Today's New York Times has an article on George Allen's new strategy of attacking sequestration.
Allen, the former Senator and one time potential Presidential candidate, is best known for his racially motivated attack on a staffer of his opponent six years ago when he called the man of Indian descent "Macaca," is trying to make an issue of those cuts.
Follow below the Fleur de KOs to hear the epic insult that a fellow Virginia politician threw at Allen and the Republicans for trying to make an issue of the budget deal they negotiated and now want to renege on. A deal which naturally the Republicans are blaming on Barack Obama.
The fact of the matter is this is a Club for Growth fake campaign issue. And fellow Virginian Gerry COnnolly called out Allen and the conservatives for their hypocrisy on what has the making of an epic facepalm:
"It's monstrously cynical, since the cuts were “100 percent their creation,” he said.Going back a year, something conservatives never want to do when it makes them look bad, the Republicans first held the world economy hostage by refusing to lift the debt ceiling. Then after the debt was downgraded, they eventually negotiated a deficit reduction package that they never had any intention of honoring and one that they would try to pin on Barack Obama.
“It’s like a man who kills his mother and father and throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan,”
Chris Chocola, the president of the conservative political action committee Club for Growth, has been urging Republican candidates to stand by $1 trillion in additional spending cuts. “I need to see some sign that Congress is willing to do something really hard,” he said. “Sequestration is really hard, but they said they were going to do it.”This is not at all different from the Republicans, voting en masse for the Wall Street Bailout and then running against it two years later and pretending they never supported it and it was entirely the idea of their Democratic opponents.
The automatic cuts are the ugly result of the showdown last year over raising the nation’s statutory borrowing limit. A potentially crippling default was averted only after House Republicans and President Obama agreed to 10 years of caps on federal programs at the annual discretion of Congress. Moreover, a special committee was established to find an additional $1 trillion to cut over 10 years. If it failed, the cuts — half in defense, half in domestic programs — would kick in.
It is a delicate target. After all, the Budget Control Act was written to end a Republican-made standoff over raising the nation’s statutory borrowing limit. It passed with the votes of the entire Republican leadership, including Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. One person who did not vote for it was Mr. Allen’s Democratic opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine, who has never held a seat in Congress.
“These folks really regret doing it,” Mr. Allen said of fellow Republicans and their votes (on sequestration).Or, we promise we won't screw you again as he says with his fingers crossed behind his back.
There's a reason Republicans are grifters. It's bullshit, like this game they are trying to play on sequestration. What's more the solutions they offer instead show not only are they not concerned about the debt and the deficit but they always come back to their boilerplate cut taxes on the job creators nonsense.
In an interview, Mr. Allen said, “The responsible thing to do is to propose a way to avert these cuts.” But at the debate, he spoke generally about how to head off the defense cuts while maintaining deficit reduction targets.This pisses me off. You can tell that is his position but he doesn't want to admit how radical he is. Even though he says everything but I will support it and his past positions indicate he would, he just can't bring himself to say out of his dumb smirking mouth.
His suggestions: repeal the Obama health care law, although the Congressional Budget Office said a repeal would raise the deficit; expand domestic energy production on federal lands and use royalties to reduce the deficit; and put into effect a voluntary flat tax, which households could choose instead of the existing tax code. That, too, would most likely expand the deficit as taxpayers opted for the tax that saved them money.
Mr. Allen also suggested that Congress start with a bill, already passed by the House, that would cancel the first year of automatic defense cuts by shifting the cuts to domestic programs. But last Monday, when asked if he was endorsing that House measure, he would not commit.