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Sequestration: What is it, Really?

Enda_Kenny_in_U.S._Capitol_2012-03-20A look at today’s headlines is, at best, to embark on an excursion to the twilight zone. Perhaps it is more like an enforced, bad LSD trip. Leading all the rest (and there are a legion of stories) seems to be the Lyin’ King’s version of sequestration. This lunatic ride we have all found ourselves prisoner on, is a lulu.

Our Dear Leader has been lying so blatantly about just this one issue that, had he suffered Pinocchio’s curse, his schnozola would have rivaled the length of the Great Wall of China. “Teachers will be laid off.” You know, all of the federally hired teachers. “Firefighters and EMT personnel will be laid off.” Certainly, all of the federally employed firefighters and emergency personnel. The narrative claims an obstructionist Right will once again have impeded the president’s tireless work on the budget. The work he was, apparently, beavering away at while on his second vacation since January, 2013 … separate from his wife’s vacation.

As if this wasn’t enough doublethink to have shoved down one’s throat, the president claims to be fighting demon sequestration tooth and nail. Reality alert: Sequestration is the president’s very own plan. Sequestration is the president’s brainchild. The president’s and no one else’s.

Sequestration was never the Republican Party’s idea, even though Beltway Republicans are drooling to do the president’s bidding. With the exception of Senator Rand Paul. Senator Paul, correctly pointed out that sequestration, means a reduction in growth, not cuts to existing spending. . A complicit, mainstream media will never allow that fact to be made public by them.

Congressman Boehner, too, wants to throw sequestration back in the president’s lap. Unfortunately, typically, Speaker Boehner takes a good concept (albeit late) then fouls it up. Yes, he admits that sequestration is entirely the president’s invention. Yes, Mr. Boehner states that the president “broke” the economy and should be the one to fix it, but he is still gluing himself to the president’s false premise; Boehner proceeds as if sequestration deals with cuts to existing spending rather than reduction in spending increases. Some people never learn.

Some right wing pundits point out that the Republican Party will work almost as tirelessly as the president claims to, in order to prevent sequestration. Doubtless that is true. The majority of Republicans in office today seem to have spines made of Jell-O. They have proven, over and over, that they will cave in, relentlessly, to appease a left-wing that doesn’t want their cooperation. Why allow the Right any credibility when it is so easy to perpetually lie about them? To keep them, forever, as the bad guys? Orwell’s’ invention, Big Brother, would be proud.

What the pundits don’t seem to perceive is that sequestration, first and foremost, guts the military. Wednesday, the Lyin’ King announced, with mock distress, that there will be 800,000 civilian personnel cut from the military’s roles by March 1st. This would be our president’s wet dream; he gets to decimate the military …again. All the while decrying the evils of sequestration at the top of his lungs. This is precisely the scenario he craves.

For America? It’s a lose/lose situation. For our Imperial President? Chalk up another win. With our “representatives” able assistance.

Marilyn Assenheim

Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.