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Sequestration: The President's ugly Child

The President claimed that Congress dreamed up sequestration; but it's The White House's nightmare!

How many people realize sequestration, which The White House continually warns will be a "disaster" for the country and its citizens from Arizona to Connecticut, was actually The White House's brain-child???

Don't listen to the hype ... or the lies.  The sky, if it falls, will not be the sole responsibility of Congress.  Heck, it wasn't even their idea.

The Public is a pawn in this chess game.  The political pressure being applied by The White House, in the form of Dire Economic Impacts on individual states and even the victims of Superstorm Sandy, is intended to force Congress (i.e. Republicans) - by portraying them as the troublemakers - to cave in so they can pass to the American people an even bigger financial federal budget burden without cutting a single one of the Democrats' Sacred Cows.

Sequestration was the gamble suggested by then White House Chief-of-Staff Jack Lew (Secretary of the Treasury nominee) and White House Congressional liaison Rob Nabors.  It was endorsed by President Obama before being presented to the Senate Finance Committee, and proposed as a negotiating strategy to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) during the 2011 negotiations to raise the National Debt Ceiling.

Certainly House Republicans accepted the sequestration as part of those negotiations, but it wasn't their idea; it wasn't their gamble.

It was the President's idea of "leadership" in difficult political times.  Push it off; deal with it later.  Maybe - just maybe - it will go away on its own.

Keep that in mind as you continue to hear about how Sequestration will damage your benefits; your income; your local economy!

Remember it when The President shows up on C-Span or the nightly news speaking about the dangers of sequestration and surrounding himself with Emergency Responders, teachers, healthcare workers, and seniors warning about all the damage the sequestration cuts will entail.

Sequestration:  The President's ugly child!

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Joe The Nerd Ferraro February 28, 2013 at 06:47 AM
are you just into cheap shotting the president? take a look at where Sequestration came from... S.1702 Latest Title: Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings... 2 of those 3 guys were GOP. so the original idea of Sequestration comes from the GOP NOT President Obama. Please get some facts straight - it isn't THAT hard.
Mike Shortall Sr February 28, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Oh, c'mon, Joe ... Your whining is really getting thin. I did not claim they INVENTED the term. I stated - accurately, as has been reported in many major news outlets - that is was THE WHITE HOUSE'S IDEA to suggest it as a fiscal budget management tool (my term) in the absence of any REAL presidential Leadership in negotiations on managing the deficits. 1985 was 28 years ago. I get it. They didn't invent Sequestration. The White House simply gambled that sequestration would do the job The President is incapable of leading on. We'll just add it to the list. Then The President tried to push the concept for the 2011 version of sequestration off as the idea of Congress; and Bob Woodward caught them in their lie. Hopefully Bob isn't swimming with the fishes already!
Glenn February 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM
It's just more Republican obstructionism and spite. Get a life !
Mike Shortall Sr February 28, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Any pushback on ... ya know ... the facts provided here on the origins of sequestration?
jxjipper March 04, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Lots of Kool-aid drinkers around here Mr. Mike. Some of them actually believe the stuff they are getting told my all the media. It's just another Jedi Mind Meld as the Genius-in-Thief himself couldn't even he the two metaphors straight.
patrick March 04, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Boener got "98% of what he wanted". The president didn't write the legislation, pass it through subcommitee, pass it through the house and senate. Did he? No. It was written by a pub, passed by the pubs and now they're the one's whining. Politics are for adults. Can't handle getting beat at every turn. Stop acting like asses. The country's blue and will remain blue for at least 12 years. PA's turning blue(for state elections) and will remains blue. The republican party is dead. I wonder how long till a new party takes their space? republican=stupid
Lewis March 04, 2013 at 08:45 PM
"Certainly House Republicans accepted the sequestration as part of those negotiations, but it wasn't their idea; it wasn't their gamble." I think you're misunderstanding the word "accepted". It not being their idea doesn't mean they have no responsibility for it when both sides can't come to an agreement and the hammer drops. I've got no horse in this race, but I will say that, whether during the Bush or Obama presidencies, the schmucks that make up unfunny alternate ways to say names/titles of our elected officials (e.g. Genius-in-Thief oh man that's a good one) are universally tiresome.
Mike Shortall Sr March 04, 2013 at 09:24 PM
The point of the post, patrick, if you can follow along, is that despite President Obama's doomsday scenarios and insistence (actually he lied about it) that Congress had come up with the proposal of the Sequester, it was The White House's "brainchild". That's all. All your other ramblings are just noise ... Like the parable of the Empty Barrel.
Mike Shortall Sr March 04, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I didn't say Congress has no responsibility for it. That would certainly be misleading. By "gamble" I meant that as a political strategy on the budget/deficit negotiations, The White House resurrected Sequester as a tool, thinking it would NEVER be a more acceptable alternative to Congress than simply rolling over and letting The President and Democrats steam-roll another revenue increase without addressing the spending side of the equation. In the regard, The Whte House miscalculated the gamble. I agree totally with your second point, which is why try to refrain from stupid name-calling, be it The President or his supporters ... unless of course I am replying in kind.

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