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What if you were given an assignment to cut $1.2 trillion from the budget deficit in a politically favorable manner? And if you fail, another set of budget cuts that accomplish the same thing but are less deliberately-designed, say, like comparing a scalpel to an amputation, will take effect and possibly tip the country back into another recession to boot. But this other set of cuts, called a sequester, is just meant as motivation, and is so messed up that nobody would possibly allow it to happen if you fail. So, you know, let it motivate you, but don't actually be worried about it, capiche? It'll motivate you so much that you'll succeed and the stupid alternative's existence is entirely moot, you'll see.

Wouldn't it be awesome if this was how we faced all our problems? Can't come up with a good solution? Don't worry, there's a stupid alternative, which we'll make a requirement should you fail.

Hey, urban public school, we need you to improve your graduation rates. If you don't, we'll just force all the dumb kids to drop out.

Hey, police, we need you to decrease the homicide rate. If you don't, just rule any suspicious death a suicide.

Hey, we've got a lot of foreclosed houses sitting unoccupied and want to lower that number. Let's figure out how to get more people occupying these homes; or barring that, let's just burn them all down.

Man, why didn't anyone think of this sooner? Time to stop worrying and learn to love the sequester.
If it's good enough for Congress, it must be good enough for the general population. After all, can anyone think of a wiser group of people than Congress?

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  •  Sequester is just another word for ration. (1+ / 0-)
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    Congress is rationing the dollar. Why? Because the dollar is something they have control over. Doling out dollars or not is like doling out land and water to favored constituents and withholding it from others. The only differences are that dollars are immaterial (invented symbols) and, ipso facto, virtually infinite. Which means that the justification for rationing, which does not have the desired effect with material things, doesn't even exist. So, they had to find another word to describe what they shouldn't but want to do.
    Sequester, meaning "to hide away," is the current choice. But, that doesn't answer the basic question of why the Congress wants to ration something there is plenty of.

    Why do they want to ration the currency and keep it from lubricating the economy? Why deprive the citizenry of one of the conveniences of life that humans have been using for over five thousand years?

    Answer: Because they can. Deprivation makes the deprivators feel good.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 02:55:28 AM PST

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