From The New Work Times
First the White House and Congress created a potential fiscal crisis, agreeing
more than a year ago to once-unthinkable governmentwide spending cuts in 2013
unless the two parties agreed to alternative ways to reduce budget deficits.
Now that those cuts are imminent — because compromise
is not — they have created one of Washington’s odder blame games over just whose
bad idea this was.
What makes this debate over blame so odd is that both
sides’ fingerprints — and votes — are all over the sequestration concept. The
point of sequestration, in fact, was to define cuts that were so arbitrary and
widespread that they would be unpalatable to both sides and force a deal.