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Forum Post: Remember: Sequestration was Obama’s Idea

Posted 6 years ago on Feb. 27, 2013, 7:40 p.m. EST by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA
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By Glenn Ford

The Obama administration has been very skillful in framing itself as the good guy in the latest looming fiscal disaster, this time under the heading of “sequestration.” On Friday, across-the-board cuts of $85 billion are set to go into effect, wreaking havoc on most government operations. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and what’s left of welfare are not directly affected, but these so-called “entitlement” programs have, in fact, always been the primary targets of this cascade of manufactured crises. Disaster capitalism is manifesting itself as disaster governance, and President Obama is fully complicit in the corporate-imposed charade. Indeed, Obama is most culpable for infecting the nation with austerity fever.

It was Obama who swallowed whole the corporate argument, previously championed by Republicans, that the national debt was Crisis Number One and that entitlement programs were the root cause. From the moment in January of 2009 when Obama served notice that Social Security and all other entitlements would be put on the chopping block, he became the chief mover and shaker for so-called entitlement reform. He created the model for austerity, through his Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission. It was Simpson-Bowles that provided the basis for the massive cuts offered by President Obama in 2011. When the Republicans balked at even a modest tax increase for the rich, it was the White House National Economic Council Director, the corporate deal-maker Gene Sperling, who came up with the sequestration scheme, which was timed to explode right after the 2012 elections. The idea was to make every popular constituency in the country scream – and accept the inevitability of massive entitlement cuts.

Let me repeat: Sequestration was Obama’s idea. So-called entitlement reform is Obama doctrine. Austerity was embedded in the Democratic Party’s agenda under President Obama. More than any other individual, it was Barack Obama who engineered the current disaster scenario. These waves of austerity crises were not inevitable, but they are the inevitable result of President Obama’s calculated statements and actions since Election Day 2008. The Republicans are his partners, not his opponents. The closest thing he has to an opposition – at least on paper – is the Congressional Progressive Caucus, whose two co-chairs introduced a bill that would turn the austerity juggernaut on its head. It’s called the Balancing Act of 2013, and would replace all of the sequestration cuts with new revenues, and then add a $276 billion stimulus to the economy. Needless to say, the progressive bill will get nowhere, not just because of Republican opposition, but because the top Democrat, Barack Obama, wants to go down in history as the smart austerity president. Just as he said he wasn’t opposed to wars, but only to dumb wars – which is why he has built tens of thousands of the smartest drones and smartest bombs ever devised by man. He’s outsmarting what passes for a Left in the United States at every turn. They cheer him as he effectively consummates his grand bargain with the GOP, in a cacophony of manufactured crises, exhausting what little opposition remains. That’s why we at BAR call him the more effective evil.




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[-] 3 points by factsrfun (8231) from Phoenix, AZ 6 years ago

This Glen Ford dude is a lying sack of shit:


[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 6 years ago

peter - I hope this is not how you really think and reason.
look up info on glen ford

answer a question -
when the sequester "deal" was proposed,
what would have happened if it was not passed ?

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 6 years ago

What does it matter who proposed the deal they all agreed to?

Sounds a lot like the current meaningless repub talking points.

Whose idea is it to balance the budget on the sick, elderly, & poor, while protecting the rich from tax increases?

And whose idea is it to increase revenue from the wealthy.?

That's actually meaningful.

[-] 0 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

How's our resident multiple personality disorder dude going today?

I see your bonus score has risen five hundred in two days. Some kind of record is that, you think?

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 6 years ago

This thread is about the republican talking point of how sequester was Obamas idea.

You buy into that meaningless talking point? Is that why you distract from the thread topic with dishonest, inaccurate, personal attacks & talk of scores.?

[-] -1 points by DSamms (-294) 6 years ago

It's inflation.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago


The Worlds MAJOR provider of "true" inflation.

Because that's how they make money.

Sucking value out of products and services Worldwide!!!

[-] -1 points by DSamms (-294) 6 years ago

Calm down shooz, not that kind of inflation.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

No, no, I'm calm. it's you who has restless knee syndrome.

It just keeps jerking and jerking.

Inflation is inflation, and Wallstreet is the worlds TOP purveyor.

They create it wherever they want it.

[-] -1 points by DSamms (-294) 6 years ago

I don't disagree with your assertion. Best estimates I've seen indicate we're running about 9-10% inflation per annum for the past several years. Bad as that is, however, it pales in comparison to what's on the way...

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

By calling it an "assertion" you most certainly did.

You've always had a very strange way of claiming agreement by disagreeing.

Here's some stuff from Michigan you cut your teeth on.


Tyranny in the States, creates it's own kind of inflation.

But you've never noticed.

Too busy finding ways to insult those that don't buy into your ALEC style agenda?

[-] 0 points by DSamms (-294) 6 years ago

You know shooz, I've got a few minutes and was about to click your link. But you just can't help yourself, can you? Someone doesn't toe your line must be ALEC eh? What about principled disagreement? I'll look at your link shooz. But, you're wrong to mistake principles and honest differences of opinion as adversarial.

OK shooz, I've read it, now what?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

Cogent, topical comment escapes YOU??

Yeah, mostly it does.

See you around.

[-] 0 points by DSamms (-294) 6 years ago

What's cogent and topical? That a de facto tyranny exists in Detroit. In Michigan. The article is a bit light for anyone not following the subject. But what you describe, an orchestrated white flight creating essentially apartheid -- why do you think I'm willing to fight fire with fire? Detroit is a fucking training ground. For them and us. I get it, but you don't understand.

[-] 1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 6 years ago

Obama's been cutting service grants since he entered office; he's cutting them to the poor, the "disadvantaged," the very people he professes to represent.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago


Yep Obummer came up with the sequestration bill - and both dems and reps passed it.

Knowing that the sequestration was meant to force the dems and reps into working together to come up with a bipartisan spending/budget bill. One that addressed raising taxes and closing loopholes on corpoRATions and on wealthy individuals. One that left tax breaks in place for the needy one that did not touch social security.

This was done with the express reason of forcing the reps/corpoRATists in office to drop their roadblocks to economic responsibility. As it is they who have stood in the way this whole time.

[-] -3 points by TheBlackSun (-32) 6 years ago

Interesting. Will OWS have the nut sack to contradict a pro black website?

[-] 0 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 6 years ago

Blinded by the light.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Why would OWS contradict a pro black website?

Obama set up the conditions for the sequestration and the reps/corpoRATists in office are seeing that it happens.