It’s coming

Breaking-Down-the-Sequester-Pie-Chart1Sequestration, that is. Despite recent efforts to sound the alarm on its effects in Hampton Roads and Virginia, including a letter from Gov. Bob McDonnell, I doubt Congress will do its job. Forget the blame game – both sides agreed to this mess because it wasn’t supposed to happen.

And now I hear folks saying it ‘s all good, just let it go ahead and happen.

Are you kidding me? Yes, there is a need for a serious look at spending. But this isn’t a serious look – this is using an axe when a scapel is more appropriate.

I agree with this editorial: it’s time for the so-called “leadership” in Congress to step aside.


6 thoughts on “It’s coming

  1. This sequestrian is nothing but a representation of America. Period! We really don’t want to work together as Americans. We have been divided so long ” that “We the people”can’t even agree to help improve our country, so why would you would you think a politician is going to do it? If they don’t see “We the People” out here in the real world working together solving problems that we all know needs to be solved, they aren’t going to be motivated to
    work together to solve problems of this nation. That is why the Nu America is on its way. Just look around. Be a part of the CHANGE or get changed because it is all essential for this land to go FORWARD!

    1. Unfortunately, Raymond, that is exactly what they are doing. The Republicans elected Republicans to stop the Democratic agenda, and the Democrats elected Democrats to stop the Republican agenda.

  2. “And now I hear folks saying it ‘s all good, just let it go ahead and happen.”

    I totally agree with you that people who sincerely think it’s “good” are delusional, but I give most of them the benefit of the doubt and believe that they’re simply trying to put a positive spin on it; it sounds a little bit grim to acknowledge it for what it is: “the best that we can do.”

    I had held out hope that pairing the sequester with the termination of the bush tax cuts would create a scenario where each side would have an easy time finding things to trade: one side gets tax reform, the other side gets spending reform. The problem is that the two sides couldn’t come together (I personally feel like President Obama gave up a lot more on the revenue side of the equation than he initially asked for than the Republican Congressional leadership was willing to give up when it came to searching for a comprehensive plan — it was, after all, Speaker Boehner who walked away from the negotiating table, not the other way around). And once the two issues were divorced, the sequester became almost inevitable. The only way to get it off the table was to get both parties to agree to an alternative, and there wasn’t an alternative that was more appealing to one side that wasn’t also simultaneously less appealing to the other.

    As an abstract concept, it’s a fascinating study of the applications of game theory to the legislative process. I’d love the fact that we get to sit around and talk about what we’ve learned from it if it weren’t going to simultaneously have some catastrophic consequences for the two regions of this state that drive the Commonwealth’s economic engine.

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