Tuesday, February 19, 2013

(Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, said
cuts from sequestration are “mindless” and should be replaced with
revenue from closing tax “loopholes.” (TU))
Spot on, Mr. Paul.
But the deep, and not so hidden, politics behind the sequestration is
the tea party, Koch brothers, billionaire right-wing plutocrats to
reduce the size of government..to create a greater space for unfettered
private market activity.
Over the weekend, S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham lifted the curtain on the
hidden,behind the scenes, machinations of the right-wing plutocrats.
He proclaimed that one way to avoid the sequester is to kill Obamacare.
You can’t make this stuff up.
(Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday the government should protect
the Defense Department from automatic spending cuts by slashing $1.2
trillion from the Affordable Care Act.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Graham suggested that the
sequester’s across-the-board cuts to federal spending, including about a
roughly 7.5 percent reduction in military spending, would be
“destroying the military.” But rather than agree to President Obama’s
proposed alternatives to the sequester, the South Carolina Republican
said we should save money by eliminating health care for the 30 million
people covered by the Affordable Care Act)
Graham is up for re-election in 2014; and he needs to protect his right flank from the tea partiers.
He doesn’t want to be primaried; doesn’t want his political gravestone
to say he joins Dick Luger, Utah’s former Sen.Bob Bennett, and other
moderate GOPers.
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