Sequestration Is the Worst Option Except for All the Other Options Both Democrats and Republicans have been roundly criticizing the security and economic effects of sequestration and, at the same time, taking very little action. The only logical conclusion is that both parties agree that sequestration is an awful, terrible, harmful set of policies – except the other proposed replacements are worse.

President Obama said “these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy.” Speaker Boehner, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said “there’s nothing wrong with cutting spending that much… but the sequester is an ugly and dangerous way to do it.”

Beyond that, however, there’s little agreement. Republicans in the House of Representatives have taken legislative action, twice recently passing bills that would avoid and replace sequestration with cuts in other areas that they argue would be less economically damaging. The most recent sequestration replacement bill passed on December 20, but would have to be passed again in order to have the Senate take them up.