Republicanism is Up side Down and in a long slow downward spiral that will end in a muted sound emanating a puff of dark, black smoke.
Both sides are responsible for sequestration. The President and his party proposed it, and the GOP agreed. It only went into effect because both sides refused to compromise enough to prevent its implementation. They still can shortstop some of the upcoming provisions, but if the Democrats expect the Republicans to just cave and give them everything they want, they're crazy.
The sequestration is enforcing spending cuts that are required to help us get our fiscal house in order. Everyone gets to suffer. I say:
Let it ride.
"The problem is, everyone is NOT suffering."
As the effects of full sequestration take effect, we (as in the vast majority) will. When I said "everyone," it was a given that some - due to power, position, financial status, etc. - will "suffer" less (or perhaps not at all). But the typical sacred cows (entitlements, defense) across the board must be squeezed to get our fiscal house in order. Just like the cities going bankrupt due to debt, our country faces the same fate down the road if we don't get a handle on SPENDING *now*. It is spending increases - by leaps and bounds - that is at the root of the problem. Taxing every penny made by all the millionaires in this country would be like a mosquito taking a bite out of an elephant's butt compared to the overall problem.
It is GOVERNMENT SPENDING that is at the root of the problem. Since our elected representatives can't solve the problem like adults with fiscal compromise, they have to be treated like children. I give the President credit for recognizing this when he and his administration suggested sequestration in the first place. He doesn't want to take credit for it because it would p*ss off his constituency, but under the circumstances it (sequestration) is EXACTLY what is necessary.
Let it ride.
Those who are running our government and who imposed sequestration, are NOT suffering. There pay has not been cut, they do not have furlough days, THEY are currently on vacation. THEY are the 535 or 538 elected official in Washington D.C. that have put us in this mess.
There's not a whole lot we can do - individually - about it. Only when the outcry is so loud by so many people will the DC culture change. Until, we meander along doing the best we (THE PEOPLE) can.
That's democracy - supposedly the envy of the civilized world (but not of the autocrats or the dictators).
That really is the crux of the issue; the policy makers do not suffer the effects of their policies. I would say furlogh congress for a day but they need all the time time they can get...
anf you know what? Let it ride! That is the only way those jugheads are going to start feeling the pain when they are voted out of a job...
They could have started to "feel our pain" by being disenrolled in their cushy health care plan and forced to participate in ObamaCare. But nooooooooooooooooooo - they were permitted to weasel out of it. The only way to get the people (especially the Democrats) riled up enough to demand change we can REALLY believe in is to let the sequester ride.
Democrats are not known for hard choices; they have always tried to do just enough for each special interest group to demonstrate the "love". The reallity being it is time for some "tough love" until we right the ship.