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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sequester Cuts Are Half What the Media Is Reporting

(By Mike Flynn, Breitbart.com) - Absent a last-minute Congressional deal, sequestration cuts to the budget begin to take effect on Friday. The automatic, across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending are the result of the 2011 deal to lift the debt ceiling. If left in place for the next ten years, sequestration would trim $1.2 Trillion from the government's $40-50 Trillion spending plans over the next decade.

Charles Krauthammer’s Take: Failure to Act on Sequester is ‘Forfeiting by Congress of its Constitutional Duties’

(By National Review Online) - According to Charles Krauthammer, Democrats have “refused to life a finger” to avert the sequester, the disastrous results of which they’ve been broadcasting all week. “This is sort of a forfeiting by the Congress of its constitutional duties to actually allocate the money, to decide where it goes, by giving authority to the president.” He emphasized that this is a failure by the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, rather than the House, where Republicans have proposed legislation that would replace the sequester with alternative spending cuts.