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Finger-Pointing Trumps Problem-Solving On Budget

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Just about everyone in official Washington agrees that big across-the-board spending cuts at the Pentagon and throughout domestic federal programs on March 1 are a bad idea.
 
So far, however, the warring tribes in the nation's capital seem more interested in finger-pointing than problem-solving.
 
Top House Republicans have embarked on a PR campaign reminding the public that the idea for the across-the-board cuts originated in Obama's White House.
 
Senate Democrats are preparing a bill to substitute about $120 billion in alternative deficit cuts over 10 years and prevent the automatic cuts through the end of calendar 2013. Its biggest component is a $47 billion tax increase on the rich, which is sure to prompt a GOP filibuster that will give Democrats political cover.


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