Don't look too closely

Many of the Republicans who voted for the Budget Control Act hope they can get people to blame the Democrats, especially the president for it. After all, in spite of Paul Ryan saying back in 2011 that the Republicans should be given credit for it, and John Boehner having promoted it in his July 2011 PowerPoint presentation, and then saying he was very happy about it as he had gotten 98% of what he had wanted, they have spent a lot of time and energy saying the sequester is all the president's doing, and doing what they can to get everyone to forget the 2011 business.


They have been saying that if anything bad happens, “it’s because [President Obama] wants them to”.
 

However,
 

According to the GOP, government spending is out of control and they claim that reducing spending would bring about greater economic growth. Truth is, though, that since Eisenhower's presidency, government expenditures have grown at the slowest pace under President Obama than with the intervening presidents, and the nation's deficits have shrunk by trillions of dollars according to the Congressional Budget Office.


The harmful cuts of the sequester were supposed to force lawmakers, that would be Congress, to reach a comprehensive deal to reduce the deficit with additional revenue and spending reductions. But now the Republicans want that to be done by the president and federal agencies. That way, by shirking its responsibility, the Republicans can blame Obama for anything that goes bad. Somehow not doing their job so they can blame things not getting done on someone whose job it isn't seems a little sleazy.


For the wealthy members of Congress the reductions that could result from the sequester may not mean much, but states will lose funding for education, job training, health care, and a train car load of other services. It is the low-income and middle class families who will be hurt, and economic recovery will be negatively impacted. Even Border security will be affected as will be the screening of containers coming into the country. GDP growth will be reduced resulting in the possible loss of at least 1,000,000 jobs.
 

House Republicans may have passed a sequester replacement bill in the last Congress, but it doesn’t raise any new revenue, but includes cuts in domestic programs like Medicaid, the social block grant that supports Meals on Wheels, and Food Stamps. They have not introduced a replacement bill in this current Congress and refused any compromise on the Democrats’ balanced approach of higher revenues and more spending cuts. Last year's budget cuts already reduced a substantial amount of spending and there have been $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1.00 in revenue. Obama signed this into law.

So while the Republicans are not doing their job as members of the House, they are putting the blame on others. I wish I could have done that before I retired. It would have made my working years so much easier. But, stupid me, I, like so many others, did my job.

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