Buzzword or bad word in terms of the government…..
Sequestration is becoming a buzzword on the campaign trail for Republican presidential candidates.
The term, which refers to spending limits on the federal government, has long been the source of contentious debate in Congress.
But now the question of whether sequestration should be lifted, and how, is putting the GOP’s presidential contenders on the spot.
From Colorado to the key early-voting state of New Hampshire, candidates are being pressed to say what they would do about the deep cuts poised to hit government spending in the years ahead.
“Will you work to end sequestration as it affects the VA and military?” a Vietnam war veteran asked former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) during a town hall in Englewood, Colo. last month.
“I do believe that we ought to end sequestration for the military,” Bush replied, drawing applause from the crowd.
Many of the GOP candidates, including Bush, argue that the spending cuts have weakened the military and hurt America’s ability to combat threats around the globe.
But unlike Democrats, they are not calling for lifting sequestration for domestic programs as well.
The spending limits are a problem the next president will likely face, since the spending caps will remain in place through 2021 unless the law is changed.
Just days before Bush’s comments, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that the “sequester doesn’t matter to me.”
Kasich later clarified that remark several times and said at a national security forum in Southfield, Mich., last week that Congress must “get rid” of sequestration for defense.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pounced on Kasich’s initial comment, saying that the Ohio governor, who previously served as chairman of the House Budget Committee in Congress, is “not ready” to be president.
“If the next president doesn’t understand that the cuts are killing us, in terms of defending ourselves, you’re not ready to be commander-in-chief. … This is a cocktail for disaster,” Graham reportedly said in a foreign policy speech in South Carolina.