GOP also known as the Republican Party seems to have played an important part in the recently adopted cuts. While the republicans made it clear that they will not support a tax increase motion most GOP leaders consider the sequester cuts to be a good idea. President Obama has not made of secret of the fact that he blames the republicans for these cuts. According to the president the cuts were unnecessary and could easily have been avoided. These statements seem to have created a rift between the president and the Republican Party.
Republican Doug Lamborn admitted, “It’s hard to compete with the bully pulpit that the president has”
Under the circumstances the Republican Party struggles to stay united in their decision. Due to the White House Leader’s constant attacks it seems very hard for the ‘Grand Old Party’ to keep the public on their side. However if the sequester proves to be a productive solution and the republicans demonstrate that they can make wise economic decisions the balance could easily shift in their favor.
However, the debates between the president and the GOP leaders seem to be taking quite an ugly turn. It is starting to sound more and more like a struggle for power; it’s hard to determine which party has the nation’s best interest at heart. Republican leaders declared that they would not make an effort to stop the cuts unless the president comes with a counter offer to satisfy some of their demands.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan made the following statement:
“We are more than happy to keep spending at those levels going on into the future while we debate how to balance the budget, how to grow the economy, how to create economic opportunity.”
This statement was a little controversial and was not sustained by all republican leaders. It is such situations that pull back the Republican Party as well as the lack of unity between the leaders.
However, the Republicans seem to have a solid plan in order to prove the effectiveness of the sequester cuts. They are working on a bill that will fund government operations within the new approved budget. While this may seem like an optimum solution it is uncertain whether or not it will be approved. This is also creating chaos within the Republican Party. Some conservative leaders hoped that the sequester cuts will force the presidents hand into agreeing with their point of view. That being the matter, now that the cuts have eventually been issued they are not very happy about the cuts made in the Pentagon.
One would think than when America faces such difficult times republicans and democrats will find it in their heart to put their conflicts aside and find a solution that is in the nation’s best interest. However that does not seem to be the case, as negotiations only seem to fail. And to make matters even more severe there are conflicts even within the Republican Party. The GOP leaders are having a hard time agreeing with each other so one can only assume that compromises will not be made any time soon.