February 10, 2013

Sequestration: Call Obama's Bluff

Charles Krauthammer


For the first time since Election Day, President Obama is on the defensive. That's because on March 1, automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") go into effect -- $1.2 trillion over 10 years, half from domestic (discretionary) programs, half from defense.

The idea had been proposed and promoted by the White House during the July 2011 debt-ceiling negotiations. The political calculation was that such draconian defense cuts would drive the GOP to offer concessions.

It backfired. The Republicans have offered no concessions. Obama's bluff is being called and he's the desperate party. He abhors the domestic cuts. And as commander in chief he must worry about indiscriminate Pentagon cuts that his own defense secretary calls catastrophic.

So Tuesday, Obama urgently called on Congress to head off the sequester with a short-term fix. But instead of offering an alternative $1.2 trillion in cuts, Obama demanded a "balanced approach," coupling any cuts with new tax increases.

What should the Republicans do? Nothing...



2 comments:

  1. Once again, CK hits the nail on the head. Obama is in trouble. it's time for Boehner and company to start to turn the screws on Obama for a change. Republicans have gotten snookered so often by Obama, you'd think they were in his pocket. It's time for a face off at center ice. Man up or move out. The choice is clear for Republicans.

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  2. Huevos anyone? I do not believe Marx ever said the word "balanced."

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