The bipartisian joy Terrible Threat of Sequestration,

by Datechguy | November 28th, 2012

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The bipartisian joy Terrible Threat of Sequestration,

Gan­dalf: Always remem­ber, Frodo, the Ring is try­ing to get back to its mas­ter. It wants to be found.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fel­low­ship of the Ring 2001

George H.W. Bush did that. He was hailed as a con­cil­ia­tor for a day, then sav­aged bru­tally by the same press until he lost the 1992 election.

Glenn Reynolds 2012

Shortly after their (deserved) vic­tory lap in an elec­tion they had no busi­ness win­ning the media began report­ing on upcom­ing “fis­cal cliff”

The press is all full of the need for a deal to be made because of the dis­as­trous con­se­quences that will come on Jan 1st. They also urge the GOP to be “bi-​partisan” in agree­ing to such a deal.

While a large amount of the unin­formed pub­lic might be nod­ding their heads in agree­ment to any­one who pays atten­tion and has access to any media that existed last year, this might be slightly con­fus­ing. Let’s elaborate

The Deal known as the Bud­get Con­trol Act of 2011 passed the House with 269 votes out of 433 mem­bers avail­able to vote that’s 62%. On the Demo­c­rat side 49.4% voted for and 49.4% voted against (the remain­ing 1.2% didn’t vote) On the Repub­li­can side 72% voted for and voted for and 27.3% voted against. On the House side it took tough nego­ti­a­tion and no lit­tle amount of arm twist­ing to win over enough con­ser­v­a­tive mem­bers of the GOP to score the 72% that voted for it, some Tea Party types like Allen West and Renne Ellmers took a lot of heat for vot­ing for the deal while other notable Tea Party favorites like Ann Marie Buerkle of NY, Ron Paul of Texas and Michelle Bach­mann of Min­nesota defied the lead­er­ship of the speaker to get stronger cuts and were hit hard for it.

In the sen­ate the vote was 74 – 26 With less pres­sure from the GOP to get every­one on board more con­ser­v­a­tive repub­li­cans were free to vote against a deal that didn’t have the cuts they wanted. The 19 Repub­li­cans who voted against read like a Who’s Who of the con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment in the Sen­ate: Ses­sions & Shelby from Alabama, Rubio from Florida, Cham­b­liss from Geor­gia, Coats of Indi­ana and Grass­ley of Iowa, from Kansas Moran & Roberts, Paul from Ken­tucky, Ayotte of New Hamp­shire, Coburn & Inhofe Of Okla­homa , Toomey of Penn­syl­va­nia, Demint & Gra­ham of South Car­olina , Hatch & Lee of Utah. As the New York Times said at the time:

It is also the rea­son that many con­ser­v­a­tive Repub­li­cans refused to vote for the agree­ment, call­ing it a grossly inad­e­quate answer to a press­ing problem.

The cur­rent deal to raise the debt ceil­ing doesn’t stop us from going over the fis­cal cliff,” Sen­a­tor Rand Paul, Repub­li­can of Ken­tucky, wrote Mon­day in an open let­ter explain­ing his oppo­si­tion. “At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 m.p.h. to going over it at 60 m.p.h..”

But in the end, objec­tions of Tea Party stal­warts not with­stand­ing a bi-​partisan bill gath­er­ing 88% of Democ­rats in the Sen­ate and 49.4 in the house (50% of those who voted) along with 59.6% of Sen­ate and 72% of House Repub­li­cans was sent to the president’s desk where it was signed.

Pres­i­dent Obama said the fol­low­ing:

It’s an impor­tant first step to ensur­ing that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep mak­ing key invest­ments in things like edu­ca­tion and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we’re not cut­ting too abruptly while the economy’s still frag­ile,” Obama said in a state­ment from the White House Rose Gar­den before sign­ing the bill.

Harry Reid Said the following:

There’s one win­ner through­out all of this and that’s the Amer­i­can people,”

And Tim Gei­th­ner had this to say:

You’re going to see this basic under­ly­ing growth we’ve see in the United States improve over time because peo­ple will be more con­fi­dent we can live within our means,” he said. “With more con­fi­dence we can get our arms around this long term. We will have more room to do the things we need to strengthen invest­ment jobs now.”

So my ques­tion to the media is this: Harry Reid cel­e­brated this agree­ment, Tim Gei­th­ner likes it, Nancy Pelosi voted for it and The Pres­i­dent signed it. Yet now this deal is respon­si­ble for a fis­cal cliff that is appar­ently a dis­as­ter for all America.

And more­over, the MSM is lay­ing the blame for said poten­tial “dis­as­ter” squarely at the feet of the same GOP who the very same media urged to make the in 2011.

Even more amaz­ing this very same media is telling the very same GOP to make another deal, or ELSE face the consequences.

So to summarize:

Last year The Bud­get Con­trol Act of 2011 was a bi-​partisan suc­cess that Nancy Pelosi found vote­wor­thy and Harry Reid, Tim Gei­th­ner and Pres­i­dent Obama could rightly take credit for to media cheers

This Year that same deal is the cause of a fis­cal cliff and if the GOP doesn’t do some­thing to stop it they will be respon­si­ble for unless they give Pres­i­dent Obama what he wants.

Peo­ple might ask why a GOP that retained the house by a wide mar­gin should have to make a deal, I think the bet­ter ques­tion is why is a deal that a mere 16th months ago was so wor­thy of votes and praise no longer is.

I think when the press asks GOP mem­bers to make such a deal they should remind them of bi-​partisan nature of the exist­ing law that drew their praise and ask why they are sug­gest­ing it is so hor­ri­ble now?

As Glenn Reynolds linked and Dan Mitchell said: This is an IQ test for the GOP. I hope they pass.

Update:  Let me take advan­tage of this Insta­lanche to announce the fol­low­ing: Due to a fam­ily emer­gency “Under the Fedora” will not appear this week and post­ing will be light the rest of today. My sub­scrip­tion video com­men­tary this week titled: Ralph Kiner and Seques­tra­tion will still go up this after­noon as well as the Teaser for non-​subscribers.

Also due to said emer­gency there may be a delay of up to 24 hours before new sub­scribers and tip jar hit­ters get the pass­code for the post con­tain­ing the full ver­sion of the commentary.

Gandalf: Always remember, Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001

George H.W. Bush did that. He was hailed as a conciliator for a day, then savaged brutally by the same press until he lost the 1992 election.

Glenn Reynolds 2012

Shortly after their (deserved) victory lap in an election they had no business winning the media began reporting on upcoming “fiscal cliff”

The press is all full of the need for a deal to be made because of the disastrous consequences that will come on Jan 1st. They also urge the GOP to be “bi-partisan” in agreeing to such a deal.

While a large amount of the uninformed public might be nodding their heads in agreement to  anyone who pays attention and has access to any media that existed last year, this might be slightly confusing. Let’s elaborate

The Deal known as the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed the House with 269 votes out of 433 members available to vote that’s 62%. On the Democrat side 49.4% voted for and 49.4% voted against (the remaining 1.2% didn’t vote) On the Republican side 72% voted for and voted for and 27.3% voted against. On the House side it took tough negotiation and no little amount of arm twisting to win over enough conservative members of the GOP to score the 72% that voted for it, some Tea Party types like Allen West and Renne Ellmers took a lot of heat for voting for the deal while other notable Tea Party favorites like Ann Marie Buerkle of NY, Ron Paul of Texas and Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota defied the leadership of the speaker to get stronger cuts and were hit hard for it.

In the senate the vote was 74-26 With less pressure from the GOP to get everyone on board more conservative republicans were free to vote against a deal that didn’t have the cuts they wanted. The 19 Republicans who voted against read like a Who’s Who of the conservative movement in the Senate: Sessions & Shelby from Alabama, Rubio from Florida, Chambliss from Georgia, Coats of Indiana and Grassley of Iowa, from Kansas Moran & Roberts, Paul from Kentucky, Ayotte of New Hampshire, Coburn & Inhofe Of Oklahoma , Toomey of Pennsylvania, Demint & Graham of South Carolina , Hatch & Lee of Utah. As the New York Times said at the time:

It is also the reason that many conservative Republicans refused to vote for the agreement, calling it a grossly inadequate answer to a pressing problem.

“The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn’t stop us from going over the fiscal cliff,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, wrote Monday in an open letter explaining his opposition. “At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 m.p.h. to going over it at 60 m.p.h..”

But in the end, objections of Tea Party stalwarts not withstanding a bi-partisan bill gathering 88% of Democrats in the Senate and 49.4 in the house (50% of those who voted) along with 59.6% of Senate and 72% of House Republicans was sent to the president’s desk where it was signed.

President Obama said the following:

“It’s an important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep making key investments in things like education and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we’re not cutting too abruptly while the economy’s still fragile,” Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden before signing the bill.

Harry Reid Said the following:

“There’s one winner throughout all of this and that’s the American people,”

And Tim Geithner had this to say:

“You’re going to see this basic underlying growth we’ve see in the United States improve over time because people will be more confident we can live within our means,” he said. “With more confidence we can get our arms around this long term. We will have more room to do the things we need to strengthen investment jobs now.”

So my question to the media is this: Harry Reid celebrated this agreement, Tim Geithner likes it, Nancy Pelosi voted for it and The President signed it. Yet now this deal is responsible for a fiscal cliff that is apparently a disaster for all America.

And moreover, the MSM is laying the blame for said potential “disaster” squarely at the feet of the same GOP who the very same media urged to make the in 2011.

Even more amazing this very same media is telling the very same GOP to make another deal, or ELSE face the consequences.

So to summarize:

Last year The Budget Control Act of 2011 was a bi-partisan success that Nancy Pelosi found voteworthy and Harry Reid, Tim Geithner and President Obama could rightly take credit for to media cheers

This Year that same deal is the cause of a fiscal cliff and if the GOP doesn’t do something to stop it they will be responsible for unless they give President Obama what he wants.

People might ask why a GOP that retained the house by a wide margin should have to make a deal, I think the better question is why is a deal that a mere 16th months ago was so worthy of votes and praise no longer is.

I think when the press asks GOP members to make such a deal they should remind them of bi-partisan nature of the existing law that drew their praise and ask why they are suggesting it is so horrible now?

As Glenn Reynolds linked and Dan Mitchell said: This is an IQ test for the GOP.  I hope they pass.

Update:   Let me take advantage of this Instalanche to announce the following:  Due to a family emergency “Under the Fedora” will not appear this week and posting will be light the rest of today.  My subscription video  commentary this week titled: Ralph Kiner and Sequestration will still go up this afternoon as well as the Teaser for non-subscribers.

Also due to said emergency there may be a delay of up to 24 hours before new subscribers and tip jar hitters get the passcode for the post containing the full version of the commentary.

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