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

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