Skip to comments.Will GOP Fumble Away Guaranteed Sequester Victory?
Posted on 02/22/2013 3:17:53 PM PST by Kaslin
Notwithstanding hysterical rhetoric from the White House, the bureaucracies, and the various pro-spending lobbies in Washington, the sequester does not mean vicious or draconian spending cuts.
I wish that was the case.
All it does is restrain spending so that it grows by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years rather than $2.5 trillion. We need a much greater degree of fiscal discipline to address the long-term spending crisis including some real entitlement reform.
But the sequester is certainly better than doing nothing.
My concern, though, is that feckless and incompetent Republicans will fumble away victory. I explain in this Larry Kudlow interview that doing nothing is the right approach since the sequester happens automatically, but Im worried that this very modest step in the right direction will be eroded as part of subsequent spending bills.Dan Mitchell Explaining Why Congress Should Take the Sequester
On a related note, Byron York of the Washington Examiner is rather perplexed by the GOPs sequester strategy, which is based on the inconsistent message that it should happen, but that its bad.
Boehner calls the cuts deep, when most conservatives emphasize that for the next year they amount to about $85 billion out of a $3,600 billion budget. Which leads to another question: Why would Boehner adopt the Democratic description of the cuts as deep when they would touch such a relatively small part of federal spending? The effect of Boehners argument is to make Obama seem reasonable in comparison. After all, the president certainly agrees with Boehner that the sequester cuts threaten national security and jobs. The difference is that Obama wants to avoid them. At the same time, Boehner is contributing to Republican confusion on the question of whether the cuts are in fact deep or whether they are relatively minor. Could the GOP message on the sequester be any more self-defeating?
My two cents is that fiscal conservatives should argue that sequestration isnt the ideal way to trim the burden of government spending, but that its the only option since President Obama is refusing to look at any alternatives unless they are based on class-warfare tax hikes and phony entitlement gimmicks.
What really matters, though, is in the drivers seat in this battle. They can win but only if they want to.
Every so often, I issue imperious edicts about things that Republicans should do to demonstrate that they genuinely support limited government.
Im not naive enough to think that GOPers actually care about my demands, but I certainly think the sequester is a gut-check moment for Republicans.
If they capitulate to Obama in the short run, or if they wipe out the sequester savings as part of subsequent spending bills, that will be a very dismal sign that the folks who came to DC thinking it was a cesspool have instead decided that its really a hot tub.
If it can be fumbled, this GOP will do it.
Never underestimate the ability of The Stoopid Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Does a bear... oh do I even have to ask it?
They don’t call them the stupid party for nothing. If there is a way, they will throw victory into the jaws of defeat.
Yep. The question is, is there anything they HAVEN’T fumbled away? Nothing comes to mind.
Count ON IT!
It’s what they do.
Does the sun usually rise in the east?
Pray for America
Will GOP Fumble Away Guaranteed Sequester Victory?
Just as corrupt as the rats
In general most people have never come into contact with a billion dollars ~ so it's one of those numbers it's difficult to wrap your warm and fuzzies around.
Here's a nearby intersection that cost $1,000,000,000 ~ >http://potomaclocal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Springfield-Mixing-bowl.jpg
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is what the Gutless Old Party specializes in!
“They dont call them the stupid party for nothing. If there is a way, they will throw victory into the jaws of defeat.”
They’re not stupid, they’re bought.
The article has it wrong.
The numbers are what they are. The Sequester is only 80B this year but it’s going to be more and more each year for 10.
But even that doesn’t matter. The article seems to be a lot of no doubt written on deadline text about whether or not “deep” is a good word.
If you call the cuts shallow and trivial, then the DoD workers losing their jobs vote elsewhere. If you sound sympathetic, you at least might persuade them you didn’t enjoy firing them.
Forgive my negative cynicism but I am of the opinion this whole issue was decided long ago (as many others have been).
What we are seeing is political theater.
They won't (win)...because they don't want to (win)
Hoping the Pubbies will grow principles and spines is like hoping a pregnancy will go away all on its own.
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