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Senate Exposes The Sham of Sequestration Compromise

Two years ago, President Barack Obama shoved his audacity of hope into the garbage disposal, making a deal with Republicans to create drastic budget cuts in domestic social programs. Obama assured us that it was a carefully crafted compromise that would ensure that the government wouldn’t shut down and would help politicians reach a sustainable budget arrangement. We might find the domestic cuts painful, but the Republicans would find accompanying budget cuts to the military painful too, and would be motivated to find an alternative path.

When activists on the Left protested, Democratic insiders sneered that the activists just didn’t understand what a genius Barack Obama is. “Barack Obama is playing a game of political chess, and you’re just playing checkers,” they said. In the end, we would see how right Obama was to go along with big cuts in social spending.

So, what’s happened since? In spite of the sacrifices we made for Obama’s sequestration compromise with the GOP, the Republicans are still up to their old antics, threatening to shut the government down if they don’t get what they want.

There still isn’t any sustainable budget arrangement.

The domestic budget cuts are still in place, but the GOP-controlled Congress is pushing legislation to undo sequestration only for the military. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted on whether to move forward with one such bill, H.R. 2685, which dramatically escalates military spending. Senate Democrats only barely stopped the bill from moving forward – no thanks to Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, who voted with the Republicans. Only 42 Democrats were willing to stand against the lopsided abandonment of the sequestration deal.

If things keep going this way, soon, the only part of Obama’s compromise we’ll be left with is the part that hurts working Americans.

If this is how Barack Obama plays chess, he needs to think about taking up another game.

2 thoughts on “Senate Exposes The Sham of Sequestration Compromise”

  1. Leroy says:

    That is why it is absolutely necessary to either take over the Democrat Party from these Demopublican insiders and restore it to a Progressive position which primarily represents the Middle Class, the lower classes, the poor, the needy, the 47% (truly the 90%).

    Or abandon the party and form a major Progressive Liberal Party.

  2. Larry says:

    Is there any way that this issue can be hyped up some?

    Aside from the obvious, maybe agreeable readers could post on Facebook and / or Tweet, etc.?

    Two-thirds of retirees depend on Social Security to pay for the basics, to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads – but seniors who usually get a small boost on January 1st won’t see an extra dime next year.

    The Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act), cosponsored by Elizabeth Warren, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Chuck Schumer, Bill Nelson, Debbie Stabenow, Maria Cantwell, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Al Franken, Dick Blumenthal, Chris Murphy, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Baldwin, and Ed Markey, would:

    – Provide seniors & veterans an emergency one-time 3.9% payment in 2016 (approx. $581/person). 3.9% is the average raise that America’s top CEOs received last year.
    – Fully cover the cost of increased payments by closing the tax loophole that allows corporations to write off obscene executive bonuses as a business expense for “performance pay.”
    – Extend the life of Social Security by bolstering the Social Security and Disability trust funds.

    So let’s do it. Let’s close the loophole and let’s use the money to give seniors and vets the support they need on January 1st. Tell Congress that America supports the SAVE Benefits Act.

    That’s why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate, which says:

    “On January 1st, for just the third time since 1975, seniors who receive Social Security won’t be getting an annual cost of living increase. Neither will millions of other Americans whose veterans’ benefits, disability benefits, and other monthly payments are pegged to Social Security. Please pass the Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act) to give seniors and veterans a one-time 3.9% payment in 2016 — the same raise that America’s top CEOs received last year.”

    Will you sign the petition too?

    Click here to add your name:


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