Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sequester fixed!

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Oh, when I say that the sequester was fixed, I don't mean it was fixed for you, of course. Congress just fixed it for themselves, and for their wealthy donors. Nice, isn't it?

The sequester was supposed to cause hardship for everyone, so as to force Congress to compromise - well, to force the Republicans in Congress, since Democrats are always eager, even desperate, to get along.

So this fix, which helps Congress avoid any inconvenience, goes completely against the whole point of the sequester. But why am I not surprised?

And that's not even the best part. The best part is when Congressional Republicans act surprised that the sequester was going to cause problems at all:

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La-di-da, muthafucker, la-di-da.

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I must say I've been surprised not to hear much screaming from the Defense Department. After all, Republicans don't care about any of the rest of this stuff. So the cuts to the military - to the military-industrial complex, basically - were supposed to get their attention.

I don't know, but I suspect that the military budget is just so bloated that it can absorb cuts like this without even blinking.

2 comments:

Chimeradave said...

It is unbelievable to me how quickly Congress can get something done when it is something they want but the rest of the time they all drag their feet and offer whatever excuses are available

WCG said...

John, the reason why Congress can't get anything else done is because they all have different goals. Republicans don't want Obama to have any successes, even if it's something they'd support from another Republican. (And they've got their base so hysterical that it's actually risky for them to cooperate with the Democrats at all.)

But on the rare occasion when they all want the same thing, they can easily get things done. In this case, they all use air travel more frequently than the average American, so they have a personal interest in this. Plus, their constituents - those who are impacted by it - will complain about long lines at the airport, but very few people will complain about them fixing the problem. (Tell me, what other issue has no opposition?)

So it's a completely different situation. Not all Congressmen drag their feet on other issues, but there are always plenty of opponents who will. So you can't blame "Congress" for such things. You have to blame specific congressmen, instead.