"A 'Very Senior' White House person warned me I'd 'Regret' what I'm doing."
"Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country.
"That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time."
"The White House instead has, with great success, fudged the facts. The administration has convinced a majority of the country that Republicans are more to blame by emphasizing that Republicans voted for the plan. Which they did — after Obama conceived it.
The truth is that Obama and Republicans supported sequestration because everyone believed it was a such a stupid idea that the grown-ups in Washington would never actually let it happen. They thought Obama and Congress would come up with a grand bargain on spending, entitlement cuts and tax increases, instead of allowing the sequestration ax to fall. They were wrong.
So the blame game is full swing – and Woodward is smack in the middle of it."
"Woodward, who helped bring down one presidency and has written instant history on every one since, added: “Color me a little baffled. I don’t understand this White House."
That is exactly right. It was Obama's idea in the first place and the Repubs. agreed to it, both thinking they would come up with an agreement before it went into effect. But that did not happen. I for one think this sequester is a good thing. Let it go through. At least we will cut SOME expense, though very little. Most don't understand that this is only a TINY increase in future spending, not current spending. In other words, if you are making $50,000 now and you were going to get a $50,000 raise, you would now only be getting a $47,000 raise.
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