Historically, when faced with a sequester situation, especially an enormous one, the parties have sat down in the weeks and months before the deadline and worked out a deal to avoid the cuts. Today's Republicans and Democrats seem to have lost the will, the ability, the desire – or all three – to compromise.
Nor does either side seem to remember its own part in the process that led up to the sequestration. President Obama, in the hours leading up to the deadline, downplayed the effects, but clearly laid the blame at the feet of the Republicans. "This is not the apocalypse," he told reporters. "It's just dumb." (Hennessey and Parsons) Not all Americans, such as college students who stand to lose financial aid dollars or single mothers whose children have lost their Head Start slots, may agree with the President's claim about the apocalypse. Many, however, likely agree with him completely about how "dumb" it is.
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