Sequester: Tea Party conspiracy?

Never mind that it was Obama’s idea. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to fool Robert Reich. He sees wheels spinning inside wheels.

Far-fetched?  Perhaps. But take a look at what’s been happening in Washington and many state capitals since Tea Party fanatics gained effective control of the Republican Party, and you’d be forgiven if you see parallels.

Tea Party Republicans are crowing about the “sequestration” cuts beginning today (Friday). “This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” says Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a Tea Partier who was first elected in 2010.

Sequestration is only the start. What they set out to do was not simply change Washington but eviscerate the U.S. government — “drown it in the bathtub,” in the words of their guru Grover Norquist – slashing Social Security and Medicare, ending worker protections we’ve had since the 1930s, eroding civil rights and voting rights, terminating programs that have helped the poor for generations, and making it impossible for the government to invest in our future.

So there you have it. The country will descend into Old Testament fire and brimstone chaos if the government adds trillions more in debt while spending $44.8 trillion over the next 10 years as opposed to adding trillions more in debt while spending $46 trillion over the next 10 years. Gotcha, Bob.

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