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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:35 AM Apr 2013

White House Sequester Moves Puzzle Allies [View all]


It's a bad vote and almost all of us voted for it because we don't want people hurt or inconvenience at the airport. But the precedent is that you are identifying priorities: 'I don't want passengers inconvenienced' is to some extent a greater priority than Pell grants, Meals on Wheels, Head Start," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, who voted for the fix. "It's a precedent that speaks more to the priorities of Congress and the Administration in terms of who is getting hurt by the sequester."

This week was not the first time Democrats on the Hill have been bewildered by White House moves on the sequester. A month ago, while all the talk about sequestration was about the canceled White House tours — another fight Republicans viewed as a triumph — a top Democratic Senate aide joked, "Have they been messaging on the sequester?"

"I like to think they have some master plan they just haven't told us about yet," one House Democratic aide told BuzzFeed Friday.
This week, while the White House's dire sequestration predictions appeared finally to be coming true, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Obama was open to legislation that only solved the flight delays caused by the budget cuts. While he also said the plan was not the White House preference, Carney's signal that the White House was ready to go for the plan to fix flight delays caused faces to hit palms on Capitol Hill.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again Cali_Democrat Apr 2013 #1
i have the thought that it actually means something to be a democrat. xchrom Apr 2013 #2
To me, it means something positive to be a democrat(small 'd') but doesn't mean much byeya Apr 2013 #24
Absolutely. ChairmanAgnostic Apr 2013 #3
Hey - Latka had a heart of gold and never stopped to weigh the difference between doing good djean111 Apr 2013 #4
That is true ChairmanAgnostic Apr 2013 #5
Spot on. Flight delays hurt rich people. Laelth Apr 2013 #7
He's not a bad negotiator Carolina Apr 2013 #13
Exactly! He knew they wanted this fixed. They handed him an ace and instead of playing it sabrina 1 Apr 2013 #18
+1 KoKo Apr 2013 #23
He's not an idiot. Marr Apr 2013 #21
Yep, his base are the unwitting pawns, on board for every sacrifice play. n/t whatchamacallit Apr 2013 #27
That's the truth of it. LuvNewcastle Apr 2013 #30
Not even close. n/t AverageJoe90 Apr 2013 #33
Pretty much. (no text) Quantess Apr 2013 #34
Perhaps the President does not know or understand the difference between compromise and capitulation enjoyingyourpeasyet Apr 2013 #6
Enough w/ the Obama Bashing Already dballance Apr 2013 #31
GWB has degrees from Harvard and Yale is there some point you are trying to make? enjoyingyourpeasyet Apr 2013 #32
I admit that I am confused as to who is doing, and not doing, what regarding the huge mess. OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #8
Pissing off those of us that voted for this guy... 99Forever Apr 2013 #9
"What if there was a crash" DCBob Apr 2013 #10
Bingo. Everyone else entirely misses this. Ikonoklast Apr 2013 #12
no one cared about "what if there was crash" Carolina Apr 2013 #15
Nice spin. UnrepentantLiberal Apr 2013 #16
This vote violated the "spirit" of the sequester. Hugin Apr 2013 #11
And you'll, you'll... UnrepentantLiberal Apr 2013 #14
Good riddance to you, Sir. n/t JTFrog Apr 2013 #36
"the plan was not the White House preference" Buns_of_Fire Apr 2013 #17
WYSIWYG jsr Apr 2013 #19
Boy,the "allies" sure take a while to catch on, woo me with science Apr 2013 #20
Why should this surprise anyone? When Obama proposed SS cuts that spoke louder forestpath Apr 2013 #22
Obama is not a Democrat. THAT is the plan. We've been screwt. n/t Fire Walk With Me Apr 2013 #25
Look, the political fact of the matter is Seeking Serenity Apr 2013 #26
Maybe it's time to stop relying on our so-called leaders BethanyQuartz Apr 2013 #28
How does Grijalva not get he is a big part of the problem himself? TheKentuckian Apr 2013 #29
+1 n/t Laelth Apr 2013 #35
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