Ezra Klein Teaches GOP To Find President’s ‘Non-Existent’ Sequester Plan – On Google (VIDEO)

Author: February 23, 2013 6:10 pm

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John Boehner seems to have no idea how the government works. It’s up to his branch – the legislative branch – to pass laws and to make budgets, however he constantly tells the American people that it is President Obama who is failing the country by refusing to do the Speaker’s job. In this case, Boehner and his fellow Republicans repetitively accuse the President of not putting forth a Sequester plan. Obama’s not constitutionally required to put forth any sort of budget plan, but even though it’s not in his job description, he has proposed one. It’s Boehner who is refusing to do his job, all while passing the blame. On Friday’s The Last Word, guest host Ezra Klein and his guest, Chris Hayes, set the record straight.

“I don’t know if this is a failure of reading comprehension or internet searching capabilities or both,” said Klein.

Klein then did a Google search for the White House’s plan, which showed numerous results, including several that showed the President’s actual plan.

Additionally, as Klein pointed out, the sequestration plan is inside the President’s budget (which Republicans also deny exists).


Why do Republicans continue to deny the existence of the plan which is right in front of their faces? It’s simple. They don’t like it. The President’s plan will raise taxes on the wealthy. The American people love that idea. In fact, 68% feel that the President has a “mandate” to do just that. There are fewer political downsides to pretending something doesn’t exist than in voting against the wishes of 2/3rds of the voters.

The other reason they can get away with it is simply because they can. As Speaker of the House, John Boehner is in the position to decide what deserves a vote. Should he decide (which he will) that the President’s plan doesn’t deserve a vote, the plan will be destined for the political trashcan. The plan may literally exist, but figuratively, it’s right up there with unicorns, fairy dust and Dennis Kucinich’s Department of Peace.

Watch as Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes discuss the politics and the realities of the sequester:

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Screen-Shot-2012-12-27-at-6.14.13-PM Wendy Gittleson grew up in a political family. Her passion is for social justice and fairness. She is the Senior Editor for Addicting Info. She lives in a union household. In her rare downtime, you’ll find her hiking or exploring the shoreline with her dogs. Follow her on her Facebook page or on Twitter, @wendygittleson

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  • It’s bad enough that the Congressional GOP continue to reject fiscal plans proposed by the Obama Administration and/or Congressional Democrats, simply because these proposals take a balanced approach of budget cuts and revenue increases.

    It’s even worse that Boehner and other Republican leaders refuse to acknowledge that these proposals even exist, instead preferring to recite disingenuous talking points as part of their political gamesmanship, essentially treating the national economy as a pawn in their efforts to retain relevancy and undermine any and all progress while Obama is POTUS.

  • From a party that believes in an Obama that simply does not exist (you know, the feminazisocialistmarxistfascistpinkocommie one they imagine), is anyone really surprised that John of Orange and his Band of Merry Mental Midgets believe Obama’s never put forth a budget or sequester plan? Remember, this is a party that breaks out in hives at the mere mention of actual facts and empirical evidence …

  • Boehner is playing the blame game. He hopes people are dumb enough not to know it is Congress’s job to make a budget and pass it. The President’s only responsibility is to sign it into law. Surely, the Speaker of the House knows this. But, the Republicans in the House have no intention of saving us from “sequester”. Their plan is to allow deep cuts to important social programs while protecting their rich corporate bosses. They plan Defense cuts that will come from pay and benefits for military personnel, not to weapons programs that defense contractors rely on. That is their plan. You can bet on it.

  • Mr. Boehner seems to assume that losing an election gives him the right to dictate policy.

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