The sequester — brought about by a Republican Party unwilling to raise taxes on the rich and willing to demand drastic cuts in social services — is officially underway.
Government services are being cut, government workers are facing furloughs and the still vulnerable national economy has run into a new landmine. This is important because it affects every one of us.
The Washington Post put together an elaborate graphic on the sequester’s impact on individual states, and make no mistake about it, your state is being hit.
In Kentucky alone, this means teachers are going to lose their jobs, the water and air are going to get dirtier, Head Start programs for early education are going to close, job-search assistance will be reduced, funding for Fort Campbell will be slashed, public health programs are going to be cut, victims of domestic violence won’t be able to get help, the elderly who get food assistance won’t be fed and children won’t be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella and other diseases that can be prevented.
I single out Kentucky because it gave the country Mitch McConnell, who is in charge of Senate Republicans, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Bagger poster boy whose sole purpose is to run though the corridors of the U.S. Capitol with scissors in his hand yelling “I’m gonna cut you.”
And if you want to know why this is bad for the country, read this:
Deep reductions in domestic and defense spending are set to begin Friday in a process known as sequestration, which will make progress toward the tea party’s goal of shrinking the government. What unfolds over the following months will be a high-stakes test of whether significant cuts in spending will help or hurt the economy — and the Republican Party’s brand.
The cuts, worth $1.2 trillion over 10 years, are slated to become reality after a period when the tea party — a movement, represented by a group of Republicans elected in 2010, whose goal is to radically cut the government — has struggled to have a lasting impact on Washington. …
… But many Republicans say the sequester is the moment when the tea party can claim it has made its mark. Although Democratic and Republican leaders are pointing fingers, the tea party and its allies are happily accepting credit for the cuts.
“This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a tea party Republican elected in 2010.
The Tea Party — which is just a made up name for Republicans who don’t want to admit they supported George W. Bush (the Dumber) for eight years — wants this and is happy it is happening. The GOP — which collapsed the economy during the reign of the Dumber — now has its biggest victory of the Obama presidency.
When the economy gets hit (and the longer the cuts lasts, the harder it will get hit) here’s what’s going to happen. Republicans will blame Obama for the sequester.
In the words of Tea Bagger Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), “You lie!” This is the GOP’s fault. You’ll do yourself a favor by remembering that in the 2014 national elections.
- Robert Reich: The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Tea Party Plot (robertreich.org)
- The GOP Is Losing The Sequester Blame Game (ourfuture.org)
- Sorry, Republicans. #Obamaquester didn’t do the trick. You’re still losing sequester blame game (dailykos.com)
- Mitchell Bard: Blaming the Tea Party-Controlled GOP for Sequestration Isn’t Partisan, It’s Factual (huffingtonpost.com)
- The sequester and the Tea Party Plot (blogs.berkeley.edu)
- Republican Rep. Jack Kingston Introduced Sequestration as a GOP Reform in 2010 (politicususa.com)
- Big spending cuts mark tea party success, and risk (newsobserver.com)
- The sequester is stupid and contractionary, Repubicans can’t stop themselves (dailykos.com)
- More Blame Republicans Than Democrats For Sequester (alan.com)