What do we know from all these expected cuts or sequestrations? If a lawmaker tells you the sequestration is not as bad as you may think, I’ll suggest that you tell him or her, you are not going to be fooled! With the size and somewhat of an across the board cuts for so long, definitely, unintended consequences are likely to result; and there comes in the consequence and grief of sequestration! Imagine cuts to the programs of National Institute of Health, yes, that institute that is funding and attempting to find answers to why millions of Americans dies from whatever cancer you’ve heard, yes that institute is supposed to take a hit! There are going to be furloughs for Federal Career Officers, denial of extended unemployment insurance for workers who have remained unemployed from about six to one year under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and if Obama’s Administration is unable to get an approval from congress that the scheduled cut of eighty-five billion plus is substituted for repeal of tax cut for the oil and gas industry and, a mix of tax increases using the buffet rule, Americans in the middle income group are going to feel the impact rather disproportionally; but it will still be there.
Both proposals advanced in Congress, either by Democratic or Republican lawmakers, to support or overtake White House proposal to have some raise in revenue, in place of 2013 intended cuts, seem untenable or very far from reality. The American Family Economic Protection Act meant to replace 2013 sequestration with spending cuts and tax increases to the tune of $110 billion have been venally rejected by the House Congressional Republicans. Plan B proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, which Republicans themselves refused to pass into law, and other current proposals swirling through both chambers of congress are probably doom because of the strife; yes strife, that has beclouded congressional lawmaking in America!.
Two major things will resolve this strife in congress that has made lawmaking a nightmare, no matter how much the public would rather have it differently: 1) it is time to send home all extremists and self-centered lawmakers home in the mid-term elections in 2014; 2) If the recalcitrance and non-compromises remain in congress past 2014, the public will have to subscribe to a “no clause” attachment to negotiations in contemplated legislation to temper the excruciating pain of sequestration to middle income Americans.