The Washington Post omitted Democrats in the blame game portion of their sequestration poll. Despite the fact that sequestration was an initiative from the White House, Democrats weren’t included in the question asking who the American people would blame more for the cuts. Sequestration was pitched to Sen.Harry Reid by Jack Lew and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors after the 2011 debt ceiling fiasco. Obama said in November of 2011 that he’d veto any bill that would “get rid of the automatic cuts.” Yet, Democrats weren’t included on the list of culprits concerning the fallout from the sequester.
Ed Morrissey posted today that:
Say, where is the option for Senate Democrats? It might be a secret to the Washington Post that Democrats control one chamber of Congress, but if they dug around a little bit, they might discover that Harry Reid runs the Senate. Of course, that hasn’t meant much in the last four years of budgeting, as Reid and his caucus have ignored the law that requires the Senate to actually produce a budget, but still, they’re at least nominally an independent player in this battle.
By the way, if the Senate had followed the law and produced normal-order budgets, we wouldn’t have the sequestration at all. The budget resolutions of both chambers would have gone to conference committee, which would have hashed out the differences. Obama would have signed the budgets, and we would have avoided nearly four years of crisis funding for the federal government. Reid and Obama haven’t used normal order because they want to keep using continuing resolutions as a means to keep the inflated FY2010 spending levels as the baseline going forward, and especially because they want to keep House Republicans from having a real voice on spending and budgeting.
(H/T Hot Air)