A House Republican is helping colleagues overcome their sequesterphobia.
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There is no branch, department, or office of government that could not continue to perform its duties, and perhaps perform them better, with a small budget cut and the knowledge that unlike the usual operation of government, a lack of results will not be rewarded with more money.
The good news is that — unlike Democrats who want to replace the sequester with tax hikes — Republicans generally have come around to a sensible position, both in terms of policy and politics, to allow the Pentagon to reallocate the cuts as long as the total amount cut remains in place. They want to give flexibility that the sequester-creating legislation doesn’t, but don’t expect Democrats to go along with it because they, as usual, would much prefer having the issue to having a solution, and they don’t mind heavy cuts to defense spending.
Mike Coffman’s suggestion is better than giving the Pentagon blanket flexibility in where they cut, given — as Jed Babbin pointed out on these pages yesterday — that this is an administration willing to sacrifice millions of DoD dollars at the altar of the green goddess of the cult of climate change. And thus Democrats will oppose Coffman as well.
When even Buck McKeon (R-CA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, seems to have had that epiphany, getting through the nearly impenetrable cloud of turf-protecting power-hunger that characterizes committee chairmen of both parties at all times, the message is clear.
When even the New York Times mentions the possibility that Democrats have misunderestimated Republicans’ resolve and perhaps the strength of the Republican position, the message is even clearer.
The fact that Barack Obama and his henchmen are trying so hard to scare the American people about the sequester means that even if the “meat axe” approach to budget cutting is far from optimal, it is today’s best realistic option for Republicans both in terms of policy and politics.
Take the sequester, accept it (if not cheer it) as a good if imperfect start, remind voters how little it actually cuts, and then get on with the business of passing smart legislation and showing that Obama and Senate Democrats are the real problem. If John Boehner doesn’t have the courage to bring rationality to cutting defense spending, let Mike Coffman take the lead.
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H/T to National Review Online