cut more and more – this should be just a start. Cutting Foreign Aid – which is about 1% of the overall Budget of about $37 billion dollars – would be an excellent start in cutting the annual deficits and thus a downpayment on lowering our Debt which is now about $16.5 Trillion dollars. Closing down the Department of Education would be another $75 billion or so – which is one of the most useless programs in America. When i started school there was no Department of Education and no Teachers Unions – and we actually learned how to read, do math, and writing. Today our kids can’t hardly read when they get out of Middle School. Other Departments should also be eliminated – but too many to list.

PAUL KNOWLES
8 years ago

Lets all remember – Obama didn’t get re-elected because he was to stupid — he got elected because the people who voted for him were stupid!

ALVIN EAKIN
8 years ago
Reply to  PAUL KNOWLES

OBAMA WAS SMART TO PICK STUPID PERSONS TO FOLLOW HIM. DOGS WILL FOLLOW ANY ONE WHO GIVES THEM HANDOUTS.

Tim
8 years ago

Why haven’t our taxes been cut 2% too?

BigFoot
8 years ago

I’m somewhat split on the sequester since I live in a very small town that has two military bases. But I really wonder if Obama doesn’t actually want the sequester. Look at what he said during the 2008 primaries (about cutting the military). I find it hard to believe that his ideals have change much. However, I rant sometimes about government spending…and let’s face it…this sequester is actually cutting government spending. I say this is a good thing and if Obama does too then this will be the first time that I agree with him.

d10man
8 years ago
Reply to  BigFoot

BigFoot, No, this is not cutting spending. That is what the MSM and the WH want you to think. This (sequestration) only means they are not going to overspend by as much as originally thought. There is still an increase in spending and no cut per say. A cut would mean an end to spending increases. The sequester does not do that. Washington is still over spending by well over a TRILLION dollars. This is NOT a cut.

Dave
8 years ago
Reply to  BigFoot

Too bad this cutting must not include Obama’s “civilian army” – the TSA!! And where are the millions of rounds of hollow points going to be used??!!

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