Tad DeHaven

Republicans will want to eliminate sequestration’s cuts to military spending and make up the difference with cost-savings from entitlement programs. Democrats will want sequestration completely scrapped and ask for tax increases to make up the difference. Are Republicans going to agree to tax increases and Democrats to entitlement cuts … in an election year? I’d say the odds are about as good as getting the president to agree to defund his signature legislative “achievement” in exchange for reopening the government and increasing the debt limit.

Regardless, Democrats and Republicans will have to reach another agreement to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling early next year.

Were Obamacare’s unpopularity to continue to grow in the coming months, the GOP could have found itself with a stronger negotiating hand in that next showdown. Instead, it is looking likely that Republicans will find themselves in an even weaker position. My growing concern is that when the dust finally settles, Democrats will end up keeping Obamacare intact and obtain higher spending levels. That would be an outcome that might have been avoided had Republicans taken a more prudent approach to this budget showdown.

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Tad DeHaven

Tad DeHaven is a budget analyst at the Cato Institute. Previously he was a deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget. DeHaven also worked as a budget policy advisor to Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK).