Congressman George Miller Comments on the Possible Federal Budget Cuts

February 26, 2013 · 101 comments

The following is a letter that was sent out by Congressman George Miller on Tuesday afternoon to everybody on his email list:

It starts Friday.

Deep and arbitrary budget cuts that will hurt working and middle class families, cost people jobs, and reduce vital services.

Sadly, there’s no plan in sight to avoid it.

Once these reckless across-the-board federal budget cuts — or “sequester,” in Washington speak — takes effect, Americans will see:

  • More teacher layoffs and indiscriminate cuts to special education and Head Start programs.
  • Cuts to health care for military families.
  • A loss of four million meals for low-income seniors.
  • Longer lines and less service at airports and national parks.
  • More uncertainty, instability, and insecurity for the middle class

As the clock ticks down, a bipartisan agreement looks out of reach.

Congressional Republicans are standing fast on their refusal to force the wealthy to pay their fair share by closing tax loopholes, even those loopholes that allow multinational corporations to get tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. And they’ve proposed zero solutions to the sequester. They would rather let children, seniors, and investments in a middle class economy bear the sole burden of deficit reduction.

On the other hand, Democrats are calling for a vote this week on our legislation that prevents this fabricated crisis, replaces the arbitrary cuts with targeted spending cuts and new revenue from closing loopholes for the wealthy. This plan would create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reducing the deficit.

Join me on Twitter and Facebook in sharing your views on what the GOP leadership in the House should do now.

We need Solutions. It’s time #StopTheSequester .

Sincerely,

George Miller
Member of Congress

Care to comment?

1 Atticus Thraxx February 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Seems to me our Congressman helped get us into this mess, what’s he whining to me about it for? Man up!

2 ClayDen February 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I got the email. This was Obama’s idea in the first place, so what’s the big deal? The cut is “in the noise” and is inconsequential. The Government is actually planning to spend more this FY than in FY-12, so it’s a cut in the rate of increase, not an actual cut. The way Obama is squealing, you would think it’s an actual budget cut. It’s actually only ~$44 billiion in a budget of about $3,800 billion, or slightly more than 1% of a budget that was higher than last year. The sky is NOT falling.

3 Ven Exeter February 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

More non- sense from a disgrace of a representive. George, have you ever heard of negotiation? You’re supposed be representing all the people, not just unionized government employees and the other special interest groups that keep you in office. You got your tax increase at the beginning of the year. The problem is out of control spending. How about instead of pointing fingers (your specialty), you sit down with the other side and find some responsible cuts that won’t bankrupt our children?

4 Adult Supervision Needed February 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

One thing george said I agree with, “… this fabricated crisis…”
For an administration to entertain such an idea, let alone suggest it is pathetic.

Why should ANY country take this country seriously when this level of BUMBLING is going on for all to see.

5 Cy Nical February 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Thank you George (mo money) Miller

6 Howard K. Mullins III February 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Baloney!

7 Saint February 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I just took a 2 percent cut in my paycheck because guy’s like George did not extend the payroll tax cut. If we can afford cutting back in our spending, our goverment sure can.

8 While February 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Kinda hard to tread water when
Your up to our neck in quick sand !
What will we do when” solar flares”
Shut down the “WWW” who will hear
our cries then?
The bell is tolling .

9 George February 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

What should the GOP do? They should not cave in. They should hold firm.

10 PC February 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

As usual, this is a typical George Miller line of bovine excrement! Face it people, everyone has to pay more for government services. If you expect more you should pay more. When you realize that special education robs from the rest of public education, it should be obvious why schools are always short of money. The federal government has never fully funded what they legislated and promised to pay. Miller and his ilk are the source of the problem.

11 Mary February 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Hey King George!! STOP SPENDING and stop with your Political Pedophilia of “do it for the Children” crap.

More teacher layoffs and indiscriminate cuts to special education and Head Start programs.
Cuts to health care for military families.
A loss of four million meals for low-income seniors.
Longer lines and less service at airports and national parks.
More uncertainty, instability, and insecurity for the middle class

Funny those have already been occurring Georgy. What planet have you been on?

12 Gus February 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM

He is like an old pervert who enjoys spanking children, creating scenarios where he has to spank children and make it their fault.

I think I am going to become an anarchist.

13 Em Dubya February 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

LOL! I’ve posted before about my back and forth of respectful disagreement with Sir George. His office staff comes back with some hysterical rebuttals that perhaps some day I might send to the Mayor.

I honestly don’t care a single bit who agrees with me, but here’s what I sent him in reply to his message:

Mr Miller,

When will you PLEASE communicate as a representative of all of your constituents? Your partisan rants diminish you.

You represent all people of your district irrespective of political party affiliation. PLEASE act like it, or at least communicate your ideas as something more than partisan talking points. When you point a nasty finger in another direction, remember that three more fingers on your hand point back at you.

Respectfully…….

14 KJ February 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Cut the bloated Pentagon that doesn’t even know what it does will all that money; get rid of that joke the Department of Homeland Security; and, especially, stop giving $83 billion dollars a year to “too-big-to-fail” banks that use the money to get ever bigger.

Of course, none of those could get past the Republicans, just as cuts to Social Security and Medicare can’t get past the Democrats (well, maybe those cuts can get a little past the Dems).

15 bumper February 26, 2013 at 6:39 PM

The new mantra from the Democratic Party: Class Warfare.

It takes two, and the Dems are just as stubborn and ineffective as the Repubs…The blame is squarely on us; those who keep voting these do nothing politicians into office.

16 The Phantom February 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

George:

Yo…this is Plan A; call the White House. Get the memo…stay quiet.
These “service cuts” ain’t real…wiggle cuts.

All the agencies have to do is suspend the out of town conference schedules and the “team building” seminars…no new vehicles for another year…no new office decorators and window treatments…no remodeling of bathrooms or office kitchens/wet bars.

We’ll be ok!

17 George February 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

And do you think the George Miller Head Start center on Grant Street will be affected?

18 Richard III February 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I still need a real explanation on the often used comment, “Fair Share.” What is it and, what and who does it refer to? Our tax code is a little rough on people who play by the rules but allows folks with “No Skin In The Game,” to get whatever they want and not ever pay a dime for what they get. Where is the logic in this process? Perhaps George could explain this to us.

19 Joe A February 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

All these comments by politicians around the country on this nonsense only prove that government is far more wasteful than previously understood.

How can pennies, literally from the perspective of the entire budget this 85 or so billion is a rounding error, cause so much damage? Or looked at another way, if it only costs pennies to provide us with most of our basic services where the eff is the real money going to??? Foreign wars for pigs, Israel, and Multinational Corporations that outsource your jobs.

Wake up. Look out your window. Your social decay and family destruction is no longer a “theoretical” thought experiment. It is happening. Fight to stop it now while you still have the muscle.

It isn’t even a choice. They just let out a bunch of illegals that were detained. Your own government is threatening you with physical violence as the subtext here is that these illegals being criminals (by definition) are now roaming around your neighborhoods. Since they know they will be locked back up when the budget passes they are now even bolder since they have nothing to lose. YOUR own government is playing this game with you.

Would Israel release Palestinians that they have arrested if they had a “budget impasse?” Of course not! They’d take it from America to pay for it.

Stop being dopes and wake up.

20 CW February 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I agree with the total amount of cuts, but very much disagree with where they are being made. However, it seems like no one is willing to use a scalpel to cut waste, so a hacksaw it is.

21 john February 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

i think both sides should stop blameing each other and fix the damn problem im tired of everyone saying its so and so fault that isnt going to fix a damn thing

22 Anon February 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

20 plus years of his BS, time for real change. Miller out in 2014?

23 lg February 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Obama`s the leader of this great country. WHY does`nt he lead????????????

24 Officer Barbrady February 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Atticus,Atticus you skeptic.Dont you get it?This is all the fault of Cheney-Bush- republicans- big oil people with jets and people who don’t pay “their fair share” Obama bears no responsibiity nor does Miller. None.Cutting the federal budget 2.5% will bring on Armageddon or worse. Probably all federal prisons will have to release all the prisoners, nuclear weapons will be sold to Iran to feed starving children and Michelle will take in washing to help with the Obama family budget.

25 lg February 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Oh yeah. he does`nt have a clue where to start. He`s never had a real job.

26 lg February 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Obama will make it hurt as much as he possibly can, just so he can blame the republicans. I hope the american people are smarter than that and can see right through it. My hope is waning, though, sorry to say!

27 MikeT February 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

When will people wake up and throw this fool out with the trash

28 H. Kennedy February 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

What an opportunist. He is way out of touch with his district. Got photo op?

29 GG February 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

If the poop is going to hit the fan, well then the poop is going to hit the fan. Why anyone would think that cleaning up this God-awful mess that the economy is in is going to be painless, or needs to be, is beyond me. It’s like the individual whose been overweight by 200 pounds for years whining that they A)can’t lose it all in 2 weeks and B) need to lose it without any effort, while still eating a diet of junk food. It doesn’t work that way, and never will.

30 Pegasus February 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

It’s always the same old crap. Rather than cut the fat the govt (at all levels) makes damn sure we feel the pain.

31 The end is near February 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The size of the Federal government has doubled in the last 10 years. The cuts that might happen on March 1st are less than 1% of the budget.

32 Elwood February 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

George Miller is a lying sack of excrement!

But then we knew that didn’t we?

33 Dennis February 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Hey George, what percentage of your staff are you firing? how many paper pushers in the Fed building in Oakland are being laid off? How many paper pushers, George? For every combat Marine you eliminate, you politicians should match 1 for 1 from your own bloated offices. Start with EPA, DOE, to find more tax money leeches to fire.
instead.

34 Antler February 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Be advised that the sequester, if it should be allowed by the Congress to take place, is the Republican bill passed back in 2011.

35 ptpauly February 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Well, l end aid to foreign countries.
Lets end tax breaks to Hollywood for movies that make millions.
Lets end tax breaks to commercial farmers, large corporations not family type farmers.
Lets end all pay and perks to elected officials if they have a net worth of over (insert $$ amount here)
Lets overhaul welfare and make it finite. No exceptions.
If you don’t pay into social security, you can never collect from it.
Don’t allow work visas if jobs can be filled by US citizens.
Close the borders for say 5 years until unemployment is below 4% nationally
Close loop holes for compnies like Facebook, Apple et al to hide from taxes with oversea accounts.
Go to a flat tax with no deductions 10% Fed 5% state and 2% county or city, no deductions thats it 17% of income gone including Social Securtiy. but we all keep 83% of what we earn. I personally would take home more on an annual basis.
Rein in government emplayee pensions. cap them at a max 50K yearly, no stacking with OT, sick pay and or vacation. Use it or lose it on a yearly basis or pay out for vacation. Make th em more like private industry.
Place tariffs on imported goods to make it cheaper to purchase raw materials and make the products in the United States. This would help our economy and not China’s, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the list goes on.

Now, I don’t like seeing people living in poverty but the same poverty in becoming a reality in the United States. It will not get better until there are wholesale changes made in this country.

So what if Wal-Marts profits drop to the share holders. Wouldn’t it be better it more middle class people had access to 401K retirements and could purchase Wal-Mart shares through a mutual fund. Wouldn’t all of the middle class in the US benefit? Wouldn’t more manufacturing in the US be benefitial to the poorer people in the US with more jobs? Wouldn’t companies be paying better for more talented employees and making it’s emplyoees a better living and encourage everyone to work and become more viable through trade schools and education.
Overhaul the school systems and encourage kids who might not be able to go to a four year college due to grades, money etc to go to a trade school and get life skills for jobs, see above about tariffs.

Sure we might have to pay more for that 60″ flat screen and save up for it a little longher but if it puts all of my neighbors to work I am for it.

The problem with all of this is it would probably work. It is very simple. But no politician would bring it forward because the special interests and government unions would be crying and not help said politician or politcal party ger re-elected. That is the kettle we are in.

The rich want to stay rich, the middle class wants to be more comfortable and the poor still want a handout and not a hand up.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.

I have never voted for George Miller in the 37 years I have been voting and he still gets re-elected every effing time.

36 Anon February 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Miller has never ever taken responsibility for anything bad.Never . It’s always someone elses fault.

37 Bubba February 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Old FOOL!

38 Reality check February 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Obviously most of the commenters aren’t in touch with their fellow constituents. When Miller defeats the 2012 republican challenger with 69.7% of the vote, I think that’s a clear sign that the voters believe he’s doing what’s best for them. It’s not like teachers even have enough money to pay him off like a big corporation would.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California's_11th_congressional_district_elections,_2012

39 Jeff February 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Typical Politician. Pointing fingers of blame while they WASTE our money.

Perhaps you should look in the mirror. You’re a big cause of this financial mess. Hey, let’s pass some initiatives, and new laws, because we aren’t enforcing the ones we have! Let’s spend taxpayer money to fly all over, give useless speeches, and have armed security while we try to enforce “gun free zones”. At the taxpayer’s expense, of course. Spare no expense for those “elite” politicians, right Georgie?

Hope and change my ass. BOTH political parties need to be held accountable – One is at least trying to push for spending cuts, while the other is driving a runaway train to China (and for those that don’t catch that one, I’m referencing the fact that they pretty much OWN us).

You and other Democraps vote party-line to continue spending, and then blame the Republicans, or more specifically, Bush for the sequester. Brilliant strategy – because people don’t understand that you are playing to their emotions. Let’s use a little logic and accounting. One side of the sheet is debits, the other is credits. When one outweighs the other, there is either a surplus or a deficit.

Sometimes the harsh reality of, oh, I don’t know, passing a BUDGET seems impossible for the Dems – but it’s CERTAINLY an issue for your constituents, and you’d do well to remember that.

George, do you have the cajones to be the one to stand up for what’s right? Or are you just hot air and smoke, doing anything you can to shine in the progressive party and ignoring the fact that we’re going broke? Are you a career useless piece of **** (politician) or are you going to do what’s right for ALL of us?

SCREW YOU, MILLER

40 anon February 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

How about taking a look at the corrupt systems like welfare, etc. Geez, let’s just give out free money to the folks playing the system. Oh wait, let’s see if I can pop out one more kid. More kids = more money.
Don’t even get me started.
I work, I pay taxes, leave me the hell alone George!

41 Anon February 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Really, George? GOP offered two proposals previously, both voted down by the Democratic Senate.

GOP stand your ground. This is all a political ploy by the Democrats and their leaders, Obama. Great leadership. Yes, it is all fabricated by a PRESIDENT.

42 Atticus Thraxx February 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Officer Barbrady my thinking brains are off for the evening. But if what you say is true, somebody should call the newspapers. They’ll want to hear about that.
Congressman Miller has a bad habit of when he has to lay in his own pooped-up bed, he comes whining to his “constituents”. It’s like what do you want me to do about it? Call my Congressman? You are my f***ing Congressman! Man up!

43 Triple Canopy February 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

SCARE TACTIC!!!

The federal budget has increased 17 percent since Oblame-ya took office. $85 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the $3.6 trillion budget.

44 Paul February 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

How exactly is this our problem? I am pretty sure this burden rests on the shoulders of the elected officials. Get it together and do your damn jobs!

45 Don P... North Cawncord February 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

There is over a BILLION dollars the federal government cant even account for. Nobody seems to know where this massive amount of money whent but we are supposed to believe they cant make any real cuts?

46 Bob H. February 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Let’s see if I have this right. Instead of being in Washington and trying to settle this problem, he is flying around politicking at $100,000.00’s a day. I have payed for ever bit of my retirement. But now I am called a leach. You young folks need to wake up. When you reach your 70’s you will get nothing.

47 futbllwmn February 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

George Miller.. puh lezzz…. I want to know why we keep voting this guy in every time. But I guess there IS hope…… the people finally voted out Pete Stark.

48 GG February 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Ya wanna know why Miller keeps getting voted in? Because it’s better to know your enemy than not know your enemy.

49 GardenGal February 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Like the Alan Jackson song who says that “I’m just a simple folk who doesn’t know the difference between Iraq and Iran”, I also have to put my two cents in and ask why we are spending and suppoirting so many countries but our own? Have the unemployed, retired, those collecting a pittance in Social Security, those who want to retire but can’t (I’m one of those), homeless sleeping on the streets, illegal aliens taking jobs away from US citizens, I could go on and on are less important than maintaining a “free and indiscrimanate” US. I personally can’t think of one other country who puts their citizens first. Where did we go wrong?

50 Anon February 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

George keeps getting elected because he is a tool of the unions.Maybe some day we will get someone who represents all of us.

51 Off Barbrady February 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Atticus, you need to engage your thinking brain.George Miller owns this seat and he is looking out for you,really . All you have to do is read his press releases. Here are some of his key phrases:” Looking out for the middle class”, “Asking the wealthy to pay their fair share” and “Ain’t MSNBC great ?”

Discussion concluded. Do not forget to feed your cat.

52 Gjets February 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

George Miller needs to get voted out, he is old, ragged and a waste of space where someone with real new ideas could get things done and not just live off tax payers by brown nosing the people who keep him in office. Step down Miller and hit the gym before you need a walker, bet you can’t even do one pullup, pathetic for a man.

53 Elwood February 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Antler February 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Be advised that the sequester, if it should be allowed by the Congress to take place, is the Republican bill passed back in 2011.

Riiiiiiiiiiiight! At the insistence of and signed by our fearless leader!

54 Elwood February 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if George read this thread to discover that he is almost universally reviled?

Except by those with their snouts in the trough, unions, the entitlement constituencies, illegal aliens and their idiotic supporters, minorities etc.

Oh and George has had his snout in the Congressional trough for 38 years, since 1975

Gerald Ford was President and the Weather Underground bombed the state department’s main office in Washington, D.C.

55 Laura Zah February 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Sorry I got here late……….. is Antler still serving Kool Aid?

56 Who's Crazy February 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Little Barry was in support of sequester for the few minutes is was in Congress. Funny how he flops when the shoe drops.

57 Amy February 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

70% Of voters get their news from the left wing media. We, sensible conservatives, are simply outnumbered. Miller is a disgrace and a career politician. He will retire with lifetime benefits and financial kickbacks from deals he shoved through over 35 years in Congress.

58 ratstalker February 27, 2013 at 1:46 AM

I would be willing to bet that quite a few of my fellow citizens who live in this area, are the “Rich” that miller is talking about. My wife and I are barely making ends meet, and we are categorized as those “rich” folks.

Now, if we lived in Arkansas, or West Virginia, We might be considered Rich.

But we don’t.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA one of the people I look up to.

59 Don't Censor Me Bro February 27, 2013 at 3:18 AM

The TRUTH is, the sequester was B. Hussein ObLAMEr’s idea.

He endorsed it.

He passed it with votes from his party.

60 Don't Censor Me Bro February 27, 2013 at 3:32 AM

The House has moved 2 bills to address this issue..

The Senate has no budget for years…

ObLAMEr has been on the campaign trail for the last 16 months accomplishing what again?

61 Don't Censor Me Bro February 27, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Funny thing is only about 5% of Americans…
are cognizant of this particular issue…

62 Antler February 27, 2013 at 3:55 AM

#53 ~ ~ ~ Is your point that the President compromised in 2011 for the good of the people?

63 Safety Second February 27, 2013 at 6:42 AM

These career political pigs (e.g. Miller, Boxer, Polosi) have no love of country. They devide us Americans and stick our great grandchildren with a mountain of debt. These political pigs are the enemy….Marx couldn’t have done a better job at destroying America.

64 Missy February 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM

@ptpauly, when are you planning to run for office? I will certainly vote for you!!

Miller is using the typical Dem scare tactics, blaming the GOP.

And who said digging out of this hole wasn’t going to be tough.

Incidentally, my pay has done nothing but go down since Obama took office, as has my husband’s, and he is in a union.

65 anon February 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

@ #38 Reality Check said ” Obviously most of the commenters aren’t in touch with their fellow constituents. When Miller defeats the 2012 republican challenger with 69.7% of the vote ”
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Concord is made up of mostly Union members, persons on government stipends and young parents with a couple of decades with children in school. THAT, is what is voting in all this pork.

PORK, George. You and your fellow Democrats are holding up progress. Our country may never recover from the trillions of debt and the Obama Pork ‘health’ care. See you in October when the rest of the Obama Pork bill goes into effect…oh thats right, you are in a Union and therefore covered by mandated increases.

Hello USSA. Goodby small business.

66 Gator February 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Only a politician can can call a 3% decrease after a 5% increase a cut

67 The Mamba February 27, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Bring it, I want to see how the sequester affects my life or that of any of my family, friends, and loved ones. Frankly, I don’t believe any of us will even know what you idiots are doing in Washington.

68 anon February 27, 2013 at 7:53 AM

#63: Boycott Hollywood and RocknRoll. Anything to do with the marketing of rogue values. Get rid of TV cable that streams this crap into your house. Our children have been brainwashed.

69 JC February 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM

My understanding is that if these cuts go through, it will still be much more than the budget was LAST year…so in effect, we are expected to believe that if we go PARTIALLY back to what the budget was last year, the world the country is doomed. If this is so, then these scare tactics are unforgivable, although not surprising. I wish some drastic common-sense changes could be initiated by the American people as a whole to circumvent these a-holes and get things back on track. Yeah, right.

70 Killjoy February 27, 2013 at 8:10 AM

And yet this clown still keeps getting re-elected. WHY?

Vote out ALL incumbents. If the new candidates don’t do what “We The People” want, we get rid of them too.
Keep turning it over until it works. The system is broken, but it’s all we have.

71 The Mamba February 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Killjoy, the problem is that every district thinks their Congress person isn’t the problem, everybody else’s is. How else could you explain Maxine Waters?

72 mamatosix85 February 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they all handled this business instead of allowing it to come to a crisis and panic people?
@Killjoy I agree. Maybe some real folks will start running and there will be enough of us fed up to get them into office.
Corruption can only exist when it is allowed.

73 Parsnip February 27, 2013 at 8:36 AM

You mean the “Tell me” drivel I deleted?

Didn’t read it beyond the sender’s address.

74 PH_Res_AND_CPHS_Parent February 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM

https://georgemiller.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Lets all send Mr. Miller the link to this page.

75 William February 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Commenter #2 clayden has the facts right. These aren’t cuts only the reduction in the future growth of spending. The US govt will spend more this year than it did in 2012 even with the “sequester”. The last time the US giver spent LESS than the year before was 1954 (look it up).

Miller and Obama are just the latest in a long line if idiots from both parties who are destroying what was once a great country. Load up in ammo and supplies folks, it’s gonna get way way worse……

76 anon February 27, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Congress does nothing anyway so they should keep up what they’re doing and let it be implemented.

77 anon February 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Bohner passed to bills? Passing something no one else agrees with is crap and still stinks. Pass something that will at least get discussed in the Senate. Time for Bonner to go.

78 CatWoman February 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

With all of the education and years of experience Miller has–all he can come up with is “Face Book”? Major Fail!

79 Connie Dobbs February 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

#37, That is a terrible thing to say about Antler, even if it is accurate.

80 Anon February 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Hey George….F You…you lazy professional politician…If I had a twitter account I’d not complain about the Repubilcans…I complain about your boss…Why is WHENEVER you don’t have enough money, complete BS by the way, you Blame the republicans and want to raise taxes?…Why are you so afraid of a such a tiny cut over 10 years?…you got $600 Billion in new revenue already this year….did you and your cronies spend it on lunch?…you sir are an idiot!

81 Cy Nical February 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Dear George,
Based on your overwhelming concern for the middle class I suggest selling corporate naming rights to the bridge between Martinez and Benicia, you know the one currently called the George H Miller bridge. While to you it may not seem like much money to you, the money raised would help mine and numerous other middle class families weather these horrible cuts.
This would be an opportunity to prove your concern for the middle class is larger than your ego. Be sure to let the mayor know so the installation of the new sign can be covered here.
As a back up plan how about we just take down your sign and sell it for scrap? That will feed a middle class person you’re so concerned about?

82 flex all February 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

As always, the important issue is not how to fix the problem, but to find out who to blame.

83 Clasping Forehead February 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

#81, the bridge is named after Representative Miller’s FATHER.

84 jtkatec February 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Our representatives have their own pension plan, so they don’t really care about Social Security.

Our representatives have their own health and medical benefits which extend past their employment and into retirement, so they don’t care what the average joe has to pay for their insurance.

I heard they have staff expenses limited to $3,000,000 a year,

They get government cars.

What other perks do they get and how much does it cost?

85 LorieStories February 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

“The Sky is falling~! The sky is falling!” ———–Chicken Little

86 Cy Nical February 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

#84, I did not know that but what difference does it make? George’s concern is working middle class families so sell it anyway.

87 Comrad Miller February 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Commie Miller,

To help the “helpless” you so care for:

Tax yourself at 99% of your income.
Tax your your benefits at 99%.
Tax your wealth at 99%.

And then Tax all of your commie democratit outHouse and Senate whores at 99%.

In short, tax the taxers, and redistribute the capital of the the redistributers.

Oh, and furlough IRS agents. No, FIRE IRS agents.

Why doesn’t Obama stand on his soapbox…surrounded by the IRS?

88 Screwy Louie February 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Great to hear from all the Political thread wyyyyyyyy-ners.
Alot a talk, no long term path or solution. Kick the can.
Ray Charles can see the Robot-licans don’t give a crap about anyone but an elite few.
I’d rather have something being done than NOTHING.

89 Anonymous February 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The bridge is named after the daddy Miller.He was the rep. Died and Georgie (as he is known by insiders) inherited the job.Never held a private sector job or worked a day In a real job.

90 ClayDen February 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

As noted in post #2 above, I got the email from Congressman Miller, and immediately responded. I just got an email response, and I’m guessing it’s the same as others have gotten. It’s nonsense:

Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about cuts to defense and domestic programs as a result of the sequester deficit reduction decisions being made by Congress.

As you know, the Republican leadership created this situation by fabricating a financial crisis and refusing to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, which resulted in the first U.S. credit downgrade in our history. Congress made an agreement to reduce the debt by at least $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Nearly $1 trillion of the reduction would come from scheduled cuts to discretionary defense and nondefense spending and the rest from the work of the so-called Super Committee. The Super Committee was to consider either new revenues, more spending cuts, or both. If the Super Committee failed, $1.2 trillion in additional automatic cuts would hit defense and domestic spending equally beginning in 2013. The sequester was put in place as a backstop if no agreement could be reached on a long-term balanced plan to reduce the deficit and grow the economy and was only considered because otherwise Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling.

I never liked this plan as way to reduce our debt, and have been calling on Speaker Boehner and Republican Committee Chairs to begin bipartisan negotiations immediately to replace sequestration with a balanced deficit reduction plan.

Unfortunately, deep and arbitrary federal budget cuts that will hurt working and middle class families and risk deep job cuts are nearly certain to be implemented this Friday due to House Republican leaders’ refusal to negotiate with President Obama or allow an alternative to the cuts to be voted on in Congress.

Anticipation of the unprecedented $85 billion across-the-board budget cut for this year alone, known in Washington as the “sequester,” has already injected uncertainty into the economy and sapped the confidence of consumers and the markets. Independent economists warn that, upon implementation, they threaten to undermine job creation while causing irreparable harm to the economy.

We are witnessing the result of an abject failure in leadership by Speaker Boehner and his team. Now, by refusing to ask the wealthiest individuals and corporations to pay a little more and by blocking any alternative to the sequester, they are bringing down a meat cleaver on American jobs and the economy.

They’ve wasted months by not coming to the table with a balanced plan to reduce the deficit and grow the economy while avoiding these indiscriminate cuts. Congressional Republicans would rather gamble — again — on inaction and blame the President than do what’s right for our economy, our country’s safety and the security of working and middle class families. We can and should pass a balanced approach to reduce the deficit and grow the economy rather than create another avoidable crisis that will hurt millions of families across the country.

Estimates show that budget cuts mandated by the sequester may cost the American economy more than 700,000 jobs, and will affect every aspect of our society including real cuts to education in California, reduced food safety inspections, OSHA inspectors pulled off the job in hazardous workplaces, fewer air traffic controllers and security agents to ensure air traffic safety and timely flights, and less support from FEMA for firefighters and first responders tasked with responding to natural disasters— a particularly chilling consequence in the earthquake prone Bay Area.

Republicans refuse even to close tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to get tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Instead they will allow children, seniors, and investments in the middle class and our economy to bear the burden of deficit reduction.

House and Senate Democrats have introduced balanced plans that instead would cut spending that won’t harm middle class families and that close tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthiest. The Senate is scheduled to vote on its balanced compromise plan later this week, and my colleagues and I have called on House Republicans to bring up this week the plan introduced by Budget Committee Ranking Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen, which I have co-sponsored.

We all agree that a sequester is not in the country’s best interest and is not the best way to assure responsible deficit reduction. The American people want us to work together to avoid unnecessary economic uncertainty at this crucial time in our recovery. Failure to reach an agreement would have devastating consequences for our economy, small business and the middle class.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to negotiate an alternative to the sequester.

For a detailed look at sequester impacts on California, click here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sequester-factsheets/California.pdf

Sincerely,

GEORGE MILLER
Member of Congress

P.S. Keep up with the latest news from Washington at GeorgeMiller.house.gov and Facebook.com/RepGeorgeMiller .

91 mike mac February 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Perhaps we need to withhold ALL saleries and benefits to ALL Congressmen and women, their staffs, as well as the President’s office. A 2% decrease from a projected increase in spending does not result in these cuts….unless the cuts are made to make a political statement. I cannot believe the voters of this country allow ANY of these FOOLS to remain in office. UGH!!!!

92 Elwood February 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Antler February 27, 2013 at 3:55 AM

#53 ~ ~ ~ Is your point that the President compromised in 2011 for the good of the people?

No, my point is that he is a lying sack of ****.

As are those who support him.

93 JC February 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Elwood and all of ya’ll that must feel better laying the blame on Obama…They are ALL at fault – I would bet 90% of those in the three branches. Replacing the pres isn’t going to eradicate the virus. Get a grip.

94 Bishop Estates February 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

#93 thank you for posting what I was thinking :)

The System(s) are so broken, how in the hell do you fix it? I know I have no more to give away on taxes.

95 Anonymous February 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Miller Has a firm belief that he can spend my money better then I can. No
matter how much the government spends it’s never enough for him.

96 Dennis February 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

@Screwy Lewie #88 spoken like a true Lemming

97 Vladimir Lenin February 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Time to start recalling these lame politicians, enough!

98 The Real McCoy February 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Hey George, thanks for getting money to spend on the totally unnecessary Fourth Bore. JACKASS.

99 Elwood February 27, 2013 at 10:46 PM

JC February 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Elwood and all of ya’ll that must feel better laying the blame on Obama…They are ALL at fault – I would bet 90% of those in the three branches. Replacing the pres isn’t going to eradicate the virus. Get a grip.

It’s a good start. A fish rots from the head down.

100 Jeff February 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Bishop estates – we could fix it. Thats why the assault weapons ban is so important to democraps

101 Phillip from Clayton February 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

@ClayDen #90…

Miller, like all other politicians, grouse about the other side not wanting to compromise. The problem is, compromise to either side means AGREE WITH ME – which is NOT compromise.

Instead, it’s limited to blaming others while nothing gets done.

Yet the idiots continue to re-elect an idiot who has NEVER held a real job. How’s THAT????

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