Sequestration – The Blame Game

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) - Trying to get grown men and women in Washington to admit some fault for causing the sequester feels like trying to get kids to admit to taking cookies from the cookie jar.

Congressional Republicans blame the president, and you guessed it, the president blames congressional Republicans.

But according to our analyst Jess Brown, "Civics 101 says this . . . You can attempt to blame the president, because he favored the policy.  But he did not have the constitutional authority to enact the policy."

That authority lies with Congress.

When Dr. Brown looks at all the information, he says the idea for sequestration came from the White House, but the execution came from that other big white building in D.C.

That begs the question, if Congress hated the idea of a sequester so much, why'd they vote to create it last year?

"The reason they did it this way is because they were approaching an election, and they didn't want to make any tough choices," Dr. Brown answers.

Brown says fear of elections could become an asset for President Obama as he tries to apply pressure to the Hill.

"At this point, if anybody has any political leverage it is the president, for the simple reason he doesn't have to appear on a ballot in November of 2014 and many of the members of Congress do."

Those looming ballots, Brown says, could be enough to change the landscape of who will vote for what.

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