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If House Speaker John Boehner really thought the sequester was a political winner, the last thing he'd be doing is calling it "the president's sequester" and creating the hashtag "#Obamaquester."

House GOP has voted to replace the president’s sequester twice. Here’s why, courtesy @whitehouse: http://j.mp/...  #obamaquester
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Something tells me Boehner doesn't want people to remember that he once claimed to have gotten 98 percent of what he wanted in the deal creating the sequester. He certainly doesn't want people to remember that he recently said the GOP's willingness to embrace the sequester represented their ultimate "leverage" in negotiating with President Obama to cut Social Security and Medicare.

In fact, for a guy who thinks the sequester is such bad news that he'd rather blame it on President Obama than take credit for it himself, the real question is this: Why won't Boehner do the rational thing and agree to repeal it?

If you think jobs and the economy should be job number one and that we should repeal the sequester instead of replacing it with cuts to social insurance programs, please co-sign the letter to President Obama and congressional leaders urging them to oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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  •  #obamaquester srsly? (9+ / 0-)

    Leave it to a guy whose name is Boehner to come up with a word that will cause you to have to run to the bank when you need to buy a vowel to finish the word. This should win stupid word of the year. You sound like an idiot just for trying to use it.

  •  Sounds like more (6+ / 0-)

    Kabuki theater coming up.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:34:23 PM PST

    •  This is what I am thinking... (2+ / 0-)
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      Jason Hackman, Mr MadAsHell

      Although, there is a good chance that they will kick real spending cuts down the road for a few more months.  The whole thing is depressingly dysfunctional.  It would be one thing if we had an FDR firebrand in office saying, "Jobs are the number one priority - NOT THE DEFICIT."  But, instead we've got a Clintonite talking about 'shared sacrifice'.  

      'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

      by RichM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:05:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Not convinced (3+ / 0-)
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        RichM, Mr MadAsHell, SEAlifeguard

        I think this sounds less like 'we're going to dance around and in the end kick the can down the road' and more like, 'okay, it looks like we're going to have to let the sequester happen, because more than half of the Republican party is too insane even to take YES for an answer, so let's see how we can minimize the political damage to the party after we succeed in royally fucking the economy for another four years.'

        I.e., blame everything on Obama.

        •  Right... (1+ / 0-)
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          Mr MadAsHell

          When the sequester happens and the economy tanks (which will happen if the sequester takes place), then Obama and the Dems get the blame.

          'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

          by RichM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:44:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  It's Their Baby Too (0+ / 0-)

            "When the sequester happens and the economy tanks (which will happen if the sequester takes place), then Obama and the Dems get the blame."

            They will if they sit on their dead butts and do nothing -- and rightly so.  The sad fact is that we are stuck with what we have in both parties -- unless someone wants to start the parade of recalls -- and all we can do is hope that someone in the Democratic Party laps up some of FDR's DNA -- or at least some of his courage.  But far too many Democrats in D. C. are just hunky-dory doing kissy-face with the Republicans.  And as long as they wish to do that, they deserve equal blame for whatever the sequester does to this country.

          •  Respectfully, RichM, don't forget that Republicans (0+ / 0-)

            wanted to repeal the sequester (which should happen), and in November 2011 President Obama announced in a Press Conference that the would "veto attempts to repeal the sequester."

            Here's an excerpt from the Forbes piece entitled "Obama: I Will Veto Attempts To Get Rid Of Automatic Spending Cuts," and a link.

            President Barack Obama gave a press conference after the Supercommittee officially admitted it failed to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion in budget spending over the next 10 years. Obama told reporters he would veto any attempt to get rid of the automatic cuts which are set to kick in as a part of the sequester proposition, which will be triggered unless Congress reaches over the next year.

            Mollie

            "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

            "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

            by musiccitymollie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:08:38 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  As usual, Krugman weighs in with this (0+ / 0-)

        article in today's NYT:

        Kick the Can

        The most violent element in society is ignorance.

        by Mr MadAsHell on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:54:41 PM PST

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  •  Well it was (0+ / 0-)

    the Administration's idea. He can't take credit for it.

  •  We need some PAC money to run ads showing (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Boner taking credit for "98% of what he wanted". Because Hades knows the MSM will gladly refer to the sequester as the President's. After all, Obama didn't veto it -- it must be "his"!

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:34:44 PM PST

    •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

      It's not far from the truth.  Obama has been trying to get some sort of 'Grand Bargain' with a bunch of bad faith actors since day one.  He DID agree to the sequester thinking that nobody would want it, so it would be incentive to come to the table to get his Grand Bargain.  With no evidence that it would work.  And it hasn't.

      'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

      by RichM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:08:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  174 GOP reps voted for sequester, only 95 Dems (19+ / 0-)

    http://politics.nytimes.com/...

    Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Issa...  pretty much every prominent Republican in the House voted for the sequester.  The few Republicans voting no were marginal back-benchers like Todd Akin and Joe Wilson.

    Sorry, Agent Orange.  Your fingerprints are all over the sequester.

    Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

    by MJB on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:35:16 PM PST

  •  Boehner do the rational thing? (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    Boehner, rational, now that's an oxymoron

    Jesus was a bleeding heart liberal

    by BeeClone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:42:48 PM PST

  •  Boehner Must Hate The Internet..... (7+ / 0-)

    It's not like the old days.  Politicians used to be able to get away w/ stuff like this.  Now everyone has their own PC & does their own research.  We no longer have to depend on our shyster politicians to tell us whatsup.

    Poor baby....he's such a little liar.

    •  Well, yeah (0+ / 0-)

      But when my mother-in-law calls "Snopes" a hippie commie plot the problem with "everyone doing their own research" is the quality of that research. The birthers, baggers, and Boners of the world are going to find ways to blame the sequester solely on Obama. And don't expect the media to do anything resembling their job. The lying, crying, giant Oompa-Loompa knows full well he could get away with labeling this Obama's problem.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:46:46 PM PST

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  •  It's Chinatown, Jed (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell

    "Orange Terror Alert" Boehner spotted in SF Chinatown last Friday

    A savvy citizen asked the Orange One "to help the president make some real changes." Boehner "beat a hasty retreat," says Perry, "and our table exploded with applause."

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:43:21 PM PST

  •  Dems need to run the 98% clip - (4+ / 0-)
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    hlsmlane, JML9999, Losty, Deep Texan

    This sans the christmas crap added by the uploaded.  

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:43:52 PM PST

  •  Could the GOP's alternative even pass now? (4+ / 0-)
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    TomP, Aquarius40, RichM, Deep Texan

    I noted in the midday open thread, their sequester replacement passed 215-209 last year.

    This Congress has 8 more Democrats.

  •  #republicanssuckdogshitathashtags (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Aquarius40

    This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: [http://www.myspace.com/beetwasher]

    by Beetwasher on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:49:21 PM PST

  •  The makings of bad theater go on and on. (2+ / 0-)
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    RichM, Mr MadAsHell

    We collude in it and the country suffers.

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:53:55 PM PST

  •  My thought (0+ / 0-)
    In fact, for a guy who thinks the sequester is such bad news that he'd rather blame it on President Obama than take credit for it himself, the real question is this: Why won't Boehner do the rational thing and agree to repeal it?
    This is typical republican bull puckey; they're trying to have it both ways . . . again.
    •  Because he doesn't think it's bad news (1+ / 0-)
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      a2nite

      I don't think he really dislikes it. I think he thinks the public will dislike it, especially when it brings the economy crashing back down, but I think he actually loves it.

      Basically, he knows that if it should go into effect, then the House will immediately pass a supplemental bill adding money to the Defense budget. If the Democrats somehow mustered up the spine to block it, then the Republicans would have a really big stick to beat them with. If they didn't, then he gets exactly what he wants: more major cuts to government, no tax increases, and no cuts to defense.

      But it will be horribly unpopular with the public. Thus the effort to rebrand it with Obama's name. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it worked.

    •  See my comment above. Republicans wanted to (0+ / 0-)

      repeal it, but the President announced in a Press Conference, for cryin' out loud, that he would "veto" the bill.

      See the excerpt and link above, please.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:10:53 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republican austerity (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Caniac41, skillet, Losty

    Do we need any more proof that the policies of forced austerity and spending reductions are worthless, pointless, and damaging our economy? Americans need real, good-paying jobs, not a lecture from the Tea Party, John Boehner and other Washington insiders about how we need to cut back and make do with the status quo. That attitude is offensive and is insidiously anti-growth. The GOP's reckless partisanship is dangerous for our country and is tantamount to political sabotage to rank our economy and hurt working Americans.    -  progressive

  •  is anybody using #98% yet? (0+ / 0-)

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:13:34 PM PST

  •  Greg Sargent has details on a Dem offer to replace (0+ / 0-)
  •  Sequester....oh....the suspense is killing me.... (0+ / 0-)

    Get out of the way Boner.....you're irrelevant in this process.

  •  A: He's waiting for Obama to give in. (3+ / 0-)
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    Losty, Bailey2001, Fred Fnord
    Why won't Boehner do the rational thing and agree to repeal it?
    Obama offered chained CPI when he didn't have to, he offered to raise the limit on tax hikes to 400k when he didn't have to, Democrats folded on fillibuster reform when they didn't have to. Seems like Boehner is doing the rational thing when Democrats have Republicans cornered with no chance of escape: wait for Democrats to cave and make sacrifices they don't have to.

    Democrats are awful negotiators and Republicans know it.

  •  If it was Obama's idea then just get rid of it. (0+ / 0-)

    Would be nice to keep the defense cuts though.

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:47:29 PM PST

    •  Tell the President that. He's the one who has (0+ / 0-)

      threatened a "veto."

      Please see link and excerpt above.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:16:31 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  He was flabbergasted (0+ / 0-)

    what a tool.

  •  yup, they got nuthin (0+ / 0-)

    once they folded on the fiscal cliff, it was over.

    we're moving on.  so is the country.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 02:16:38 PM PST

  •  It's the GOP's Baby (0+ / 0-)

    "Why won't Boehner do the rational thing and agree to repeal it?"

    The best thing that Kos and the Progressive media can do is keep on beating this still-living horse.  The "sequester" is indeed the GOP's baby, and the country needs to be kept informed of this fact.  It seems to me that if the GOP REALLY hated the sequester, they would set the machinery in motion to repeal it.  The fact that they have not done so screams volumes.

    •  Please read comment and link above to piece (0+ / 0-)

      entitled "Obama: I Will Veto Attempts To Get Rid Of Automatic Spending Cuts."

      Thanks.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:20:46 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  A relative of mine works for the Feds and came (0+ / 0-)

    home today with a notice from the deputy commissioner of said agency about a possible temporary furlough because of this sequester nonsense.  Not cool.  

    •  Look, no one wants them, but for Pete's Sake, (0+ / 0-)

      furloughs and RIFS (Reductions-In-Force) or cuts to job positions, occurred in cycles, constantly during the 1980's (I know, I worked for DOD, and was lucky to always escape the hatchet during RIFs, although I took numerous "furloughs.")  This is (or was) a very common budgetary tool.  That's all.

      Bear in mind, I'm talking about numerous furloughs and RIF's during both of President Ronald Reagan's two terms, folks.  It's not the end of the world.  Again, IT IS A COMMON BUDGETARY TOOL!  

      The near hysteria that I see in some comments (not yours), is rather mind-boggling.  

      I'm guessing that it comes from folks who haven't worked for the federal government, especially DOD.

      Another budgetary tool is "freezing wages."  The President did that several years ago.  Again, it is a common budgetary practice to do this.  It has happened time and time and time again, over the years.  I also had that happen to me (along with RIFs and furloughs).

      Heck, many folks I knew were tickled with a furlough--it's extra time off.  Personally, I never knew anyone who suffered a major financial catastrophe over 2-5 days unpaid leave.  Seriously.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:37:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Glad you said "not yours" :) (1+ / 0-)
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        musiccitymollie

        Yeah I told my relative not to worry about it too much, that it would be irresponsible for the "powers that be" not to make everyone aware of the possibilities.  Some of the people in his department who have been around for awhile said the last time it happened they were out for 2-3 weeks.  And you are right some people did think of it as time off.

        I told him I doubted it would happen.  After reading the WhiteHouse.gov article I was reminded it's tax season!  Refund checks don't write themselves.  Those Americans looking for their refund checks are going to be sorely disappointed.  I don't think anyone in Washington is ready for that sort of backlash.

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