We have been told that if the Republicans don't act the way the Democrats want them to that we will face any number of calamities from losing our police and teachers (who are not paid by the Federal Government, I might add) to losing a big percentage of our military and other critical Government services.
It's now the "day after" and the Republicans didn't act. Now we are told that well, umm, ahhh, the effects won't be noticed for months if at all. This tells me that all these dire warnings were a bunch of crap and it all was a frantic scare tactic to pressure the Republicans to cave-in and comply with the President's demands.
What exactly is "Sequestration"? The word itself means 'To set aside or put in escrow'. In this instance, this is not actually a series of budget cuts but a reduction in the increase. Does that sound confusing? It confused me, too!
Let me give you a simple explanation of what a reduction of increase actually is:
Let's say that in July of any given year your boss tells you that he has examined his budget and that on January 1 of the next year, you will get a $10 per hour raise in your salary. Pretty good, huh?
Now it's December 30 and the boss takes you aside and tells you that he has re-checked his budget and he will only be able to give you a $7 an hour raise. Sorry! (Actually it's still pretty good).
That is Sequestration. Government funding is not a budget cut but a reduction in the expected increase.
All the angst and name calling and in-fighting that has been going on for the past several weeks is actually just so much B.S.
This is much the same as the hubbub over the so-called "Fiscal Cliff" which also amounted to a pile of crap shoveled our way by our beloved Government leaders.
Getting back to Sequestration and the "Budget Cuts of Doom". The amount of so-called budget 'cuts' is actually a drop in the bucket compared to the massive amount of spending done by our government. Keep in mind that this isn't the government's money. It's ours. Yours and mine. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that my money is going for a good cause!
In order to absorb these 'cuts', that is to save the amount of money that these 'cuts' represent, all federal workers would have to clock out early from their jobs one half hour earlier for a period of ten days. That's it!
Our administration simply wants these controversies to occur so that there can be a lot of self righteous finger pointing and accusations toward the Republicans. Fearless Leader wants to demonize the Republican party so that come 2016, the country will be so against the Right that any Democrat candidate will be a shoo-in for the Presidency.
I was asked why I refer to the president as "Fearless Leader". It comes from the evil cartoon character in the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" show. The Nazi-like head of the opposition government - the "Bad Guy". That's how I see Fearless Leader.
When he was elected in 2008, even though I did not vote for him, I was hopeful that my fears would be unfounded. He had a great opportunity to become one of the most revered Presidents in U.S. history but he seems to be on the road to becoming the most reviled.
Under his watch, he has led our nation to the brink of bankruptcy, he has gutted our military almost to the point of ineffectiveness, he has divided our nation like no other President in history.
He has time and again violated his oath of office by issuing executive orders, some of which violate the Constitution of the United States. He is seeking to disarm our citizens, again in violation of the Constitution.
He has raised taxes even though he promised he never would and he has foisted upon this nation his ill-advised Health Care legislation which is so expensive and restrictive that small and medium sized business owners have had to close down because they cannot afford to pay the additional taxes necessary to cover their employees.
The American economy is in shambles and every day, more and more Americans become unemployed.
Finally he is in the process of instituting a program of un-manned drone flights to spy on and possibly attack American Citizens on American soil. He has interviewed American Military leaders to find out if they could and would fire upon American citizens if ordered to do so. What kind of American President even DOES that?
I'm thinking that the only campaign promise that Fearless Leader intends to keep is the one where he promised to "Fundamentally Change" the United States. It certainly makes a person wonder how much worse it will get.
I personally believe (and this is just the Geezer talking here) that things will get much worse before they get any better. We are facing dark times in this country. We sit back and watch as our country changes and changes but we say, "Well, it doesn't affect me so I won't worry."
It reminds me of a story that my high school history teacher, Mrs. Adele Saxe, once told:
German-Jews, a father and his son, faced having to register as Jews in 1939. They were stripped of their firearms. The father said, "It can't get any worse".
Then they were forced to relocate to a Jewish Ghetto. "It can't get any worse" he said.
Then they were stripped of all their belongings. "It won't get any worse than this." he told his son.
The son was conscripted by the government as a slave laborer. "Son, it can't possibly get any worse than this".
One day the Father was loaded onto a box car. As his son closed the door on his father the old man said, "How bad can this be?"
Mrs. Saxe was Jewish and had spent time in a German concentration camp as a young girl. She knew exactly what she was talking about. All it takes is for one good person to do nothing!
When you ask yourself, "How bad can it possibly get?" Remember what the Geezer told you.
It's going to get worse before it gets better. Fearless Leader promised "Change".
Be careful what you ask for!