Very clever the way the GOP wrote the bill in such a way that those cuts don't take effect until after November. Very clever also the way the tea party basically held a knife to the throat of the American public to arm twist Obama into signing it. Talking about gloom, doom, economic devastation, gloom, doom, and more gloom and doom if the president didn't immediately bow to their will. I'm a card carrying democrat, will be for life, and I know of at least three democratic presidents (JFK
? Johnson? Clinton? Anyone) who would have stared down the tea party, vetoed their sequestration bill, let the clock tick down to economic armageddon and then if the economy did end up going to hell, slit the tea party's throat with it. That's the kind of ruthlessness a president sometimes needs to get things done in congress. Obama's a great guy and a first class president, but, he's not ruthless and at that moment in history, we needed ruthless. We needed a president with the moxy to tell the tea party to shut the f*ck up and go away. They're not needed, they're not wanted, we like our democracy just the way it is, full of compromise.
As for a budget, I think Obama submitted a budget, the tea party wouldn't allow the republicans to pass it. The tea party submitted their own budget instead, i think it was called the Ryan Budget, which proposed 3.5 trillion dollars in social welfare spending cuts and no tax increases on the people who can most afford it. Honestly, sometimes, I think Obama should have said "sure, go ahead, pass it, I'll sign it, then, when the fabric of America is destroyed, I'll blame you. There will be lots of blame to go around when people are rioting in the streets because they can't get jobs and dying in the streets because they can't get reasonable medical care, it's all you baby, but go ahead, make my day."
Sometimes it's all about ruthlessness, and Obama just doesn't have that.
In the meantime, I'll wait for the results of the next election, do my best to give obama a second chance at control of the house and senate, and hope he doesn't squander it the way he did the first time around.