Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south. But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re already eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections from Florida to California to target in 2014, after sequester cuts have trickled down to local bases where jobs are lost and voters notice.
It all depends upon the clarity and repetition of the Republican messaging. The sequester was Obama´s idea and took effect because the Democrats have failed repeatedly to produce a budget. Those are very clear but I´m not holding my breath.
The Demz are worried that Zipp0´z cuts will go through? There are proven ways to deal with a blackmailer. One is to refuse them and take the consequences. Another is to get something bigger to hold over the blackmailer´s head. Submitting to the blackmailer is usually the worst thing to do. Never take advise from the blackmailer´s allies.
Dittos, #1. We´ve been through this cycle several times now: Dem manufactured crisis; GOP threat; Dem scare; LSM intensification; GOP "reasonable" proposal; NerØbama/Reid intransigence; LSM dire predictions; Senate "gang" compromise to save the day; GOP cave; new Dem manufactured crisis; ...
This is all B.S. politico propaganda. Barry owns the sequestration and is on tape threatening to veto any attempt to change it. It will make great political ads for republicans to demonstrate how obama craps on your leg and tells you it´s sleeting.
Its like watching World Wide Wrestling in its prime. Screaming fans waving foam fingers supporting their guy, shocked when he loses. The fact its all scripted doesn´t matter, they love the illusion, or deny it exists.
Of course, the actors don´t care. They are making money and splitting the profits.
It always warms my heart to see Dems so concerned about Republican re-election chances. Boehners twice offered a reasonable package of alternative spending cuts, Obamas offered a package with 50% tax hikes, Senate Dems (crickets).
It´s slowly dawning on Democrats they might lose this. Republicans will finally have a victory over Obama. They´ll also have proof that they´re the serious party when it comes to reducing the deficit and ultimately the debt. That´s not a losing position.
Let the sequestration proceed. There will be a lot of posturing and head fakes by all of the special interests, including the defense contractors and their lobby. How about cutting the weapon systems that you read about that the service branches don´t want, but are a favorite of some congressman and cronies. Looks like the Pentagon is aiding and abetting the Dems in scare tactics and high profile threats of one kind or another. Add drones and subtract generals.
I see nothing to gain for the democrats by continuing to push the economy into the toilet and everything to gain by avoiding another economic catastrophe. That is, unless the real goal is the destruction of our constitutional republic.
This makes no sense; the democrats will not pass a budget, the democrats continue to spend at an unsustainable rate, and Harry Reid, the doofus democrat leading the senate will not let any bills come to the floor that will help jobs or tighten spending. So both democrats and republicans signed on to sequester. It has to happen to cut spending across the board. The economy is not great now, and no matter what we do, we will suffer, as we cannot keep the present rate of spending without a depression. Remember, 0bama is printing 83 billions dollars each month to pay for his spending; each dollar he prints makes everything cost more and makes our savings worth less. I cannot believe people are so stupid they can not see this.
All lies. We need spending cuts and this is a start. We cannot borrow almost half of what Hussein spends. Printing money will only bring inflation. The economy will still be in the Obama Depression in 2014, and we can win if there is not too much voter fraud.
17 - the only win will be if the repubs grow a pair and stop appeasement suicide. As things stand now, they have so alienated the conservative masses that I don´t believe they have a chance of keeping even the house.
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