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Congress to Oakton and Virginia: 'Drop Dead'?

Speaking today in Virginia, President Obama targeted Congress for putting "games" over the jobs of tens of thousands of people in Virginia, and he asked for help to prevent sequestration. Here's how to contact your congressman.

President Obama dropped by Virginia on Tuesday, railed against Congress for yet another "manufactured crisis" — this time sequestration 2013 — and asked for help pressuring lawmakers to solve the budget impasse that could cost the state more than 200,000 jobs.

"If you agree with me, I need you to make sure your voices are heard," Obama told employees and television cameras at Newport News Shipbuilding. "Let your leaders know what you expect of them. Let them know what you believe."

The company receives Defense Department funding that's being threatened by drastic, mostly indiscriminate cuts that begin March 1 if no agreement is reached. Sen. Mark Warner has already warned that sequestration will be "worse than you imagine."

In addition to the potential job losses, Obama warned that under sequestration 18,000 fewer Virginians will get the skills and training they need to find jobs; 2,000 Virginia college students will lose financial aid; and early education programs will be eliminated for 1,000 children.

The president said Republicans in Congress have put more stock in playing games than in saving the jobs of those in Virginia and elsewhere around the country.

"This work, along with hundreds of thousands of jobs, are currently in jeopardy because of politics in Washington," Obama said. 

Translated, it brings to mind the infamous New York Daily News headline that followed Gerald Ford's refusal to bail out New York City from bankruptcy. The headline: "Ford to New York: Drop Dead."

Whoever is right or wrong, whoever is playing games or not, there's no doubt that even the prospect of sequestration is bad for Virginia. So, if you'd like to contact your government representatives, click on their names below:

Anoneemous February 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM
If Obama and the Congress can't cut spending the smart way, then there is nothing left except to cut it the dumb way. Remember, the top dude in the big house is responsible for what happens or fails to happen. Great job Mr. President! :-((
joanna walker February 27, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Only Congress can pass a budget. It is the President's job to suggest, lobby for what he believes in and sign or veto the bill once Congress has decided. Right now, Congress is unable to come up with spending cuts. In my opinion, it's the Republicans who have signed a "no new taxes" pledge that are unwilling to compromise and thus have stymied efforts to get anything done. If we go over the sequestration cliff, I'll blame the do nothing Republicans in Congress.
John Reichert February 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM
We need a President, from either party, who says " The Buck Stops Here "., and not one that blames ALL problems on someone else.
John February 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM
$85 Billion - the Feds waste several times that every year. How about everyone in the Federal Government taking a 10% pay cut for starters - including retirees with lavish pensions. Also, the average Federal Employee has no concept of economics. The government doesn't create the money supply the private sector does. Although the Fed has been creating $85B a month to buy mortgage securities. The number sound familiar doesn't it. It is so out of control nobody really knows the truth.
Rebecca February 28, 2013 at 01:33 AM
The top dude in the White House could care less what happens. It is all in his deceptive plan to fundamentally change this country. Heck, he can go play golf at $1000.00/round & play with Tiger Woods - what does he care about us???
Rebecca February 28, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Well, you are wrong. We do not need to increase taxes. We need to CUT spending! What do you do when you have financially hard times at home? You have to cut down somewhere in your budget - it is common sense, which is not too common I guess.
Rebecca February 28, 2013 at 01:35 AM
For sure. Now who will Obama blame for these past four years??? He can only blame himself.

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