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Has the Sequester proven that our government, in its current state is entirely i

  1. Arghness profile image91
    Arghnessposted 5 years ago

    Has the Sequester proven that our government, in its current state is entirely inept?

    Go for it.

  2. Steven Dison profile image77
    Steven Disonposted 5 years ago

    More or less, yes it has. On the one side you have Obama who originally had the idea for the Sequester. Of course, he thought the cuts were too harmful (politically and realistically) that there's no way it would actually happen. That's where he had a large miscalculation. He was trying to negotiate with Republicans to avoid mandatory spending cuts. The Republicans held all the leverage. It's like negotiating with Democrats to avoid across the board, mandatory free healthcare for everyone. Here's how you can tell. The Republicans recently passed a budget plan in the House that restores about $10 billion in funding for the Defense department, and that department made up about half of the overall cuts in the Sequester. So, they basically allowed it to happen, and are retroactively removing the cuts they were politically damaging to them, while leaving the rest, which were damaging to Democrats.

    Some Republicans say (off the record, of course) that they see this as a win because they see it all as parts of the "Grand Bargain" deal. The fiscal cliff deal had all the tax increases and revenue Democrats should want (according to Republicans, at least) and now the Sequester brings the spending cuts that would have been part of the big deal. Now, it's on to entitlement cuts.

    So, while this looks like just standard government ineptitude (which it is), it was also a series of highly calculated moves between the two parties.

  3. MickS profile image73
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    'Our Government'?  Who's is our then?----------------------------

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Yes, it has. I am finding it more and more interesting that a government that set up 3 branches for a check and balance system is not doing the job. One branch seems to be avoiding all of the checks and the constitution.