The Sequester Is Stupid. Just Get Rid of It.

Our Editor-in-chief Paul Glastris was on The McLaughlin Group the other day, and made the (bizarrely) under-appreciated point that not only is the sequester a bunch of stupid, pointless cuts, it doesn’t even try to address the actual driver of our long-term debt, healthcare costs:

This should be the final nail in the coffin of the recent trend of governance by self-imposed crisis. The sequester was supposed to be so horrifying that it would force the two parties to Come Together and Negotiate a Grand Bipartisan Bargain. But the parties have basically intractable disagreements, so instead we’re shotgunning our own toes off for no reason.

Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is national correspondent for the Week, and a former web editor for the Washington Monthly.