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GOP Plans to Blame Obama for Sequestration Cuts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

An important sign that the sequestration cuts are likely to take place at the beginning of next month is that members of Congress appear to be spending far more time on trying to assign the blame than on trying to find a way to get rid of them. The Republican leadership wants everyone to believe that the sequestration cuts were President Obama’s idea.

Last week Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell started his press release by noting that it was the President who first proposed the sequesters.

House Speaker John Boehner was even more direct in placing the blame solely on Obama, stating “President Obama first proposed the sequester and insisted it become law. Republicans have twice voted to replace these arbitrary cuts with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect our national defense.”

But it was the National Republican Congressional Committee which so perfectly summed up the general message the GOP is using on twitter:

Obama owns the sequester. He proposed it. He threatened to veto getting rid of it: #ObamaSequester

— NRCC (@NRCC) February 8, 2013

Even though the Republicans are oversimplifying how the sequestration idea came to be, this message could work for the simple reason that most Americans feels the buck stops at the White House. Normally, the President receives most of the blame or the credit for whatever happens, even for things the President has little control over.

Photo by Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons license

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at