Cardboard World Map wallpaper – Paul Ryan (R-WI) and His Mercenary Budget have Risen From The Dead

Cardboard World Map wallpaper

Cardboard World Map wallpaper

 

Paul Ryan (R-WI) is a zombie. In party hooked on tax and spending cuts as economic magic, Ryan is the master of the pack mentality. he and his fellow zombies have decided to ignore the world-wide failure of austerity policies, to ignore the fact that tax cuts are not tied to economic growth and that spending cuts to entitlement programs are the key to eternal life and free donuts. Paul Ryan pretends he didn’t lose

1. Ryan’s budget is far-right plan with magic asterisks: Instead of paying any attention to the results of the 2012 elections, Ryan is right back where he was before — pitching a far-right plan predicated on scrapping Medicare, slashing public investments, and giving the wealthy massive tax cuts. That’s not what the American mainstream wants? Ryan doesn’t give a damn. As has been the case, he pays for the tax cuts with smoke and mirrors, promising new revenue from “reforms” that only he can see.

Remember the deal they Congress just worked out to avoid the fiscal cliff where taxes were raised back to the same level they were during the Clinton years on household incomes over $350k a year. Well Ryan’s plan relies on that increase in revenue. Talk about hypocrisy. One thing that no one seems to be able to control, and it is predominantly a private sector issue, is the cost of health care. It is a private part of the economy, but it is not really subject to capitalistic competition. Ever heard of a doctor having a sale on flu shots or appendectomies. Obamacare introduces some incentives to bring down costs. So with our Ryan zombie thinking caps on, what do we do? We repeal Obamacare. Though let’s not complain, let’s thank Ryan for increasing the number of House seats to be occupied by Democrats in 2014.

Ryan’s budget makes Democrats very happy: With Democrats hoping for significant gains in the 2014 midterms, they’ll need a potent weapon to use against Republican incumbents. Had Ryan moderated his budget plan and left Medicare alone, Democrats would need to look elsewhere for rhetorical ammunition. Instead, the Wisconsin congressman has done the DCCC a big favor.

Yet another awkward moment for Republicans where they play lap-dog for billionaires and big banks, while they stab current and future senior citizens in the back. Republicans have been playing Chicken-Little with the budget deficit ever since they lost in 2012. Pick your far Right conservative website from The national Review to Hot Air to Breitbart – the country is going to be utterly destroyed by the Debt Monster – you know, the one they created from 2000 to 2008. Well, the deficit has declined as p percent of GDP every year since 2009. That monster only lives under the beds of conservative Chicken-Littles. Dwindling Deficit Disorder

But after peaking in 2009 at $1.4 trillion, the deficit began coming down. The Congressional Budget Office expects the deficit for fiscal 2013 (which began in October and is almost half over) to be $845 billion. That may still sound like a big number, but given the state of the economy it really isn’t.

Bear in mind that the budget doesn’t have to be balanced to put us on a fiscally sustainable path; all we need is a deficit small enough that debt grows more slowly than the economy. To take the classic example, America never did pay off the debt from World War II — in fact, our debt doubled in the 30 years that followed the war. But debt as a percentage of G.D.P. fell by three-quarters over the same period.

It is Krugamn’s constant hammering of this very basic history and arithmetic that has made him a big target for conservative smear merchants, Conservative News Site Breitbart.com Duped By Fake Story That Paul Krugman Declared Bankruptcy. Now is a good time to remember that these same miscreants of alternative journalism are the same ones that are selling the Benghazi conspiracy theories, the Obama is coming after your guns conspiracy theory and now a classic, the Fast and Furious conspiracy theory. If a conservative told me it was sunrise I’d look over mu shoulder to check first. If conservatives devoted as much time to something constructive to help the USA live up to its ideals as they do pushing sewage down America’s throat, we could easily solve this country’s problems.

Since November of last year Republicans have written a cornucopia of editorials about where the conservative movement should go, how it should change to win over voters – they literally have lost the popular vote for every presidential election since Bush 41’s first term in the 1980s. One of the things they were going to do was better outreach to minorities, Conservative Political Action Conference Joined at The Hip With White-Nationalist American Renaissance

For the past week, the American Conservative Union, which founded and is the primary organizer of CPAC, has showcased on its website an article from its newsletter, the Conservative Battleline, headlined “Debating Liberal Tactics” and written by Robert Weissberg. The ACU identifies Weissberg as a professor from Cornell and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and the author of 11 books. What it doesn’t mention is that Weissberg has long been affiliated with a pseudo-think tank called the New Century Foundation. This foundation publishes a magazine called American Renaissance and hosts conferences under the same name, promoting the theory of “scientific racism” and providing a forum in which Klan members, neo-Nazis, and David Duke followers can mix it up with the intellectuals of the white-nationalist movement.

In the tsunami of politics things could change next month, but for right now, Democrats are looking better and better in 2014, and beyond. So Republicans might want to save to spend more money on gerrymandering, they’re going to need it.

Netherlands Spring wallpaper

Netherlands Spring wallpaper

Netherlands Spring wallpaper

 

Don’t Cut Social Security, Expand It

I’m always struck when people talk about Social Security as “just” an insurance program, when it’s in fact the most important retirement-saving vehicle. The chart below, adapted from a 2012 paper by Boston College Professor Alicia Munnell, shows the financial situation of a “typical” pre-retirement household. These are the mean holdings of a household in the middle net worth decile among households headed by people age 55 to 64.

Social Security is dominant: Forty-nine percent of this household’s wealth is in the form of the expectation of drawing government benefits in the future. The next largest slice, 23 percent, is accrued benefits in traditional pension plans. But that figure is skewed by a handful of workers who are lucky enough to participate in such plans; as of 2010, only 14 percent of U.S. workers were earning benefits in such a plan.

In case anyone missed it, this a a solid essay on how Social Security means the difference between surviving and dirt poor poverty for millions of Americans, it also helps the economy. Republicans and fiscally conservative Democrats would not do something to purposely tank the economy now would they.

Apparently, just as ankles are connected to the foot bone, the austerity bone is connected to the knucklehead, The English Prisoner

“If this plan is working, what would a failing one look like?” So asks Martin Wolf in response to David Cameron’s speech insisting that his austerity policy was right, is right, and is succeeding. Simon Wren-Lewis goes through Cameron’s assertions in some detail, among other things catching him more or less lying about what the Office of Budget Responsibility — roughly speaking the counterpart of the CBO here — ha actually said about the impact of austerity on growth.

I was particularly struck by the way Cameron is still claiming that Britain’s low interest rates show that his policy is successful and necessary. This is a bit like the high priest sacrificing a virgin once a month to ensure that the sun keeps rising, then claiming that the fact that the sun has risen proves that the sacrifice was indeed necessary.

Hopefully back with a regular post on Tuesday.

Cobblestone Street wallpaper – The Shallowness of Conservatism

Cobblestone Street wallpaper

Cobblestone Street wallpaper

 

Matthew Cooper is a good guy, but one of those generally anti-drone liberals and thus I disagree with him about some of the details in this piece. He does nail Rand the conservative hypocrisy on violating civil rights and generally trampling over the Constitution anytime they feel like it. Republicans are still very much the party of Cheney, Bush 43 and John Yoo, Rand Paul and Washington’s Night of Hypocrisy

And therein lies the first part of the hypocrisy. Republican senators who had embraced Cheneyism–enhanced interrogation, Guantanamo, rendition, military tribunals–last night evinced a touching, tender sympathy for civil liberties and due process. Conservative bloggers were quick to say there was no hypocrisy: Cheney-era policies were about enemy combatants, foreigners with fewer if any rights, as opposed to American citizens.

I could go Greenwald here and say that Rand deserves some kind of credit, but he was jousting with ghosts. Eric Holder’s Two-Sentence Response to Rand Paul’s 13-Hour Filibuster

Dear Senator Paul: It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.

Cooper and other liberals have been too quick to give credit for what was nothing more than a Rand Paul commercial that was testing the waters for a presidential run. There was far more ego than legal principle involved. What would have gotten my respect was a sincere attempt by Rand to form a coalition of conservatives with similar concerns – across the broad – when, where and under what circumstances is using drones constitutional, we need to close Gitmo and move the known combatants to max security prisons – letting the others be given a trial and sentence or let go. They could rein in the Patriot Act and the ever expanding surveillance state. Rand and his comrades ( if he has any – McCain(R-AZ) and Graham(R-SC) slam Paul on Senate floor) could team up with some Democrats and write the rules and correct the wrongs. I remember a little art history from school. We compared how a street scene looked before and after artist started using perspective. Things really look different – a different reality so to speak seen with perspective. Maybe Rand would be a possible defection on really narrowing down executive power when it comes to drone strikes. While that would be great and is how politics is played, he is a disaster on constitutional principles and his record is shamelessly hypocritical, Sen. Paul’s Filibuster Highlights Sham Filibuster used to Kill Halligan Nomination

Paul’s action was far different than the Republican obstructionists’ baseless and practically silent filibuster of Caitlin Halligan to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

…Halligan, however, was blocked by senators who on the whole probably spoke less than two hours about Halligan. And their objections were incredibly lame. She’s received the ABA’s highest ranking for qualification and exceedingly strong support in the legal community, both conservatives and progressives.

Republican senators have been obstructing the judicial nominations process ever since Obama first took office. The president was not able to appoint a judge to the D.C. Circuit during his first term because of Republicans’ obstinacy. There is simply a great desire among the Senate Republicans to keep as many vacancies open, especially on the powerful D.C. Circuit, for as long as possible. These obstructionists are beholden to a base that coddles the superrich and riles up a shrinking group, albeit loud and still influential, obsessed with keeping the courts packed with right-wing ideologues.

I am going to be generous and lave out Rand and his dad’s ugly civil rights views, but Rand Paul  Praises Horrendous Supreme Court Decision, Would Let Employers Ruthlessly Exploit Workers. I’m not especially fond of libertarians or Republican-Libertarians like Rand Paul or Paul Ryan. They talk about freedom a lot. Yet they truly and deeply believe, as does the rest of the conservative movement, that when workers show up for work they should not have any rights or much in the way of rights. Bargaining for better working conditions, fair wages, health benefits, vacation, sick leave – how dare workers have rights like that when the conservative overloads have been so generous as to give them a job. Their concept of freedom is to turn over the job of dishing out tyranny to corporate America – the evil side of the same coin that says the state collective should micro manage business and workers. Because , apparently tyranny is freedom when it done by the wealthy and powerful crony capitalists. The Koch brothers are Rand Paul’s and Paul Ryan’s heroes. These are guys that make plastic turf and paper towels. They’re the real life John Galts. One of those beliefs that would be hysterical if they did not actually believe in that load of bull and use it as a political philosophy to steal billions from American workers. How Long Will Voters Let Conservative Republicans Put the Rich Before Everyone Else?

In addition to the various cuts in services, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 750,000 jobs will be lost by the end of the year and the GDP will slow down by 0.6%. But, hey, Wall Street had a bumper day on Tuesday, so who really cares about a few hundred thousand job losses or if the poor get poorer?

…In the past 30 years the wealth of the top 1% has more than tripled, meanwhile 15% of the country are now living in abject poverty, up from 13.8% in 2008 and real median household incomes declined 1.5% in 2011, the second consecutive annual drop.

So the old cliche about the rich getting richer while the poor (and middle class) get poorer is alive and kicking. If anyone fails to see the link between this reality and the policies promoted by the Republican party that protect the rich and punish the poor, then I guess you should just keep voting republican and you will keep getting more of the same.

Certainly the Democrats have made mistakes along the way in the various debt ceiling and budgetary showdowns, and President Obama may have ceded too much ground here and there. But it’s not easy to negotiate effectively when you have a congress that is run by a party who are so irresponsible they are willing to shut down the government and let children go hungry unless they get their way.

I’ll bring up my Republican friends and family again. They would say and have said, they do care. There seems to be a mental disconnect. They see themselves as decent people, yet they’ll pull the lever that sentences their fellow Americans to stagnation at best, and a  relentless painful life at worse. They really do feel  – and feel is the operative word – they’re not much for studies and statistics – that if you let people go without a hand up they’ll fix things some how. No one is getting rich off Social Security or food stamps. The only people getting a free ride are people like Mitt Romney’s kids, who will get through life without ever doing an honest day’s work. If you don’t live an a velvet economic bubble you probably know some lazy low income folks. I do. I also know a lot of people that make an OK living, they show up for work and do as little as possible. I have known way too many people with college educations that were helped by mom and dad, and the government, with executive titles that would not know what work or competence was if if it flew up their ass and whistled Dixie. While imperfect, as humans tend to be, most of the average folks I know make a living, are competent, decent and do not understand why conservatives are punishing them for not being lucky or born rich – The War On Entitlements. They know the game is rigged. They know if they make a mistake, or have an accident, they’re screwed. Yet someone will be there to bail out the dukes and lords.

Western Hemisphere Map 17 Century – Conservatism Means Making Moral Corruption a Virtue

Western Hemisphere Map 17 Century

Western Hemisphere Map 17 Century

 

The Sequester: A Mental-Health Crisis

But the sword feels much sharper for families, advocates, and local officials who rely on government funding to treat and care for those with mental illness. Starting April 1, cuts to the Mental Health Block Grant program alone will deprive over 373,000 seriously mentally ill and seriously emotional disturbed children of services, according to a White House fact sheet. Experts also say that nearly 9,000 homeless people with serious mental illness won’t receive the outreach and social-work assistance offered by PATH, a vital federally funded program that helps 90,000 people a year to transition to permanent housing. The big picture for the crisis: Disoriented, suffering people may end up jailed, or resort to suicide because the wait for treatment is too long.

Conservatives are trying to have it both ways. They’re claiming that the cuts either do not matter, or there will be minimal consequences, yet just in case, they’re simultaneously busy trying to shift blame to President Obama. These cuts are going to hurt a lot of people and businesses. Though it is funny to watch conservatives conservatives peddling as fast as they can on their spin machine trying to make arguments that are the opposite of each other.

Theatrical Slut Shaming: Daily Caller Attacks Ashley Judd For Nude Scenes

It’s a sign of how anxious the right wing is about the possibility that Ashley Judd might run for Senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the attacks on her have geared up before she’s even formally entered the race. There’s the American Crossroads ad trying to frame her as out of touch with a series of relatively anodyne and contextless quotations. And now, the Daily Caller, which has been trying to frame Judd’s feminist beliefs as fringe, has launched the stupidest salvo against her at all: arguing that Judd, because she has done nude scenes for her work as an actress, “has—literally—nothing left to show us.” In an exceptionally gross piece, Taylor Bigler, the Caller’s Entertainment Editor (Entertainment, in Caller parlance, apparently means surfing Mr. Skin and publishing clickbait trash gossip)

You knew this was coming. It is fine for conservatives such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, right-wing libertarian Bruce Willis and former Senator Scott Brown (R) to take take off their clothes, use profanity, be generally crude, smoke whatever they like on screen and conservatives cheer them on, without suddenly having an attack of Puritan self-righteous hypocrisy.

Mitt Romney Regrets His ‘47%’ Remarks And Then Essentially Reiterates Them

Mitt and Ann Romney were the only guests on Fox News Sunday today. During a mostly lapdog interview, Wallace asked a few tough questions, including about those infamous “47%” remarks – which Romney said he regretted. And yet he did not apologize to anyone he may have offended. Even more telling, when asked about his remarks, shortly after the campaign, that President Obama won because he gave away “free stuff” to his “base coalition,” Romney replied, “ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance.” Oh, and Romney also suggested he didn’t mean it when he said he’d turn down $10 in spending cuts if they included $1 in tax hikes.

Like the rest of the elites in the conservative movement, Romney seems genuinely clueless, out of touch with economic realities. Romney ran on a platform that would take more of the capital produced by workers and put it in the pockets of the very wealthy. Reward wealth, punish work. That credo has been part of every economic initiative proposed by conservatives since Reagan.

3. Romney added he has a “five-point plan … that’ll get this economy going.”

The five-point plan — oil drilling, trade, privatizing K-12 education, vague assertions about debt reduction, and ambiguous promises about doing nice things for small businesses — is a rehash of Bush/Cheney promises. No credible analysis of the vague agenda has found it capable of boosting the economy.

4. At a campaign event in Doswell, Virginia, Romney said “Obamacare” is “crushing small businesses across America.”

There is literally no evidence to support this claim in any way. Indeed, a a significant portion of the ongoing cost of the Affordable Care Act is to give small businesses a tax break.

5. In the same speech, Romney also argued, “The president wants to raise taxes on small business.”

In reality, Obama has repeatedly cut taxes on small businesses — by some counts, 18 times — and if given a second term, his tax plan would have no effect on 97% of small businesses.

6. Romney also vowed, “I will not raise tax on … middle-class America.”

There’s ample reason to believe the exact opposite — independent budget analysts have concluded that once Romney slashes taxes on the wealthy, increases defense spending, increases entitlement spending, and cuts corporate tax rates, all while promising to balance the budget, he’ll have no choice but to ask more from the middle class. Indeed, there’s no other way for Romney to keep his other promises.

There is so much to choose from in Romney’s buffet of morally corrupt beliefs that it is difficult to pick the worse. One strong contender is that he believes – maybe because he never cheated on his wife – and good for him – that makes him a moral person. Romney and his ilk cannot see through the fog of self delusion. That living a good life, going beyond of simplistic prescription, involves doing good. Romney has never asked himself if what he does negatively affects millions of Americans. There is something sinister and darkly comic about the conservative world view and economics. If someone steals a pedestrian’s wallet they start crying about the decline of Western Civilization. If the Romneys, Kochs, Sheldon Adelsons, Karl Rove and friends steal billions from American families, they are not only fine with that, they cheer it on and call it freedom.

For a someone who allegedly believes in taking money from the producers and giving it to the alleged dirty serfs, President Obama is doing a terrible job of redistributing money, Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs

That gulf helps explain why stock markets are thriving even as the economy is barely growing and unemployment remains stubbornly high.

With millions still out of work, companies face little pressure to raise salaries, while productivity gains allow them to increase sales without adding workers.

“So far in this recovery, corporations have captured an unusually high share of the income gains,” said Ethan Harris, co-head of global economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “The U.S. corporate sector is in a lot better health than the overall economy. And until we get a full recovery in the labor market, this will persist.”

The result has been a golden age for corporate profits, especially among multinational giants that are also benefiting from faster growth in emerging economies like China and India.

These factors, along with the Federal Reserve’s efforts to keep interest rates ultralow and encourage investors to put more money into riskier assets, prompted traders to send the Dow past 14,000 to within 75 points of a record high last week.

How can profits be so high when Republicans claim American business is suffering from high taxes and too much regulation. Reality really does bite for conservatism.

Western Night Sky and Stars wallpaper – Will Republicans Get Some Sequester Sanity

Western Night Sky and Stars wallpaper

Western Night Sky and Stars wallpaper

Will A Government Shutdown Threat Determine The Winner Of The Sequestration Fight?

But one option, which has piqued White House interest, according to two Democratic sources, would extend funding for federal agencies at current levels, and yet preserve sequestration, such that the cuts taking effect at the end of the week carry forward, possibly through the spring and summer.

That would insulate Republicans from allowing their intransigence over replacing sequestration to escalate into responsibility for a government shutdown, and thus represent a partial victory. Congressional Democrats and the White House would have to content themselves with the hope that public and interest group opposition to sequestration would build over time, and Republicans would ultimately agree to supplant it with legislation that includes higher taxes later in the year.

While they are not completely separated, it is true that Congress could pass a spending bill that would keep the government operating at pretty much current levels as a side deal – pushing the sequester down the road. Brian Beutler seems to think that Democrats could claim a partial victory with that kind of deal. probably true and ordinarily I would say that conservatives could put enough spin on such a deal to claim that fought as hard as they could, yada yada and we’ll fight for more cuts – to programs we don’t like – not fair all around cuts, another day. Though with that little stunt the other day where House conservatives cheered Boehner (R-OH) says two things. Republicans in general do not care if the cuts go into effect. Check the comment sections at places like Hot Air, Free Republic and others. These people actually believe the cuts can be made and will be painless. It also says that conservatives in the House, and most of the Senate have lost some faith in the conservative spin machine. This is just a sound bite that Corker could claim he never said tomorrow, but if he and half a dozen conservative Senators, plus some Republicans House members who have districts that rely on gov’mint jobs, feel the same way, that compromise interim spending bill might happen,

“It’s fine with me,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told reporters in response to a question from TPM on Tuesday. “I’d like to give [Obama] the flexibility — I don’t think he wants it — to manage through this a little bit better, but from my perspective it’s fine that we go through September.”

September isn’t arbitrary. It’s the end of the fiscal year. At that point, sequestration morphs from indiscriminate spending cuts into reduced overall government spending, with precise allocations for various programs and agencies falling to Congressional appropriators. The intentionally cumbersome sequestration turn into a more generalized kind of austerity.

Corker is certainly a paid kool-aid drinking member of the conservative clown posse. If he is willing to be sane for a few months, who knows, the sequester debacle might be avoided.

This is what I mean by lack of confidence in their ability to spin the sequester to conservative advantage. Sure the base eats this stuff up, but this too lame to make any converts. They’re going with the President Obama is being mean to us theme of counter-attack. If that mean president is going to hurt our feelings we’re not going to compromise,

The Hill, Republicans warn Obama has ‘poisoned’ relations with campaign-style attacks,

President Obama’s public shaming of congressional Republicans to act on a range of issues may be winning at the polls — but it risks alienating the people needed to reach bipartisan compromise.

… The public opinion push seems to be working politically — Obama leads congressional Republicans in approval ratings by a wide margin. He has kept those issues in the spotlight and polls show the public currently blames the GOP for the looming sequester and sides with Obama on gun control and immigration.

But to get anything accomplished Obama will need to convince the few remaining centrist Republicans to vote with him — and a public lobbying campaign could infuriate the many members not facing tough elections..

Oh dear! Obama risks “infuriating” Republicans!!!!!!!

Uppity Obama sure does risk “infuriating” Republicans a lot:

March 19, 2008, Outside the Beltway, Obama’s Speech: Poisoning the Well

Sept 10, 2009, National Review, Obama Poisoning the Well

April 13, 2011, Paul Ryan rips Obama’s speech: “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells”

June 15, 2011, Debt commission co-chair: Obama is ‘poisoning the well’

June 29, 2011, Happy Hour: Poisoning the Bipartisan Well

April 2, 2012, National Review, Poisoning the Well

Jun 18, 2012, National Review, Poisoning the Well

October 16, 2012, Rubio: Obama ‘poisoned the well’ for reform on ‘humanitarian’ immigration crisis

Just For Fun – More Poisoning

April 1, 2009, Limbaugh: Obama May Give Gordon Brown “Anal Poisoning”

September 18, 2012, Has Obama been little by little poisoning this county with his lies?

September 19, 2012, Rush Limbaugh: Obama Gets ‘Fawning Anal Poisoning’ From Letterman

Do you get the feeling that The Hill, Outside the Beltway, the National Review and Limbaugh, all got the same text message with the same sound bite to repeat until your ears bleed. Whatever the topic is, rainbows, ponies or baseball, for reasons I don’t want to know about, Limbaugh will include reference to the human anus.

While Corker might represent a glimmer of reasonableness, not so much with Mad Mitch,

Congressional leaders went to the White House on Friday in a last-ditch effort to avert the automatic “sequester” budget cuts that will soon go into effect. After the meeting, Republican leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Boehner (R-OH) emerged to reemphasize that the GOP will not consider any new revenues in a deal to avert the sequester.

Boehner said, “the discussion about revenue, in my view, is over.” And McConnell added, “I want to make clear that any solutions will be done through the regular order, with input from both sides of the aisle in public debate…I will not be part of any back-room deal and I will absolutely not agree to increase taxes.”

As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent noted, this position is absurd, and akin to Democrats demanding that 100 percent of future deficit reduction be achieved through tax hikes. As this chart shows, nearly three-quarters of deficit reduction that has been achieved since 2011 has been through spending cuts

President Obama and Democrats have made historic cuts in spending.

An interim spending bill would not have to include revenue increases. Though McConnell is taking the predictable conservative line, America’s wealthiest plutocrats must be protected even if it means a lot of working class Americans are furloughed or the economy starts to ease back into a recession.

Here is some of the kinds of really cool things that cause conservatives to cheer a government shut down, The 32 Dumbest And Most Devastating Sequester Cuts

$20 million cut from the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs
$10 million cut from the World Trade Center Health Program Fund
$168 million cut from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
$75 million cut from the Aging and Disability Services Programs

$928 million cut from FEMA’s disaster relief money
$6 million cut from Emergency Food and Shelter
$70 million cut from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Fund at USDA
$61 million cut from the Hazardous Substance Superfund at EPA
$125 million cut from the Wildland Fire Management
$53 million cut from Salaries and Expenses at the Food Safety and Inspection Service

$512 million cut from Customs and Border Protection
$17 million cut from Automation Modernization, Customs and Border Protection
$20 million cut from Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology

$79 million cut from Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance ( did someone say Benghazi redux)