The sequester, which contains big cuts to both domestic and defense spending, goes into effect at the start of March. It's something most elected officials say (at least in public) they don't want.
Conservative Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer is all for it. He gives Republicans the go-ahead today:
Tuesday, Obama urgently called on Congress to head off the sequester with a short-term fix. But instead of offering an alternative $1.2 trillion in cuts, Obama demanded a “balanced approach,” coupling any cuts with new tax increases.
What should the Republicans do? Nothing.
Republicans should explain ... that in the fiscal-cliff deal the president already got major tax hikes with no corresponding spending cuts. Now it is time for a nation $16 trillion in debt to cut spending. That’s balance.