The sequestration is upon us
(deadline March 1) and for all purposes it’s going to happen. Your
military, DOD workers, contractors and especially military families are going
to suffer from the cuts that are initiated by the government.
its going to hurt "you" non military people as well"
I’ve mentioned here what was already identified
to happen with your military and honestly folks, that’s just the tip of
the iceburg. The Marine Corps alone is going to be cut well below the norm and
perhaps even further some defense representatives say. When military
branches are cut, they men & women that fill those branches will suffer (as
we have already seen with 20,000 Marines hitting the road this month).
Furthermore, those military families suffer as well as noted here.
Thousands of civilian contractors
will lose their job as companies forecast the slowing of purchases from the
government which will result in even more people dumped into the unemployment
market in the US.
As military equipment is parked and
not used, this means that American projection won’t be out in the world. Less
support in Afghanistan. Remember that “war” thing that your friends kid is in
Afghanistan doing/fighting, ya, that’s still going and Americans are still
dieing in it. How will they do when these cuts hit? Kinda hard to fight a war
you’ve been fighting and then have someone take all of your tools you have been
using away. Sounds like a lot of fun…..
Butt wait, you say “cuts” need to be
made Major Pain, and the military is unfortunately one that we can cut even
though we are supposed to be at war (I’m sure they had these same cuts during
WWII but I digress) and you say that although hard on military families we have
to make these cuts for the budget. Before you ride off into your “I’m not in
the military, it’s not going to affect me” sunset, you better educate
yourself and know, it’s going to affect all of us,
especially those that could use government help about now. Continue
reading you’re in for a surprise.
What is the sequestration?
Sequestration is $1.2 trillion in
automatic spending cuts due to go into effect over the next 10 years, with
roughly $85 billion slated for this year.
It’s been widely reported that the idea for sequestration
came from Jack Lew, who was Obama’s budget director at the time and
went on to become his chief of staff and is now his Treasury secretary
nominee. But to stop there misses the point, many argue.
Sequestration was put into effect as
part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Both parties had already agreed to
about $1 trillion in cuts but couldn’t agree on what to do next to get the
nation's fiscal house in order. They were also desperate to raise the national
borrowing limit to prevent a default—an occurrence that would arguably inflict
more damage than sequestration. To achieve both goals—raising the borrowing
limit and improving the nation’s fiscal standing—they borrowed from a
The idea was simple: Schedule
automatic cuts for the future that were so harmful to everybody that Congress
would be compelled to implement better, smarter cuts before they hit.
Sequestration was initially scheduled for the start of the year. Lawmakers
delayed it then, but it now seems unlikely that anything will be done before it
goes into effect on March 1
OK, So how will it affect me? Ya know the "non military" person.
Sequestration could affect you if
you fit any of the following profiles.
Ms. Defense Department Employee
Do you work for the Pentagon? If so,
you may be one of 800,000 civilian employees who face possible unpaid
leave after sequestration goes into effect. “There is no mistaking that the
rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will
result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force,” Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta told employees in a memo last week.
Mr. Airline Passenger
Are you a fan of flying? Well, if
nothing is done, airline passengers could start seeing meaningful delays by
April 1 under sequestration. That’s because the Federal Aviation
Administration, which is facing $600 million in cuts, may have to start
furloughing thousands of employees, Transportation Secretary and former
Republican lawmaker Ray Lahood said on Friday. The cuts could also lead to the
closing of hundreds of air traffic control towers, making it harder for planes
to land and take off.
Ms. Jane Q. Public and little Jonny
Are you a woman (or infant or child)
who receives assistance through the government’s Women, Infants and Children
program? If so, you may become one of the 600,000 dropped from the program after sequestration goes
into effect. The federal Head Start program, which seeks to prepare young
low-income children for school, also faces cuts. Up to 70,000 of those kids
could lose access to the program, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Are you a military veteran or a dependent
of an active service member? If you are and rely on the military’s Tricare
health insurance program, your benefits could be affected. The program faces a
possible $3 billion shortfall under sequestration and, as The New York Times’
editorial board put it, “could lead to denial of elective medical
care” for those two groups.
If you’re an educator your job might
be affected by sequestration. The White House on Sunday outlined how
sequestration could affect individuals in each state. Nationwide, 10,000
teachers and 7,200 special education teachers, aides, and other staff could be
dropped as a result of cuts to federal spending on local education.
The Huffington Post made a handy chart depicting the state-by-state
Do you love the outdoors? Hope you like
garbage. And bears. Park administrators in Yosemite National Park say the
coming spending cuts could lead to less trash collection, which could
lead to more bears at campgrounds. The Cape Cod National Seashore plans to
shutter a visitor center, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close
five campgrounds. The way each park will deal with sequestration varies, according to Time magazine, but there is
one constant: It’s going to affect the visitor experience.
Mr. Economic Participant
You don’t need to be in any of the
above categories to feel the impact of sequestration. You simply have to be a
participant in the economy. (Which you are if you have a job or spend money on
things.) That’s because sequestration would slow down economic growth,
according to various projections. And economic growth has a
far-ranging impact on everything from how much consumers spend to how much
businesses hire and invest. Of course, it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will let
things get to that point. Then again, sequestration was never expected to go
into effect in the first place. (National Journal)
So, what’s the hold up then?
Why are these cuts going to happen?
Well as mentioned above, they were initiated by the current administration (not
congress) as “leverage” however, congress isn’t buying it and not giving into
the tax reforms (bullying) the leverage
was created for or implemented to force.
This is where I tell the future:
(I’m being sarcastic, no one knows the future, I’m a Marine not a fortune
In the next 48 hours you will see
all sorts of press about how its Congresses fault that the cuts have to go into
effect. Why is it congresses fault? Let’s recap, back in 2011, again, this
administration implemented these massive leverage type cut results “IF” new
taxes were not implemented knowing that congress would not dare want
these massive cuts and would be forced to implement the new higher taxes
(politics 101). However, congress is standing its ground and the deadline is
approaching and now this administration is pointing at congress saying, “It’s
their fault” but now you know who actually put these demands upon us and it
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated last
August, “I've made clear, and I'll continue to do so, that if
sequestration is allowed to go into effect, it'll be a disaster for
national defense and it would be a disaster, frankly, for defense
communities as well,”
(This may be the most important
sentence in this post) After all of this, neither side has to do it. (Bam –there
That’s right, the president could back off his high tax demand, and the
sequestion “proposal” would go away. But that’s not going to happen because he
wants the tax implementation.
The sad thing, every minute our full
support isn’t behind your warriors in Afghanistan means their lives are jeopardized.
After all the politics, the rubber meets the road when your neighbors kid doesn’t
come home because he didn’t have what he had in the past regarding support. We
can point fingers all day at "whose fault it is" but that won’t bring
him back home.
Time for a C-Gar