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GOP preparing to do what they do best: Nothing
With automatic budget cuts set to kick in tomorrow, here's a really short version of today's episode of Sequester Theater: In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans will hold dueling votes on plans to avert the sequester. The Democratic plan will likely get more than 50 votes, and the Republican plan certainly won't. Despite getting a majority, the Democratic plan will likely fail, however—unless Republicans decide not to filibuster it. In the House, nothing will happen.

Here's an even shorter version: Congress is completely dysfunctional. The only people who are doing anything remotely serious to stop the sequester are Senate Democrats, but they can't even put pressure on House Republicans because a handful of old-timers blocked filibuster reform, giving Senate Republicans veto power.

(Yes, this is yet another reason to ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reopen filibuster reform.)

As for the policy substance of the proposals on the table, none of the plans being talked about would actually completely replace the sequester. The Democratic plan would replace one year of it by reducing long-term spending and closing loopholes for high income taxpayers.

The main Senate Republican plan would replace the sequester with the exact same level of spending cuts over the exact same period of time, except it would require President Obama to decide where to make the cuts instead of the 2011 Budget Control Act. That's really just an effort to gloss over the impact of the sequester, however, and shift the blame to Obama. It faces Democratic opposition as well as GOP opposition.

House Republicans haven't proposed any plan for replacing the sequester during the current Congress. They did pass a plan last year to replace $315 billion of it with cuts to social insurance programs like food stamps, but that left in place nearly $1 trillion in future sequester cuts, largely to domestic priorities. It barely passed the House in 2012, and with the smaller GOP majority in 2013, it probably couldn't pass today.

Tomorrow's episode of Sequester Theater will feature a meeting at the White House with Congressional leaders and President Obama. There's no word yet on whether whatever remains of Bob Woodward's dignity will make an appearance.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:06 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  As bad as the sequester is, and austerity (29+ / 0-)

    as the economy shows some signs of growth from the Great Recession is insanity, at least social security, medicare, and medicaid are protected, and maybe for the first time since 9/11, the growth in defense spending is reduced.  

    It's a policy, but Republicans want to destroy our economy.  They will cut and cut as mcuh as possible.  This is as much revenge for Obama's re-election as it is anything.  

    Until they lose the House, we all will suffer.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:13:11 AM PST

  •  It's a good thing we didn't reform the sequester. (2+ / 0-)
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    Losty, corvo

    Otherwise Democrats would have to take responsibility for defeating something that actually kinda want.

    When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

    by Words In Action on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:32:07 AM PST

    •  Hard to understand your comment. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Pinto Pony

      Do you think many/most Dems (or Barack Obama) want severe spending cuts?  

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:03:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I think it's snark? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        TomP

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:26:33 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Voting for the sequester (0+ / 0-)

          wasn't exactly a monopartisan thang.

          •  The 2011 "deals" to avert the debt crisis (1+ / 0-)
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            elmo

            may well have been mistaken (although Obama and a Dem senate were re-elected).  And I think Obama made some mistakes in giving verbal and other support to cutting the defict too soon.  But most has been driven by the Republcians.  From Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2011, when there was a Dem Congress and Dem President, there was stimulus, not deficit reduction.  

            So I think some nuance is required.  Defict reduction (now) has been driven mostly by Republicans.  I would criticize Obama for soem tactical choices, but the R House is driving the austerity.

            Some leftists here seem to get lost in the anti-Obama and anti-Democratic Party rhetoric and lsoe, in my view, perspective.  

            The revolution people claimed that Occupy was ushering in never happened.  

            In the end, reformers like Bernie Sanders and left-of-center moderates like Barack Obama seem the opnly path forward.  

            No doubt, you disagree.  

                   

            Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

            by TomP on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:55:34 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  As you will recall (0+ / 0-)

            the sequester was the way Republicans were persuaded to allow the debt ceiling to be increased, avoiding a default that would likely have collapsed our economy and much else besides.

      •  I think that was supposed to be "filibuster" (1+ / 0-)
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        Words In Action

        Had the filibuster been eliminated entirely the "let the President decide how to implement GOP cuts" bill, having an actual chance of passing with 50 votes, would have been much harder to defeat.  Democrats would have been tempted by the power and would have needed vote-whipping.

        •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

          Thanks.

          When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

          by Words In Action on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:13:17 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Not over their own bill. (0+ / 0-)

          The senators themselves would not have gained the power, Obama would.  They could care less if it's not about them.  But there's no way they would choose the GOP bill over their own.   If there had been filibuster reform, it's possible that their own bill would be even stronger.

          The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

          by Back In Blue on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:14:08 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Ooops. Reform the filibuster. (0+ / 0-)

      (Sequester on the brain.)

      ...Otherwise Democrats would have to take responsibility for defeating something that actually kinda want.

      When 1% take 121% of the gains from "recovery", people actually recovering from lost employment are trading down on wages and benefits. Current strategies by moderates don't even consider winning the Class War.

      by Words In Action on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:13:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  And of course HR 505 (6+ / 0-)

    the Balancing Act as proposed by the House Progressive Caucus, gets no consideration at all despite being favored by a majority of people who hear about it, including even 47% of Republicans.

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

    by jrooth on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:33:23 AM PST

    •  You really have to wonder... (2+ / 0-)
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      jrooth, PorridgeGun

      ...just how freakin' terrible at politics are those in the Progressive Caucus?

      I mean, proposal after proposal would garner overwhelming public support. At this point it's fair to say that the House progressive caucus is the group most in line with the American people on-the-whole at this point. Yet not only do their proposals go nowhere,  but they can't even get a ride there.

      I'm generally one of the most cynical people when it comes to the DC-insider Media machine. I loathe them. I feel they hurt our nation. I feel most are useless at best and purposefully bad at worst.

      But there's no excuse for the complete blackout that the Progressive Caucus lives in at this point. They should be raising hell within the Dem caucus behind closed doors and constantly in the faces of the woeful media in the open.

      I'm not suggesting extreme tactics, I'm suggesting an omnipresence. They should take training in media savvy and improvisation. They should hound sunday shows to give them airtime. They should be buying loads of airtime to promote their plans in Beohner's district.

      There are dozens of ways they could draw attention to their plans/ideas without being labeled as the "far left". Hell, there's no rules against it...so they could rename their caucus something like the "American Middle" caucus.

      The media can't completely black ball them, plus if they are clever and use some savvy political moves, the media will actually want to cover them.

      Our Fair City...a campy post-apocalyptic science fiction radio epic!

      by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:38:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  There's a Progressive Caucus? (0+ / 0-)

        Coulda fooled me.

        •  Let's support the CPC and their "Balancing Act" (0+ / 0-)

          The time to critique their tactics is not now. They have regularly been mugged and gagged by the establishment media and we do need to find a way around that, but it is more important for us to devote our time right now to publicizing and championing the Congressional Progressive Caucus  "Balancing Act"

          The link is here:

          http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/...

          Eradicate magical thinking

          by Zinman on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:54:18 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah, it's pretty strange alright ... (2+ / 0-)
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        Zinman, howd

        but who knows what goes on behind the curtain.  I expect the leaderships of both parties lean on the beltway media pretty hard to keep the progressive caucus depicted as fringe.

        And it's pretty hard to get the point across that you're serious if the only media coverage you get is short segments designed to make you look wacky.

        “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

        by jrooth on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:00:09 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  And I get that. (1+ / 0-)
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          jrooth

          As I stated, I'm super-cynical, particularly about the media machine in DC.

          That said, there are ways for the CPC to be heard and not seen as extreme. It takes effort. Way more effort than the fringe GOPers have to put forth and even more effort than the self-acclaimed "moderates" do.

          I still believe it's possible.

          Our Fair City...a campy post-apocalyptic science fiction radio epic!

          by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:16:00 AM PST

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      •  why is McCain on TV every Sunday? (2+ / 0-)
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        ChurchofBruce, Zinman

        I don't blame the CPC.

        The country is dysfunctional. Ignoring the CPC is a symptom.

        •  Throwing the baby out with the bathwater. (0+ / 0-)

          A vast majority of Americans agree on a vast majority of issues, when they are actually presented those issues in a fair and informative way.

          Labeling the entire nation dysfunctional because political machines, combined with media maleficence and incompetence, have warped and manipulated people is like blaming a kidnapping victim for suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

          Our Fair City...a campy post-apocalyptic science fiction radio epic!

          by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:12:29 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks Again Harry.. Why Haven't you Resigned Yet? (4+ / 0-)

    Great Job Leading Us...

    Right into Oblivion..

  •  Let's not malign House Dems here (7+ / 0-)
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    TomP, RichM, judyms9, jrooth, tb mare, ferg, Zinman

    They actually have the best plan for moving forward. It may not be perfect, but it's the best alternative we've seen so far.

    It just can't get the light of day with our dysfunctional Congress and our vapid, mostly-brain-dead traditional media.

    We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

    by Samer on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:44:49 AM PST

  •  'Heck of a job, Harry!' :| (nt) (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Words In Action
  •  So dysfunctional...bad Reality Show. Kooky GOP (0+ / 0-)

    each want their 15 minutes of fame by being more outrageous than the next one.  Even Kim and Snookie are shaking their heads.

  •  The federal government runs out of authorization (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, ferg, nextstep

    in about a month. If no new authorization is passed we will have a rare government shutdown. There will be no substantive short term movement on the sequester, but the sequester will be part of the bigger authorization process to keep the federal government running. It's hard to say if we will have a shutdown because both sides will play chicken right to the end.

    Here is my guess (not my wish):

    No movement on the sequester for a month.

    Non-critical federal government shuts down for at least
    a week at the end of March.

    In April a comprehensive plan to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, with some moderation of the sequester cuts baked in. No new revenues.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:54:12 AM PST

  •  my wife and i picked a bad time to move to DC (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, bryduck, Words In Action

    and take a government job, i guess...for those of you not scheduled to take a massive pay cut for no good goddamn reason, carry on

    Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

    by memofromturner on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 08:59:33 AM PST

    •  Well, that all depends on your (0+ / 0-)

      definition of "no good goddamn reason", doesn't it? Republicans--not the ones in power, perhaps--want to reduce government spending and believe in flat taxes, so a flat spending cut makes a ton of good sense, right?

      Clearly you are one of those leeches sucking at the public teat to not get the magnificence of this move.
      < /snark>

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:29:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Listening to C-Span live, (1+ / 0-)
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    gchaucer2

    anybody know what House Resolution 88 is?

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:02:07 AM PST

    •  Another GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1

      attempt to amend the constitution:

      Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state.
      They  are too effing stupid to understand their powers under the present Constitution.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:13:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  change the rules harry (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob Friend, Words In Action

    this is BS

    Don't give up... hold our party leaders accountable.

    by owl06 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:08:24 AM PST

  •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA
    The main Senate Republican plan would replace the sequester with the exact same level of spending cuts over the exact same period of time, except it would require President Obama to decide where to make the cuts instead of the 2011 Budget Control Act. That's really just an effort to gloss over the impact of the sequester, however, and shift the blame to Obama. It faces Democratic opposition as well as GOP opposition.
    In my fantasy world, the Dems actually take up the GOP on their kind offer and then Obama makes sure the cuts mostly happen in Red districts and Red states throughout the country.

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

    by RichM on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:11:52 AM PST

    •  Dreamer. And even if he did (0+ / 0-)

      that, that would just mean he's as evil as the Republicans in those areas have been telling each other he is. Either way we turn, they have us nailed, sometimes. That's what not having control of the airwaves has gotten us . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:31:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bob Woodward's hissy fit has hurt one of the GOP's (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PorridgeGun

    key talking points.  Part of the GOP's strategy is to get the media to focus on the notion that this is Obama's idea.  Woodward was aiding and abetting that cause.  His little hissy fit drama queen routine with Gene Sperling made news and didn't reflect well on him.  Even GOPers are running away from Woodward.

    It lays bare that the discussion on who did what is really petty and doesn't address the issue of how this impacts Americans.  When the discussion is focused on impact, the President wins handily.  He is the only adult in the room.  The media can sense when a part of a story no longer has legs.  That sort of happened today with Woodward getting exposed.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:12:20 AM PST

  •  How to kill the republican plan: (1+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action

    Obama should quickly and explicitly lay out all of the needed cuts under the republican plan with unfortunately disproportionate cuts in districts where republican senators and reps have blocked attempts at more reasonable repeal or replacement to the sequester.  That way a vote for the republican deal is explicitly a vote in favor of those cuts.  That would probably kill the republican plan pretty quick.

    •  I like it, (0+ / 0-)

      except cut totally in the most regressive districts. If government interference in "social darwinism" is bad for people, help those that oppose any safety net out first.

      The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Bertrand Russell

      by Wood Gas on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:47:14 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Anyone watching the Senate debate? (5+ / 0-)
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    hulibow, Samer, ferg, asm121, Words In Action

    Its like a LARP version of a Obamarox/Obamasux blog fight.

    This isn't even a functioning chamber on either front.  Its a proxy fight for a campaign that ended almost 4 months ago.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:16:45 AM PST

  •  McConnell (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    kitebro, PorridgeGun

    is a spectacularly unattractive human being.  Yikes.

  •  A pome: (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hulibow, Samer, ferg, chillpepper

    There once was a reporter named Bob
    Who thought advocacy was his job.
    “I was threatened!” he claimed
    And the White House was blamed --
    It was sadder than “Les Miserables.”

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:18:04 AM PST

  •  I don't know what to flip on! (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans getting hammered on the House floor or the Senate Democrats at the mic.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:18:24 AM PST

  •  Once again, thanks for nothing, Harry Reid. Keep (3+ / 0-)

    that good old "responsible" filibuster going. What could possibly go wrong?

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:21:40 AM PST

  •  It's not "Congress", it's "Republicans". (4+ / 0-)
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    judyms9, cactusgal, Egalitare, howd

    The core of Republican philosophy is that Government sucks, so is it any wonder that any measure of power given to them results in an ill-run Government?

    Our system is built on inefficiencies and procedural hurdles. It was done like this for a reason, and it's part of what makes this the best form of government yet devised. However, the entire system is predicated on the "fringe" never getting so large as to wield legitimate power within the system, instead leaving the mechanisms of Government to those governing in good faith.

    The fringe of the Republican party now essentially holds a majority within the caucus. They hate government and they have no intention of governing in good faith.

    You wouldn't hire someone who hates manual labor and cars to be your mechanic. You wouldn't give a dog to someone who hates animals.  You wouldn't let someone who hates kids baby sit your child.

    You shouldn't let those that hate government run it.

    I still can't fathom why Democrats don't point this out on the campaign trail. Every anti-government statement can easily be used as a reason that GOPer has incentive to do the job poorly, and there is a mountain of evidence against the GOP to back it up and paint a picture.

    Our Fair City...a campy post-apocalyptic science fiction radio epic!

    by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:23:56 AM PST

    •  The GOP actually loves government when they (0+ / 0-)

      are in charge, but claiming to hate it lowers the bar for them when they are in power and makes them loudmouthed critics when they're out of power.  They want austerity now because it will collapse the economy and make it easier for them to regain power as the alternative party.  
      Someone on the left needs to call out the GOP yakkers on their repeated pointing to Greece and Spain as being our future if we don't go deficit nuts and then report that both countries failed, utterly failed to raise or collect taxes owed by their high income folks like the shipping magnates, a failure that greased their slide into economic collapse and which will do the same for us.  The RW wants us to believe it was all about too much spending so they can keep tax cuts for the wealthy.

      Funny how whenever we hear about high profile IRS activity against tax evaders it's always folks like Joe Louis, Wesley Snipes, and showbiz types.  Will they ever look into Dimond, Blankfein, or Adelson's taxes or do they feel too intimidated by the highly paid tax attorneys on their staffs?  There seems to be little scutiny of those in gated communities.  

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:46:15 AM PST

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  •  Jesus Christ what an effin mess (1+ / 0-)
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  •  There you have today's Republican Party: (0+ / 0-)

    Mitch McConnell: Its Face

    John McCain: Its Brain

    John Boehner: Its Liver

    It has no Heart.

  •  Fixed that for you: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    corvo
    Yes, this is yet another reason to ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reopen filibuster reform resign.
  •  Republicans have a simple goal (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PorridgeGun

    They will do nothing that helps the president in any way on anything. If that means letting the country go down the tubes, they're fine with that.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:36:27 AM PST

    •  And run out the clock on Obama's second term (0+ / 0-)

      which McConnell and Boehiner are hoping comes November 2014. Taking the senate would pretty much make condemn the President to lame-duck status.

      I hope the White House realises this, because its obvious to everyone who posts here.

  •  Jed, there is already a diary suggesting that Mr. (0+ / 0-)

    Woodward is a member of the "turtle brigade".  I've learned it is near impossible to "teach an old dog new tricks".  How to transform a snarling wolf to a  loyal companion, that is the question?

  •  Sequester has nothing to do with filibuster reform (3+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Wood Gas, elmo

    Raise your hand if you think Boehner cares whether the Senate passes a sequester replacement...  

    Nobody?  

    OK.  So why bitch about filibuster reform if it's completely irrelevant to the current discussion?  Never miss an opportunity to poke Harry Reid in the eye, I guess.

    The sequester is going to happen, the Republicans want it to happen and have the power to prevent anyone from stopping it.  The only way we avoid a sequester is if the Republicans surrender (again -- which I think is still in the realm of possibility).

    The other side of the coin here is that the Republicans are seriously losing the messaging war over the sequester.  It doesn't matter if they're filibustering the Democrats in the Senate or actively doing nothing in the House, they are losing.  Harry Reid may be an old-guard woos, but the sequester is all about the Republicans in the House and has nothing to do with filibuster reform.

    •  Filibuster is not "completely irrelevant" to (2+ / 0-)
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      ferg, Zinman

      sequester bills. Sending one over to the House would force Boehner to "get off his ass" to at least table it, putting the lie to his claim of just meekly waiting for a senate bill.

      "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

      by TofG on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 09:41:29 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  is he making that claim? (0+ / 0-)

        No.  Because even he knows that it's a stupid thing for him to say.

        Boehner is trumpeting the old House sequester bill that would gut safety-net programs instead of the military. The fact that he doesn't have the votes for it anymore just reinforces how the House Republicans have decided to stop pretending they don't want the sequester to happen.

        Which means that nothing the Senate does matters.  The sequester was about the House Republicans, is about the House Republicans, and will always be about the House Republicans.

    •  Not only that (0+ / 0-)

      but let's not bypass the fact that Republicans in the Senate are filibustering a bill to stop the sequester. It doesn't matter whose idea it was originally, in my book that means Republicans own it. It's now theirs alone.

  •  ahh, Harry Reid . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, PorridgeGun
    Senate GOP expected to filibuster Democratic plan to avoid sequester as House GOP twiddles thumbs
    . . . the gift that keeps on giving.
  •  Thanks For Nothing (2+ / 0-)
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    "Senate GOP expected to filibuster Democratic plan to avoid sequester as House GOP twiddles thumbs"

    Thanks for nothing, Harry Reid.  If we had been able to get real filibuster reform, this headline would have never existed.  But you Republicans insisted on having your way, and now you and those you stooge for are playing havoc with the well-being of this country.  I hope that you are happy now.

  •  The problem: (1+ / 0-)
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    As I see it, the problem isn't with the use of the filibuster, it's the use of the "Hold," which is basically a promise to filibuster. When Reid brought out the cots for the ACA bill, the promise of a filibuster quickly died.

    Republicans risk nothing for their 'promise' to filibuster. Our recognition of the promise as being equivalent to a filibuster is the problem.

    Break out the goddam cots, Reid!

    The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

    by Pacifist on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:15:57 AM PST

    •  Republican own the sequester (0+ / 0-)

      anyone who's paying attention understands that Republicans in both houses are doing their damnedest to ensure that the sequester happens.  Talking filibuster or not, the Republicans own the sequester.

      Anyone who's not paying attention (which is most people) doesn't really care whether the obstruction happens in the House or the Senate.

      The problem for Republicans is that the sequester really lines up perfectly with their anti-government rhetoric.  Layoffs, furloughs, delays in services are just the logical outgrowth of that Republican ideal.

      Filibuster reform is a good idea, but it has absolutely no bearing on the sequester.

    •  The Truth About the "Cots" (0+ / 0-)

      The truth is Reid can call for a marathon "break-out-the-cots" debate under the present rules, since as Majority Leader he has "floor recognition privileges" (i.e., the Chair must grant him the privilege to speak over any other Senator), and can therefore basically set the debate schedule.

      However, under the present rules, all the hurt is put on the majority and almost none on the minority.  That's because it only takes one Senator from the minority to request a Quorum Call while it takes 51 Senators from the majority to be present to constitute a quorum to keep the debate session going (If there are not at least 51 Senators present, the Senate is adjourned under the current rules and that days debate ends, but not the filibuster).

      That's why we don't see more cot debates, because the burden to keep the debate session going is placed on the majority, which is ironic because the majority wants the debate to end.  But that's the Senate for ya!

      "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

      by Doctor Who on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:19:57 AM PST

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  •  This is a little off topic, (0+ / 0-)

    But every time I read coverage of this subject, theTimbuk3 song "assholes on parade" starts playing in my head. It's not, quite, a horrible song, good beat and fun to dance to, but distracting. Please help

    The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Bertrand Russell

    by Wood Gas on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:28:16 AM PST

  •  This is great... (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans will be forced to stand and justify for the world why they believe spending cuts alone are the appropriate way to address this....

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    Oh wait!!!!!

    "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

    by justmy2 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:40:28 AM PST

  •  GOP: tantrums and fillibusters (0+ / 0-)

    In those conservative districts with lots of military bases and government contractors they will be overjoyed with the GOP Senate plans. Go ahead and fillibuster at least it will be THEIR fillibuster and not Obamas.

  •  Don't expect anything from Boehner (0+ / 0-)

    The Tea Party wants the sequester, and he has shown repeatedly that he has neither, the balls, the heart, or the brains to stand up to them. All he has left is pointing fingers.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 10:57:41 AM PST

  •  ashley judd (0+ / 0-)

    can you hear me?

  •  Sequester (1+ / 0-)
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    Everyone on this site knows how maddening this is and who's  responsible for it.  I won't preach to the choir.  The question is, what we as individuals are going to do about it.  All you can do is all you can do.  I'm not in the habit of doing this kind of thing but I'm going to post this, contact a few friends and ask them to join me, notify my local paper, then tomorrow go down and picket outside my local tea party Republican's office.  If everyone on this site would do the same, it would make a difference.  The media would report it, and our voice would be heard.

    Democracies all around the world are faltering, and authoritarian governments are in ascendence.  It's crunch time.  We can't control the world, but we can control our own actions.

    The Truth is such that it cannot be seen and not be believed. Wm. Blake

    by John L on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:24:47 AM PST

  •  Republicans lie rather than act (0+ / 0-)

    Boehner says the House has acted but they have passed nothing this session of congress that can be considered by the Senate and by law they are required to initiate spending bills. As Boehner has said that the House will do nothing until the Senate acts, the Senate Leader tried to pass legislation and who do you guess blocked it with a filibuster- the Republicans. The Republicans do not want to solve problems, just create them.

  •  True Pain (0+ / 0-)

    If the Republican members of congress want to inflict hardship on middle class Americans, they should have their pay withheld. So they will truly understand the pain they are causing everyday working people of this country. We are talking about actions the sequester will cause, that could cost people their lives. This is going directly against the oath of office they took when becoming members of congress. To protect and serve the American People!

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