Little immediate impact from cuts, but another showdown looms
March 4th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Little immediate impact from cuts, but another showdown looms

Washington (CNN) – Congress returned to work Monday on the first weekday of forced spending cuts, with President Barack Obama and Republicans sticking to deeply entrenched positions that have caused a series of showdowns manufactured by Washington politics.

Most predicted impacts of the $85 billion in cuts that took effect on Friday - such as unpaid furloughs for government workers - won't be evident until April at the earliest, officials say.

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  1. Donna

    Yeah, Obama and the Democrats played Chicken Little to the max for weeks. And then had to walk it all back when the locust and pestulence din't appear as they predicted. For God's sake, their predictions of gloom, doom and destruction rivaled the Mayans!! A rather pathetic attempt to bully, bluster and frighten their way out of the Obama Sequester.

    March 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. plain&simple

    How do you know when you're dealing with spoiled children? You give them whatever they ask for and when they get it they don't want it anymore! In order to make compromises you have to know whatever it is that your wanting doesn't change on a whim! This congress and it's speaker doesn't havethis very ssimple quality! Our country pays a heavy price until this stupidity ends.

    March 4, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. freedom

    How many showdowns are there going to be for God's sake? It's only been 4 mos into his second term, and we're all sick of it. If he can't lead the nation, then he needs to step aside, and let someone who can!!

    March 4, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Other nation's are progressing America is digressing. India, china surpass soon.

    March 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. critical thinking

    Really? No effect? You mean the President and his staff were lying to us? No that's impossible.

    The folks that re-elected this liar -in-chief got exactly what they deserve.

    March 4, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Ind.

    Fear mongering has always been a part of this administration. It's just a little more blatant this time.

    March 4, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Rahm told us early in the Obama administration that they did not intend to let a crisis go to waste. With this group of Chicago thugs, they can manufacture crisis faster than they can be solved, especially since they have no inclination to solve them.

    March 4, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    So, now what? Will the liberals stop blaming the Republicans for agreeing with Obama? Oh, wait, I know... Obama will take responsibility for it not being as bad as bad as everyone thought. And all liberals will buy it. He's a freakin' hero!

    March 4, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. plain&simple

    Fear mongers talk of weapons of mass destruction when they know they don't exist! What this president has stated is pretty much a common theme inside and outside the white house.

    March 4, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. rs

    I rather expect we'll see Boehner the House Republicans once again create more economic mayhem, chaos and drama. They're addicted to it. The GOP has become economic hostage takers in their war on America.

    March 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. rob

    "We will get through this," Obama said Friday. "This is not going to be an apocalypse as some people have said. It's just dumb and it's going to hurt."

    President Obama, his cabinette officials, Democrats in Govt and the liberal media echo machine are the ones who have been claiming the "Apocalypse" would happen for weeks and weeks. In one campaign style speach after another, Obama is the one who has been demegouging this subject ad nauseum instead of working night and day to forge some kind of compromise with the House Republicans to avoid this "apocalypse".

    The President had the power to avoid the sequestration in the first place and now has the power to adjust spending so as not to be too disruptive, but he will not exercise this power....WHY ??? BECAUSE HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN SOLUTIONS, HE AND THE DEMOCRATS INTERESTED IN POWER AND THE DEFEAT OF THEIR OPPONENTS AT ALL COSTS WITH THE HELP OF THEIR PROPAGANDA ARM...THE MEDIA.

    This is unprecidentd in modern American politics and should scare the hell out of the American people.

    March 4, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. just sayin

    Ancient Texan
    Rahm told us early in the Obama administration that they did not intend to let a crisis go to waste. With this group of Chicago thugs, they can manufacture crisis faster than they can be solved, especially since they have no inclination to solve them.
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    not inclination...ability or maybe ideas?

    March 4, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. plain&simple

    People who call for Obama to "FIX" this problem are the very ones who say he's a dictator and not a leader!!! Try to make sense of that!!!

    March 4, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Reality Check

    rs
    I rather expect we'll see Boehner the House Republicans once again create more economic mayhem, chaos and drama. They're addicted to it. The GOP has become economic hostage takers in their war on America.
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    If Obama didn't keep exhausting the credit limit of the country on a yearly basis ($6 TRILLION so far), there would be no mayhem, chaos and drama. Obama called Bush unpatriotic for running up the debt and voted against raising it himself while in the Senate. So what Obama is America supposed to believe? And why is he being so unpatriotic by his own definition?

    March 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |