Do we have to cut the budget? Yes. What is primarily causing our explosive debt and deficits? Entitlements. Are Entitlements even touched with Sequestraion? No, they are completely exempt. Has Defense already been cut? Yes. Will Sequestration hurt the economy? Very much, perhaps 2 million jobs - GPD just shrank 0.1% due mostly to a 22.1% drop in Defense spending before Sequestration. You can't reform the budget while exempting 2/3rds of the most spending and explosive growth.
Paul Ryan goes on Meet the Press last weeks, smirks, and embraces Sequestration.
Eight months ago, Paul Ryan wrote this article with Rep McKeon:
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what is known in politics as a "flip flop."
Because Ryan and Boehner were the worst negotiators since the Native-Americans who sold the Dutch Manhattan island for $14.00, he wants to embrace gutting Defense via Sequestration.
The GOP is dumber than I thought.
1. Obama can now blame all near future economic bad news on Republicans, and he will be at least partially correct.
2. Obama and the Demcocrats will blame future military weakness on Republicans, and they will be at least partially correct.
Hey, Ryan and Boehner, it wasn't Defense that signed off on the Unicorn Hope that some "Super Committee" chaired by John Kerry, Patty Murry, and James Clyburn would reform Entitlements because Congress refused to. Oh, and great formula there Paul - Defense is 17% of the budget but takes 50% of the Sequestration cuts.
This body was such a joke that the Democrats walked out of the "negotiations" and laughed at the Republicans while they did it.
Now, we have a member of the Obama administration going on the Sunday talk ahows making more sense than our recent VP nominee and the head of the House Budget Committe.
Sequestration: What happens when 536 people decide not to nut up.
1) Sequestration is a done deal. It will happen. Panetta knows this perfectly well.
2) Panetta is telling our enemies: The USA is about to get noticeably weaker; get ready -- now is your chance!
3) Panetta is telling the American people: If you see us refuse to actually use our military, if you see Obama hang back from conflict, if you see us being weak, just blame it all on sequestration; we didn't want it to happen -- really! I swear! -- but unfortunately we just have to be pacifists now and let crazy communists and jihadists run wild without opposition.
Sequestration was designed and authored by Obama’s crew. It’s laughable that they are upset about it now and trying to make the Republicans culpable.
Wasn’t it Obama that demanded sequestration? And wasn’t it Reid who tabled a bill passed by the GOP House that would avoid it?
The defense budget needs to be slashed along with the rest and this is a start.
Well, Leon, I’m sure you can talk your boss into preventing it.
Didn’t the democrats vote for the sequestration bill? Didn’t Obama happily sign it?
Why did the democrats support a bill that is so bad? Now they want republicans to save them from their own bill?
Your post is a great exposition of my ambivalence about Paul Ryan.
At one point I thought he was a real stalwart, and I was very pleasantly surprised when Romney picked him instead of a get-along-to-go-along type.
Too often, though, as you detail, he seems to have “gone native” with the Beltway culture.