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  •  Boehner forgot how the sequester came about & why (0+ / 0-)

    He should have sat through the Briefing by the WH Press Sec. Carney, to be reminded.

    Snippet from transcript:

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    Q    And lastly, everyone agrees that the sequester is a bad idea, but didn't it originate -- the idea for the sequester originate here at the White House?

         MR. CARNEY:  Well, we’ve been through this a lot -- I know you’re filling in -- but here’s the fundamental fact. During the deficit reduction of the debt ceiling negotiations, because the Republicans refused to embrace balance, refused in the end to join hands with the President and pursue a grand bargain, there was an absolute necessity to avoid default, and both sides were looking for trigger mechanisms -- this is complicated budget-speak -- to help make this package possible.

         The sequester was something that was discussed, and as has been reported, it was an idea that the White House put forward because it was put forward by Republican Senator Gramm and Rudman back in the ‘80s as part of the Gramm-Rudman deal -- there is a history here to this.  But let’s be clear:  Republicans embraced it. Every member of the House Republican leadership voted for it.  Nearly two to one in the House Republicans voted for it over Democrats.  And on the day it passed, the Speaker of the House said he got 98 percent of what he wanted and that he was pretty happy.

         The issue here is the sequester was designed never to take effect because it was supposed to force Congress to do responsible, difficult things, make choices about how we reduce our deficit in a way that would allow us to avoid the sequester, the indiscriminate, across-the-board, devastating cuts that the sequester represents.

         Unfortunately, Republicans have thus far all along the way refused to go along with the fundamental principle of balance, that we need to do this with spending cuts -- tough spending cuts, with entitlement reforms and with revenues.

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    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:26:42 PM PST

    •  Also, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson talk about (1+ / 0-)
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      "trigger mechanisms" throughout their proposal, The Moment Of Truth.

      Here's the link.

      And the "Gang of Eight's" proposal (from a couple of years ago) also invoked the use of triggers.

      "Triggers" are the new rage in Washington D.C., LOL!  

      Unfortunately, for "the American People," I doubt seriously that we've seen the last of them, either.


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 04:57:40 PM PST

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