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Monday, 29 April 2013 09:59

Sequester: What a Good Idea! Not.

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ANN DAVIDOW FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

MealsWheelsFINALHere we are again, fumbling around with the regulatory mechanisms that govern our lives. With respect to the sequester, surely it is time to stop playing games with the American people’s ability to plan their lives and have reasonable expectations regarding arrivals and departures at our nation’s most important travel hubs.

But if we were to be completely honest with ourselves, we’d have to admit that travel arrangements have become the focus of our attention, in the absence other sequester-affected aspects of our society. The inconvenience of flight disruptions has an immediate affect that is easily traced to the source, but the terrible cost in terms of children’s education, food programs for the elderly and other areas on the chopping block are rarely discussed.

Congress is all in a dither and has, in fact, just devised a “bipartisan” solution, as Maine’s Susan Collins described it, to remedy a situation that in addition to being an inconvenience had become an embarrassment for the administration as well as lawmakers. And so loud voices and powerful lobbying efforts by industry won the day yet again. Talk about embarrassing.

Oh well, Head Start isn’t all that important is it? And a few old folks missing a meal here and there, or some unemployment benefits that fail to make it to the needy, what’s the problem? Clearly there are those in the halls of power who think such benefits are beyond the proper scope of government, anyway. As long as our airlines keep flying and getting members of Congress in front of microphones, the country is in good shape, and perhaps a broad-based sequester will net a few savings that will make a dent in the deficit.

Or, will most people experience alterations in their lives that bring no reward, as the government makes ‘adjustments’ between agencies to ease the discomfort of constituents with the loudest voices.

(Photo: Dwight Burdette)