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“And there hasn’t been blood in the streets and it hasn’t been chaos,” Salmon said. “The fact is all the governors across the country have had to manage through some very, very difficult times because they had to lead. They don’t just pontificate and campaign. They have to make the trains run on time, and they have to take care of people.”

The White House’s scare tactics have not just offended Republican lawmakers. Journalist Bob Woodward of The Washington Post has called Obama’s sequester strategy “a kind of madness.” Woodward took particular exception to a Pentagon announcement this month that the USS Harry Truman would not deploy to the Persian Gulf due to sequestration.

“Under the Constitution, the president is commander in chief and employs the force,” Woodward said Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “And so we now have the president going out, because of this piece of paper and this agreement, [saying] I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Most conservative lawmakers believe the cuts will occur on Friday. They also believe that it won’t be the end of the world. And they hope the White House will soon stop complaining about them and start managing them.

“It is beyond bluff,” said Rep. Salmon. “This is real. It is going to happen. They need to deal with it.”

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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