Sequester Bluster: Dems Set Up Website Blasting GOP for Putting 'Rich Over Middle-Class'

March 6, 2013 - 7:46 AM

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses while meeting with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, to answer questions about the impending automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - Democrats have established a new website to show American voters how Republicans are "putting tax breaks for the rich over middle-class families."

It's part of a broader attempt to get voters so disgusted with Republicans, they'll return Congress to Democratic control in the 2014 midterm elections, allowing President Obama to finally pass the rest of his liberal agenda.

GOPsequester.com compiles television and newspaper reports of how the sequester will hurt YOU. Included in the mix is a now-disputed report on Janet Napolitano's comment that the sequester already has produced long lines at airports. (Later reports refuted the Homeland Security secretary's comment.)

Nor is there a report on the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching a record high on Tuesday, amid Democrat predictions of sequester-related doom and gloom.

According to the Democratic National Committee, the new website will serve as "one-stop shopping for all press stories, tweets, videos, graphics, and DNC products highlighting the negative impact of the #GOPsequester."

Visitors will be able to search by issue or geographical location, then share the bad sequester news with their own social media networks -- posting it on their Facebook pages, for example.

"All of the effects highlighted on this site are the consequence of a decision made by congressional Republicans— to put our economy at risk and sacrifice hundreds of thousands of jobs through their insistence on slashing vital services important to middle class Americans, our seniors, children, and men and women in uniform and their families, rather than agreeing to a balanced approach to reducing our deficit which includes smart spending cuts and eliminating tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans," the DNC said.

"Tell Republicans in Congress to work with the President to end the sequester."

Efforts to replace the sequester with more sensible spending cuts unraveled when President Obama refused to budge on closing tax "loopholes."

The president insists that higher tax revenue must be part of deficit-cutting. Republicans say President Obama got his higher tax rates on the wealthy in January 1. They insist that the sequester must focus solely on spending cuts, while closing tax loopholes should be used to pay for eventual tax reform.

On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans' goal is to cut spending, not shut down the government. Boehner blamed the sequester on Obama's "reluctance to cut spending."

But it seems that Republicans -- by making piecemeal soundbites and without a dedicated sequester-info website -- have not been as successful as Democrats in spreading their message.