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  •  Bottom line is (1+ / 0-)
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    JerryNA

    Lew came up with an awful last-ditch idea to resolve the crisis and Congress voted to approve it and the President signed it but let's not make any mistake about this.  If the Republicans had just voted to raise the debt ceiling in 2011 like they had done multiple times- and with no conditions- under George W. Bush and every other President before him, we wouldn't even be here right now.  I don't really blame Lew for his proposal, given that it finally helped seal the deal to get the debt ceiling raised but obviously he had a lot more faith in Congress to figure out and agree upon a replacement for the sequester than what was warranted but then again, Congress hasn't really been functioning as intended since at least 2009 either, particularly in the Senate, so..........................:facepalm:

    •  Lew miscalcuated (2+ / 0-)
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      JerryNA, VClib

      The defense cuts were in there because Lew, and the Administration, figured that the Republicans will back off on the other cuts, and maybe even agree to tax hikes, in order to avoid those defense cuts.  

      Well, the President got them to agree to tax hikes in a way that was not linked to getting rid of the sequester.  And they've called the administration's bluff on letting the defense cuts go through.  Lew's miscalculation was not realizing how far Republicans would be willing to go to keep those cuts in the sequester.  He expected them to compromise to save the defense budget, and they aren't doing that.  

      •  Still (1+ / 0-)
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        JerryNA

        A majority of Republicans in the House and Senate voted for this and Boehner told everybody that he got 98% of what they wanted, so all their moaning about the sequester is a bit hypocritical IMHO

        •  Both sides are hypocritical, in my opinion (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          The President is being hypocritical for complaining that something his administration proposed is now unacceptable, and the House Republicans are equally hypocritical in complaining about something they agreed to go along with.  

          Neither side has any standing to complain about the sequester, since they were both complicit in putting it in place.  

          •  Both sides ARE to blame (0+ / 0-)

            I can't argue that point and, yeah, both sides are being somewhat hypocritical about the whole thing but if they seriously wanted it to go away, all they have to do is pass a quick bill eliminating the sequester.  Republicans, however, seem to think that they now have President Obama and the Democrats over a barrel.  What happens if the sequester goes into effect remains to be seen.  I ultimately will hold the Republicans more responsible for whatever mess occurs as a result of the sequester, however, since they decided to pull the hostage-taking over the debt ceiling that prompted the creation of the BCA in the first place.  If the Republicans had wanted to be responsible about cutting spending, they would've raised the debt ceiling and kept working separately with President Obama and Democrats on spending cuts (and accepted some revenue increases).  We have GOT to get Republicans out of any serious control of Congress or we are simply doomed.  :puke:

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