Michael Gerson: Once unthinkable, 'sequestration' now the only political choice


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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Re: "Many . . . are resigned to sequestration as the least bad of the options they have been given."

    It may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

    Liberals, having suckered themselves into this one, will never again agree to cut spending. They've made that clear, demanding ever more and larger "investment" in big-government toilets to flush our resources down. And, they've re-verified their traditional soft-on-defense stance by forcing defense cuts some three times the size of the rest of bloated government.

    And, RINOs will never again have the nerve to call liberals' bluff.

    So -- enjoy it while it lasts. We will probably never see the likes of it again.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 5:03 p.m.


    What you forget is whoever loses their jobs will suddently turn Democrats(if they weren't previously), and suddently adopt the victim mentality and demand that you start paying their bills and giving them money for being unemployed. So even those of us with "unaffected jobs" will be affected by the new Democrats.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 20, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    "Well barack? happy?"

    I am. it is time to call this bluff. Tea Party wants draconian cuts to the budget, lets get it on. I feel bad for those that will loose their jobs because of this, but I am safe where I work, and it will not impact me. Most of my income comes from the energy sector, and frankly I will be fine.

    So lets see where this goes. No one will escape blame. You want no on everything.... lets jump down that rat hole head first and see where it lands. Perhaps we will find economic nirvana - after all - since the government has nothing to do with jobs, when contracts get cancelled to Boeing, research and development dollars dry up to places like U of U, and the shutter Hill AFB, it just will not impact anyone, because those places don't generate any jobs.

    It's gonna be fun - I hope they don't solve this problem, because I want to really see where this lands us. Just maybe the Neocons are right, business will boom with the layoff of several hundred thousand people....

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    This is exactly what republicons bargained for...

    So what's the problem?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    Well barack? happy?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    @mike and hemlock
    So its Obamas fault that congress could not do their job? good luck selling that to the public, oh thats right conservatives already failed at that, we need look no further then the last election and their current approval ratings in congress to see no one is buying it. It may be time for a new tone.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Mr. Obama wanted it and now he has it. Stop with crocodile tears. Maybe now he will propose a budget plan that is not fantasy based.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 20, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Mr. Obama is getting exactly what he asked for. Maybe he thought that he could "bluster" his way past the problem. Maybe he thought that Congress would, once again, abdicate its responsibility to rein him in. Maybe he thought that Harry Reid's refusal to even discuss a budget would force the House to accept another tax and spend budget.

    He was wrong.

    The credit card has hit its limit. There is no money available for his outrageous programs. His inability to lead us out of a recession is his own doing, now all of America will suffer while he parties with Tiger Woods on the golf course. What a leader! What an example to our children! His only competition is Nero.