McConnell Whips Out The White Flag On Sequester

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. pspr


    What's wrong with these cowards?

    Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.

    The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year.

    As proposed, lawmakers would retain the power to overturn the president’s spending plan by March 22, but only under a resolution of disapproval that would demand two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate to prevail over an Obama veto.

    The proposal would require — like the sequester — that no more than $42.6 billion of the cuts come at the expense of defense programs. But the elaborate, almost Rube Goldberg construct is already provoking sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike and reflects a political scramble to escape the fallout from the sequester.

    The sweep of the first GOP option is striking. If Congress were to follow this course, significant power would be shifted to the president, an unusual maneuver that even Obama himself and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have scoffed at. But the plan appears to have the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and is being advanced by conservative Republicans who don’t want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer.

    “Let’s be clear about the goal here,” McConnell said, somewhat defensively on the Senate floor Wednesday

    Reid has said he will allow Republicans one shot at offering a sequester solution this week, but the GOP has been divided about a way forward. Even if Republicans unite behind this latest approach, it is unlikely to clear the Senate, ensuring that the sequestration cuts will take effect Friday.
  2. What's wrong with these cowards. They're thinking about what's best for their own careers rather than what's good for the country. They know Team Obama and the MSM will lead the misinformed masses right over the cliff, blame republicans, and the general public will buy it in great enough numbers to sway next years election.
    It's all pretty much over for this country. The radical left will win this fight. As is spins out of control over the next few years they will blame republicans all the way down. Their hope is that when the masses are starving in the camps they'll be asking, who were these evil republicans that did this to us? Enough time will pass and history will be re-written. Don't think it can happen? See North Korea.
  3. TGregg


    #@^* it! Let's send this thing over the cliff on Barry's watch. Instead of a measly 85 billion (with a little B) in cuts, how about $2 Trillion in new spending?! Yeah baby! Free college for everyone (including illegals) all the way up to doctorate! And get paid while you are in school! New cars for everyone! Extend unemployment to 520 weeks! Crank the minimum wage up to a Jackson an hour! Outlaw fossil fuels! Set a workweek maximum of 30 hours! Union membership is mandatory! Institute a national VAT of 12%! Double the income tax rates!

    We wouldn't even last a year if we did that.
  4. Coming to your town, soon.... after the 2014 mid-term... where the Dems gain control of the House and a 60-vote majority in the Senate.

    It will be like Sherman's March To The Sea..

    :( :(
  5. More examples of the republicans' continuing Stockholm Syndrome.
  6. jem


    to allow the sequestor and then not be willing to live with it.
    these establishment republicans had no intention of balancing the budget.
  7. Lucrum



    Christ, those cheese dick idiots might as well make Odumbo dictator.
  8. Bush was once caught off mic saying "... I wouldn't mind America being a dictatorship, so long as I was dictator".
  9. McConnell Whips Out

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  10. pspr


    Isn't that what they are proposing? They were probably down on one knee when they proposed the idea.

    "Let's give Ol' Marshmellow Nuts the keys to the kingdom."
    #10     Feb 27, 2013