Yes, Republicans gave up some ground during the cliff discussions, but that was so last week.” – Ellis Henican
With just a couple of days and hours left on the clock before we come up against the sequester deadline, dire warnings of armegeddon-like consequences are flying everywhere. Let’s concede now that the rhetoric is overblown — from all directions.
The world won’t come to an end if agreements can’t be made. But that doesn’t mean that they should stop looking for some kind of reasonable plan. Both sides are going to have to give a little.
Have the Republicans shown any willingness to moderate their positions on spending and revenue? Sure, they gave up some ground during debt-ceiling negotiations and the fiscal cliff crisis. But that was so last week.
And the democrats? The President has already swallowed a lot of cuts and seems inclined to swallow even more—some that are, I believe, very dangerous.
The final decisions haven’t been made yet, but it won’t be pretty. This is Washington bureaucracy behaving exactly as we have come to expect. Look out, we’re stumbling into this sequester stupidly and blindly.