The cuts that are taking place thanks to sequestration are being reported much of the time in relation to large scale programs. In terms of billions of dollars and the mass effect of the cuts.
But the reality of sequestration is far from what is being reported and being spoken about in the press.
It is instead a story of those in need being forced to go without. The story of thousands of children, special needs children being told to do without. Thousands of parents of autistic children being told their kids can go without the programs that they need to give their kids the things they need to get by every day.
There is a reason I mention that. I have a niece and a nephew, both with autism, both who will be affected. One is turning 11, the other is 8. I spoke to my brother today, in passing. My brother’s son is the eight year old. The boy loves him some Teenage mutant ninja turtles and Spiderman. He loves going to school. He loves his teacher, whose name I forget. Kisses her goodbye every time he leaves school for the day. I’ve been there to pick im up a few times from school.
He is autistic. Without the help from his teachers and the school system, funded by the federal government, he would not be able to get the help he needs.
The other, my cousin’s daughter loves her teachers and her shows and toys as much as my brother’s son does. And she needs them more. Though my eye in these matters is neither precise nor educated, she seems to be more affected by autism than he, and he is not just slightly affected. Speech is affected. As is thought. As is emotional control. As are almost every basic thing we non affected sentient beings take for granted. These kids work on this and more every day, with help from tireless hard-working teachers who give everything they can for these kids.
Apparently one of the first cuts going through in these parts is in education cuts. So they are losing that, only part of it to begin with. Half is what my brother told me when I spoke to him earlier today.
How many times can they turn their heads and pretend that they don’t see?
These kids, and by extension “We The People” are pawns in a game of chess played by rich men for the control of the money and power, and of who gets both. Because of that the face of sequestration should not be the face of corporations shutting their doors, bad as that will be when it happens, and it will happen. It is not masses of people made to suffer. That can be refused, propagandized, compartmentalized. Turned into something other. Political will can turn any full grown adult’s pain into something to be looked down on, turned to advantage by the slick marketing of political will.
It is the face of a child asked to go without.
Asked to go without by the protectors of billionaires, by a rich man’s son for no reason other than the greed of adults who should know better.
Sleep tight, America.