Imagine a law… written with the intent of being so horrible, no sensible legislative body would be so complacent as to allow it to take effect.
So, bashing the good Congress of these great United States is nothing new, given its fourteen percent approval rating going into 2013. A couple years ago, they went and passed the Budget Control Act of 2011. This gave us the wonderful Super Committee, which was charged with fixing pretty much all of America’s budget and debt problems. To motivate them to act with haste, Congress put in place a cool little thing called sequestration; $85,000,000,000 in spending cuts, half in defense and half in social programs. Cuts made intentionally terrible with the idea that the Super Committee would be willing to compromise to prevent them from happening. That’s reasonable, right? The Super Committee couldn’t be that partisan and incompetent, right?
Sequestration takes effect on the first of March. I listened to an interesting story on the radio the other day; two of my favorites were that, on average, patrons of American airports will have to wait an hour longer due to layoffs in security personel, and that food prices will rise because the government can no longer afford to pay enough food inspectors to be present at every processing plant at all times, forcing some of them to shut down for periods of time, losing the companies revenue.
The Department of Defense, which I’m quite fond of since it’s paid for my housing and my parents’ wages for the last eleven years, is going to get half a trillion dollars less between now and 2021. What does that mean? We pull out of the Middle East, spending less money on combatting foreign foes? Nope. Not at all. The spending cuts exclude “overseas contingency operations,” which means all of those cuts take place at home.
Fun times to be an American. I would like to point out to foreigners that the necessary skills to become a United States Congressman are pretty much those required of mic spammers in Call of Duty: be loud and opinionated.
Please don’t make this a Republican vs. Democrat debate.