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If Republicans really were aghast at government cuts, they could oppose government cuts. Instead, they taking the transparently political approach of saying that "other" things should be cut without ever saying what those "other" things are.
I can't defend the president for including a Social Security cut in his budget in a doomed effort to win these guys over, but I do think it's fair to point out that none of this stuff was going on when Democrats controlled the House. The sequester is only a thing because Republicans won in 2010 and demanded a ransom for the debt limit. The sequester is still with us because they gerrymandered the hell out the House and held onto it in 2012. The only real solution is for Democrats to win in 2014. Otherwise it's just going to be more of this nonsense.
Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:11 PM PDT.