“If Congress cannot act immediately on a bigger package … by the time the sequester is [scheduled to] take effect, I believe they should pass a smaller package of cuts and tax reforms to delay by a few more months the sequester,” Obama said.
“There is no reason” that Americans who work in fields such as national security or education should suffer because Washington cannot agree on the components of a sequester-avoidance bill, Obama said. “Congress is already working on a budget to avoid the sequester, and we should give them more time.”
This makes no sense at all. No “smaller package of tax cuts and tax reforms” is necessary to delay or completely avoid the sequester. A sequester-avoidance bill doesn’t have to have any “components” whatsoever other than one: a simple unencumbered repeal of the sequester bill passed in 2011.