Tag: sequester

Sequester Politics

This sequester has been a textbook case of how to make political hay out of nothing. As many people have explained over the past weeks, the so-called cuts were only reductions in the already planned spending increases for this year—a little over 2%, to be precise. In other words, we are still spending more now than we were a year ago, just not as much as we expected to be spending. What a sacrifice! So what’s the political hay I… Read more »

New Heights of Tackiness

While I was gone, the sequester went into effect. It was supposed to be the end of the world. Somehow, I don’t think we’re quite at the end yet, and when we do get there, it won’t be because we cut back our planned increased spending by a little over 2%. There’s nothing drastic about this, yet you wouldn’t know it from all the dire warnings emanating from the White House. But it seems to me we’ve heard this rhetoric… Read more »