WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts will lose more than 60,000 jobs, much of it in the defense industry, and $127 million in federal research funding, harming a critical sector of the state economy, if Congress allows across-the-board spending cuts to go into effect in March, according to a report released Friday by Representative Edward Markey of Malden. The automatic cuts, known in Beltway parlance as “sequestration,” were scheduled to take place in January under a 2011 budget deal to raise the nation’s debt limit, but the crisis was temporarily averted when Congress struck a last-minute
You hate the military. You always want to cut the military. When you get your way, you scream. If your politicians don´t lose their jobs in the next election, maybe they will be more thoughtful next time.
Right on, #2. This was their idea and they are trying to pawn it off on the Republicans. Same with Obama spending trillions of dollars the past four years. He´s pretending he had noting to do with it, that we all have to pull his irons out of the fire and work together.
Notice that they did not mention who came up with this "sequestration" business in the first place, it was Obama and his crew, thinking that they could get the Republicans to wimp out and approve a lot of new tax increases to save the defense establishment from big cuts. Since it appears that the Republicans are not going to wimp out as Obama thought, Obama is now saying that "sequestration" is a " bad idea" without ever letting on that it was his idea in the first place, and of course so far anyway, the liberal Democrat still has Obama´s back.
I can´t imagine there is another state more deserving of this that Massachusetts, who elected the "Indian" to the senate. She is one of the biggest liars of all time, they knew it, every single one of them, and they elected her anyway. I truly hope this happens to these enormous dummies.
If you live there and weren´t part of this travesty and the travesty of Ted Kennedy for 40 or 50 years, then move away. You deserve better.
I don´t believe this figure but even if I did why do you need so many people doing military research when you´re trying to phase the military out in favor of drone and robot warfare??
We´re also being told ta therewill be acute bef and chicken shortages if the sequesters go through.This is all from a tiny slice of government spending being cut.
Obama,who just rung a tax increase out of republicans in the fiscal cliff deal wants more tax increases to address the sequester. This after Walmart posted in worse earnings in 7 years due to the SS tax increase.
Maybe there´s some relief on it´s way from Britain who´s leading an international fight against corporate tax cheats like GE,Google and Facebook.
When Fauxcahantas had her first post-election news conference the question was raised "what are your plans to protect defense jobs in the state" and she immediately turned to Gov. Deval Patrick who told her "no, that question´s for you".
That is the level of concern and focus for defense jobs in the commonwealth.
I don´t particularly want defense spending cut, or to have employees working for defense lose their jobs, but Massachusetts consistently votes in a way that shows it desires both. Bad for the country, so I don´t want it. Bad for lots of good employees, so I don´t want it for them. But Massachusetts as a state has only itself to blame and its politicians should bear the responsibility, even though they won´t.
Cutting 10% from the defense budget causes this... this is bull....why not cut the congressional staff, do away with the wasted travel, seminars, pay raises, jets to Egypt, aid to Syria, WH million $$$ parties. Of all the things the won has done this has upset more people than anything else. Soooo much gov waste. They must think the American people are stupid.
60,000 jobs just in Massachusetts...this is a drop in the bucket. California has a bunch more and there will be many union jobs too...no time to weep for them, many states will lose many jobs also and the sad part is they will go elsewhere to keep making a living while Obama and his cronies keep cashing their paychecks...maybe this will jar a few of the undecided jerks, the Dems and Liberals when 2014 rolls around as to who did this and Obamacare...the hits will keep on coming. Don´t have far to look, no Republicans touched Obamacare and the Sequester was Obama´s brainstorm...stew while he destroys our research, our Military and soon enough...our country.
Land of the Kennedy clan people you have no worry. Obama whom you support stood in front of the whole country and (just like the impeached William Jefferson Clinton (husband of the smartest woman in America)) said there would be NO sequestration and you can take that to the bank. But then he also said there would be no increases in taxes for under $250,000.
It was BHO, who came up with this sequestration, and, as not to be called a racist, I agree with his plan. Let the cuts begin! We must all share in the pain of recovery as he has told us. I don´t buy it for a second because, if nothing else, it will cause such an uproar from across the Fruited Plains that no pol will feel they can go home, but even if it were true the cuts must start. Yippee Ki Yay. Just sayin.
There´s a reason why Obama and the Democrats agreed to the Sequester in 2011:
Because Standard & Poore´s had just cut our bond rating from Triple A to Double A, and S&P and its fellow rating agencies were threatening to cut it further unless our government gave an indication that it was serious about controlling our debt.
Reneging on the Sequester now would prove that our government was not and will not be fiscally responsible as promised, with all the ramifications of such a revelation.
Every investor who bought a U.S. Treasury bond since the Sequester was agreed to bought it on the understanding that the U.S. government would keep its promise to cut spending. If the government does not go through with the Sequester, it will have lied.
And the global investment community does not like being lied to. It´s response will be to demand continually higher interest rates on American bonds until our government proves it can be fiscally responsible, if ever, while the world watches U.S. Treasuries sink into junk-bond status and the U.S. itself into bankruptcy trying to pay off ever-rising interest rates.
But this is too much for Obama to be worrying about when the quality of his golf game is in the balance.
Welcome to the real world, Massachusetts. ...Plus, the entire beltway, ´´Boomtown,´´ gang will also get to experience what they have done to the rest of the country due to their devistating statist dem policies! Their lefty/lib/statist political follies have indeed deemed, ´´CHANGE,´´ upon America the Beautiful.-YIKES!!!
...The lefties just might have second thoughts regarding conjuring up any future disasterous statist spending & deeming policies after they too get a dose of their own pricy, bitter, political correctness.
They are playng poker again. Let´s call their bluff. They aren´t worried about the Military. They are worried about Welfare cuts. That´s it They want people Republicans to get all worried and put pressure on our team. Stand Your Ground. Or You are Out Next Election!!!
The voters of the Bay State certainly have inflicted some rotten political types on the rest of us for quite a few decades. As such, I really can´t lose any sleep about anything that might impact them in a hurtful way.
If their current political leaders were to be in charge of planning the original Boston Tea Party, we would all be British subjects today.
"if Congress enacts sequestration"? Congress signed on to Obama´s sequestration plan long ago. There will be no new "enactment". Obviously, Tracy and Bryan are trying to push blame away from the President and on to the Congress.
Aha! But the one said if they raised the debt limit in 2011, everything would be okey-dokey! But wait . . . the debt limit needs to be raised again! But wait . . . the one said he´d be open to a smaller deal! But wait . . . is he workin´ the phones negotiating this "smaller deal"?!? No he´s in Fla. taking $1,000 hr golf lessons!
There are good people in MA; please don´t put this on all of them.
Boo hoo. Where´s the 60,000? In entitlement programs? If MA doesn´t like sequestration, let them borrow money to pay for it. Besides, all sequestration does is limit the 8% increase in goobermint largesse each and every year. It´s really no cut at all.
PIERMONT, N.Y. — The driver of a speedboat carrying a bride-to-be and five others that crashed on New York´s Hudson River late Friday night has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. Rockland County Sheriff´s Department Chief William Barbera said Saturday 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack was also charged with vehicular assault. Barbera says John may have operating the boat while intoxicated.
Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, will appear on Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon to offer remarks to a hearing of a newly formed caucus. The Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys will hold its first hearing starting at 3 p.m., during which Tracy Martin will offer opening remarks, according to a release from caucus co-chairs Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.). The title of the hearing is “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men.”
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since his acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified family trapped in an overturned vehicle on a Florida highway, police said Monday.(Snip)The sheriff´s office said there were four occupants inside -- two parents and two children. There were no reports of injuries. The deputy responding to the crash said that when he arrived, two men -- one of whom was Zimmerman -- had already gotten the family out of the overturned vehicle.
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.-- Police in Chester County, Pennsylvania are investigating an act of vandalism with racial overtones, possibly connected to the fallout from the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. (Snip)You can clearly see the words "Kill Zimmerman" painted in red paint on the front wall. The graffiti was discovered when firefighters arrived to extinguish a blaze around 11:20 p.m. Sunday. The fire was brought under control quickly and no one was hurt. Considering the graffiti, investigators immediately suspected the blaze was intentionally set.
R&B star Akon has suggested that African-Americans living in the US should move back to Africa following George Zimmerman´s acquittal in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. The Smack That hitmaker, who was born in Senegal, west Africa, took to his Instagram page after the trial (Snip) Posting a screen grab of the live broadcast of the trial he wrote: "Every African-American in the United States needs to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were you will be treated like the royalty you are. "You don´t deserve this treatment. This is not your country."
TAMPA, FL - Only three demonstrators showed up at a Justice for Trayvon Martin rally organized by the New Black Panther party near a Tampa courthouse Monday. The representatives with the New Black Panthers told us they scheduled a gathering in front of the George Edgecomb Courthouse on Twiggs Street to bring attention to the broken judicial system and to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. The activists said they felt the trial was about more than a neighborhood watch volunteer and an unarmed teenager. It was a tragic narrative on racial equality under the law, they mentioned.
The Justice Department was running into immediate hurdles Monday in its investigation of possible civil rights violations by George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin -- namely, that after examining the case for more than a year, the evidence has not changed. Though the department announced after Zimmerman´s acquittal that it would consider a possible federal case, previously filed FBI documents show agents have not turned up any accounts that Zimmerman, before the February 2012 shooting, exhibited racial bias. Sanford police detective Chris Serino also told FBI agents last year that he considered Zimmerman
A citywide tactical alert was called off Monday following a day of protests in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.(Snip)About 80 protesters chanting "No justice, no peace" gathered in front of the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood shortly after midnight Monday, as police declared an unlawful assembly.
This week, instead of attacking a Hispanic senator, Marco Rubio, I will defend a Hispanic citizen, George Zimmerman, on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman would make a better senator.)It’s becoming painfully obvious why no charges were brought against Zimmerman in this case — until Al Sharpton got involved. All the eyewitness accounts, testimony, ballistics and forensics keep backing up Zimmerman. We should send a big, fat bill for the whole thing to Sharpton, courtesy of MSNBC. With the prosecution’s witnesses making the defense’s case, the inquisitors’ last stand is to claim that, if the races were reversed,
This is another Syrian “who bombed it” mystery. What is not disputed is that a major Syrian arms depot in the town of Latakia in the Alawite region was destroyed (h/t Israel Matzav, also here). The Syrian rebels says Israel destroyed a large weapons depot which stored components of the Russian S300 air defense system, via Israel Hayom: "The Free Syrian Army claimed Monday that the Israel Air Force had destroyed a warehouse holding Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles east of the city of Homs in western Syria. The rebels’ claim has not been corroborated by any other independent source.
The complaints swirling around Jacksonville’s chief medical examiner range from poor leadership to unusual practices, such as washing her feet in the autopsy sink and touching cadavers with her bare hands. Valerie Rao’s performance has come under heightened city scrutiny, leading the Mayor’s Office to request a state investigation in March. The state declined, so the city has continued exploring other solutions, including privatization of the Medical Examiner’s Office. Rao’s work in other cities has been criticized for at least a decade.
A prominent Democratic congressman who has been tapped to lead a major federal agency proposed tariff waivers worth millions for a textile company whose lobbying firm donated thousands to his campaign. The revelations could fuel criticism of a program that some say amounts to a back-door means to secure federal earmarks and encourages companies that use imported products to curry favor with key lawmakers. The political action committee of Baltimore-based lobbying firm Venable LLP made a pair of thousand-dollar contributions to the reelection campaign of Rep. Mel Watt (D., N.C.)
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.