So let me get this straight.
Over the last ten months, the Republican House has passed two bills on dealing with the sequester cuts, where they’ve languished in a Senate dead zone, with Harry Reid refusing to bring them to the floor.
On Thursday, the Senate finally voted on their own sequester bills, a Republican one and a Democratic one. Both failed. Of course the White House actively opposed the Republican Bill. Why was it so dangerous? Because it would have removed the across the board cuts and given President Obama the flexibility to cut programs to shelter some of the more critical government services from cuts.
That’s right. The President actually opposed a bill that would give him the flexibility to shift the cuts around however he likes. If that isn’t a complete abrogation of the President’s responsibility to govern, I can’t think what would be. The President is calling this a crisis, but doesn’t want the authority to fix the crisis because… he might be accountable for something for once?
The President can stomp his feet and blame Republicans all he wants, but this is his failure. And it’s the worse type of Presidential failure; deliberately choosing not to make decisions because they might be hard ones.
Voting present indeed. What a farce.