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  •  The defense cuts are the point. (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Whatithink

    The Administration -- who says they never wanted the sequester to go through -- was counting on the defense cuts being so unpalatable to Republicans that the Republican would never let those cuts go through.  It was essentially a bluff by the Administration -- pretending it was willing to have the sequester happen UNLESS Republicans caved and went along with the President's proposal on the "grand bargain" being floated at the time.  

    It now appears that the Republicans ARE willing to let the defense cuts go through.  (The next couple of weeks will make it clear whether that's really true.)  

    So, the Administration is now stuck with a deal that it proposed but now says it didn't want.  

    That's what I meant by Republicans "calling the Administration's bluff."  

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