The Best Plan for the Sequester: Just Kill It
—By Kevin Drum| Wed Feb. 20, 2013 9:28 AM PST
Just in case I’ve never been clear about this, let me sign up with Paul Waldman on how Congress ought to handle the sequester fight:
For the record, there is a simple solution to the problem of the sequester: Congress should pass a law eliminating it. Not replacing it with a bunch of other budget cuts, not engaging in a new game of chicken, not putting it off for a month or two, not having a bunch of proposals and counter-proposals, just cancelling it, period. Then once that’s done, you can start the budget process for real, not because there’s a disaster of Congress’ own making looming in a week, but through the ordinary legislative process. If you’re holding a gun to the American economy’s head, the first thing to do is put down the gun.
The use of the word ‘sequester’ is silly and incorrect in this context BTW. It means ‘to separate’ or to ‘hide away’ – as in a judge’s order to ‘sequester’ a jury; presumably to keep the jury in question from being influenced by biased media coverage or public demonstrations…
But to indicate massive across the board budget cuts? No. It’s meant to confuse and mislead, pure and simple…
No? Well let’s try a Panda-Hillary Clinton lesbian/bestial ‘hook up’ to REALLY ‘fire up the base’:
Hmmm… maybe Rachel Maddow and guest Ezra Klien can elucidate:
No? Then can we have ‘mass impeachments’ on the grounds of ‘pure evil’ and ‘abysmal stupidity’? Well at least employ ‘no extraordinary measures’ when the GOP finally flatlines in 2014!