Think Progress makes a few million good points today, including this one: GOP Eager For The Sequester To Go Into Effect So They Can Blame Obama For Its Devastating Consequences.
Nothing new there. Unfortunately, Republican Opposite World and obstruction are states of the right wing mind we’ve become all too accustomed to, as is evidenced by #BlameObama becoming a relatively common Twitter hashtag.
You’d think that after losing the November elections so badly, Republicans would come to what’s left of their senses and see that Americans have been agreeing with President Obama on just about everything. And that he may actually have some decent ideas. And that he has actually compromised… a lot. And that he actually needs to get a few things done to help the people of this country survive and eventually thrive.
But that won’t stop the GOP from pushing on with their hypocrisy and lies.
That TP “blame Obama” post followed another one that included this video:
As TP and ABC’s Jonathan Karl point out, Paul Ryan supported the Budget Control Act in August 2011, and urged his fellow Republicans to vote for the sequester.
“Congressman, I’ve heard you ay this, and this has been a talking point Republicans for a long time, ‘this was the president’s idea’ on and on and on but let’s look at your own words. What you said right after the law putting this in place was passed in August of 2011. These are your words. ‘What conservatives like me have been fighting for for years are statutory caps on spending, literally legal caps in law that says government agencies cannot spend over a set amount of money and if they breach that amount across the board sequester comes in to cut that spending. You can’t turn it out without a super majority. We got that into law.‘ Now, it sounds to me there like if you weren’t taking credit for the idea of the sequester, you were certainly suggesting it was a good idea.”
Then Paul Ryan goes on to say something about “The Republicans on the super committee offered even higher revenues in exchange for spending cuts as part of that. It was rejected by the president and the Democrats…” blah blah blah, making very little sense. As usual.
Ryan’s argument is fundamentally dishonest, as he is one of the Republicans responsible for creating the sequester in the first place. In the summer of 2011, Republicans demanded spending cuts to offset a debt ceiling increase and refused to consider new revenues in those negotiations. That standoff produced the Budget Control Act, which Ryan voted for and promoted. The law included spending caps and a devastating sequester as a way to motivate a bipartisan Super Committee to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts.
After he was against the sequester, he was for it:
… Later, he wants the sequester to go into effect and may incorporate its savings in his upcoming budget.
Opposite World strikes again.