Republicans claim Obama proposed the Sequester. It is a nice sound bite, and may even be true. The funny thing about sound bites is they can be misleading. As Paul Harvey always led; and now for the rest of the story.
The sound bite doesn’t address: the why for the proposal of a Sequester as Paul Harvey would say. Republicans, more specifically Tea Party Republicans, were refusing to pay America’s bills. This had already led to, the first ever, credit rating downgrade for the United States. The United States was in the process of becoming the world’s biggest deadbeat! The Tea Party didn’t care one wit about that. They were demanding cuts. The fact; that this was money already approved by the congress and that vendors had done the work, was not of any consequence to Tea Party Representatives. Alan Greenspan had a name for this kind of financial conduct, irrational exuberance. In everyday layman’s term, nuts, clinically unbalanced might be the medical evaluation.
The world markets could not absorb this financially. So the unbalanced Tea Party representatives had to be mollified. Thus to get an immediate agreement from the clinically unbalanced, Obama had to give them something even more unbalanced to take its place in the not too distant future. Thus the Sequester was born. The thinking behind its creation; was to allow Republicans time to get some financial therapy for their clinically unbalanced Tea Party members.
The Republicans liked this idea. They were intoxicated from drinking copious amounts of the Fox News cool-aid prior to the November Presidential election. The GOP believed that Republicans would end up with control of all three branches of the federal government. And they would be able to do as they pleased.
The November elections were an unimaginable disaster for the GOP, and its leadership, causing a collective nervous breakdown politically. Once again the American voters had rejected their policies and method of governing.
This has produced an ugly outrageous reaction; if the American voters won’t let them govern, then the GOP won’t let anyone govern. Let’s hope they recover before they really destroy our country.