132 Responses to “#StopTheSequester”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 22, 2013 at 11:48 am


  2. 2 Vicki
    February 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I don’t know if anyone else has posted this but “Hubris” not only was great ratings for Rachel’s show, she said last night that it was the highest rated documentart that MSNBC ever had!!!! Rachel said there would therefore be many more like it.

    • 3 Jovie
      February 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

      What were the ratings? She usually gets about 800k.

      • 4 Nena20409
        February 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm


        Dr. Maddow had 900K viewers for the Hubris Documentary.

        She averages about a 1M plus these days. When she was on Drones for about 10 days or so, her rates was in the 800K level.

    • 5 hopefruit2
      February 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      “there would therefore be many more like it.”

      Yup – probably with a focus on Barack Obama, not on the GOP. However, MSNBC can expect that the ratings won’t be as hot if they push that angle.

  3. 7 Nena20409
    February 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

    GM TODville ๐Ÿ˜Ž Pulchritude Villagers.

    Love that word ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pulchritude ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. 20 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

    The President slams the supreme court over voting rights case-


    He is really fighting for all of us!

  5. 21 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hikes in health insurance premiums fall; administration credits healthcare law

    Sam Baker – 02/22/13 10:32 AM ET
    The average premium increase in 2012 was 30 percent lower than in 2010, according to a report.โ€ฆ


  6. 22 CarolMaeWY
    February 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Good Day everyone and congrats Proud.

  7. 23 Jovie
    February 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The President has sent 100 Green Berets to Mali to assist the French.

    • February 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      A group of soldiers went to train for deployment earlier this week. They made the trip on 6 chartered buses because the military couldn’t afford to fly them….Some of the soldiers will be going to Jibouti.

  8. 26 dotster3
    February 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    As if Illinois didn’t have a big enough gun problem—–a federal appeals court has rejected a rehearing on a case ordering Illinois to allow citizens to carry guns in public. These kind of rulings are infuriating and incomprehensible—-it’s like much of our judiciary has been bought by the gun industry too. More guns, more guns, more guns—–to hell with the consequences and the increased risk to the population.


    • February 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      I guess we’re just reverting to the Wild West.

    • 29 57andfemale
      February 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      That’s what happens when Republicans stack the courts and stall PBO from nominating judges.

      The idiocy of so many who think it’s only about legislation or executive orders. A President can remake the federal courts for generations. Bush was allowed to stack the courts, and they’re stopping PBO from filling the vacancies.

      Sociopaths. Every one of them.

  9. February 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    • 31 utaustinliberal
      February 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      At the end of the day, Pres. Obama still has two terms and a legacy that will span centuries. So, burn motherfuckers. Burn.

    • 36 Pamela
      February 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Interesting and sad that so many who may not be supportive of our dearest president don’t mind making a buck on his charisma. G’day y’all.

    • 38 Bill
      February 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Hearing the CEO of Whole Foods being interviewed one time stopped me from shopping there. He is a Ayn Rand nut job.

    • 39 theo67
      February 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Make sure you let Whole Foods know why you’re not shopping there anymore. During the last boycott, they got the message. They need to hear it again. This is beyond offensive. It’s racist stereotyping. And it’s entirely brazen, given that most Whole Foods shoppers are Democrats, who support this President.

  10. February 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    • February 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      It’s sad to anticipate, but maybe when some of these folks who feel so safe start to feel the pinch, they’ll get it.

      • February 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        These people are crisis induced blowhards…..Sad may be an understatement.

      • 43 jacquelineoboomer
        February 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        It’s the working stiffs who will feel the pinch, not the politicians who will never get it.

      • 44 theo67
        February 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        The problem is that most Americans don’t have a clue what this sequester is all about – apparently, the latest polling (per Randi Rhodes) shows about 72% have no idea what it is. And that’s what the GOP is counting on. When unemployment starts to rise, and the economy starts suffering, they’ll just point to the President’s signature on the sequester law, and ignore the fact that they are the ones who passed the bill because it was supposed to incentivize them into action. Many people just don’t pay attention.

  11. 45 Karlene
    February 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    GM~ Every one..~ Congts. Proud..

  12. 46 japa21
    February 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  13. 50 japa21
    February 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    • February 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      There’s a difference between national security and war. I’m going to shut-up, now. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 52 jacquelineoboomer
        February 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        We all know that difference, that’s for sure. We have national security when a Democrat (oh, let’s just say someone like the wonderful President Barack Obama) is in the White House. We have war when W and his ilk are in the White House.

  14. 53 57andfemale
    February 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    It’s official. All Republicans are sociopaths. Every. Single. One:

    “The mother of a young man killed in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater massacre told TPM on Thursday she was appalled at the way Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) handled her question about an assault weapons ban at a town hall event in Phoenix. […]

    At Wednesdayโ€™s town hall, Teves told McCain that her son, Alex, was killed in the massacre, and she urged the senator to support a ban on assault weapons. McCain responded: “I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons ban will not pass the Congress of the United States.”

    • February 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      You’re right…the Republicans are sociopaths. McCain should have expressed his sympathy, but he just told her the truth. Those cowards in Congress will never pass an assault weapons ban and I’m not certain they should. What is an assault weapon? If they define it, the manufacturers will just modify the weapons. If they try and name them all, the way they did before, the manufacturers will give the weapons a new name. If they will limit the capacity of the magazines, I would think that will do it. Now, will they even have the courage to do that? (…putting my head down and quietly going away…)

      • 55 57andfemale
        February 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        I feel your frustration but this is a long term war. Because the war continues, doesn’t mean we don’t continue to fight the battles. I have a problem with this reasoning: just because it won’t be perfect doesn’t mean we shouldn’t move to do something. By this logic, just because people run stop signs doesn’t mean we stop installing stop signs.

        There will always be people who find loopholes, and we work to plug them. These are long term wars – if we don’t look like there is some commitment to our problem with gun violence in this country, then we are indeed doomed. handguns are more a problem than the assault weapons (unless for the gangs on the streets of Chicago) but there is no way we can talk in this political climate about handgun reform. But if we see a commitment to thwarting gun violence, we build on that. It may take a decade if not longer. But with each battle that we win, no matter how small, we start to change public perception where eventually responsibility to the rights of the innocent becomes a meme.

      • 56 theo67
        February 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        They need to know that it’s not ok that they will not pass the assault weapons ban, and that they then offer no reasonable alternative plan. It’s one thing to say you won’t do the right thing, it’s quite another when you have face the consequences – and that’s going to be down to the American people to show them the consequences.

  15. 57 57andfemale
    February 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  16. February 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  17. 61 japa21
    February 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  18. 62 dotster3
    February 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Quality program tonight on PBS

  19. 63 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Steve Benen has been churning out some fantastic stuff this morning. I’m almost at nerdgasm levels. This is another great piece.

  20. 65 japa21
    February 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  21. 66 utaustinliberal
    February 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks Jovie.

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      February 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      I’m a federal retiree, and our monthly health insurance premiums were raised at a lower rate in 2013 compared to every previous year I can remember. #BlameObama (Thank you, Mr. President, and Speaker for Life Pelosi.)

  22. February 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  23. February 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  24. 70 yardarm756
    February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  25. 75 Bill
    February 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Margaret Carlson and Mrs. Greenspan are agreeing Marco Rubio has done “everything right” and has turned the water bottle incident into a positive. They both say he has had an excellent trip to Israel and Jordan. We no longer have reporters, but the MSM is going to sell Rubio to no one as hard as they try.

  26. 87 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Obama Has a Deficit Reduction Plan and Republicans Don’t

    By Matthew Yglesias


    What Chait doesn’t note is that this particular mode of BipartisanThink has a particularly egregious problem because not only have Republicans been intransigent they’ve never produced a deficit reduction plan. Somewhere on the road to crowning Rep. Paul Ryan the champion of spending discipline, people seem to have forgotten that over the next ten years Ryan’s budget would reduce Medicare spending by $0. Outside of the formal framework of the Ryan budget, Republicans have repeatedly suggested that we should increase short-term Medicare spending by eliminating Medicare cuts associated with the Affordable Care Act. The Ryan budget allegedly reduces fiscal problems over the long-term by slowly phasing-in Medicare cuts starting 11 years in the future. But within the medium-term window, Republicans have never put forward a deficit reduction plan. They’ve simply suggested the vague-but-politically-convenient concept that this can be achieved without raising taxes on anyone or cutting spending on any of the currently elderly or the military.



  27. 88 Ladyhawke
    February 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm


    Taking McCarthyism literally


    Though Cruz is nowhere near McCarthy’s level — give the Texan time, he only joined the Senate last month — the accusations are not without merit. We saw repeated examples of this during Cruz’s campaign against Chuck Hagel’s Defense Secretary nomination, which led Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to recently note, “It was really reminiscent of a different time and place, when you said, ‘I have here in my pocket a speech you made on such and such a date,’ and, of course, nothing was in the pocket. It was reminiscent of some bad times.”

    It was a trick Cruz leaned on repeatedly to question Hagel’s loyalty and patriotism, going so far as to suggest, without evidence, the former Republican senator may have received unreported funds from foreign enemies of the United States.

    But Jane Mayer reports today that it wasn’t too long ago that Cruz delivered a speech at a Fourth of July weekend political rally, sponsored by the Koch brothers’ political group, accusing Harvard Law School of harboring secret Communists on its faculty



  28. February 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    • 96 Linda
      February 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      I just cannot believe anything Bob Woodward says…

      • February 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

        Linda I think you mixed up hucksters here…. not hard both of them are Acela Corridor grand poobahs!

        • 98 Linda
          February 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

          The articles is quoting Woodward’s claim that Jack Lew and thus the White House asked for the sequestor

          • February 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

            Apologies, I did not get around to the web till noon today and didnt even bother reading the column after seeing all the posts. They are still both hucksters in my book, but that was a mistaken sidenote in my response. I just saw that he responded to B.S. he wrote and linked his addendum

        • 100 Bill
          February 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          Brooks was quoting Woodward. I agree with Linda. Woodward seems to be after the bucks with his books. Bernstein, however, has interesting things to say.

          • February 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

            Woke up late, had not read the column, just linked to the lame response to the backlash. Apparently he was parroting Boehner and GOP talking points they have been pushing all week about who suggested the sequester.

    • 102 utaustinliberal
      February 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      David Brooks is an asshole. Look at the first line of his answer to the first question. The rest of his excuses are just as foolish. How the hell is this moron not fired?

  29. February 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      February 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      These cabinet level department heads who work for President Obama are doing a great job getting these sequestration fall-out facts out to the public. Maybe we all should R/T the hell out of all of them, if it’ll help.

    • 109 Bill R.
      February 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Our airport in Salem, Oregon, the capitol, is going to close with no traffic control services due to Sequester.

  30. February 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  31. February 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Paging Carol………Paging Caorl?

    • 118 CarolMaeWY
      February 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Carol is in the house!

      • February 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        Let me ask this first. You want to call my cell phone. I could walk you through it in 2 minutes, if not we will go this route

        • 120 CarolMaeWY
          February 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          I’m just wondering if I have the program. I don’t have a URL, so how could anyone retweet my tweets on TOD? I looked it up on wiki and it is what I thought it was. Also, I have a touch screen iPad. The first DM you sent to me and I thought I replied to took me to a twitter page I don’t normally get. I RT, but you didn’t get. Bob has gotten them before. Some people have a DM when I click on their little black head on their ME page, but you don’t have it. I’ll call if that’s easier, I just thought I would explain what I couldn’t in a tweet. Thank you so much for trying to help me. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • February 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

            you dont need any program, just a mouse or cursor. lets make this simple call 317-402-6049 my name is terrick btw, and I have no problem explaining this, it would be very easy over the phone b/c we could be looking at the same thing instead of refreshing pages. Wouldnt take long at all.

    • 123 CarolMaeWY
      February 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Lots of tweets I haven’t read yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. 126 CarolMaeWY
    February 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

  33. 131 CarolMaeWY
    February 24, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Sorry Chips for posting with twitter. Forgive me for the extra work.

  34. 132 CarolMaeWY
    February 24, 2013 at 12:46 am

    YES! ๐Ÿ˜€

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