During the height of last summer’s debt ceiling negotiations between Republicans and the Obama administration the GOP demanded a dollar-for-dollar match between guaranteed cuts and any newly allocated borrowing authority.
They didn’t get that, or at least not quite. Instead, they took nearly half spending cuts up front with the other half tied to the success or failure of the Super Committee, a bi-partisan commission tasked with securing $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. To make sure there was no funny business in negotiations moving forward both the GOP leaders and the White House agreed that if the Super Committee failed, it would result in $600 billion in automatic, across the board cuts to defense spending and another $600 billion in domestic cut to come mostly from Medicare.
Well, surprise surprise. Republicans are now pressuring the White House to let them out of the defense cuts in a move described by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called “skullduggery”.
The across the board defense cuts were designed to force Republicans to negotiate further budgets in good faith–a necessary evil since the GOP has become so beholden to tax cuts for the rich absolutism that literally no other business in Washington gets done. The fact that they are trying to squirm out of it now ahead of a new round of budget cuts shows they were not negotiating in good faith then nor are they now.
The question is, will the American public finally catch on?
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