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The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

1. Two years ago, both Congress and President Obama agreed that if they couldn’t reach a compromise on spending cuts by the end of 2012, across-the-board cuts would go into effect automatically.

Two years ago, both Congress and President Obama agreed that if they couldn't reach a compromise on spending cuts by the end of 2012, across-the-board cuts would go into effect automatically.
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2. These spending cuts, called sequestration, will take place on March 1st. However, neither party really wants to see them happen now.

These spending cuts, called sequestration, will take place on March 1st.  However, neither party really wants to see them happen now.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

3. And they both refuse to agree on a solution.

And they both refuse to agree on a solution.
Jason Reed / Reuters

4. The White House has blamed Congress for the cuts, calling the sequester “bad policy.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

5. But Republicans point out that these cuts were the White House’s idea originally.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

6. The White House reminded House Republicans that a vast majority of their members voted for the cuts in 2011.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

7. But the Republicans reminded Obama that this was bipartisan legislation that he signed.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

8. So Team Obama created their own hashtag on twitter called “JobsNotCuts.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

9. And so House Speaker John Boehner created his own hashtag on twitter called “Obamaquester.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

10. Obama said, “I will sign something that replaces the broad cuts with a balance of spending cuts and new revenue.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

11. But Republicans and Bob Woodward all said, “That is not the deal you signed, you’re going back on your word.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

12. Obama said “I will take the argument on the road to the American people.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

13. Republicans said “Go do it, no one will care.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

14. So, over the last two weeks, the president has been on a nation wide trip decrying the cuts as “horrible” and “debilitating” while blaming them on the Republicans.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

15. But Republicans said, “You’re wasting everyone’s time and money. Get back to DC.”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

16. Obama said, “You come meet with me!”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

17. But Republicans said: “No, you come meet with us!”

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

18. And so it looks like the cuts are going to happen all while our leaders in Washington do this:

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

19. So while unemployment rises to 7.9% nationwide…

So while unemployment rises to 7.9% nationwide...
John Moore / Getty Images

20. …Washington does this.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

21. And while households on food stamps reach new records…

And while households on food stamps reach new records...
Allen Breed / AP

22. …Washington does this.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

23. And while 23.5% of America’s Black and Hispanic populations remain unemployed…

And while 23.5% of America's Black and Hispanic populations remain unemployed...
Bebeto Matthews / AP

24. …Washington does this.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

25. And while median household incomes fall four years in a row…

And while median household incomes fall four years in a row...
Nicky Loh / Getty Images

26. …Washington does this.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen

27. And while the U.S. National Debt remains staggering…

And while the U.S. National Debt remains staggering...
JUSTIN LANE/EPA - EPA

28. …Washington does this.

The Biggest Slap Fight Washington Has Ever Seen
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