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Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 10:38 p.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

All of us knew that the furloughs would have this effect. It was announced months ago. Yet the Republicans let it happen and then whine. Another example of the GOP incompetence in Congress.

SME
Bountiful, UT

Face reality here. When a private business must cut they look for what they can cut that will least affect their customers. When a government entity is forced to cut they look for what will cause the most trouble for their "customers", hoping that the public outcry will get their funding restored.

I really doubt that this was the only place the Dapartment of Transporportation could cut. This was were they chose to cut, reasoning this would cause the most disruption, and get their funding restored.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Esquire,
how soon you forget that sequestration was BO's idea. BO LET IT HAPPEN! BO wanted to cause as much disruption and chaos as possible. He's not a leader, but a chicago politician. A leader would have found a way to minimize the impact on his constituency; BO did the opposite and found a way to cause the most disruption. It's his best north-korean-leader-like tantrum since he couldn't get his way yet! wake up and smell the coffee.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ lost in DC, the idea was not Obama's idea. That's revisionist history and yet one more example of how the right wing loves blaming him for everything under the sun, even sunspots. Constant vicious personal attacks like yours do nothing to move things forward. Stick to real issues. The people chose him, so please accept the will of the people made under the Constitution. In 2016, you can vote again. Good grief!

Esquire
Springville, UT

One other thing, "lost in DC", even IF it was Obama's idea, the GOP (mostly in the House), let the sequester happen and they STILL don't want to fix it. The ball is in their court, no matter where the concept originated. The radical conservatives have actually said they like it - but then no government at all is their dream (an idea that didn't help the folks in West, Texas). So instead of blaming, get your folks to actually do something about it.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Esquire,
It wasn't, but if it was? Really?

No, it was BO's idea, stop trying to revise history.

the PEOPLE voted for a repub house, so please accept the will of the people and stop blaming the repubs for everything.

And as it was BO's idea, BO STILL let it happen. He doesn't WANT it fixed. Why? because he WANTED it to happen to impact the 2014 congressional elections. He and his lap-dog media can confuse enough people to get them to blame the repubs when blame clearly lies in his court.

BO is doing his utmost to make sure it is as disruptive as possible. I see nowhere are you trying to deny that.

VST
Bountiful, UT

"…the idea [sequester] was not Obama's idea. That's revisionist history…"

Care to cite your source for the rest of us Esquire?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

"The reality is that sequestration would not be possible had both Democrats and Republicans not supported the legislation that included them.

In the summer of 2011, when Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on a way to cut spending in exchange for increasing the federal government’s borrowing limit, legislators settled on the Budget Control Act instead. The law capped federal discretionary spending to save almost $1.2 trillion over a 10-year period, but also mandated that a bipartisan, 12-person congressional committee find at least $1.5 trillion in additional cuts. If the committee failed to come up with a plan, another $1.2 trillion in cuts would occur automatically — half from defense spending and half from discretionary spending on domestic programs — through sequestration. The committee failed to reach an agreement, so the automatic cuts began in March.

Bob Woodward wrote that it was, the director of the OMB, Jacob Lew, Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors who brought the idea of sequestration Harry Reid before it was proposed to Republicans in Congress."”
(Factcheck)

However, It is Republicans who have since embraced and welcomed sequestration.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Thanks Truthseeker. Not surprisingly to me, the only thing heard back from Esquire is "crickets."

However, regarding your last statement (Republicans embracing sequestration) that is certainly your opinion. Here is my opinion.

The only reason why Republicans accepted sequestration is because Congressional Democrats and Republicans could not reach an agreement on how to proceed. The Democrats wanted more "revenue" (taxes) so that more "investments" (spending) could be made with those tax increases. Any new taxes are a non-starter for Republicans.

But this a another debate for another time.

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