Ryan Alexander is the president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
The automatic across-the-board budget cuts know as sequestration are only three days away and the only thing that appears certain is that Congress will do the stupid thing rather than the right thing: They are going to let the indiscriminate cuts slice the good and the bad in equal portion instead of stopping the finger pointing and doing the hard work of making difficult decisions.
Taxpayers for Common Sense has documented ways to smartly meet or exceed the deficit reduction targets created by the Budget Control Act, and others have too. But it's worth looking at the options and political positions that are likely to be debated this week.
Unfortunately, I don't think we'll hear lawmakers acknowledging the underlying challenges to the task of bringing spending and revenues in alignment with each other and with the needs and demands of our country. There is wide disagreement on many topics among elected officials. There is little support for most specific cuts, a fact highlighted by the notable absence of discussions of specifics among political leaders. But there is another opportunity right around the corner for Congress to start doing the hard work of making difficult decisions: the continuing resolution funding government at fiscal year 2012 levels on March 27. If Congress hasn't resolved sequestration at that point, expect them to wave their hands in the air and adopt a flexibility approach and possibly less steep cuts in the short-term for larger ones ramping up in future years.