I kinda hate sharing a Boston Herald link — they generally put the ‘blo’ in ‘tabloid’ — but, on the other hand: If the paper that spent months pimping Scott Brown and sneering at “Princess Fauxahontas” is willing to call the sequester dumb, that’s good news for Democrats (and the rest of the Reality-Based Community):
… Warren called the $85 billion in automatic cuts set to kick in Friday a “blunt instrument.”
“We’re out there trying to make clear this means children kicked out of Head Start programs. This means teachers that are potentially laid off. This means fewer air traffic controllers,” she said. “It means here in Massachusetts fewer dollars going into research. That may sound way off and not really important, but that means jobs right here in Massachusetts. It means cuts in the defense industry, not smart cuts, cuts we ought to be making, getting rid of fat,” she said. “It just means blunt, across-the-board cuts. It’s just an irresponsible way.”
Warren said she hopes congressional leaders will pick up on the president’s offer to cut spending 50 percent by closing corporate loopholes, and 50 percent by making targeted cuts, including in agricultural subsidies and military spending.
Warning: Auto-play video below the fold (but it’s worth watching):
(Local politics note: Mike Capuano is one of the Democrats who decided not to run for Kerry’s Senate seat; Steve Lynch is the one now running against Ed Markey in the primary. I’m still 100% in Markey’s camp, but you can see where Lynch would be attractive to blue-collar voters who don’t find his anti-choice stance & general social conservatism a deal-breaker.)
Here’s the Boston Globe report on another event today:
US Senator Elizabeth Warren today urged Republicans to accept what she called a “balanced proposal” from President Obama to ending the standoff over the series of extensive across-the-board federal spending cuts set to take effect Friday.
“It’s a little more balanced than I would have put on the table if I’d been in that position,” Warren said, describing Obama’s plan as a 50-50 split between spending cuts and “closing some corporate loopholes like oil company subsidies.”
Warren made the comments during a breakfast at The New England Council, a business-backed group that includes some of the region’s most influential lobbyists. It was her first of several events today meant to highlight the Democratic Party’s position on the cuts, known as “sequestration,” that will slash $85 billion from the proposed 2013 federal budget.
“We seem to have a government that works only by holdout,” Warren said. “I don’t know anything more to do but get up and talk to the American people.”…