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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) pauses during remarks to the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 9, 2012.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Here's House Speaker John Boehner yesterday, saying that unless President Obama proposes a sequester replacement that passes the Democratic Senate, we're going to be "stuck" with the sequester:
‘‘Remember, this is the president’s idea. He insisted on this,’’ the speaker says. ‘‘And until he puts forward a plan to replace the sequester and his Senate Democratic colleagues pass it, we’re going to be stuck with it.’’
Given the GOP's power to block legislation (including the plan Senate Democrats have already proposed) through the filibuster, this is obviously a ridiculous position for Boehner to take, but the funny thing is that it's not his only ridiculous position on the sequester. As Greg Sargent notes, Boehner also said yesterday that the sequester won't get replaced until Democrats agree to support a balanced budget within 10 years:
“I’ll tell you the same thing I told my Republican colleagues at our retreat,” Boehner said. “The sequester will be in effect until there are cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget in the next 10 years.”
Nobody, not even House Republicans, has put forward a plan that would balance the budget in 10 years. They say their budget plan will accomplish that goal, but thus far, they've produced nothing to back up their claim. And when they do, it will be a draconian budget that will make Paul Ryan's 2011 budget look like something that Paul Krugman could have written.

I'm not sure which position is more ridiculous, that Boehner won't agree to a sequester replacement that doesn't pass the Senate first or that any sequester replacement must balance the budget in 2023. Whichever it is, however, the most ridiculous thing of all is that even though he claims to oppose the sequester, he still can't make up his mind about how to get rid of it.

If Boehner really wanted to get rid of the sequester, he'd get rid of it. And until he does get rid of it, he can't credibly claim that he opposes it—especially since he said he got 98 percent of what he wanted when it was first signed into law.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:28 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Please (7+ / 0-)

    These are the people that scream "where's the jobs bill?" when the president has presented a document called "THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT". No matter what the Senate passes, they won't do anything with it, because the sequester is the only chip they have left to play with. The most they'll agree to is something that kicks the sequester down the road so that they can keep something to use a leverage moving forward.

  •  The Republicans don't need a plan or consistency (5+ / 0-)
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    remembrance, RichM, Lujane, Jeff Y, PorridgeGun

    They're betting on the MSM to cloud the whole thing with false equivalency claims. Then when it becomes a "crisis" (made in DC, loving handcrafted by artisan bullshit sculptures) they'll offer some "reasonable" deal (which won't be reasonable but offered up as one) and force Obama to accept it or appear "unreasonable". And they're likely to get away with it. The media has been stoking the fear-furnace non-stop on the cliff/sequester for months. The effing NPR station in Seattle has spent the whole week bemoaning the fate of the various army/navy bases in WA and how it will tank the economy. And every time, every freaking time, the story comes on they blame Obama for not solving the problem.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:41:20 PM PST

    •  ^^^ This... (2+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast, Lujane

      He is playing to the media.  We can all laugh at him, but we are not Very Serious People.

      'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

      by RichM on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:57:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  ontheleftcoast, it's a moving target. imho, it's (2+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Jeff Y

      a full court press of hate against President Obama.  There is also the future hopes of the Republican Party to take down Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat that has a chance for election to President in 2016.  

      We've got them on the ropes.  Let's deliver a knock out punch.  There is no need to go toe to toe for 10 rounds.  Let's hit them hard, hit them early, and hit them where it counts.

  •  So he'll just go have another rink n/t (2+ / 0-)

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:43:41 PM PST

    •  Haha, another rink? (0+ / 0-)

      I was just thinking Boner looked liked Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore in that photo. ;D

      You know what else could draw a crowd? A golfer with an arm growing out of his ass. -- Shooter McGavin

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:53:13 PM PST

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      •  Sorry — drink, obviously (1+ / 0-)
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        But you know what? You could be right too. I was thinking on Tuesday that Boehner looked like he wished he could be teleported anywhere else.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:09:16 PM PST

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        •  Boner always looks like he doesn't really want (0+ / 0-)

          the job of being Speaker. Hell, of being in Congress. It's not the crying, he just looks unhappy. Maybe it's time he find another calling in life?

          What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

          by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:15:19 PM PST

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  •  Next the orange one will be double-dog daring (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama to have the guts to give in to everything the GOP wants.

    Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

    by kitebro on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:53:52 PM PST

  •  And what is supposed to prevent Cantor et al (1+ / 0-)
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    from blue slipping any Senate deal whatever, because financial matters are required to originate in the House. I don't hear waiving that anywhere in this at all. THey really don't care how much damage they do to how many Americans as long as they can exercise virtually unlimited power, I guess.

  •  Boehner isn't talking to us... (4+ / 0-)

    He is talking to Fox, Politico, WaPo, NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC.  His number one goal is to make the sequester sound like the most horrible idea ever and then to pin it on Obama.  He has a good chance of succeeding too.

    'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

    by RichM on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:55:05 PM PST

  •  Expect that Obama will get his way after the last (1+ / 0-)
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    The republicans' have got Nothin'

    Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:56:06 PM PST

  •  red districts are going to be hit hard (2+ / 0-)

    but maybe his isn't one of them? Or maybe he doesn't give a shit. Yeah, I'll go with that.

  •  "I got 98% of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy." (2+ / 0-)
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    This what Democrats all over the country should be repeating up to and after the day the Sequester kicks in.

    "I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends, they're in my head. Light my candles, in a daze 'cause I found god." - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:00:07 PM PST

  •  I've got Carnival Cruise Tix for Boehner, (1+ / 0-)
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    and the rest of his House Leadership.  Unfortunately, the folks at Carnival Cruise Lines will have to spread feces, and urine on the ship to make them feel at home.  However, the ship that is docked in Mobile should do in a pinch.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:00:11 PM PST

  •  Well see there is the problem right there... (0+ / 0-)

    There is no mind to make up....

  •  I like to enlare that picture (1+ / 0-)
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    and stick my finger in his squinty eye.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:06:48 PM PST

  •  Orange Man...Pathetic Orange Man (1+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y

    According to the Constitution since your elk runs the House it is your job to fix it.

    Our government is broken and may be beyond fixing.

    Psst!!!......Mittens you are more of a poor loser than I thought.

    by wbishop3 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:09:40 PM PST

  •  My Civil Service colleagues are planning for (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Jeff Y

    a month of furlough in April.

    The Republicans learned nothing from Newt Gingrich in the 1990's.   People will be so pissed off at Congress by May, Washington DC will look and smell like a toxic waste dump.

    We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

    by captainlaser on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:11:48 PM PST

  •  Solving the sequester..... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....had LOTS of opportunities.  The commission, or whatever it was.  It died, because Republicans said NO to any revenue.  Not. One. Penny.  

    And so began the kick down the road to blithering nonsense.  

    Boehner has yet to propose what loopholes he would close.  But now it's the Senate's job to do all the work so the Republi-traitors can filibuster it?  

    And he's off for another vacation instead of doing the People's Work.  


  •  Thing is, Boehner has everything he wants NOW. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ignore what he says, and look at what is happening.

    What more can he want ?  He doesn't WANT anything we want, and NOTHING is precisely what we get. he gets...EVERYTHING.

    Politics is just War by Other Means.  The elephant is sitting in the middle of the road, and nothing can happen. The elephant has everything it wants.  Elections don't matter. Polls don't matter.

    We must stop measuring Boehner by our standards. From HIS point of view, he's at the top of the world.  

    The House is shut down. The Senate is shut down. The Court ? Yep.  

    You tell me what has to change in the world for the elephant to WANT to move ?

  •  he voted for it (1+ / 0-)
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    Was Obama twisting his arm?

    A fool and his money are soon elected. -Marx, Groucho

    by Garth1066 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:20:23 PM PST

  •  I could balance the budget by next year, easily (0+ / 0-)

    Get rid of all tax evasion and shelter loopholes and unfair tax breaks for the rich and corporations, and raise the top tax bracket to 40% for everyone making more than $200,000.  

    We'd be swimming in a surplus in no time.

    Republican threats amount to destroying the present if we don't allow them to destroy the future too. -MinistryOfTruth, 1/1/2013

    by sleipner on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:21:53 PM PST

  •  Which branch of government controls the purse? (0+ / 0-)

    I keep forgetting.

    Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

    by banjolele on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:26:01 PM PST

  •  It boggles the mind (1+ / 0-)
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    I love the new GOP message trying to pin the sequester on Obama.  They make it sound like it was Obama who refused to sign the debt ceiling deal without these spending cuts.

    Bull. Shit. The cuts were and always will be the demand republicans made to release their hostage and vote for the debt ceiling increase. If they don't like the cuts now then they should come up with replacements.  They're the ones demanding cuts in the first place.

    I think the Dems need to call their bluff.  Hold votes on a clean repeal of the sequester.  They claim to hate the sequester.  Well give them a chance to show it.  And when they moan and cry about the debt and deficit hurting the economy simply point out that they're wrong.

    I'm sick and tired of Dems caving to the conventional wisdom that we have a spending problem and that the debt and deficit are a big drag on the economy.  It's simply not true.  Dems should be calling these cuts what they are: middle-class job cuts, a recipe for recession, etc.  They should be making the case that government contraction is currently a huge drag on the economy and employment.  That's what the data shows.  So show it.  Hang the sequester and stagnant job growth right around Boehner's neck.

    The only way the GOP will let the sequester go is if public opinion shows that Americans hate it and will blame the GOP for it.  Stop negotiating with the hostage-takers.  Go on the offensive.

    •  The problem is that the public thinks the (2+ / 0-)
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      government can be run like a housewife and her checkbook and family fun pin money for the week.

       They think if we are in debt, we must just stop spending, stop paying for everything and certainly not raise taxes.  When you say 'raise revenue" or a "tax increase" everyone who makes 40,000 a year or more has a heart attack, because they assume we are coming after their paycheck to pay for the "lazy bums" who do nothing.

      You can see it in conversations, with people at work, in newspaper comments. I hear it constantly and I'm in a swing purple state....imagine if it were red.

      This MEME of tax raises are bad and all spending is bad, has to change.  We must inform the people that if they give a dollar....government will give them much, much more in return and we will one day have a fair and just society.  However, if everyone keeps every cent....we will all never have a thing.

      •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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        It's just frustrating to me that more democrats aren't pushing back against the stupid.  In my state, MT, we just reelected Jon Tester to the senate.  I like the guy, but featured prominently in his campaign ads was his support for a balanced budget amendment.  I can understand that he has to be a moderate to be successful here, but FFS a BBA is about the worst idea imaginable.  It's an economic suicide pact. Is it too much to ask for democrats to oppose the GOP's worst ideas?

        The GOP has figured out that they can influence public opinion toward their agenda.  Often it seems that the Dems are all to willing to let public opinion, even when it's stunningly wrong, drive their agenda and messaging.  If Dems aren't going to push back against the MEME that the FedGov can and should be balanced like a family checkbook no one will and the GOP will continue to win the message war.

        On the sequester issue we have Obama's milquetoast "balanced approach" to the deficit.  We lost the argument the moment he agreed with the opposition that more budget cuts are needed and that the deficit, not unemployment, is our big problem.

  •  GOP Doomsday Cult (0+ / 0-)

    The gerrymandered districts in places like Utah and South Carolina are like the Branch Davidians or Jonestown.

    These nuts were 100% convinced Romney was going to cuise to a landslide victory, not get decisively beaten.  Their fantasy world is crumbling, and they want their politicans to destroy America immediately because if the country doesn't collapse it means they are insane.

    The GOP is a Doomsday cult - they've been buying their gold coins and guns and MREs from Glenn Beck and listening to Alex Jones, and they are convinced that Obama's reelection is the last straw.  And for a lot of them, they've been waited for the Rapture / White Horse Prophecy / Civil War 2 / national race war for years, and this is it, they want to go on a rampage now.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 03:57:06 PM PST

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