They aren’t even cuts. The sequestration demands reductions in planned increases in spending. Yet the Huffington Post tells us:

As the United States government approaches a deadline for raising the debt limit and the government shutdown nears its second week, Senate Democrats are taking a stand on sequestration.

The party’s leadership rejected an offer from Senate Republicans on Saturday morning mainly because the proposal locked in those budget cuts for too long.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called it the “single biggest sticking point” in negotiations, while his counterpart in leadership, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) deemed it the central dispute.

“The parties have different views. We passed a budget of $1.058 trillion and they passed one — the Ryan budget — [at] $988 [billion],” Schumer said. “So that is a serious issue.”

Are you, like me, old enough to remember when the Tea Party Republicans were guilty of holding the nation hostage by not offering a “clean” bill that would finance the government? What was that… two days ago? Yesterday? Five minutes ago?
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