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Chris Britt

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  1. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 3 years ago

    The former administration fought wars, passed more program spending, and cut taxes. Before them a series of administrations passed spending programs and run deficits. Now the Republicans will not allow the bills to be paid but will use the deficit and sequestration to bring down the government. Its complete and utter unreality and irresponsibility. Its not complicated – if you want stuff you have to pay for it.

  2. Ivan4u

    Ivan4u said, over 3 years ago

    Obama is unwilling to compromise or negotiate. Obama has the fault here.

  3. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 3 years ago

    ^I’d say its because they are irresponsible moochers. If they want to bring down their own country, that’s their business. The problem is that it’ll bring down the rest of us too.

  4. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Think back to why we have the sequester. The sequester cuts were supposed to kick in only if the Supercommittee negotiations failed.

    Think back to why the Supercommittee negotiations failed. It failed because Republicans were negotiating in bad faith, with Pat Toomey trying to pretend a huge regressive tax cut was a deficit reduction plan.

    Think back to why we did the Supercommittee. The Supercommittee was the price Republicans demanded in exchange for raising the statutory debt ceiling.

    The fake debt ceiling crisis of 2011 was the origin of this whole thing. If Republicans hadn’t held the debt ceiling hostage for policy concessions for the first time ever (“Boehner Rule”) then there would be no sequester cuts coming next week.

    It’s the Republicans’ fault.
    On the question of who’s idea it was, the basic answer is that it appears it came from the White House initially. But the real answer is, who cares who thought of it first? It came about because Republicans had taken the American economy hostage over the debt ceiling, and the whole idea was that it contained cuts everybody would find unacceptable, so in order to avoid it Congress would come up with a more considered deficit reduction package. They didn’t, and here we are. Whether the idea first popped into Jack Lew’s head, or somebody else’s, is utterly irrelevant, because both sides negotiated its details and agreed to its final form.
    So not only are the Republicans making a silly argument, from a purely political standpoint, the American people are likely to hold them responsible for this, for a few reasons. First, Republicans are the ones who always want to cut government spending and always accuse the Democrats of favoring too much spending, so nobody’s going to believe them when they say, “These spending cuts are Obama’s fault!” Second, Barack Obama is reasonably popular right now, while Congress has an approval rating hovering somewhere between hangnails and Jerry Sandusky. And third, this whole governing-by-manufactured-crisis insanity was their doing from the beginning; we all watched them take the economy hostage before, and now they’re doing it again.

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