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Tom Toles

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  1. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The only problem here is Republicans are actually to blame. They thought up and passed the sequestor and now they are the ones avoiding any solution and ducking the responsibility.

    This really isn’t the Democrats’ fault and it is the Republicans.

    Let the trolling begin !!!!!!!

  2. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, over 1 year ago

    …we tax payers will…as usual.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    @Darsan54

    You do know your boy Barry signed it into law, right?
    This is like a drug addict signing a promissory note that he will be clean by next year or else he will go to jail. Well, the addict doesn’t want to give up his drug (spending) so now Barry doesn’t care who it hurts as long as he gets his fix.

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    @capndunzzl

    I believe (Toles doesn’t say so explicitly) that this is about the sequester, the one thing for which the TAXPAYER will NOT pay.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Both the White House and Congress, Democrats and Republicans, signed off on the agreement leading to the sequester.
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    House Republicans insisted on spending cuts before increasing the debt limit. This was a notable change from the past, when members of Congress from both parties would pass debt ceiling increases with relatively little fuss.
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    It was Obama’s idea, but Republicans agreed to it and provided key support.
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    The Obama team thought there was “no chance” Republicans would allow defense cuts to happen, while Boehner said Democrats would cave to save domestic programs. Woodward quotes Boehner predicting the sequester “is never going to happen.”

    Republicans have repeatedly said the sequester was Obama’s idea, but they supported it early on and provided the votes needed to put it into law.
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    The prevailing — stated — opinion in both parties is “Sequestration: bad.”
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    “A sizable number of members of Congress want a sequester; the overwhelming majority of them are House Republicans who believe that this is the best way to get a down payment on spending cuts, and don’t believe (or care) that national security might be at risk. They also are convinced that these cuts won’t affect any real services, in part because they really believe that most government is wrongheaded, irrelevant or just waste and fraud. …,” Ornstein said. “Very few Democrats want a sequester; a few think it will backfire on Republicans, and so are secretly happy. But most would much prefer a deal to avoid it.”
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    http://www.politifact.com/georgia/article/2013/feb/22/politifacts-guide-sequestration/

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    The Teapubicans like the Sequester, they want it to happen. They are crazy like that.

  7. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 1 year ago

    @Darsan54

    How? They keep passing budgets, Obama and the democrats either block them or ignore them.

  8. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Do you even pay ANY attention to what is really going on.

  9. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Of course they think it will backfire, they do not think anyone is paying attention to the fact that the democrats have not passed a budget in 4 years and are the ones blocking any balanced budgets.

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    The president puts out budgets too, and the Republicans ignore those. I don’t know why the Republicans’ budgets should magically be valid (they don’t balance the deficit, give massive tax breaks to the rich, and are hugely cruel to the poor) while you pretend that the president’s doesn’t exist.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @Darsan54

    Bob Woodward (Washington Post) wrote an interesting article published on February 22 about the sequester. It contradicts your “They thought up and passed the sequester….”. statement.

    Excerpt from Woodward’s article

    “The president and Lew had this wrong. My extensive reporting for my book “The Price of Politics” shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.

    Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved."

    The House votes were:
    Democrats 95 yea, 95 nay
    Republicans 174 yea, 66 nay

    The Senate vote was 74 yea, 26 nay with only 19 Republicans and 6 Democrats voting against sequester. (19+6=26???)

    Obama then signed it into law.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @zoidknight

    Yes, I ask you the same question, weren’t you paying attention? The point of the Sequester was to be a threat. A sword of Damocles to get them all to make a budget. The Teapublicans want the Sequester. Are you caught up now?

  13. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    The Democratic Party has tea baggers? Only 6 Democratic Senators voted against the sequester. I think that means that 51 (?) voted for it.

  14. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 1 year ago

    Great Cartoon, folks. As sharp as it is wide.

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    Both sides own the sequester, both sides have a responsibility either to accept it or change it.

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