From the beginning, both sides wanted significant cuts. For months, the Democratic leadership argued that the far left and Party “extremists” should’ve hopped on board with the rest of the Democratic party and Republicans to make cuts that would affect everyone. Back in 2011, Republicans and Democrats agreed to trillions of dollars in cuts, and set up a “Super Congress” to make it seem as though they were still in negotiations to hash out parts of the deal of which each side did not agree.
The bipartisan Super Congress was nothing more than a front to have people believe that unwanted cuts were seriously being debated and compromise would be reached. But as part of the agreement, the Super Congress had no obligation to reach a deal, because not doing so would allow the original deal from the summer of 2011–trillions of dollars in automatic spending cuts–to be enacted.
The sequester deal actually passed back on July 31, 2011. The White House even took to their website to praise the deal, calling it “A Win for the Economy and Budget Discipline.” And, in case you’ve forgotten, this was President Obama back in August of 2011 talking about how great this sequester debt deal is:
And let’s not forget what the Republicans had to say about the sequester deal back in August of 2011:
Just in care you didn’t understand what was on the line, here’s a quick overview of what is happening now that no deal was reached:
If Committee fails, enforcement mechanism will trigger spending reductions beginning in 2013 – split 50/50 between domestic and defense spending. Enforcement protects Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries, and low-income programs from any cuts.
Source: White House
As should have been expected, no deal was reached by the Super Congress, and now we are here having to listen to the same people who arranged the deal and cuts blame each other for their own doing. We are expected to take the side of our preferred team and believe that the “crisis” had some outside source, like meteors falling from the sky.
On February 27, 2013 Boehner blamed the president for no deal being reached, as if he wasn’t involved with setting up the ‘crisis’ to begin with.