February 19, 2013
BLAME? ISN'T IT CREDIT?:
Who's to Blame for the Sequester? (Michael Tomasky Feb 19, 2013, Daily Beast)
The GOP ought not share the credit for returning spending to historical norms, even if the UR deserves some. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2013 5:09 AMWhose "idea" was the sequester, and why should it matter? My Twitter feed these last couple of weeks has been overflowing with people going beyond the usual "communist" and "idiot" name-calling that I get every day and throwing the occasional "liar" in there because I "withhold" the information that the sequester was the Obama administration's idea. Very well, consider that nugget hereby unwithheld. Let's grant that this is true. But it's true only because the Republicans were holding a gun to the administration's head--and besides, the Republicans immediately voted for it. In any case the important thing now is that outside of Fox News land, it's an unimportant fact whose "idea" it was.