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The childishly enacted sequester is due to kick in a month or so from now, requiring large cuts in federal spending with the attendant loss of jobs and slowing of economic growth. Of course, the adult thing to do would be to simply repeal the requester legislation, but we are sadly short of adults in today's DC.

The Democrats should be preparing the public to see who will be responsible for the economic consequences to come by pointing out that, although they would be happy to repeal the sequester, the Republicans refuse to do so. The Democrats need to be loudly pointing out that cutting federal spending means jobs will be lost, and when it happens the Republicans will be to blame.  It's an opportunity for them to press home the simple fact that cutting spending means lost jobs, as they should have been doing for the past three years.  If the consequences of the sequester means more of the public will come to see the connection between federal spending and employment rates, then the Democrats will be in a better position to stand up against future irresponsible calls from the Republicans to cut spending, and they may even be able to push for more spending to boost employment, as our Nobel prize winning economistshave beenpleading.

But the Democrats meed to be laying the groundwork now - we know the Republicans will be blaming the administration for the coming downturn, and may persuade an unprepared and gullible public.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    ...there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. - Ratty

    by John Q on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 07:20:13 AM PST

  •  I really hope the Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    speak out about the sequester cuts as well.  A lot cuts happen to special ed funding, cancer research, and yes, defense.  Cutting defense is fine but it needs to be thoughtful.  I hope all of the bases in Europe go away.  

  •  The problem is not so much how the budget is cut (0+ / 0-)

    ...but why and why now. Both the President and Congress have been prioritizing deficit reduction - for 5 years now. That's the critical mistake.

    If deficit reduction really was the right top priority, and no agreements could be made, then an across the board sequester is an effective traditional technique. If painful cuts are to be made for instance to Social Security or Medicare, jobs are also impacted.  If cutting the insane and dangerously high defense budget is ever to be achieved then this sequester is the best shot but again jobs will be cut.

    The only way to achieve the defense industry cuts without job cuts is to replace the expenses with other federal non defense investments but that flies in the face of the deficit cutting mantra.

    Sure, something smells rotten but the sequestration isn't the real source. It's the irrational deficit mania that stinks.

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