Why the Sequester Strategy Is Doomed to Fail

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 8:17 am

The original idea behind the sequester was to make the cuts so stupid, needlessly painful, and poorly designed that everyone would eventually clamor for a grand bargain deficit reduction plan to replace it. This might even have worked if the sequester caused everything to go to hell on a single day. The big problem, though, [...]

Sequester May End Not With a Bang but With a Series of Whimpers

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 9:18 am

The continuing resolution (CR) which was recently approved by Congress provides a framework for how the sequester may eventually be dealt with. The chances that there will be a big repeal bill or a grand bargain appear to be growing less likely. Instead, it seems the level of the sequester cuts will be mostly left [...]

The Stupid Design of the Sequester Might Have Made It Easier for GOP to Embrace

By: Wednesday March 6, 2013 10:25 am

Most Americans support the basic idea of a five percent across the board cut in federal spending, which is effectively what the sequester is. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, 61 percent support a 5 percent cut in overall federal spending, while only 33 percent oppose the idea. Not surprisingly, after the leaders [...]

Sequester Blame Game Results in a Draw

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 7:27 am

The month long effort to blame the other side for the sequester basically ended in a draw. A new CBS News poll finds that only slightly more Americans blame Congressional Republicans than blame the Democrats for failing to reach an agreement. It found 38 percent of Americans blame Republicans, while 33 percent blame Democrats. An [...]

April 1st Is the New February 28th

By: Monday March 4, 2013 7:43 am

The sequester cuts are officially in place but the sky hasn’t fallen. It is unlikely that you even noticed the cuts yet, because while the sequester went into effect last week the impact won’t really begin to be felt until next month. The big aspects of the sequester don’t really start until April 1st ,at [...]

Summer Camp Trust Fall Exercises Won’t Fix Washington

By: Friday March 1, 2013 12:51 pm

I’m very glad that during the President’s press conference on the sequester Jessica Yellin asked, “Couldn’t you just have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you have a deal?” because it encapsulates this idiotic strand of thinking which is currently very popular among many pundits. There seems to be [...]

The GOP’s Possible Path on the Sequester

By: Friday March 1, 2013 9:56 am

The most important development in President Obama’s press conference today is that he didn’t issue a veto threat against a continuing resolution that would integrate the size of the sequester cuts into new baseline spending levels. While Obama’s answer to the question was very cagey, he did not definitively reject the idea. This gives Republicans a rather [...]

Sequester Still in the Kabuki Theater Phase

By: Friday March 1, 2013 8:12 am

If you were hoping that the sequester being only hours away from taking effect would spur Congress to take action, you are going to be very disappointed. There are currently no serious negotiations taking place. Instead we are still in the kabuki theater phrase. When Congress only pretends to be doing something while trying to [...]

Sperling: Obama Wanted Sequester to Force Democrats to Accept Entitlement Cuts

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 8:41 am

The way Obama has handled basically every manufactured crisis from the debt ceiling, to the Bush tax cuts expiration, to the sequester has been about trying to force both Democrats and Republicans to embrace his version of a “grand bargain.” While it is clear this has been the driving force behind Obama’s decisions, if you [...]

The Second Time Is Not the Charm

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 7:41 am

During the debt ceiling fight President Obama wanted Republicans to agree to tax increases but they refused to. Obama couldn’t even get them to agree to a tax increase trigger to improve the chances of a super committee reaching a deal. Eventually Obama offered a sequester with large defense cuts and the GOP decided that [...]