Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Obama reams regressives over sequester

And rightly so. He went down the list of what actually happens if the sequester happens per this article: "hurt military readiness, slash investments in energy and medical research, result in thousands of teacher layoffs, and degrade the ability of emergency responders to respond to disasters." And much, much more. So they need to make a deal. But the regressives absolutely refuse to cup tax loopholes for corporations or the wealthy. Instead, per the President, "the burden is all on first responders or seniors or middle-class families. They double down, in fact, on the harsh, harmful cuts that I’ve outlined."

He lays out a clear choice to avoid the sequester. Support investment in programs that benefit the public with reasonable spending cuts. Or continue subsidies that support the rich and cut the hell out of public programs instead. And it you don't like the regressive blackmail, then to hell with the country and let the sequester wreak havoc on innocent citizens. It really is that plain and that simple.

PS: See the Progressive Caucus solution, The Balancing Act.

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