Sequester Blame

This graphic that’s been going around lately had me scratching my head, having said many times that the sequester deal was a bi-partisan agreement and that Republicans are full of shit trying to blame this mess on Obama or Democrats.

Crying Boehner with text: Who voted for the sequester?  Democratic votes -0 Republican votes - 218

The bill which is about to kick in was passed in the house 269 to 161, with strong Republican support and half of the House Democrats voting for it. The figure in the graphic comes from an earlier version, which was killed in the Senate.

It’s dishonest to suggest that no Democrats supported the sequester when some Democrats eventually did, but it’s not nearly as outrageous as blaming it on Democrats who never supported it as strongly as Republicans. It’s also outrageous to blame it on Obama, who’s team only came up with the idea to keep Republicans from pushing the country into default.

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