In a tragic accident this morning, seven marines were killed during training in Nevada.
Harry Reid has raised hackles by appearing to connect the sequester for the incident, which took place in his home state. "It's just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary," Reid said. "These men and women, our Marines, were training there in Hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back, and I just hope everyone understands sacrifices made by our military, they are significant."
Reid's spokeswoman later clarified the comments. "The idea that Senator Reid thinks the Hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiated by his remarks on the topic. Marines would not be forced to operate under unsafe conditions due to budget cuts."
Seems like a real cheap shot. those asshats from both parties refuse to do anything about 300.00 hammers and 1,500.00 toilets and then start whining about the sequester? Well Harry if you're so concerned about the sequester how about taking on the corruption in the Military supply pipeline. I'm sure you can find a few trillion in corruption there. You frigging hypocrite.
@EzraBlade The Pentagon informed the House that they had appx 6-7 thousand Abrams tanks around the world that have been retrofitted and modernized at a cost of 25 million per tank. They also stated they have another 25,000 Abrams tanks already retrofitted and sitting idle in storage. They said they didn't see any foreseeable situation in which the remaining 7,000 or so Abrams tanks not retrofitted would be needed and didn't want to spend the money. The house GOP told them to shut up and retrofit the tanks. Now that's "black ops". That's out and out corruption.
I agree 100% But why is the White House blaming it on sequestration? Sequestration was Obama's idea in the first place, and now he's blaming everything on sequestration! If Obama wants to keep blaming sequestration for everything, then, isnt he really blaming himself? Now he's cancelled the annual Easter egg hunt on the White House lawn, claiming that due to his own sequestration, that there are no funds for it. Right after he spent a $ Million to have a golf weekend with Tiger Wood's, and Michelle went to Colorado with the kid's at anothe $Million dollar cost! Really?!?!? How much does it cost to hide some egg's on the White House lawn? If I might jog your memory,.....back in 2011 in order to get the debt ceiling raised, Obama was the on that threw the sequestraion thing into the picture, and promised to come up with a budget (never happened) and now he's trying to blame it all on conservatives. Funny thing is,.......people remember things. You sheep dont,....... You just blame other people. Who are you going to blame in 2016? Bush?
@Jim49418 One - it wasn't the white house doing the 'blaming'- it was Harry Reid.
As to sequestration. Obama's idea? Really? Why don't you watch this and then you can enjoy eating your own words. It's your favorite little right wing intellectual Paul Lyin' Ryan talking about sequestration for his entire career. http://youtu.be/NYzjMs-6MAE Sequestration came into play only because the GOP wanted it. They were betting that they'd take the Senate in 2012 and could write whatever legislation they wanted. Obama took the bet. Obama won.
Remembering things? Now whose idea was sequestration again?
Blaming people - coming from the party that is still blaming Jimmy Carter? HAHAHAHAHA
As to GW Bush... The damage that he did to our country will take a decade and a half to recover from. Thank God we have a democratic President that has started the process.
2016 - With any luck Hillary Clinton will be running for the democrats. No matter who the GOP puts up against her she should have a pretty easy time beating them. She'll campaign on the progress made between 2008 and 2016 and point out how much was lost when the republicans were in power. This will be an overpowering argument and she'll win big.
The impact to military from the sequestration will be a little more obvious down the line. We need to really examine our spending and make cuts where necessary. The real toll may well be in lives and I find that unacceptable.
Just found out today they are cutting programs that have actually saved lives.
Reid out of line no question... Sequester cuts here in Fl having impact. Took fried 4+ hours to clear customs at Miami Int'l Airport. 100's of people yelling bull s..t bull s..t signs all over sayings thank your congressmen. Gov going ape will damage cruise / tourist industry. Orlando. --- Disney World same problems for international tourist revenue down already as. So. Am. and Europeans travel agents cut bookings
@martydotcom You mean we should have waited a little longer to buy that condo? If the cruise lines don't get their act together the economy won't have as much of an impact as their reputation does. Are you posting from a smartphone?
@Medicinebow LOL yes a droid now I can see all they typos. Condo prices are soaring... article in paper yesterday in Palm Beach Cty this yr v last year number of sales + 20% prices + 15% I bought in 2000 no regrets Cruise industry is booming just Carnival el cheapo, is having all the problems. I can't believe they run these mega ships and delay maintenance and wonder why they have problems with propulsion. But these ships have to dump their passengers off fast and reload and customs is killing thme
Talk about a scumbag. so the brilliant little twerp from the desert Harry Reid, implies that within a couple of weeks the military has fallen apart .. but then again he was the 1 that claimed we've lost the Iraq war even before the infamous troop surge got underway. Nevada should be embarrassed
@CaryNickel you know I never even thought of that but you're probably exactly right. we have similar problems here where Democrats who are disenchanted with their home state because being run into the ground move here but then because they are Democrats they can't figure out they should have left there failed ideas back where they came from.
Do I have to point out that the Senator's comments on the sequester were in the future tense? I'm no fan of Sen Reid, but at least criticize him for the stupid things he actually says (like the Romney tax returns).
I understand what you mean. We just wish he wouldn't have brought up the sequester at all. There really wasn't any reason to. I don't think the families really care to hear about politics when someone they loved just passed away.
A morter shell exploded. I doubt the morter was produced after the sequester and exploded due to shoddy workmanship as the result of budget cuts. Reid never misses an opportunity to smear the opposition though.
GET REAL .Will these fools will use anything that takes place in the near future and blame it on the sequester?Sure they will instead of finding a solution they hope to bring as much pain as possible to everyday Americans.Wise up people the fool obama often ask us to contact our representatives.Contact the Whitehouse and Reid tell them to stop the bull sh --.for numbers dial 1 800 fed-info 800 333-4636
Though his comments were not saying the sequester "directly" caused this training accident, Mr Reid needs to know that the context of his statement would be thought it was saying just that! Everybody needs to think before putting their mouth in gear....especially someone in Mr. Reid's position. Too bad Mr. Reid's "motor control" has been totally disconnected from his "motor mouth".
Reid is a real bottom feeder .... using this trajic event for political pandering is a disrespectful play the topic of sequester should never have been voiced at a time of sorror and reflection upon the death of seven Marines.
Well why doesn't Harry & the rest of his hogs on BOTH sides of the aisle including the 'Socialist in Chief' prove their patriotism by refusing all paychecks , per diems & free living & all airplane rides ? C'mon greedy pigs - put up or shut up .
AHHHH but the king and his court do not think on those lines.Barry will go at our expense to golf with tiger while our youth cannot tour the white house or have an easter egg hunt. This fool is beyond belief.
@spluvsjp Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson had some issues with his company and was expecting a Federal indictment. He went to his (then) friend John Swallow for help. Swallow turns to his friend Harry Reid (all LDS and longtime associates). Reid was chair of the committee who would be issuing the indictment in question. Johnson pays $600k in an alleged bribe to Reid's campaign war chest, brokered by Swallow.💰 After the pmt is received, Reid has the indictment issued anyway, Johnson is arrested by Feds and Swallow is elected Utah AG.😳 The only problem? Johnson has secret tapes. He suspected Reid would double cross him.😡 Sooo...now the Feds are investigating the entire matter- Reid, who says 'wha? who?',😇Swallow who is in it neck deep, and Johnson. That is one reason. *btw hi!👋hope ur super duper!*😊
I would like to know why Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were doing live fire training with mortars at an Army ammunition depot in Nevada instead of one of the Marine's own live fire training camps.
There is nothing odd about that. Over 40 years ago, I went to cold weather training at Fort Drum in New York and jungle training at Fort Sherman in Panama. They were both Amy bases and I was stationed at Camp Lejeune.
"Marines would not be forced to operate under unsafe conditions due to budget cuts."...but civilians can have criminals released onto the streets with them because of budget cuts. What a BS, double-standard, backbiting bunch of hypocrites we have for a government.