For John, BLUF: The Congress is going to have to be creative in order to avoid Sequestration. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Sequestration is still out there and Washington Post writer Ezra Klein tries to understand why Republicans douldn't abhor it more than Democrats.
I can't answer that. I am thinking that Republicans see the debt crisis as so big and so bad that they will do anything to try and fix it. Mr Klein says:
This is the kind of perverse policy outcome that’s the consequence of the GOP’s no-tax pledge. They could get a deal from the Obama administration that would cut Medicare and Social Security and all the other spending Republicans want to cut so long as they’d also raise taxes. And they wouldn’t even have to raise tax rates — they could just get rid of loopholes and tax breaks in the code.But, that is exactly what the Speaker offered back in 2011. I don't think the Congresscritters want to touch that issue.
On the other hand, I would expect the Democrats are counting on Republican House overreach and backlash against budget cuts to propel them to victory in 2014, thus accomplishing what DWS couldn't in 2012.
Regards — Cliff