Associate Editor Bob Woodward, Washington Post - February 22, 2013
"The automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government. Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on July 27, 2011.
The final deal reached in 2011 included an agreement that there would be NO TAX INCREASES in the sequester in exchange for what the president was insisting on: an agreement that the nation’s debt ceiling would be increased for 18 months, so Obama would not have to go through another such negotiation in 2012, when he was running for reelection.
So when the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts. But that was not the deal he made."
i just found out that the excerpt from that woodward article i just posted had been "edited" a bit by the guy who posted it. here's the complete statement (not the complete article) that woodward wrote:
So when the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts. His call for a balanced approach is reasonable, and he makes a strong case that those in the top income brackets could and should pay more. But that was not the deal he made.
(so, despite woodward's comment about the rich paying more, the point he made was the obama WELCHED on the the deal he made)
Not an expert on the sequester bargain, but it seems to me that Pauli Ryan from Janesville had some major input into the concept. Do not follow the discussion, propaganda, or proposals. My expectations are just for more "kicking the can down the road." That seems to be the default option. No fingerpointing, but we have no real leadership anywhere; not from The White House, not from Congress, not from the Supremes. Straw blowing in the wind. All IMHO.