What If The Sequester Passes, And Life Goes On?

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At Reason, Peter Suderman wonders if the opponents of the sequester spending reductions are worried about the impact of those reductions, or that the reductions might not hurt that bad at all:

The display of spending-cut scare tactics offer a window in the worldview of those who seem to believe that government spending is the fuel on which the economy runs, and to undertake any kind of federal spending reduction at all is to start a journey to an apocalyptic hellscape. One can only imagine what they’d say about a package that, unlike the sequester, actually cut spending over the next decade, or even just held it flat at current levels.

If you want a clue as to what some sequester opponents fear the most, though, check out what health care lobbyist Emily Holubowich, who represents 3,000 nonprofits opposed to the sequester, told The Washington Post on Saturday: “The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn’t end March 2,” she said. “The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”

That’s the real fear here: not that sequestration will result in terrible things happening, but that it won’t result in very much at all, that few will notice or be deeply upset by its effects, and that people will learn to live with a government that spends very slightly less than it was planning to over the next ten years (though still far more than it did for the vast majority of the last decade).

Obama and the Democrats have a lot invested in the idea that the government is the driver of the economy. They can’t afford to let Americans get the idea that their prosperity comes from somewhere other than government.

They can’t let Americans get the idea that maybe our government is too bloated, and could actually be quite a bit smaller without hurting anyone.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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    What If The Sequester Passes, And Life Goes On?

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    Super storm Sandy wasn’t enough of a tragedy…

  • mikemc1970

    What If The Sequester Passes, And Life Goes On?

    The useful idiots opposing it would have egg on their faces that they would never have to worry about being exposed in the press because the main stream media wouldn’t cover it.

  • borborygmi

    What If The Sequester Passes, And Life Goes On? It will and It will.

  • awfulorv

    Could be coincidental with the sequester but, their are reports of snapping sounds being heard from the main cable at the South end of the Golden Gate bridge, more later.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    This is Y2K hysteria all over again.

  • $8194357

    Democrats and the “Alinsky methods”….

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/341322/obama-trots-out-full-alinksy-john-fund

    President Obama and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton share a common philosophical connection despite their different styles. Both are disciples of Saul Alinsky, the late community organizer whose book Rules for Radicals, has inspired many liberals to demonize and demagogue their opponents as a means of securing political advantage.

    So when Obama gave an interview yesterday on Al Sharpton’s radio show, the resulting exchange was revealing. Obama used his platform to paint a horrific picture of what America would look like after March 1 if sequestration spending cuts went into effect.
    “We could see mental-health services affected, head start slots taken away. . . . It’s going to have an effect on cutting back on things like meat inspections, or folks at our airports, which means that airport lines may be longer,” Obama said. “Whether or not we can move Republicans to do the right thing is something we’re still trying to gauge.”
    Why would Republicans want to go through with such draconian actions? Well, the president explained, it’s all about their wanting to do the bidding of the rich.
    “My sense is that their basic view is nothing is important enough to raise taxes on wealthy individuals or corporations,” he said. “And they would prefer to see these kinds of cuts that could slow down our recovery over closing tax loopholes, and that’s the thing that binds their party together at this point.”

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Life will be exterminated. The Russian meteor was just a warning.

  • Yogibare

    An interesting Op-Ed piece in the Bis. Trib. today by Ross Douthat; seems we are now such a rich nation that we can afford to have half our working population “not working”. This has become a way of life for many of the people in the U.S. Not working, by choice. Is this the “new normal” ????

  • awfulorv

    Are the Republicans afraid to portray this sequester business for what it is, a huge guffaw? Have they no one to lead their members, the role “Jokin” Joe Biden performs so well for the Dems, in a good laugh?

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  • http://genelalor.com Gene Lalor

    Sequestration vs. Balogna Sandwiches

    Okay, let’s just say Joe Citizen brings home about $40,000 after
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    Joe and Mrs. Citizen have to make some hard decisions on how and
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    Do they tell the kids they have to go without dinner once in a while?
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    by 2.3%? Do the Citizens skip the mortgage payment for March?

    Or, do they have a Progresso soup and balogna sandwich supper once a
    month, cancel Billy’s trumpet lessons and Jenny’s ballet classes, forget that
    movie and babysitter, and maybe Joe gets a part-time job at Burger
    King?

    Our Democrat leaders in Washington are on the verge of effectively
    choosing fewer dinners, fewer diapers, and risking our credit rating by
    not paying their bills by instituting a grand presidential idea,
    “sequestration,” a variation on the Citizens’ absurd options instead of doing
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    Politicians are rarely the brightest bulbs, despite what they think
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    And Democrat pols certainly think they’re smart as hell–although they
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    humongous national debt, or convince Americans that politicians actually fulfill
    any purpose, aside from digging the country deeper and deeper into what could
    soon become a financial morass without a bottom.

    The late, great, (Democrat) humorist Will Rogers once brilliantly
    opined, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” words of wisdom
    today’s Dems either can’t understand or elect to ignore since they have been
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    in recorded history by spending and spending and spending monies we don’t even
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    Their solution? Sequestration.

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    exhibited by the guy George Will describes as the “Hysteric in Chief,” none
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  • two_amber_lamps

    “Much is being made about the possible impact of sequestration on government programs for the poor and middle class, food safety, and the defense of our nation. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, for the White House to be headlining a 100 city government spending tour, transporting representatives from multiple departments and various agencies around the country to promote federal largess. If Washington is truly cutting spending on missions many consider vital, how can we at the same time promise and promote more financial assistance, much less afford this mammoth 100 city cross country tour?”

    –Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

    http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b5c9c801-435b-4bdc-9dc6-a604cb94a651

  • Snarkie

    The GOP platform (for this week at least):
    O HAI! I WANTS LES DEBT 2 HAPPEN BY MIRACLE! I DOAN WANTS DEFICITS. I CUT SPENDIN 2. I WANTS LES DEBT MAGIC.

  • awfulorv

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  • Rick Olson

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