Friday, March 01, 2013

Let's Talk Sequester

Sequestration is an automatic form of spending cuts. The first round of cuts take place today.  So far, I haven't noticed any difference, have you?

Everybody thought the Super Committee was going to come up with some ways to cut spending without as much pain.  The committee failed miserably, possibly due to the fact that they never met, as far as I could tell.

Leon Panetta called sequestration "lesgilative madness."  He said it took the form of hard cuts that nobody wanted.

50% of the cuts are to come from the military and the rest are domestic cuts, such as national parks, federal courts, the FBI, food inspection and housing aid.  Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have dodged the bullet, so far, no thanks to the Republicans.

A bunch of the Defense cuts will be to furlough civilian employees, which will affect my son-in-law starting in April.  He will be reduced to a four day work week until further notice, which amounts to, I think, about 10% pay cut. (Don't take my word for it.  I read it on the internet, where everything is true, right?)

It's all hogwash, of course.  Political life has become an endless series of deadlines that mean very  little.  In real life, people have become so used to the posing, posturing, grandstanding and dire predictions, that we just go about our businesses and, eventually the crisis passes.  Or not. Either way, we have very little say in the matter.

It seems this has become an "us vs them" situation.  "Us", being the "little" people outside of Washington, and "Them" being The House, Senate and President.  The gulf between the two groups widens every day.

Remember, the situation is so dire, the Congress has decided they just can' t face it.  They took a long weekend, and went home yesterday, where they will hide from their constituents until Monday.

Stay tuned.

8 comments:

marlu said...

If everybody is as disgusted with them as I am, they should feel the disgust descend upon them.

I say get rid of all of them just as you said. And no pay when they don't work. Their pay would be cut in half.

MerCyn said...

Can we close Washington permanently and start all over again?

Olga said...

I go along with that suggestion. They have stopped working. We should stop paying them.

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richies said...

Best line from your post - "It's all hogwash"
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chlost said...

They didn't do anything about it because we are so worn down by all of the continuous, mind-numbing drama they produce that no one was calling them and demanding action. It is only when they feel pressured by some faction that these people do anything.

Hughes ap Williams said...

Why can't we just cut foreign aid?
http://www.foreignassistance.gov/CountryIntro.aspx



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