Is this really Obama’s sequester?

I saw a tweet from Speaker John Boehner today referring to the sequester as belonging to President Obama.  Personally I like John Boehner, at least I like his personality as portrayed for the cameras.  He seems like the type of guy I can sit down with over a drink, talk business, and learn a lot, especially about wearing nice suits.

On the other hand, I am not a personal fan of President Obama.  He strikes me as one of those aloof, slightly nerdy brothers that I made a point to ignore while in college.  You just couldn’t figure out where they were coming from or whether they were a part of the “community.”

Personal views, however, have no place in policy, and while I like John Boehner, I take an opposing view to his description of the pending doom of sequestration as one that is Mr. Obama’s idea.

Yes, Mr. Obama may have suggested that he would exercise some measure of sequestration under a budget act, allowing him to hold back a small amount of spending from that authorized by the Congress, but the legislation that gave us this $85 billion abyss was signed off by most Republican leaders and the President.  The leadership from the Executive and Legislative branches are to blame should sequestration take effect.

What I also find interesting, however, is how the GOP is ready to flip flop on their call for Mr. Obama to “lead.”  This has been the rallying cry of Boehner, House majority leader Eric Cantor, and House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan.  Mr. Ryan made this call for leadership loud and clear during his ill-fated run for vice-president last year.

Assuming that sequestration is the President’s idea, and the GOP decided to abdicate to Mr. Obama’s leadership and follow, what’s with all the finger pointing now?  No one forced the GOP to follow.  No one held a gun to the GOP’s head saying you must pass this sequester bill.  Now the GOP with the very same leaders who decided to follow Mr. Obama (because that’s what you do when you are calling on someone to lead; you follow.) are basically saying that when March 1st rolls around, that great sucking sound you hear will be Mr. Obama sucking the air out of the economy.

Too bad Congress took a week off but still found time to throw barbs when they could have been in Washington re-writing the sequestration bill.  Ooops.  My bad.  That would have called for some leadership and less finger pointing from the Republican Party.

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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4 Responses to Is this really Obama’s sequester?

  1. FLPatriot says:

    All though I am not a fan of Speaker Borhner and have no interest in sitting down with him to do anything but hand him a pink slip, I also have the same opinion of the President. Why I think you hear so much about pointing to Obama for the sequester is because the President has taking onto himself to fear monger the situation into another false emergency.

    If the public knew that the president threatended to veto any attempt to lesson the impact of the sequester, would he be fear mongering it to this level?

    The truth is that the sequester is a good thing, except the politicians will force it to hurt to protect their agenda to grow the government at every chance. There is more than $100 billion in this year’s budget that can be easily cut, but if they did that no one would notice, and that doesn’t further their agenda. (by ‘their’ I am talking about both parties)

  2. Dennis says:

    It’s the “heads I win, tails you lose” political philosophy that both sides employ, unfortunately. I agree, this didn’t get done in a vacuum or by executive order. It seems with the President’s very tough, Chicago politics background, the old way of “I won’t make you look bad if you don’t make me look bad” has tilted in the other direction, and frankly, the GOP hasn’t had the stomach for it. I say this purely in observation mode of the political process and not casting value judgments on policies of either side. I do not agree with most of the President’s policies; at the same time, the GOP needs to man up to the challenge at hand instead of crying that they’re getting beat up.

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