Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sequestration

Friday next the world as we know it implodes.  Or so we are told by the wonderful wizards of Washington.

We are being advised by our illustrious leaders that all sorts of services, protections, programs are going to end due to sequestration.  (Now there's a word I bet you don't use in your daily conversation.  At least, not until recently.)

Look.  There will be no cuts in the actual spending.  Sequestration will create a 2.4% (or 2.3%, depending on whose figures you believe) cut in budgeted expenditures.  That is to say, a cut in the proposed spending.  How does that require the layoff of hundreds of teachers, military personnel, air traffic controllers, and so on?


Answer:  Someone is not telling the truth.

4 comments:

Lin said...

I heard on the news today that everyday citizens don't give a hooey about sequestration. Gees, I wonder why? I guess we are bored with all of their threats. Did you notice they all have names now...sorta like hurricanes. Criminy.

vanilla said...

Lin, quite possibly most of us are too little concerned unless we feel the pain on a personal level.

Grace said...

It does affect some us - contracts are not being renewed or are being renewed on a month to month basis. We went through this in January, the contract my husband works under was renewed only until March 15 - It is a big deal where I live and will have a direct impact on lots of middle class folks - furloughs have already been scheduled...

vanilla said...

Grace, and thus it is felt on a personal level. We have family members who are career military and they are very concerned.