Here’s how Boehner sold the sequester to his Republican caucus 18 months ago

The illustration above shows the final slide in a Power Point presentation House Speaker John Boehner sent to his fellow Republican lawmakers in July, 2011.

The story is HERE:

Although he now blamesPresident Obama for the draconian spending cut set to take effectMarch 1, just days before it passed, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the so-called sequester to Republicans as a way to hold the president accountable…

Within two days, the Budget Control Act — a debt limit hike, a wave of nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts, and the sequester — was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama. “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted,” Boehner told CBS News at the time. “I’m pretty happy.”

Eighteen months later, with one week before the $1 trillion in deep, indiscriminate cuts to defense and domestic programs begin to take effect, Boehner is blaming Obama and refusing to consider any new tax revenues as part of a deal to avoid the sequester. Republican leaders insist that it should be avoided with only spending cuts.

Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel argues that the PowerPoint presentation was sent to the House GOP conference after the deal was struck and therefore “proves nothing at all.”



  1. Boehner blames Obama, Obama blames Boehner. They both agreed to it because neither side wanted to act at the time and now both have to pay the price.

    It is going to be painful now and even more painful in the future.

    Our politicians are like drug dealers who have addicted the electorate to “free” government programs and ever increasing spending. Now we as a country are out of money just as if the dealer has run out of product.

    The addicts are going to be pissed and it is going to be a long and painful withdrawl.

    Tuesday morning, flanked by uniformed police, facing a crowd that included “first responders” and activists from private groups such as the National Arthritis Foundation, President Barack Obama issued his latest warning on sequestration. He said that those drastic cuts will hurt individuals such as those in the auditorium of the Executive Office Building unless Congress comes up with an alternative plan by March 1.

    “We can’t do these sad cuts,” declared Mr. Obama, pointing out that what he called the “automatic, brutal spending cuts” will take a toll on the U.S. Border Patrol, lead to the furloughs of FBI agents, and thousands of teachers being laid off.

  2. “Back on November 21, 2012, as seen in the video below, Obama promised to veto any effort to undo the cuts.”

    “Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No,” Obama said from the White House briefing room then. “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”


  3. Boehner has lost it as a Speaker. Seriously I think he has been under too much stress trying to please every right wing faction so he can continue to hold onto the gavel.

  4. Doc it is unfair to compare politicians to drug dealers. I know a lot or good drug dealers.

  5. “Terry says:
    February 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    And this again is where Cunninghame is wrong again – as sure as the sun will rise in the east – Cunningham is wrong again. The sequestar came about as a method for Obama to get the debt ceiling raised so he could keep running up their trillion dollar deficits”


  6. kevind1986

    I just checked seven national non-partisan sources and got the same information at each and every one. The sequester was proposed by Obama and agreed to by Boehner. Most honest folks would say the party that proposed the deal was, in fact, the architect of the deal. Now Obama needs to muddy the story to cover his attempted deception. Why do the talking heads from the left insist on enabling what might be the most dishonest administration we have ever had? Does your party loyalty really transcend honesty? Are you that morally bankrupt?

  7. shawnnews

    Pat gave one source for his claims that Boehner made the sequester plan as some sort of way to hold the president accountable for spending — although congress is actually the agent authorizing spending. Here’s a second one. Although I consider these liberal sources, they are certainly two more sources than Kevin has given while he accuses others of being morally bankrupt and deceptive.
    I bet Kevin was one of the inspirations for Pat’s blog on screen names.

  8. The only deception is coming from the right wing sources since they have very little material to bring to the table. They lost the election, the President’s popularity has increased and Michelle has bangs. Get over it and get to work!

  9. Wow, Steverino says this;

    “Get over it and get to work!”

    I guess he might be needing some money so dig into your pocket as he has a right to it.

    Now back to the point, Since BOB stated he’d veto anything that did not include the sequester I find it hard to believe the claim he had noting to do with it. Also with all the waste in our government this amount even if you want to use the higher $85 Billion number would be meaningless. Since the waste is around $200 Billion each year!


    So cutting waste makes this all meaningless!

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