And don't be fooled as to true motives of the various parties in Washington. The biggest cuts in the sequester are to the military, and no one really believes that President Obama is upset over that. It's just that having the "bad Republicans" to blame for the various reductions and their impact is simply irresistible to Obama and his Democratic colleagues.
As for the Republicans, not only are many of them scared of their own shadow, but they are beholden to defense-related industries that have funded their political careers for years. It all sounded fine to pass this thing back in late 2011, but when it became clear that their tough action included dipping into some rather sacred wells, that created quite a different set of circumstances.
So now with just over a week to go, everyone in Washington is waiting for the doomsday stories to start running in papers and television news programs that not only spell out the human tragedy of those who will suffer as a result of real cutbacks, but also the dire economic impact that sequestration will cause. Then there will be the obligatory plunge in the stock market. The cable news networks will start their countdown clocks -- 120 hours and 12 seconds until sequestration ... and the end of time. It's all so predictable.
Why don't we just let one of these things really hit the fan? The Republicans might just find that not everyone blames them. The president might be forced to actually negotiate with a Republican House that has the upper hand. And we might finally see what all the politicians say they want -- a real live reduction in spending -- even if it's just a drop in the bucket.
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