The sequester doesn’t enthrall or fascinate. Quite frankly, it’s all posture and pundit. I don’t care, at all. I am more interested in having my upholstery cleaned than I am in sequestration. I’m not alone. The Telegraph offers a refreshing view of the tepid approach the American elected elite take on practically everything. I’ll start worrying for real when food is rationed and I have to queue up for a beet. Beets are not my favorite.
I am happy to see cuts to defense. Defense has needed cutting for some time now. Less money to defense contractors and maybe pay our enlisted military personnel a living wage, that would be a good start. The Fiscal Times offers a concise explanation of what sequestration will mean to the majority of us. Of course, if defense contractors are a big part of your local economy, well you’re pretty much screwed but if you’ve been living large off the backs of the rest of us you’ve probably had fair warning and salted some of that cash away for a rainy day.
The thing that scares me about sequestration is the cut education will take. Can we afford to lower the bar? Is this a mediocrity conspiracy?
From what I’ve seen, here in the hinterlands, we could use cuts to HUD (Housing and Urban Development) too. They seem to be a bunch of corrupt little piggies gorging themselves at the trough; retreats and training at expensive B&Bs and charming inns, while the poor people they are supposed to serve live in substandard housing. I’m sorry if you’re running a tight ship in your state but here 87% of the inspected units failed to meet federal quality standards. If you’re familiar with federal standards you know they conform to the lowest common denominator. Perhaps jobs cuts would force some of the racketeers to live among their “clients”.
The Department of Health and Human Services could use a complete overhaul. Belt tightening there might force a stimulating rush of blood to the workers’ brains. I’ve read that state employees haven’t had a raise in four years. They’re whining, “We can’t recruit the best unless we offer financial incentive.” State government recruitment, here, operates on a nepotism model. We could use some DDT in the gene pool.
I’m not going to worry about sequestration. I’m going to worry about upholstery cleaning. Let the defense contractors eat cake.