Sequestration

The Sequester is here.  It should not be a surprise. No elected official in Washington seems willing to play opposite to Obama’s role of Santa- in- Chief. So a strategy was adopted to let spending cuts not be attributed to either party per se but just be a fete accompli,  a neutered default position, due to political spinelessness  and inertia.  It appears the Federal Government may have to operate with 2.3% less spending over 5 (?) years. I have read 5 and 10 years so it’s ironically appropriate that those in charge have different numbers, and different spins of the truth. There are about as many different reactions to the cuts as there are elected officials, each staking out how best to not be blamed.

The thing is potentially toxic if blame is attached so both sides are still trying to blame it on each other (while silently they are probably both laughing at the “gullible” public). Along comes Bob Woodard –think “Along Came Jones” and low and behold slow walking slow talking Jones says “Obama it was your idea to begin with and here are your words and dates and times you proposed it.” Whoa Jack that’s not fair, I didn’t say that says the White House and you will regret taking that position. So while press secretary Carney is admitting it came from the White House the White House is waging war on the 4th estate for stating the truth. I seem to remember another President taking Woodward on. This President however stays true to form and shoots the messenger, transferring the nations focuses from what he did to what someone else says, he is a master-in-chief of that ploy.

Last week it was almost comical to listen to the scare-spin coming from the administration. Women and children watch out disaster is on the way. We will have to early release illegal aliens. Criminals will be released because Judges will be too backed up to try their cases. Border Patrol (in Arizona) will shut down. Food will be poisoned because we will have to lay off inspectors. Homes will burn because first responders will be furloughed. Teachers for the most needy will be laid off by the thousands. Aircraft carrier groups will be mothballed and soldier’s decommissioned. It’s Armageddon!!!!!!!

But………..then it happened. And Obama came on Air Friday to reassure folks that the Republican idea wasn’t really so bad after all  (just dumb) and that we will “get through” this thing. Immediately after having met with the Republican leadership who won’t give him more taxes, and no doubt all gave him polite Cheshire Cat grins.

 

Now it appears that the early cuts will be directed to Red States as widely as possible.  And even to counties in those state’s that voted Republican.  In Florida, my own state, the defense department told Governor Scott that Duval and Escambia both would take Military cuts and lose thousands of jobs. In California Maxine Waters says that the US will lose 170 million jobs.  But you probably won’t see that quote in 90% of the media. Kathleen Parker of the  Washington Post writes that the US is close to a State Media  and the attack on one as respected as Bob Woodward is a particularly onerous (my word not hers) Whitehouse ploy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-the-obama-white-house-threat-to-bob-woodward-matters/2013/03/01/f5d36d5e-82b3-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html

Shit, what a way to run a country.

 

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5 Responses

  1. This will probably surprise you, but I agree with most of what you said. “Sequestration” (what a dumb word) came out of the Simpson-Bowles committee, which was convened by President Obama in 2010. It seems to me that he never thought it would actually come to pass. Now that it has, he is back-pedaling in a big way.
    Your final statement is truer than true–we now have a government of brinksmanship.
    Never mind that it was the President’s idea in the first place, I think this will not bode well for Republicans, who will be seen as the cause of the pain to come. With some justification, SOME.
    Good post.

  2. Sequestration was accepted by both parties in both the House and Senate, is my recollection. The premise was that it was a “gun to the head” that no rational person would allow to happen and so Congress would be forced to act. Problem is, folks forgot that Congress is not rational.

  3. Exactly right, sc. People say the Democrats foster a “nanny state”, but it seems to me the Republicans do the same thing in a different way. It’s like they are determined to do the “right” thing for us whether we like it or not. They seem completely unable to read the mood of the country. We are not children who need to be spanked for playing with matches. If there was ever a time for the emergence of a third party, I think it’s now. The Tea Party will not be it–they’re like the Republican Party on steroids. Maybe the Libertarian Party, as long as Ron Paul shuts the hell up. Every time I hear him I want to personally institute commitment proceedings. Isolationism and the gold standard? Please.

  4. FN you sometimes do surprise me indeed:)

    I just watched the Daily Show Jon Stewart is a really funny guy. In his spot with Rachel Maddow they talk about the sequester and about the loss of Government jobs slowing down the economy. The conversation sounds logical and valid. But only because the other viewpoint wasn’t presented. Government jobs are funded by taxes and taxes are a bigger drain on consumer spending than anything else. So lowering taxes will boost the discretionary income of US consumers, the backbone of our consumer based economy.

    As for Simpson Bowles I love those 2 guys. Love to listen to Alan Simpson “right in the ole Gazoo”.

  5. Here we have to part company 🙂 I don’t believe that lowering taxes is as big a boon to the economy as you seem to imply. Lowering taxes brings an infinitessimal boon to…Walmart. The so-called “job creators” (and it makes me want to scream when I hear those words) does not happen. They don’t create jobs, they just keep the money.
    However, I once added it up and just about half my income is taken up by taxes and fees of one kind or another. On the surface it appears that I’m making a decent salary, but when you consider that I’m living on half of that, I’m not doing that well….
    Some of my taxes and fees are voluntary, though many are not. At least if I want to own a house or a car. And proceeding…this is why I favor ‘Obamacare”. My biggest expense (outside of the house and car) is health insurance. I’m on a roll about this at the moment. But I’ve been pissed off ever since I had to go to the ER in 2007. The place was packed, and the fee to walk in the door was $800. I realized I was paying for all those other people too.
    Something has to change. When it’s required, you won’t get money from everyone, can’t get blood out of a turnip. But I;’m about to turn into a turnip unless this changes.

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