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March 01, 2013 10:50 AM The Sequester Is Stupid. Just Get Rid of It.

By Ryan Cooper

Our Editor-in-chief Paul Glastris was on The McLaughlin Group the other day, and made the (bizarrely) under-appreciated point that not only is the sequester a bunch of stupid, pointless cuts, it doesn’t even try to address the actual driver of our long-term debt, healthcare costs:

This should be the final nail in the coffin of the recent trend of governance by self-imposed crisis. The sequester was supposed to be so horrifying that it would force the two parties to Come Together and Negotiate a Grand Bipartisan Bargain. But the parties have basically intractable disagreements, so instead we’re shotgunning our own toes off for no reason.

Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper

Comments

  • kindness on March 01, 2013 11:11 AM:

    "This should be the final nail in the coffin of the recent trend of governance by self-imposed crisis."

    You are missing both the forest and the trees. The whole point of taking all the oxygen out of the room and the wasting of time IS what conservatives want out of this. By spending time and political capital on bullshit they figure the Democrats will have less to actually accomplish things Democrats want. I hate to say it but they are being successful in this venture and the MSM is fueling that fire helping them.

  • Josef K on March 01, 2013 11:48 AM:

    so instead we’re shotgunning our own toes off for no reason

    More like the GOP is knee-capping us with an extendible baton, all for the crime of trying to stand on our own two feet.

    And commentatory kindness above has it exactly right: the current GOP are essentially nihilists, bent on breaking the federal government for the sake of just plain breaking it. They have no higher governing philosophy and see no higher calling.

    Short however of picking up where General Sherman left off a century and a half ago, which wouldn't work anyway, I can't see any way of bypassing these idiots and returning the country to sounder governance.

  • ex-curm on March 01, 2013 11:57 AM:

    The conservatives claim to have noble economic motives, that cutting spending and taxes and using deregulation will bring about positive changes, but it did not work under Bush and prior Republican presidents, and austerity is not working now in European countries. But alas, mainstream tv media never call them on this, and as with global warming, conservatives don't want to let facts get in their way anyway.

  • Dr Lemming on March 01, 2013 12:17 PM:

    The nihilism argument is understandable but I'd offer a friendly amendment. There are quite a few Republican officeholders and activists who DO see themselves as having a higher calling -- strangling government in the bathtub. Political strategists on the right have done a pretty good job of tapping into their passion, in much the same way that they mobilized the anti-choicers in the 1980s.

    Yes, the modern Republican party is infested with an unusually large proportion of people who are willing to put hard-ball politicking about statesmanship. To me that's a sign of a team that is losing -- and getting increasingly desperate.

    Wounded animals can be the most dangerous.

  • Rick B on March 01, 2013 1:51 PM:

    "The sequester was supposed to be so horrifying that it would force the two parties to Come Together and Negotiate a Grand Bipartisan Bargain."

    Yep. Typical conservative government. Threaten everyone and then offer to relieve them from the threat if they buy the conservative idiocy. This is rural pre-modern thinking about how to govern a conquered nation.

    The sad thing is that democracies which bring together the talents and abilities of the various peoples always overcome such totalitarian organizations when they compete with each other.

  • memnAxiomma on April 29, 2013 5:58 AM:

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