Sandi wrote:Let's review: this thread begins with Woodward's revisionist op-ed about "moving the goalposts". When the Whitehouse called him on his bullshit, he tried to change the subject to "they're picking on me".
How can you review when you don't have the facts to begin with?
1) The sequester was Obama's idea as Jay Carney has verified, and it was about cuts only.
The origin of the sequester can be traced to Gramm-Rudman and the debate was reignited by a Republican
At the heart of his reform plan is restoring the process of automatic spending cuts that prevailed in the late 1980s under the name Gramm-Rudman. In the 1980s deficits were the budget cut trigger, but Mr. Kingston would apply it to spending levels. If Appropriators exceed the spending targets set early in the fiscal year under the Budget Act, automatic "sequesters," or across the board program cuts, would be imposed. When this process was in place in the 1980s, the deficit as a share of GDP fell to below 3% from 6%. Mr. Kingston says his goal is to reduce spending over time to 18% of GDP, down from 24% to 25% today.