Henderson on Responsibility for Sequestration
Sam Brock of the NBC affiliate in San Jose came down to Monterey on Wednesday to interview me about the coming sequester of government spending. I didn’t realize to what extent the interview would be about “who is to blame.” I made the point that although this is not the ideal cut in government spending, or, more correctly, the ideal cut in the growth of government spending, at least it is a cut. So I favor it over doing nothing and over the smoke-and-mirrors solutions that Congress and the President often come up with it. My advocacy of the sequester is somewhere on the cutting-room floor.
Sam, however, made it about who is to blame. I would never use the word “blame” to describe responsibility for a good policy. Here’s the video. I make the point about “responsibility” rather than “blame” at about the 1:34 point.