- Posted February 12, 2013 by
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Sequester - Who's Your Daddy?
As we all await tonight's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama to the joint chambers of Congress, there is one burning question. Will the President tonight reveal the identity in a Maury Povich moment of the father of Sequester?
This is sure to set the Twitterverse and the blogosphere ablaze if indeed the daddy of the unwanted Sequester is revealed. But I would not hold my breath waiting for the President to pony up to the table and admit, "Yes, I am the father of Sequester."
Yet we know from Politifact.com that indeed, like it or not, want it or not, the answer to the question of "Who's your Daddy, Sequester" is the President and his White House staff. Granted the President had help from Congress in bringing Sequester into the world, but the genesis clearly belongs to him.
Expect the President, however, to try and push Sequester off on Congress and push Congress to start paying child support or get rid of Sequester for a few months if not for good.
For those who may not understand all the fuss over Sequester, come March automatic spending cuts will hit both defense and domestic spending with no regard to the impact those cuts may have. Sequester when conceived by the White House was to be a means of holding a shotgun to the collective heads of Congress to force those members to act on cutting the deficit, increasing revenues with another ill-conceived brainchild, the Super Committee.
That child, the Super Committee, turned out to be worse than living through the "terrible twosies and threesies" or dealing with a rebellious and incorrigible teenager. Super Committee ran away from home and has not been seen since. This in turn gave birth to Sequester, with no one now wanting to claim parental responsibility.
From the Cornfield, the best we can hope is that without acknowledging the truth of who the Daddy is that Congress and the President will work out a deal before the draconian cuts begin. Again, don't hold your breath. The current tide seems to be clashing against the rocks and most likely will become flotsam and debris on the shore of the American Economy.