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After the Sequester,
Bring on the Blame Game

Forbes Magazine, by Bill Frezza

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Posted By:Judy W., 2/23/2013 11:07:35 AM

Should a miracle occur and the pending sequester actually kick in to reduce the growth of federal spending—said slowdown derided as “draconian budget cuts” even as actual spending rises—the political playing field will shift to new ground. The moment big-spending Democrats wrap up their “save us from sequester” theatrics and dump this Obama-originated bipartisan idea squarely onto the Republicans’ laps, they will pivot to a new narrative. After four years of justifying the abysmal Obama economic recovery using the mantra, “It could have been worse!” they will shift the narrative,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: gesundheit, 2/23/2013 11:53:18 AM     (No. 9192473)

Obama is not only the President, he is also so complusively in need of constant attention that he´s in everyone´s faces 24/7, taking all the oxygen out of the air in Washington.

That´s why whatever happens to our economy will be blamed on Obama, not the Republicans or even the Federal Reserve with their terminally diffident, shrinking-violet ´´leaders,´´ John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Ben Bernanke.

The Republicans went along with Obama´s fiscal-cliff plan, which imposed a payroll tax hike on every working American and which has contributed to diminishing retail sales, including a self-described ´´disastrous´´ period for Walmart. But the retail recession we are now in, which will have a negative effect on the rest of the economy, will be known as the Obama Recession, NOT the John Boehner or Mitch McConnell Recession.

For the Republicans, worrying about being blamed for anything during the Obama three-ring circus of a presidency, with Obama starring in every act, is like a mousy librarian worrying about being raped at a Las Vegas striptease show. It´s not gonna happen.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: alloysteel, 2/23/2013 12:20:23 PM     (No. 9192495)

The "sequester" that Bronco Bama has demonized so (strange, too, since it was HIS clever idea), pales in significance to the damage done in tinkering so far with the IRS Code, as regards tax rates, closing of "loopholes", and expansion of authority to included overview of health insurance premiums.

The so-called "sequester" only slows the rate of growth, it is not stopped altogether. A real austerity program would be to FREEZE the federal spending level to what it was when Bronco Bama first occupied the White Hut, and completely defunding any new programs instituted since then. All "baseline" budget allocations would be pared of any of their "automatic" increases as allowed for inflation.

But that would be to admit that a completely wrong track had been taken since January 2009.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/23/2013 2:30:30 PM     (No. 9192619)

I was thinking I wouldn´t be affected by the Sequester, but now they´re saying it could affect flights. I´m doing complicated overseas travel late March/early April and am hoping the carefully constructed house of card won´t come tumbling down.

Not sure why #1 says Republicans won´t be blamed. We are and will continue to be blamed for everything, especially as long as we continue to fail to explain the taxes on the rich meme/broken record to the hoi polloi.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 2/23/2013 3:34:11 PM     (No. 9192664)

I disagree #1. If Obama is to be blamed he would not have won the election in 2012 and we would be listening to President Romney today....

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