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House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans hold press conference aimed at blaming President Obama for the sequester with a sign reading
Simple idea for GOP: If you don't want to get blamed for the sequester, then get rid of it.
But if you do want to get blamed, create stupid Twitter hash tags like #Obamaquester.
I can understand the logic of saying President Barack Obama is wrong to warn about the negative consequences of following through with the sequester because it won't be so bad, although I disagree with that view. And I can also understand the logic of saying that the sequester will have bad consequences and that President Obama deserves all the blame for it—though I disagree with that as well.

What I can't understand is the logic behind saying both of those things at the same time, as Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) did in an interview with ABC News:

“It really is sad. The president’s stock in trade is political games, and this is another political game he’s playing,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., vice chairman of the House Budget Committee, told ABC News. “It results in greater cynicism on the part of the public, and none of the things he’s saying are true. And people recognize this — it’s 2-and-a-half cents on every dollar.”

Price said the president is exaggerating the impact of cuts that amount to less than 2.5 percent of federal spending — an estimated $85 billion this year, out of a federal budget in the neighborhood of $3.5 trillion.

Moreover, Price said, the public will wind up blaming the president — notwithstanding polling that suggests the opposite for now. While many Republicans are on record preferring alternatives to the across-the-board cuts, they also argue that the president could mitigate their impact if he so chose.

“People know that if bad things occur, it’s because the president wants them to occur,” Price said. “The president is the president. He’s in charge of the government. He has the authority right now to make sure bad things don’t happen.”

Oh, and one other thing for Rep. Price to consider: when it comes to spending money, Congress is in charge—not the president. If he's not aware of that, perhaps he ought to take a look at Article I, Section 8 of a little document called the United States Constitution.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:35 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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    •  After years of waiting for actual exploding heads (17+ / 0-)

      I think we have to accept the fact Republicans thrive on contradictions. In fact, without them they might cease to exist. For example, tax cuts increase revenue. Then you've got your circular logic -- like by not letting the EPA regulate toxins it must mean those toxins aren't a problem because if they were the EPA would be allowed to regulate them. And, of course, the classic Orwellian thinking that waging war creates peace.

      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 Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:45:51 AM PST

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      •  Well, Obama does have the platinum coin. nt (2+ / 0-)
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        Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

        by hestal on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:26:09 AM PST

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        •  spare the change we can live with (2+ / 0-)
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          Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

          by annieli on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:58:31 AM PST

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        •  Why Not Kill Sequester Now? (0+ / 0-)

          Why Obama refuses to kill the Sequester

          Sheriff Bill Black:

          Both sides seem remarkably confident in their contradictory views, which suggests that there is more here than meets the eye. Notice how Bowles and Simpson have been hauled out of mothballs, and how the bipartisan plutocratic Fix the Debt messaging has ratcheted up? As the Democrats and Republicans play Punch and Judy with each other, the real effort will be to come up with a backroom deal on cutting Social Security and Medicare enticing enough to get the Republicans to persuade their recalcitrant members to accept some token tax increases to secure a much bigger prize.

          But unless both sides get lucky and the sequester produces serious bad photo images (airport lines? parents stuck due to the cessation of federally funded daycare? noise about tax refunds arriving later than usual? slashing of support for low income groups, like rental assistance programs and Head Start? ) it likely be at least a month before there is any economic effect (which means at least another three weeks beyond that before a deal is agreed upon).

          Even then, the blowback may not support the political classes’ desire for a middle-class fleecing deal. For instance, in the extract above, the Republican strategists seem to believe the public thinks reducing military spending is bad. In fact, polls show the public overwhelmingly favors curbing military spending over cutting Social Security and Medicare. And ironically if the armed forces cut the use of contractors (which is where reductions are expected to fall most heavily) those might also fall on overseas activities, which would blunt the domestic economic impact. And what if, mirabile dictu, the public starts realizing that government provides programs they like (this was one of the ironies Matt Taibbi tore into with Tea Partiers, that they were against government yet firmly dependent on it, with many members on Medicare)? If that idea began to dawn on more of the public, it could have meaningful long-term ramifications.

          The motives are so obvious, and yet most here do not see it or worse, refuse to act on it.
      •  ontheleftcoast--you nailed it! nt (1+ / 0-)
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        Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

        by Mayfly on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:55:46 AM PST

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    •  They're not even trying... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...to make sense anymore.

      The president is in charge of the government...but the GOP would scream bloody murder if he attempted to circumvent the congress.

      WTF? They're not even trying to make any sense anymore.

      GOP Motto: The rich don't have nearly enough and the poor have way too much.

      by DawnG on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:36:26 AM PST

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  •  They're dim, Jed! n/t (21+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:46:48 AM PST

  •  The nice thing about predictions is that they (9+ / 0-)

    cannot be proved as either false or true. Moreover, predicting disaster has the advantage that, if it proves false in the event, those affected will be glad, and if it proves accurate, the predicter can say "I told you so."

    Price has apparently covered all the bases. He'll come off looking good, as long as we ignore that Congress is supposed to manage our resources, including the currency, and rationing is not management when what is being rationed is in plentiful supply.  Never mind that rationing anything has been proven time after time to have negative results because it prompts people to hoard.
    Hoarding perishable substances exposes them to the hazards of rust, mold and other kinds of natural deterioration and these negative consequences likely prompt people to give the hoarding up. Hoarding dollars has no such natural brake.  So, people (including corporate organizations) are likely to continue hoarding until they feel safe. The Congress rationing even more does not do that. If nothing else, we need to tax the hoarders to increase the flow of the currency and provide the assurance that they'll get more.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:47:22 AM PST

  •  If the public does blame Obama for any part of (6+ / 0-)

    the sequester, it will be because he and other moderates speak out of both sides of their mouth on austerity.

    They give credence to the notion that we must cut spending and the deficit, even though doing so will hurt the "recovery", which should be recognized as the primary economic priority on EVERY DEMOCRAT'S LIPS. After all, let's not forget that the recovery is dubious at best when it means that those "recovering" their jobs are having to trade down on wages, because 121% of the recovery is going to the 1%. Really? Working for less money is okay because at least you're working??? That's progress??? Only if trying to maintain an edge on the political score is more important than reality; you know, um, that which actually affects people.

    Personally, I believe most people will believe that the Republicans are more to blame in the short term -- but if the "recovery" continues to translate poorly on most people's lives a year from now -- that may not be of much benefit for 2014 elections.

    An infinite number of more and better Democratic legislators will make little substantive difference in the Class and Climate Wars.

    by Words In Action on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:48:14 AM PST

  •  He Means the 2014 Midterm Voters, Not All the (10+ / 0-)

    public.

    They totally nailed the last midterm being crazy like this.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:48:18 AM PST

  •  President Obama should request network time (4+ / 0-)
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    from Thursday night around 9pm for an Oval Office address.  

    The GOP are trying to convince the Dems that they are okay with these cuts because they think it improves their negotiating position if the WH and Dems believe them.  Do you think the MIC and the COC are okay with these cuts?

    What do you think the GOP would have said/done if the Dems tried to cut military funding alone with these cuts back in 2009 when they had both House and Senate?  They would have screamed bloody murder on how the Democrats are threatening national security.  

    Now they're saying "Meh, 2.5% is nothing".

    Hopefully Obama Admin and Dems don't believe their act.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:49:23 AM PST

  •  The House has voted to repeal Obamacare 34 times (19+ / 0-)

    They have voted to repeal Obamaquester 0 times.

    One of these things is not like the other.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:50:02 AM PST

  •  None of the members of this brain trust (3+ / 0-)
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    appear to remember what happened in the government shutdown of 1995.

    (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result)

  •  Good luck with that GOP (3+ / 0-)
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    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:59:22 AM PST

  •  I'm beginning to wonder (1+ / 0-)
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    if they really believe what they say, or if they're just posturing for the Fox News crowd.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:19:35 AM PST

  •  So, Representative Price, (5+ / 0-)
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    if, as you said, the President is in charge of government, why are you not following his orders?

  •  Every single thing Price said is patently (4+ / 0-)
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    untrue.  Every single thing.  Was there ANY pushback from the "news" person doing the interview?  If not, we've found our problem.

    David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

    by PsychoSavannah on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:23:10 AM PST

  •  Republicans are betting on ignorance (as usual) (4+ / 0-)

    “People know that if bad things occur, it’s because the president wants them to occur,” Price said. “The president is the president. He’s in charge of the government. He has the authority right now to make sure bad things don’t happen.”

    Republicans think that Americans are too dumb to understand that the President does not control everything.  That pretty much explains all of their obstructionist strategy since Obama was elected.  They think that the public is too dumb to realize that there is this thing called Congress that might be the cause of the problems.  They think that anything that bad that happens will get blamed on Obama.

    What exactly does Price think Obama can do to prevent the sequester?  He talks about it as though Obama has the power of the purse and can do whatever he wants regardless of Congress.  Price can't really be that stupid - he just assumes the rest of us are.

  •  Shorter Repubs: Keep head stuck in sand, (3+ / 0-)
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    keep unskewing polls, keep doing what we've been doing all along and, insanely, hope for a different outcome.

    Sigh.....

    Someone once asked me why do you always insist on taking the hard road? and I replied why do you assume I see two roads?

    by funluvn1 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:24:15 AM PST

  •  My, how the repubs have forgotten the lessons (4+ / 0-)
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    learned the last time they were responsible for shutting down the government.

    All this "the Prez is trying to scare people unnecessarily" and "aw, it won't be that bad" coming from the repubs over the weekend tells me that they actually do plan on letting sequester cuts go through.

    Idiots.

  •  At this point it's unreasonable for any to expect (5+ / 0-)

    ...governance. Who's to blame is an unreasonable exercise too. There are two questions. Is is the country better with divided government - a Republican House unwilling to pass a budget, a MIA Democratic Senate, and a centrist Dem WH - or would the country be better in 2014 with at least a few years of undivided government? Also, does the degree of Republican gerrymandering marginalize voters so much that the answer is superfluous? There are no ideas in either party so undivided government should be nonthreatening and sellable just to at least keep the light on...  

  •  Maybe... (9+ / 0-)

    ..I'm the only one recognizing this pattern, but literally everytime Republicans claim the public is going to blame something on Obama, the public never blames it on Obama.

     

    I'm worse at what I do best/ And for this gift I feel blessed. - Kurt Cobain

    by wyvern on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:27:20 AM PST

  •  So the preeminent issue is (2+ / 0-)

    what will it take the sociopathic smirks off the faces of the republicans and neo-liberals?

    Is it even possible?

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:29:22 AM PST

  •  The pain should be focused on the red states (3+ / 0-)

    and the people who think its savvy to vote  insane know nothings into high office. (Except most of them would have to look 'savvy' up in the dictionary.)
    Need to close some regional airports? Some POs?
    Good places to start would be states either South of The Mason Dixon line or with greater populations of livestock than people.

  •  Republicans hate America (5+ / 0-)

    they hate working Americans.

    They hate unelmployed Americans.

    They hate Americans that aren't sick and want them to get sick.

    They hate Americans who are sick and want them to die off.

    They hate you smoking pot harmlessly on your own time and property. They prefer police break in and shoot you for this.

    Republicans are more interested in you and your family getting shot than they are for trying to make public spaces safer. Repubs want MORE guns in more places more of the time because they don't like Americans.

    You have an enemy whether you want to see it or not.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:35:43 AM PST

  •  #OBAMAQUESTER (!?) (5+ / 0-)
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    I guess they've hired some new "hip" Internet savvy messagers.

    Far-out and groovy, fellas. Spiffy. Keen. The bee's knees.

    "All your money are belong to us" - anonymous Billionaire Boy's Club member

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:39:10 AM PST

  •  The GOP views words differently. (1+ / 0-)
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    Of course Rep. Price's statement is logically inconsistent and impossible to be true. But that's not the point. The content of GOP policy has been wildly unpopular for years, and they don't even try to sell their stuff on its merits anymore. The point is to mold public perceptions in a medium that doesn't allow people to pause and consider what's been said. Price wanted to convey the impression that the GOP is somehow winning the sequester debate. So long as an interviewer doesn't call him out on internal consistency, he's achieved what he set out to do.

  •  Looking past 3/1 (6+ / 0-)

    The GOP is taking quite a chance there.  If the sequester cuts do turn out be a problem then it will hurt their brand more than it hurts Obama.

    More important, the GOP risks poisoning their one idea: cutting spending is good, and popular.  If the sequester cuts hurt ordinary Americans and are unpopular, then the GOP has absolutely nothing to run on in 2014.  What are they going to say?  We favor even more of those cuts that all of you hate so much?

    On the other hand, if the cuts turn out to be relatively painless, they might make a convincing case for even more cuts in the 2014 campaign.

    Should be an interesting 10 months.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:45:18 AM PST

  •  Price can lie (4+ / 0-)
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    his constituents that matter run heavily racist, states' rights, bat shit crazy conservative, so just saying bad things about the President, no matter how untrue, helps him get re-elected.   That is the only game in town that he is concerned with.

  •  LOL! (7+ / 0-)
    “People know that if bad things occur, it’s because the president wants them to occur,” Price said. “The president is the president. He’s in charge of the government. He has the authority right now to make sure bad things don’t happen.”
    Talk about counting on the stupidity of your base...

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:47:12 AM PST

  •  I don't know about painless (0+ / 0-)

    but it does seem that the pain is being hyped quite a bit. Even with the sequester, spending will still increase by $2.4 trillion over 10 years as opposed to $2.5 trillion. And as for this year 40 billion is really not that much in the big picture. Of course cutting this amount in sensible manner is the issue.

  •  Anyone else notice that big stupid smile on the (0+ / 0-)

    face of Eric Cantor? It's almost like he's about to cum in his pants.

    Follow me on Twitter! @guileofthegods

    by Guile Of The Gods on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:53:11 AM PST

  •  hmm (1+ / 0-)
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    The public.. the same public that rejected the Republican economic policies last November?

    The Gooper's might believe they won...but the rest of us know better...

    Losers do not have the winners "over a barrel."

    ashes..ashes..we all fall down

  •  the sequester (0+ / 0-)

    It is interesting that those who demand respect for the constitution neither read nor understand the constitution.
    These are the same clowns who destroyed the very constitution they profess love for, by creating the road block to majority rules, which have totally emasculated the the government from being of the the people and for the people, to a corporate lap dog.

    Do you think anyone is saying anything about returning to the rule of the constitution?

    Think it might be time for campaign finance laws?

  •  Downplaying the impact of sequestration.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...while blaming it all on Obama! Talk about talking from both sides of the mouth! The conservative reasoning at work!!

  •  I'm Not So Sure (1+ / 0-)
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    "Republican congressman says sequester will be painless..."

    It will be painless if you are among the 1%.  For the rest of us, I'm not so sure.

    "...and that public will blame it all on Obama"

    They will as long as Fox and NBC feed their lines of garbage to the people.  This country is no longer a really intelligent country.  But for us who are able to think and reason, WE will be able to determine where the real guilt lies -- and it won't be on Barak Obama.

    "He’s in charge of the government. He has the authority right now to make sure bad things don’t happen.”

    But only to a point.  The Constitution lets him go only so far.  He actually has less power than the Republicans would have you believe.  But try telling that to Fox or NBC.

  •  #Cantorquestor isn't a joke, even though the GOP.. (2+ / 0-)
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    is.  They apparently think it's a hoot to deliver a self-inflicted wound on the country's economy--one that will hurt the people and the country--they allegedly represent.  

    They "cleverly" come up with a twitter-tag that think will magically shift the blame from the guilty to their political and personal enemy:  the Democratic POTUS.  

    Oh those rascally GOPers, aren't they so, so funny?  

    But don't worry, those GOPers will be okay, after they finish gutting the govt. and turning the country into a backward crumbling shell, they can relocate to their tax havens in sunny climes, or the banking centers in Davos, or the luxury life in Dubai, etc, because it's obvious they don't really give one good damn about the US.

  •  "Spring Break" Congress style (0+ / 0-)

    -Adjourn and get nothing done
    -Blame the president for not getting anything done
    -Charge the tax payers (via their congressional salaries) for getting nothing done
    -Spend more money on countdown clocks for getting nothing done...but blame the president for their own inactions.

    Need a count-up clock for Obama...how many hours, days, weeks he HAS been working while the blame game Congress is on spring break..getting "drunk" on hubris and self delusion.

    OY!

  •  “People know that if bad things occur... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... it’s because the president wants them to occur,”

    I have one thing to say to that....

    9/11.

  •  He's right (1+ / 0-)
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    And Romney won the election in a landslide.  

  •  Price is an ostrich. My own brackets... (2+ / 0-)
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    “It really is sad. The president’s stock in trade is political games [such as quite recently kicking our ass in the high-turnout presidential election], and this is another political game he’s playing,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., vice chairman of the House Budget Committee, told ABC News. “It results in greater cynicism on the part of the public [, who just resoundingly reelected the president over an opponent who spewed much the same nonsense as myself], and none of the things he’s saying are true. And people [who currently rate Obama favorably and who also rate people like me just beneath shampoo in the eye] recognize this — it’s 2-and-a-half cents on every dollar.”
     Price said the president [who, it should be repeated, quite recently 360-reverse-jammed the GOP in a prominent national election over people with much the same views and rhetoric as Price himself] is exaggerating the impact of cuts that amount to less than 2.5 percent of federal spending — an estimated $85 billion this year, out of a federal budget in the neighborhood of $3.5 trillion.
    I suppose I could go on.....
  •  This is not the brightest group of people ever (0+ / 0-)

    assembled in the US Congress.  The GOP Congress will always be the proverbial bull in a china shop....making the reckless decision to go for broke and when things break they want a life preserver.

    The funny thing about the GOP is that they have managed to stay focused on spending cuts when election season dies down,  and they engineered their own mini-recession in 2011 but it hasn't gotten them very much.  

    Democrats have to be prepared to absorb the pain of the sequester and force the GOP to blink...which they will as they did in 2011, the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling.  The difference here is that the GOP is invested in this media strategy of blaming the President because he proposed the idea and signed it into law.  It's too childish for words, but that strategy has a short life span.  What this is really about is yet another attempt by the GOP to get the Democrats to cry uncle give something and then keep demanding more.  That isn't going to happen.  Obama has already laid out in prior negotiations what he would be willing to do, but it won't be without a commitment on further revenue.  GOP can't get unified on anything that involves a concession so either they will go with continuing resolutions, repeal the sequester and take the case for spending cuts to the public, or pass a bill that is 80% Obama with about 20 House GOP votes.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:46:51 AM PST

  •  Aww, they figured out hashtags (1+ / 0-)
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    They thought it was some kind of food fight.

  •  "The sequester" does not have to happen at all. (0+ / 0-)

    The sequester was created by Act of Congress, passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President.

    It can be rescinded by Act of Congress, passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President.

    If they allow it to happen, any ill-effects will be the responsibility of Congress Members and the President individually and severally, because any one of them could have introduced a bill in Congress and at least attempted to push it through.

    IMO (but then this entire post is my opinion) if "the sequester" is allowed to happen it will be because, even if no one wants all of its parts, there are some parts of it that someone wants.

    The rightist want to continue to gut social programs and believe they can restore war spending later, while the center left having been convinced that the deficit can only be tamed by spending cuts, want to cut the, thus far untouched, war budget, hoping to restore the social spending at a later date.

    The Obama administration (the center-right) believes that some "adjustment" of Social Security is in order. And at the same time, is hoping that, distracted by this "crisis" (and any subsequent distractions they can use to serve their purpose), the radical right will leave Obamacare alone long enough for its primary features to take effect so that the Public can feel and then approve the beneficial effects of the ACA.
    Others

    “An egg is not poultry.” – Old Blues song "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and [then] man became a living soul." - Genesis 2:7, KIng James Bible

    by carbonman1950 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:53:32 AM PST

  •  what are the republicans (0+ / 0-)

    doing when they accuse 44 of playing political games, they are playing political games rather than getting down to work and solving the problems their last pres created, aka gwb 43.
    just imagine what shape america would be in if the gop spent one tenth the time on solving problems as they do on figuring up ways to lie and confuse the american electorate, imagine.

  •   “The president is the president. He's in (0+ / 0-)

    charge of the government....."

    Very good Rep. Numbnuts!  People with lesser mental capabilities such as yourself don't even get one out of two statements concerning the office of president correct. Yes, the president is the president.  
    Here, take a clothes pin from the bag.  
    But, no, the president is not in charge of the government.  The president is chief of the executive branch of the government, and the executive branch is one of three equal branches of the government.  Read your constitution!  
    But, for now, go to the corner of the room.  Go on!  Turn around and face the corner.  Good!  Now, you can play with the clothes pin until your ready to quit making asinine remarks!!!

  •  "Bad things"? "Bad things"?? (0+ / 0-)
    “People know that if bad things occur, it’s because the president wants them to occur,” Price said. “The president is the president. He’s in charge of the government. He has the authority right now to make sure bad things don’t happen.”
    If bad things happen, Obama made the bad things happen.

    If bad things happen, Obama didn't stop the bad things from happening.

    Price is begging President Obama to do something, anything, so Price can claim Obama is overstepping his authority. If Obama doesn't overstep his authority, Price will complain about that, but he won't enjoy it as much.

    If Congress shoves bad things onto the American public, it's President Obama's fault for not putting on his cape and tights fast enough (never mind that they cut all the funding for public phone booths).

  •  perhaps Jon Lovitz can explain (0+ / 0-)

    Now that he runs with the GOP

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