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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he hates the sequester:
I don't want to live with the sequester. I want reductions in spending that make sense. These indiscriminate reductions do not make sense.
But he doesn't hate it enough to repeal it or replace it with something Democrats and Republicans can agree on. As a result, he says, Republicans will move forward with the sequester.
And we're going to hurt a lot of people. And it's up to the president, really, to act now.
So Eric Cantor, who voted for the sequester in the first place, now says it doesn't make any sense. He says he'd like to replace it, but only with spending cuts that target Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social insurance programs. Cantor says that unless Democrats agree to such cuts, Republicans will move forward with implementing the sequester—even though doing so will "hurt a lot of people."
In other words, Eric Cantor has outlined the GOP position on the sequester: hurt a lot of people—or hurt even more people. Too bad they won't consider the one option that wouldn't hurt anybody: repealing the sequester.
Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:57 AM PST.