Thursday, February 28, 2013

EJ sets it down straight

I have a lot to say about sequestration (and maybe even a Modest Proposal if I get a little more time), but E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post sure said a lot of right things about it in his most recent column.

Ending the permanent crisis

"And a staunch conservative has succinctly explained why this problem really is a Republican problem. In an admirably candid interview Monday with Ezra Klein on MSNBC, Ben Domenech, a conservative blogger, said the new tea party Republicans in the House don’t want their leadership to sit down with Obama to talk because “they have their doubts about the ability of Republicans to negotiate any better situation.”

Read that carefully: We are in this mess because Republicans don’t trust their leaders to bargain. Domenech added that many conservatives “don’t buy this distinction between smart cuts and dumb cuts,” a distinction that is not “all that critical.” This is astonishing: Government is bad, so all cuts are more or less the same.
And you wonder why we have a crisis?"
No, I don't wonder.  A powerless Speaker of the House, a Minority Leader that caused the sequestration, and protected idiots from gerrymandered districts is a recipe for disaster, and that's where we're going.

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