Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs
There is no win in the bag. The win was Paul and the Republicans pushing through SImpson Bowles. Not perfect but certainly a better path than anything else that had a chance. Ryan was expossed in the debates as a feckless politician who couldn't name a single deduction he was in favor of getting rid of.
If sequester takes place and markets get jittery and big defense contracts dry up in Republican Congressional districts they are not going to have a win at all. They will have more egg on their face just like they did when they put the credit rating of the US in jeopardy over the ceiling limit which they turned into a loss.
This conservative notion that ideology trumps compromise is a losing proposition. Recession and the loss of big contracts in district is exactly what gets politicians thrown out of office.
Raul Ryan bombed Simpson Bowles and he and Cantor are a good part of the reasons a reasonable deal couldn't get worked out between Bainer and the President. They are also the reason the Republicans got their collective asses handed to them in the election.
If the sequester takes effect nothing like what you said will happen. No one will notice the miniscule reduction in government spending.
What you describe with the Simpson Bowles plan is a win for America. I was referring to a win for the GOP politically. The sequester going through is absolutely a win for the GOP precisely because none of the draconian scenarios Barry has been preaching about will come to pass. It will be more proof that it's OK for the government to trim back its rate of growth plus Republicans will get the credit of having followed through with their promises of trimming Government.