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Monday, December 09, 2019

Republicans Think The Sequester Is ‘A Joke’ Because It Only Affects Poor People

Republicans spent the first few weeks after the so-called sequester went into effect accusing President Obama of exaggerating its consequences. And as soon as the cuts began to affect them and their donors, they blamed the president for not cutting “fairly.”

When that didn’t work, they just restored the cuts they didn’t like — the ones that made their planes late.

But the real joke of the sequester, as the Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi shows, is that it mostly affects poor people. Defense contractors can shift budgets, but homebound seniors can’t find affordable alternatives to Meals on Wheels.

In all 50 states, the sequester is making life more miserable for the most vulnerable. And if that’s funny to you, you must read the Ryan Budget for laughs.

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