The President has put out a list that presents specific amounts of financial cuts in a state by state list that shows exactly the damage that sequestration will wreak on them. Being from New York, and being the curious type, I decided to read exactly what kind of effect the state can expect to feel when the shit hits the fan come Friday.
According to the President, New York alone can expect to see over 42 million dollars in cuts to primary and secondary education funding. That would put 590 teachers and teachers aides jobs at risk. There is even more daunting news as far as education is concerned. Enough funding will be lost to to cut several hundred teachers job for kids with disabilities. Which means, bluntly stated, that if your kid has autism or some other disability, you or someone just like you will be shit out of luck.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, ladies and gentlemen. No sirree bob it does not. 12,000 civilian DoD employees would be furloughed; and the total amount of cuts to military base funding? One hundred and eight million dollars just for this year.
The stop violence against women program would lose the capacity to assist over 1,500 women.
Want help from Workforce one? Good luck. Funding for them gets cut drastically enough to effect over 45,000 job seekers. That’s 45,000 people who wont get the help they need finding work so they can stand up on their own two feet.
So, with the President basically telling the entire nation that IT is about to hit the fan and that everyone is gonna feel it, how do the house republicans respond? By planning on giving the President greater discretion on where to cut.
Just amazing the chutzpah of these bastards. Rather than lightening the load, putting forth something that might actually do something for the people affected, they’re basically saying “Cut where you like Mr President, we’re washing our hands of the entire thing.” Note that it doesn’t say the amount cut will shrink. Nope. They don’t want that. Lazy America hating conservative bastards.
It gives them an out, a way for them to say”We gave him the budget ax! He did the cutting! See! It wasn’t us!” or more accurately put gives them a level of plausible deniability that they can take back to their constituents. And then call it the Obamaquester, a stupid name if I’ve ever heard one. But the only problem is that it is not plausible on any level.
Sure as hell not in mine, or anyone else who knows what exactly is going on here. This is a cheap ploy from lazy conservatives trying to make it look like they are doing something while doing nothing.
The aims of both sides here are simple, at least as far as I can tell. The Republicans want the sequester to look like it’s no big deal, something we can handle easily and whatever is a big deal gets blamed on the President. The Democrats is to make the sequester look like hell on earth, and everything is to be blamed on the Republicans.
So rather than actually do something here, we see them play politics with our money that we pay into our system for our benefit, and risk it all in the name of partisanship. On top of damaging the country, this makes a mockery of “We The People” by putting partisan politics ahead of prosperity and our future.
My advice? We can’t do anything about what these people do, so let’s just watch it happen. I for one plan to be in front of a television on Thursday night, watching c-span as the whole thing either goes to pieces, or gets temporarily fixed and basically put off for another day, when we can do all over again!