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Will GOP Fumble Away Guaranteed Sequester Victory?
Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

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 I’m 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 GOP’s sequester strategy, which is based on the inconsistent message that it should happen, but that it’s 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 Boehner’s 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 isn’t the ideal way to trim the burden of government spending, but that it’s 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 driver’s 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.

  1. No tax increases, since more money for Washington will encourage a bigger burden of government and undermine prosperity.
  2. To stop bailouts for Europe’s decrepit welfare states, no more money for the International Monetary Fund.
  3. Reform the biased number-crunching methodology at the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation.
  4. No more money from American taxpayers to subsidize the left-wing bureaucrats at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  5. Defund the crony capitalists at the Export-Import Bank.

I’m 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 it’s really a hot tub.


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1 posted on 02/22/2013 3:17:57 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If it can be fumbled, this GOP will do it.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 3:20:00 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: Kaslin

Never underestimate the ability of The Stoopid Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


3 posted on 02/22/2013 3:20:23 PM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Kaslin

Does a bear... oh do I even have to ask it?


4 posted on 02/22/2013 2:42:17 PM PST by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Kaslin

They don’t call them the stupid party for nothing. If there is a way, they will throw victory into the jaws of defeat.


5 posted on 02/22/2013 2:42:43 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: izzatzo

Yep. The question is, is there anything they HAVEN’T fumbled away? Nothing comes to mind.


6 posted on 02/22/2013 2:45:42 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin

Count ON IT!


7 posted on 02/22/2013 2:46:52 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Kaslin

It’s what they do.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 2:49:02 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Kaslin

Does the sun usually rise in the east?

Pray for America


9 posted on 02/22/2013 2:49:45 PM PST by bray (Welcome to Obamaville)
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Will GOP Fumble Away Guaranteed Sequester Victory?

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/Uh_Yeah.mp3


10 posted on 02/22/2013 3:03:11 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Just as corrupt as the rats


11 posted on 02/22/2013 3:09:38 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: Kaslin
First, before any discussion of the merits of whatever this is about ~ if anything, although the percentage is very small ~ for all of us out in REAL LIFE a billion bucks is a billion bucks is a billion bucks, so all of this is huge!

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

12 posted on 02/22/2013 3:14:05 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin
Will GOP Fumble Away Guaranteed Sequester Victory?

Oooh. This is an incredibly tough question. Hmmm. Lemme think about this a sec.

Yes.
13 posted on 02/22/2013 3:14:05 PM PST by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Pray for the America!)
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14 posted on 02/22/2013 3:14:59 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Kaslin
Not to worry.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is what the Gutless Old Party specializes in!

15 posted on 02/22/2013 3:39:16 PM PST by Gritty (The 2nd Amendment protects the right to shoot tyrants effectively, not deer-Judge A. Napolitano)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“They don’t 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.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 3:43:48 PM PST by dljordan (Voltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: All

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.


17 posted on 02/22/2013 3:57:07 PM PST by Owen
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To: Kaslin
With McCain, Graham, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor et al., a fumble is guaranteed if not just their usual handing the ball to the other team.
18 posted on 02/22/2013 4:12:16 PM PST by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: Kaslin

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.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 5:28:39 PM PST by berdie
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To: Kaslin
What really matters, though, is in the driver’s seat in this battle. They can win…but only if they want to.

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.

20 posted on 02/22/2013 5:47:50 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Kaslin
I expect Boehner to tell us he "reached the best deal he could get" and raise "revenues" in fairly short order.

And once again he and his cronies will expect us to trust them.

21 posted on 02/22/2013 6:54:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin

Dog and pony show. Face-time for frauds. Look at the chart. Bipartisan bullcrap presented as bickering bureaucrats.

BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM. “Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat

http://www.usdebtclock.org

Send the gang of 537 + SCOTUS (and former looters) a notice of “Debt Collection” from CIRS (Citizens Internal Revenue Service)

DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic. DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.

live - free - republic


22 posted on 02/23/2013 12:32:17 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Kaslin

Yes


23 posted on 02/23/2013 1:16:43 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Kaslin

“that will be a very dismal sign that the folks who came to DC thinking it was a cesspool ...”

And who among the BoehnerRomneyNominators would that be?


24 posted on 02/23/2013 2:09:11 AM PST by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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