Maryann Tobin

Automatic spending cuts will be put into place on January 1st, 2013, if House Republicans do not agree to a budget deal.

Among the areas hard hit are defense spending and other programs essential to the continued economic recovery.

House Republicans are willing to take the risk of sending the country into a double dip recession so they can honor their pledge to Grover Norquist to never increase government revenue. But the GOP has also made no secret of the fact that the economy and debt reduction are not their true priority.

Congressional and Senate Republicans have put economic issues and job creation on the back burner for the past two years, and instead have focused on abortion and other social issues.

"Democrats say Republicans would cut anything, including their beloved defense programs, to avoid tax increases that could be used to offset the planned spending reductions," according to Politico.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell showed his support for the congressional gridlock that accelerated when the Tea Party helped the GOP take control of congress in 2010 by refusing to work with President Obama.

Since then, McConnell has repeated that the number one priority of the Republican Party is to block any success the Obama administration might have which might lead to a second term. But that strategy appears to be failing with Mitt Romney at the head of the GOP presidential ticket this year.


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