I have been amazed over the course of this year at how little concern there has been about the looming disaster that we face as a result of concessions won by Tea Party members of Congress in last year’s debt ceiling debate. I wonder how many folks have ever heard of the terms “sequester” or “sequestration”? My guess is very few. I doubt that very many of the folks who do know about sequestration understand how it will work and the consequences. Consider the following observations, which came from an editorial in the Anniston Star:
• Since most people don’t know what the term sequestration means and don’t associate it with the federal budget or an array of services they rely on in their daily lives—services that are about to be seriously and dangerously disrupted – there has been little in the media on the subject.
• Of the people who do know what sequestration means, most of those are under the misimpression that it is so ridiculous that it would never be allowed to happen.
• Of the people who know what sequestration is, and also are aware that it is a real possibility sequestration could take place, most of them have no inkling of how potentially dangerous and disruptive it will be.
Having said all of that, the reality is that the public’s level of knowledge is about to change. The deep across-the-board cuts required by the debt ceiling law passed last August will become dramatically more topical in the weeks ahead as one sector of the economy after another begins to realize that the federal government will be forced to make these automatic cuts on January 2nd if a budget isn’t passed.
Can this Congress act in time to avert serious harm? It could, but if sequestration becomes a reality, it will be a fiscal disaster and the American people will suffer beyond measure. It appears Congress doesn’t plan to even be around Washington very much between now and the November elections. With a fiscal disaster looming, that’s irresponsible. Sadly, the Republican leadership in Congress obviously believes disastrous results of any sort will hurt President Obama in his reelection bid. Hopefully, the American people will demand that both the Republican leadership in the House and the Democratic leadership in the Senate will work with the Obama Administration and avoid sequestration!
Source: Anniston Star
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