The Three Huge Ifs in Obama Sequester Strategy

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 11:15 am

As far as I can tell this is the entirety of the President Obama’s strategy when it comes to the sequester. The administration seems to be banking on the fact that once the sequester starts it will do real destruction to the economy. This destruction will get the public up in arms. That in turn [...]

Plurality Would Blame Republicans for Sequester Cuts

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 7:04 am

If the sequestration cuts go into effect on March 1st, as currently seems likely, most would blame the Republicans according to a new Pew Research poll. It found that 49 percent would blame Congressional Republicans if the sequester happens and only 31 percent would blame Obama. An additional 11 percent would blame both sides equally. [...]

What the Sequester Fight Shows About the Bipartisan Fetish

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 9:24 am

The sequester was created in the most bipartisan way possible. It was a proposal from a Democratic President to find a way around an impasse with House Republicans that both sides each believed would eventually advance their long-term agendas. It was approved by a Republican House, a Democratic Senate and signed by a Democratic President. [...]

Boehner Is in No Mood to Reach a Sequester Compromise

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 1:11 pm

Earlier today President Obama made a public plea for Republicans to embrace either a long-term or short-term “balanced approach” to avoid the sequestration cuts. Speaker Boehner’s response made it clear the House Republicans are not interested in any possible compromise. From Boehner: ‚ÄúToday the president advanced an argument Republicans have been making for a year: [...]

With Congress Away Sequester Cuts Grow More Likely

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 10:33 am

With less than two weeks until the sequestration cuts are set to start taking place, Congress is currently away from Washington on a long President’s Day break. They are not set to return until next week, which would give them less than a week to draft and pass a bill to stop the cuts. While [...]

Obama Refuses to Believe That Republicans Really Hate Taxes

By: Friday February 15, 2013 8:48 am

House Republicans really really really hate new taxes. This is one promise from the GOP I do believe. It seems almost everyone from their base, to their donors, to independent voters believe this. Despite a mountain of evidence the only people who don’t seem to believe this are a small circle of professional grand bargain [...]

Senate Dems Release Their Sequestration Alternative

By: Friday February 15, 2013 7:43 am

With just two weeks until the sequestration cuts are set to begin, Senate Democrats have finally released their plan to address them. The Democrats’ bill would delay the sequesters for roughly a year by replacing them with $110 billion in alternative deficit reduction. The proposal is known as The American Family Economic Protection Act. Half [...]

GOP Wants to Take From Retirees to Pay for Military Spending

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 12:16 pm

If nothing is done, the sequestration cuts will take place in less than a month and roughly half the cuts come from the military. House Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security instead to pay for stopping the sequestration cuts. From Politico: GOP policy prescriptions to replace the massive spending cuts currently include: changing [...]

Obama Says Medicare and Social Security Cuts Still on the Table

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 11:34 am

No bad idea supported by President Obama is ever permanently defeated, it is at best simply stopped temporarily. In a statement today about the sequestration cuts Obama wanted to make it clear that the proposed entitlements cuts that he has previously backed are still on the table. In fact Obama made sure to repeat this [...]

What Should Progressives Root For in the Sequestration Fight?

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 8:54 am

In less than a month the sequestration cuts are set to take place and it is still unclear what is the best plausible outcome from a progressive perspective.