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View Diary: If Republicans hate the sequester so much, why won't they get rid of it? (105 comments)

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  •  Cuts in entitlement spending (6+ / 0-)

    They want not just cuts but cuts in particular programs. Any program that helps the weak and the poor. Especially Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The only way to avoid sequester is to accept large cuts to all three. Sequester is a form of blackmail. "If you don't give up helping the weak and the poor we will destroy the economy and blame it on you."

    •  Pretty much. (1+ / 0-)
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      The problem is that it was Jack Lew's suggestion to have the sequester -- so he gave them the blackmail tool.  

      His mistake was in thinking that Republicans would be willing to give up the other cuts in exchange for reversing the defense cuts.  Republicans have now effectively called his bluff, saying that they are willing to accept the defense cuts if it means they keep the other cuts.  

      •  they'll freak about the defense cuts (on camera) (1+ / 0-)
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        The GOP will work to reverse the defense cuts... in exchange for more cuts to Medicare and Social Security and other programs where cuts will hurt people.  If they don't get those, they will hold out for something else and hold more press conferences fear-mongering and blaming the Democrats for destroying our Economy and our National Security.

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