Mar 4 2013

 

 

 

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"What won't happen is that Congress stops getting paid, their staffs are laid off and the perks are done away with immediately.  In fact, they didn't even work this weekend to find a solution. Stop the pay, the perks and their staff and we will have a solution very, very soon. "

There is a sense that the implementation of sequester is turning out not to be a big deal. In fact, several of my friends have indicated maybe it is a good action to cut back on our debt. The newspapers have been warning of dire circumstances leading up to the deadline. Just two days after the deadline passes the media on one morning show featured the sink hole in Florida over sequester.

Don't be fooled. This is very serious business.

Sequester, in the long term, will dramatically affect our economy and economic growth. Thousands of Americans will lose their jobs. Our national security will be at risk because of across the board cuts instead of strategic cuts. Programs like Head Start, our National Parks, environmental protection, ADAPT for people with HIV/AIDS, etc will be devastated.

What won't happen is that Congress stops getting paid, their staffs are laid off and the perks are done away with immediately.  In fact, they didn't even work this weekend to find a solution. Stop the pay, the perks and their staff and we will have a solution very, very soon.

What won't happen with sequester is economic justice.

The middle class and poor will be punished and the oil companies will still receive their massive depletion allowances , loop holes will enable major corporations to pay no taxes and off shore accounts will enable them hide money to avoid taxes. Just ask Mitt Romney and he can explain how it works for the rich.

The concept that we can't build a just and fair tax system in America is just outrageous. The Republicans in the House of Representatives would rather shut down America then require those who are cheating the system to pay their fair share. No discussion is allowed about creating a system of fairness. Just shut government down and refuse to move an inch.

This economic stalemate will hurt average Americans but not the big guns. This Sequester is dangerous and damaging just as we are making an economic comeback. Those who don't believe in science, basic economics and that the world is square want us to believe this is all for the good of the country.

Don't you dare buy into it.