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    Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    A guy stopped at a local gas station &, after filling his tank, he paid the bill & bought a soft drink.

    He stood by his car to drink his cola & watched a couple of men working along the roadside.

    One man would dig a hole 2 to 3 feet deep & then move on.

    The other man came along behind him & filled in the hole.

    While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25’ behind filling in the hole.

    The men worked right past the guy w/the soft drink & went on down the road.

    "I can't stand this,"said the man tossing the can into a trash container,

    & headed down the road toward the men.

    "Hold it, hold it,"he said to the men.

    "Can you tell me what's going on here w/all this digging & refilling?"

    "Well, we work for the government & we're just doing our job,"one of the men said.

    "But one of you is digging a hole & the other fills it up.

    You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the taxpayers' money?"

    "You don't understand, mister,"one of the men said, leaning on his shovel & wiping his brow.

    "Normally there's 3 of us … me, Elmer & Leroy.

    I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, & Leroy here puts the dirt back.

    You see, w/the government sequestering,

    They’re not buying any more trees, so Elmer's job's been cut ...

    so now it's just me & LeRoy."

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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    cool story, but the answer to your question is "i don't see how it is."
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    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    cool story, but the answer to your question is "i don't see how it is."



    How about this:

    The government shuts down the White House tours and the White House entourage spends 100 million dollars to go to Africa.
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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    How about this:

    The government shuts down the White House tours and the White House entourage spends 100 million dollars to go to Africa.
    I'll remember posts like these, and when a Republican is president I'll criticize him for not traveling everywhere in a 1985 Honda Civic (without a security detail, of course).

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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    A guy stopped at a local gas station &, after filling his tank, he paid the bill & bought a soft drink.

    He stood by his car to drink his cola & watched a couple of men working along the roadside.

    One man would dig a hole 2 to 3 feet deep & then move on.

    The other man came along behind him & filled in the hole.

    While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25’ behind filling in the hole.

    The men worked right past the guy w/the soft drink & went on down the road.

    "I can't stand this,"said the man tossing the can into a trash container,

    & headed down the road toward the men.

    "Hold it, hold it,"he said to the men.

    "Can you tell me what's going on here w/all this digging & refilling?"

    "Well, we work for the government & we're just doing our job,"one of the men said.

    "But one of you is digging a hole & the other fills it up.

    You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the taxpayers' money?"

    "You don't understand, mister,"one of the men said, leaning on his shovel & wiping his brow.

    "Normally there's 3 of us … me, Elmer & Leroy.

    I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, & Leroy here puts the dirt back.

    You see, w/the government sequestering,

    They’re not buying any more trees, so Elmer's job's been cut ...

    so now it's just me & LeRoy."
    Actually sequestration would be you are short on cash and you keep buying soda,toys, cable/satellite tv bill, internet bill, and new video games but you do not pay the car insurance,car payment and gas for the vehicle we need to get to work with and you are doing this to make it seem it seem you can't have any cuts in your spending.
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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Actually sequestration would be you are short on cash and you keep buying soda,toys, cable/satellite tv bill, internet bill, and new video games but you do not pay the car insurance,car payment and gas for the vehicle we need to get to work with and you are doing this to make it seem it seem you can't have any cuts in your spending.
    thanks for your thoughts ... btw, your Cicero quote fits the House GOP almost perfectly ... Was that your intent? ...

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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    thanks for your thoughts ... btw, your Cicero quote fits the House GOP almost perfectly ... Was that your intent? ...
    I would have to say it fits politicians in general. One side claiming that they are for hard working man but are doing everything they can to undermine the hard working man's wages and job availability by trying to grant amnesty to illegals,support outsourcing and support giving away billions of dollars that the American people worked hard for to other countries.The other side claiming they are loyal patriotic Americans but they support amnesty,outsourcing, and giving away billions of dollars the American people worked hard for to other countries. Both sides claiming they support constitutional rights but do everything from spying on people to ****ting on their right to keep and bear arms.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

    Cicero Marcus Tullius

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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I would have to say it fits politicians in general. One side claiming that they are for hard working man but are doing everything they can to undermine the hard working man's wages and job availability by trying to grant amnesty to illegals,support outsourcing and support giving away billions of dollars that the American people worked hard for to other countries.The other side claiming they are loyal patriotic Americans but they support amnesty,outsourcing, and giving away billions of dollars the American people worked hard for to other countries. Both sides claiming they support constitutional rights but do everything from spying on people to ****ting on their right to keep and bear arms.
    I agree, but after watching the GOP after Obama was elected, it just seemed to fit them especially ... party over country ... even your examples tend toward that side a bit more ...

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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    How on earth could this possibly be an explanation for sequestration, let alone a good one?
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Is this a good explanation for sequestration?

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    How about this:

    The government shuts down the White House tours and the White House entourage spends 100 million dollars to go to Africa.
    I don't understand all this outrage over cancelling White House tours, as if White House tours are some sort of critical service the government provides. I can't think of a better example of unnecessary government spending than that.

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