"The logic here is simple enough" that even a House Republican could understand it: the sequester's "adverse effects on jobs and incomes," remarked Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke yesterday, "would lead to less actual deficit reduction in the short run for any given set of fiscal actions."
This linear simplicity suggests that "actual deficit reduction" is not Republicans' objective, as advertised. Slower growth--from which will emerge even higher deficits and thus a more sharply perceived urgency for government's downsizing--is.
I confess that I might be giving too much credit to the strategic Republican mind; the above scheming requires that mind to think three moves ahead, as opposed to the GOP's seeming, one-two apishness of "We cut now, deficit go down."
But, I'm wary of being too sure of too generous credit. The other day I referenced the criminal mastermind, Keyser Söze, who famously admonished that "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." There's at least a whiff of the same trick in Republicans' convincing lack of any coherent strategy.