Friday, February 22, 2013

The Truth about the Sequester...

...that the short-term memory'd classes appear to have conveniently forgotten.

Here's the thing about the sequester (AKA the Budget Control Act of 2011) that the revisionists of this country's recent history have conveniently forgotten (actually, ignored, because it doesn't fit their narrative of lies and myth):

Waaaay back In 2011 the extremist right wing nutjobs in the House refused to raise the debt ceiling--something the leadership had done repeatedly under Bush without incident or fret--and something that had always been done. But under Obama, the black guy who inherited the worst economy possible from Bush, including runaway deficit-spending on two wars, they threatened--for the first time in US history--to force a default on the good faith and credit of the United States. The sequester was White House economics advisor Gene Sperling's response to being held hostage by this minority of insane fiscal terrorists. To break the impass, Sperling crafted a "Mexican standoff" style policy; the assumption implicit in the sequester was that there were enough "unacceptable" cuts in the package for both sides (defense for republicans, social programs for democrats) that it was unthinkable NOT to pass a compromise. This, of course, is anything but the democratic process at work; at best it's governance from behind in the face of bomb-throwing extremist tea party zealots.

You're kiddin' me. Of course, this basic course in recent history 101--which is undisputed, it's not as if there's another interpretation available here--is never mentioned in the mainstrain media. The democrats assume, wrongly, as per usual,  that the American people know or remember what happened "all those years" ago. But sadly they don't... fact, the latest from the Pew Research folks, while yes, 49% of the people will blame republicans, 40% of the people also think it's fine to let the sequester happen, and 42% think that the sequester is the fault of both parties. Embarrassing. Critical thinking skills are in seriously short supply among a large percentage of Americans. 

Their logic goes something like this: 
a: Republicans hold president/country hostage over debt ceiling that has always been passed, and that they passed without problem under Bush.
b: The President has few options--let country default and cause international financial ruin or come up with a Mexican Standoff doomsday fiscal scenario, so he choose the latter
c: Both parties are to blame! 

Source: Pew Research
If it helps, think of it this way: 4 out of every 10 people you see are basically the reason our country weaves wildly in and out of economic traffic, like a drunk coming out of a bar at 2:00 am. It's clear who caused this. Oh, and Boehner and Ryan both indicated that this would be useful for their party. Disgusting. Embarrassing. Completely avoidable. And all because a black guy (a moderate democratic black guy!) became president. Come to think of it, that doesn't help at all...