Adrienne BoettingerTuesday,26 February 2013

The Snap:

I tried to stay the hell out of sequestration. First, the name makes it sound like something inevitable rather than what it is: Congressional laziness. The sequestration refers to automatic budget cuts established as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and unless some miracle happens, the shitstorm begins on Friday. Secondly, I feel like the Fiscal Cliff (drink!) took a lot of me and my formerly well-stocked bar. Thirdly, hearing the word sequestration or even worse, “so-called sequestration” makes me want to punch whoever is saying it in the throat. But now sequestration (aka Ginormous Jackassery) threatens my mini-vacay and that is where I draw the line.

The Download:

Unless you’re living in an idyllic wonderland without the 24 hour “noose” cycle, you’ve heard of the sequestration. Those not living in the DC area or who don’t work for the feds may be tempted to say let it happen; sequester your brains out. The problem with that is two-fold: Ginormous Jackassery will impact everyone in the U.S. and it’s an unneeded reminder of how consistently avoiding the tough issues that involve work, discussion and compromise, Congress focuses on blaming each other, the President, or anyone else to make them sound impressive in a press conference.

Of course we all want to blame someone. If you’re part of the conservative media, you blame President Obama. If you’re part of the liberal media, you blame Congressional Republicans. At this point, who gives a crap? Rather than wasting hot air playing the lame blame game, get back in discussions and DO SOMETHING. And if you’re one of the pundits hyping or downplaying this Ginormous Jackassery, take 2 doses of shut-the-fuck-up and don’t call me in the morning. You’re not helping; take away the microphones and cameras so our Representatives will have nothing left to do other than, oh, I don’t know, represent us.

For those who want to downplay what’s about to happen, think about the human costs of Ginormous Jackassery. People will have to try to pay rent and child care with 20% less of their salaries. Impoverished seniors will see reductions in meal programs. Fewer vaccines will be available to children. And apparently my mini-vacay with some friends might be ruined by having to go into the office to sign a piece of paper saying we’re being furloughed. All because Congress can’t agree on a way to reduce the budget deficit.

Of course cuts have to be made. I’m a stark-raving-mad-liberal and even I think the budget is out-of-control. But the truth is the costs of the sequestration aren’t worth the benefits. The American political system looks insane and weak to the American people, world markets, our friends and adversaries. The human and fiscal repercussions are serious. And if Congress can’t reach a deal when faced with something that they agree is awful, what are the odds they’ll be able to get anything done without that threat?

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