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Robert Winner

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where is the public outrage to the sequester

The sequester has arrived and cuts are now being announced but there is no public outrage ... why? Political gamesmanship has now taken center stage. The administration has released thousands of illegals back into the US public domain. Cuts made to airline safety. This occured immediately.

What if we looked at the Executive staff .. all 2000 of them. Thomas Jefferson had a messenger and a secretary. Execpt for secretaries almost all of the positions are duplicartes of existing cabnets, departments, and agencies. Get on the web and look at executive csars .. yep there is a list.

How about if we went to the OMB site that evaluates existing programs. WWW.expectmore.gov. This was set up by Bush but now has the following header. "This is historical material, "frozen in time."
"The web site is no longer updated and links to external web sites and some internal pages will not work." There are four pages of dysfunctional programs that are being funded and have been determined as "ineffective".

We currently barrow 40% of the money to fund our budget. Our debits have exceeded our GDP (income) why is there no outrage?

Why are our leaders (all) off campaigning, playing golf, vacationing, etc .... working their normal three day week. We are in deep dodo and our politicians do not seem to care as long as they get their way. The US Elite. It is good to be royality.

We should be upset ... offended ... outraged ..... So why aren't we?

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    Mar 5 2013: Hypotheses: 1. People are tired of being angry. 2. People would rather see the budget more balanced regardless of how it is done than not. 3. There has not been time for large numbers of people to feel the impact of the cuts in a negative way 4. People are entirely accustomed to disfunction and not optimistic of being able to do anything about it.
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      Mar 5 2013: Fritzie, Yeah, all four ring true. Thanks for the reply. For just a second lets look at #4. We are becomiung accustomed to dysfunctional .... wow what a scary statement even though it is true.

      Is it a matter of education, either formal or informal, that the public has trouble reading the tea leaves. Have we as a society drank so much koolade that we expect it and even thirst for it. Is apathy so now entrenched that nothing is either a surprise or angers us.

      In our TED environment we often hear what we need to hear and often I do not like it .. but it is good for me to hear it. Some read, hear, and grow ... while others will go to the grave with their minds firmly locked. I guess the question is can the health and welfare of the United Staes ever be discussed without a political opinion. I stated not long ago that the national debit exceeded the GDP and we barrow 40% of the money to fund our budget and got the reply that Bush got us into war over weapons of mass destruction. Have we went that far into my party versus your party that we can no longer look at the issue?

      The major issue on todays news was Congress is meeting over gun control .... not a single mention on our channel on the budget. I was relieved to hear that Congress has not deviated from its three day work week because of a national crisis ... I was concerned there for a while that they might do their job. Thankfully I was wrong.

      Always enjoy talking to you ... I must go wash the sarcasm off my face .. LOL .. Bob.
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        Mar 5 2013: Hi, Bob. My short reply about the factors in whether people read, hear, think, and grow is that this probably has less to do with education (though it is often blamed) than with the individual's psychological needs. People often cling to beliefs and positions that serve them emotionally. They may be very deaf to counterargument in these areas.

        Some people need to feel superior or even just safe and adopt belief systems to support those personal interests, beliefs that they are unwilling to see questioned.

        Curiosity, examination of alternatives, self-reflection, and critical thinking may take a back seat while confirmation bias sits on the throne.I agree that schools need to continue to focus on critical thinking, but I don't think that necessarily sticks with people in adulthood because that sort of learning seems later to get swamped by other factors in many cases.

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