A week from now, the Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 goes into affect. That law requires approximately $1.2 trillion dollars in budget cuts over the next 10 years. Half of the cuts come from defense spending, and the other half are across-the-board cuts to every other federal program. Washington insiders have named these budget cuts the “sequester.”
Even though the Congressional Republicans passed the bill with twice as many Republicans voting for it as Democrats, Republicans have pulled out Mitt Romney’s famous Etch-A-Sketch and are trying to convince the American people this was all Obama’s fault. They are using coined terms referring to it as “Obama’s sequester,” or “the president’s sequester,” “Obamaquester.”
Republican leaders have been going on the air decrying “Obama’s sequester.” Speaker Boehner wrote an Op Ed saying the sequester was bad, it would hurt the economy, damage our national security, and kill jobs. He demanded that Obama fix it. His purpose was to make sure the public blames Obama when they get their pink slips next week.
Boehner and Republicans are playing the America people for fools. They think Americans do not know that Congress passes laws and budgets, and the president executes them. That is why Congress is called the” legislative branch” and the president heads the “executive” branch.
When the sequester bill was before the House, Boehner briefed Republicans in congress with a Power Point presentation telling them why the sequester was a good thing and urging them to vote yes.
So if Republicans feel the sequester they passed is so bad, why don’t they just pass a bill to fix it?
Limbaugh asks Republicans why they voted for sequester to begin with
Rush Limbaugh, the moral voice of the Republican Party, asked the same question. Limbaugh asked if the sequester was going to hurt national security, kill jobs, and damage the economy, why did they vote for it in the first place?
Limbaugh pointed out the hypocrisy of Republicans who not only passed the sequester in 2011, but bragged about doing so. Boehner said the he got “98% of what he wanted,” and indicated how happy he was to roll President Obama. Limbaugh said “this makes no sense."
When Republicans lose Rush on an issue, they are in trouble. Polls indicate the public isn't buying the Republican story either.
Republicans don’t want to fix problem they only want to blame Obama
Republicans control the House of Representatives where tax and spending issues must begin. They have de-facto control in the Senate because of the filibuster rules. So if they want to see the sequester changed or eliminated, they could do it.
They don’t want to fix it; they just want to blame Obama. They are on an insane and narcissistic effort to re-litigate last November’s election. They just can’t accept the fact Obama won and they lost. They can’t move on because they are stuck in the past.
Tea party Republicans think the spending cuts in the sequester are just the beginning. They have no interest in rolling them back. The rest of the Republicans in Congress are afraid that the Tea Party will run a primary opponent against them next election if they do anything to reduce those spending cuts. Since most Republican House members come from safe Republican seats, they do not fear a general election, only a primary.
So, Republicans are happy to see the sequester happen so long as they can blame it on Obama.
This is no way to run a government.