The sequester was proposed as a possible ransom when the Republicans had a gun to the economy’s head, were eager to pull the trigger, but could not articulate any specific demands. It was not Obama’s desire to have a sequester. He wanted to not have America go down in flames. It was an escape valve he thought he could live with. It was the Republicans who designed and implemented it, and voted for it overwhelmingly, because of their basic inability to actually govern by negotiating budgets and laws. The “it was Obama’s idea” blame game is about as credible as the “cover up” in Benghazi.