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  •  I wish I could get worked up about this (10+ / 0-)

    I know the ramifications.  I'm fully aware of the millions (including probably myself) who will be negatively affected by the sequester in one way or another.

    But I dunno.  I just haven't been able to get myself worked up into a froth over this like I'm able to do over other things (such as the deprecation of the 4th amendment).  It's not "outrage fatigue"; I just can't quite put my finger on it.

    Maybe it's just overall diminished expectations, at every level of government, and in the goobers who keep electing the same old shitbags time after time after time.

    Maybe that's why my overall reaction is "meh" when it comes to the sequester.  The elected representatives who could (or would if they could) fix this problem, and many more, won't.  Not can't.  Won't.  Yeah, I'm lookin' at you, Senator Reid.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:40:46 AM PST

    •  Personally, I might agree. But what's really (7+ / 0-)

      getting my goat is looking stupid as an American. I'm sick and tired of this non-trivial minority of insane white men ruining our collective futures over their inability to get on with the 21st century. We're beyond 30 years of this shit since Reagan. Who among us doesn't start believing that the strength of the country is sapped beyond its capacity to endure?

      These fuckers are intent on giving the country to the corporatist oligarchs and leave the place looking like Somalia. Because "freedom." It's absolutely depressing. And any long-term view is exceptionally dim.

      •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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        Maybe I've just given up and surrendered to the dark side for today.

        Maybe tomorrow I'll feel differently.

        My current mindset has an unfamiliar texture to it, though.  Haven't felt this -- hopeless?  unhopeful?  out of giveashitedness? -- in awhile.

        During the middle of the Bush years, I warned folks: no, we are not anywhere near the bottom of the barrel.  The Cheney administration accelerated our descent to the bottom at near terminal velocity speed, but we were still quite aways from the bottom.

        I'm getting an itchy feeling that we're getting close, and no one in power can find the ripcord to slow the descent.  It's gonna be a full on gravitational splatter when we reach the bottom, not a controlled landing.

        "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

        by Richard Cranium on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:02:45 AM PST

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    •  Richard - maybe it's Stockholm Syndrome. (5+ / 0-)

      The Republicans have taken the economy of this country hostage so many times since 2010, you've finally become resigned to their actions.  Be careful - next step is agreeing with them.  That has already happened to many, many Democrats who now accept that reducing the deficit right now is vital - even though no one can explain why.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:06:14 AM PST

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      •  Willing to accept that's a possibility... (2+ / 0-)
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        Matt Z, SueDe

        ...except for the second and third sentences.  My emotions haven't totally overwritten my intellect, at least not yet.  ;-)

        "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

        by Richard Cranium on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:35:37 AM PST

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