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Capitol Report: Seeking a Smarter Approach to the Budget

by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Sequestration grew out of a political impasse: Republicans refused to raise the government’s borrowing limit in 2011 without starting to bring spending under control, but Democrats refused to make choices about where to cut spending.

So, the president devised sequestration on the theory that cutting spending in such a painful and dumb way would force Republicans to raise taxes. Spending on entitlement programs like Social

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