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Welcome to the Sequester and Austerity. I come to you tonight from the great state of Virginia, predicted to be one of the hardest hit when the budgetary meat axe goes into effect.

I personally know a number of people concerned for their jobs at the moment. Which spirals into concern about keeping a roof over their heads and food in their family's mouths. The coming cuts to them are not interesting, or theoretical, or strategically compelling from a political aspect - they are nothing short of terrifying.

President Obama called this "an unecessary self-inflicted wound'. Well, he shares a large part of my anger. I'm mad that he didn't learn a long time ago that you can't be rational with irrational people. He and his strategery guys came up with the concept of a poison pill so onerous that it would never be consumed and then offered it to people who have spiked their morning orange juice with antifreeze for years.  Maybe in the future, Mr. President, don't plant bales of hay around the house, douse them with gasoline and then offer your drunk brother-in-law matches when you know he smokes.

Of course I'm even madder at the Republicans because of their complete lunacy and irresponsibility and posturing and idiocy.

I'm mad at all of them (politicians), I pretty much loathe all of them, they are unable and incapable of using the powers and responsibility they have been entrusted with. They are hurting real people in order to feed their own egos. And the idiot pundits debate who will be blamed more. Because that's what matters, right? Who will emerge from the political battlefield victorious in polls as the least disgusting.

We are broken as a country. Some of us will pay a greater price than others as this truth plays out.

Obviously, I am rather upset.

Originally posted to Phoebe Loosinhouse on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM PST.

Also republished by Money and Public Purpose.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:13:45 PM PST

  •  Your title is perfect. (6+ / 0-)

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:32:12 PM PST

  •  North Carolina is supposed to get hit hard also... (9+ / 0-)

    but, that's just icing on the cake because we have a RED  legislature and a Red Goobernor....and they've already been busy screwing, or planning to screw, everyone who isn't rich enough to send them big campaign contributions.  

    I'm leaning towards the idea that we should just let them (the rethugs) pee on everybody, as they apparently wish to do, and let their less affluent but also ideologically crazy supporters get a taste of what they've been voting for.  Ole Bubba who works at the Marine Air Station may just get the axe...and, whoa, he'll also find out the NCGOP just voted to screw him on unemployment too.  Fine kettle o' possum stew there.    

    I do think, however, there will be hiring at the local sheriff's office for the "Nipple Patrol."  With all the bare-breasted women running around here, they want to make it a felony punishable by 6 mo in the slammer...first offense.  Now a DWI..only 24 hours...but we have to think of the chillrun.  

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:40:00 PM PST

  •  they're using their powers... (9+ / 0-)
    they are unable and incapable of using the powers and responsibility they have been entrusted with.
    but they are operating with a twisted idea of whom they are responsible to.  it appears to me that the politicians have elected themselves a new public made up of super persons (corporations) and wealthy donors - these are the people that their actions serve and whom they appear to be responsible to.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:40:34 PM PST

  •  Florida has been hurt and going to be more (7+ / 0-)

    hurt and I too am pissed.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:47:05 PM PST

  •  And This Would Happen in the Runup to a Midterm (6+ / 0-)

    election where the moderate Republican-doubting majority is least likely to vote, making the rightwing base that loves this issue doubly important and fired up for 2014

    Oh this and the debt ceiling later in the month..

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 04:57:15 PM PST

  •  ahh memories of the Super Cat Food Committee (3+ / 0-)

    This afternoon, the group of lawmakers tasked with cutting an additional $1 trillion from the deficit announced that their effort had failed.

    President Obama addressed that situation from the White House Briefing Room just before 6:00 PM ET.

    While some members of Congress are talking about undoing the automatic spending cuts that will take effect in 2013 if lawmakers can't reach a compromise, the President said that kind of backpeddling is unacceptable:

    I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.

    There is still plenty of time for Congress to act, and there are a range of issues that demand their immediate attention.

    That starts with the payroll tax cut. Without a vote from Congress, taxes for nearly every American will go up on January 1st.

    "I'm not about to let that happen," President Obama said.

    (emphasis mine)

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 05:04:09 PM PST

    •   From 11/21/2011 (3+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, aliasalias, lostinamerica

      Incredible. "No easy off ramps" despite the fact that the whole deficit hysteria is a fake crisis from the get-go.

      Catfood Commission, Austerity, Fix the Debt, the Debt Ceiling, the  Fiscal Cliff, all leading up to today when we get to experience the outcome when The Never Happened and Never Necessary Grand Bargain turns into the Going Out Of Business Sale.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 05:19:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Memories... (2+ / 0-)
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      BusyinCA, Phoebe Loosinhouse

      Nah, I don't think life was beautiful even then.

      This is political hardball, and would have hurt the rest of us far less if he'd been playing it from the start, rather than waiting until after the clown car had run us all down.

      •  he shouldn't have kept buying gas for the clown (5+ / 0-)

        car .
         No to mention that maybe just maybe he could actually recognize budget plan proposal put forth by the Progressive Caucus for a change, but I'm not betting on that because I believe he wants this sequestration.
        There certainly is a lot of evidence for that beyond  the clip I posted above and I think Bill Black lays it out well in this piece from naked capitalism....


        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:07:21 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  You might well be right (1+ / 0-)
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          Phoebe Loosinhouse

          "I believe he wants this sequestration"

          I think there's a growing mound of evidence that the president is willing to achieve his goals at the expense of all sorts of pain for regular Americans.  The CBO has suggested that the sequestration is highly painful for low end Americans in the short term, but might actually be a better path than we'd been in as quickly as 5 years down the road.   Now to suffering (and dying) people, that's a hell of a long way away, but in terms of the future of the country, it's nothing.

          Could he achieve them in a way that doesn't hurt most of us?  It doesn't look like we'll ever know, because it seems he feels the only way he can 'move forward' on his agenda is to take the poison pill routes he feels he can get Republicans to gleefully jump on at the time, before they realize that some shreds of usefulness were concealed by the infliction of misery upon the poor and the shrinking middle class.

          We need massive defense cuts, mainly to our stockpiles of hardware, but also in terms of operational expenses and extra bases.  We spend far too much on things, instead of people.  A soldier in the field is costing us a million a year, according to one of the professors who was on 'Up w/ Chris Hayes' recently.  We need to withdraw the troops, ans spend that million a year creating 20 $50k a year jobs for that soldier and 19 of his unemployed friends.

          And like changes such as the elimination of pre-existing condition provisions in insurance, there was simply wasn't going to be a Congress that would vote for those defense cuts anytime in our lifetimes.  The only way to get them was to tie them into a package of misery for the rest of us that Republicans just couldn't help themselves but vote for, then ride into full-throttled pain to the point where the public is hurting enough to push Republicans into either voting to restore some of the funding for social issues or throw out the Republicans and install Dems who would, while at the same time appointing a Secretary of Defense who can steer the cuts away from things our human troops actually need, like PTSD support.

          The roll of the dice, though, is whether this gamble fails, and instead enough Dems weasel out and join Repubs in voting back the Defense cuts and leave the social cuts languishing for lack of reciprocity.  Then we all lose on a more permanent basis.

  •  The moyers show this past sunday (2+ / 0-)

    the episode was titled something about taming capitalism.

    One of the guests was talking about how these very same pressures were at work in depression era america, but the people had socialist and communist parties through which the pressure was eased. And then mccarthyism came along and sealed shut those groups, so now that those same old pressures are building again there is no real outlet for people's anger.

    Pressure cooker.

    I wonder what will be america's 'tahrir square'.

    It's safe to trust a sane person with the keys to nuclear weapons, but it's not safe to trust an insane person with the cleaners under the kitchen sink. The answer is not more gun control, it's people care.

    by JayFromPA on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:53:55 AM PST

  •  The sequestration is deliberately being handled .. (0+ / 0-)

    this way in order to impact the maximum number of people possible, in hopes of pissing off enough people that funds will be restored so that corruption can continue as usual.  There IS room to cut back without affecting employment, but instead we're cutting back people instead of orders for billions of bullets, etc.  This is where "spend all of your allocated funds, whether you actually need certain items or not, or your budget will be cut next year" has gotten us.

    This strategy WILL ultimately backfire on those who are making these decisions.  Meanwhile, will the top dogs take even a penny as a cut in pay?  Nope.  Unless and until THAT ever happens, their whining should fall on deaf ears.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:31:41 PM PST

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