The Obama budget cuts are topping national internet searches this weekend as the Huffington Post reported this Friday, March 1, that President Obama recently blamed the Republican Party for Congress’ failure to reach an agreement and instead implement the sequester cuts, calling these budget cuts both “arbitrary” as well as “dumb.”
The original political news headline read, “Obama calls sequester cuts ‘Dumb’ and ‘Arbitrary,’ blames inflexibly GOP,” describing President Obama’s annoyance that the automatic budget reductions called sequestration as unnecessary.
"At a time when our business has finally begun to get some traction, hiring new workers, and bringing jobs back to America, we shouldn't be making dumb, arbitrary cuts to things that businesses depend on and workers depend on like education and research and infrastructure and defense," Obama said. "It's unnecessary, and at a time when too many Americans are still looking for work, it's inexcusable."
The Obama budget cuts headline and the President’s comments this Friday came after the U.S. Senate decided to vote down plans to avoid sequestration, instead putting government and economical reductions in spending into effect with the President’s signature. The sequestration outcome was no surprise, as the deficit-reduction plan was unpopular (originally requiring over $1.2 trillion in budget cuts throughout the next decade) following a “blame game,” added the report.
President Obama criticized the GOP for choosing to not accept the Democratic replacement package that comprised of revenue-raising plans, spending cuts, and programs that would close tax loopholes. The Republican party reportedly would not allow any tax revenues on the table, and instead filibustered the Democratic proposal. There was a failure for a counterproposal majority as well, which would have given the President the ability to use the budget cuts in ways the Obama Administration felt was most appropriate.
"As long as the sequester is in place, we'll know that that economic news could have been better if Congress had not failed to act," Obama said. "And let's be clear, none of this is necessary. It's happening because of a choice that Republicans in Congress have made."