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February 20, 2013


The GOP Sequester

Speaker John Boehner writes in the Wall Street Journal that the deep automatic spending cuts set for the end of the month were President Obama's idea.

But a July 2011 PowerPoint obtained by John Avlon shows the opposite may be true.

"It's a PowerPoint presentation that Boehner's office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011... It's essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it's clear as day in the presentation that 'sequestration' was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending--the conservatives' necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations."












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