During all the wrangling over the debt ceiling and the idiotic efforts of the sadomasochistic GOP to defund Obamacare, we may be losing sight of something very important. Sequestration is here to stay. In a lot of ways, we're starting to feel it, but we're not seeing it.
Here are excerpts from two articles that are must-reads. They're both infuriating, depressing eye-openers, and reminders that America better wake up and see what's happening to this country.
What they were talking about was Paul Ryan's budget. And guess what? They got it [...]
You see? The Democrats already folded. Sequestration is now the ongoing law of the land and Paul Ryan's budget wet dream is considered the "clean" continuing resolution. Huzzah. [...]
This fact is all too real: they've got the Ryan budget already. And they've already moved on to the debt ceiling, which all the Fox freaks were going on about last night. [...]
With the exception of some chump change from millionaires in the last round, the Democrats have been losing on policy every step of the way since these budget battles began, even as they seem to be winning the politics. What could be more telling than the fact that the numbers in Paul Ryan's budget are now considered the starting point in any new negotiations to end the shutdown.
Who's being played here?
So that happened. Anyone out there still believe that elections don't matter?
The clean CR that was most recently on the table at the House of Representatives would incorporate 100% of next year's sequester cuts in nondefense spending and 60% of the cuts in the defense budget. [...]
It's proper to recall the sequester's devastating effects on millions of Americans, keeping in mind that it was created only to settle a major debt-limit fight in 2011. [...]
It will cost as many as 1.6 million jobs over that time frame, the CBO says.
Just as the government shutdown leaves congressional pay and benefits intact, so does the sequester. The damage is all done at the opposite end of the economic scale. [...]
Yet the best we can hope for is that the sequester continues, and doesn't get worse. [...]
The best clue to the poverty of the Republican anti-Obamacare argument is the breadth of the lies told to justify it. [...]
There is absolutely no evidence that any workers have lost their jobs because of the reform act. Part-time work?... [T]he share of total employment represented by part-time jobs nationwide has actually fallen slightly (from 19.49% to 19.41%). [...]
Big business... may well be using Obamacare as a whipping boy to avoid the impression that they're just being cheap... As for "skyrocketing" healthcare premiums, they're nowhere in sight. [...]
One big lie has been attached to the GOP's determination to overturn a tax on medical devices... But as we showed back in May, no objective data support that claim — all the numbers come from studies the industry commissioned or from libertarian think tanks that would oppose any tax. [...]
The players are all out for themselves — their profits, their ideology, their TV time. The real-world effect of their actions? That ball isn't in their court.
That last part about how the players are all self-serving, grandstanding show horses has been my mantra recently. These "lawmakers" are all about themselves, their re-election, income, and power. To hell with the people who they represent, many of whom are in dire straits.
Apparently, we're just there to do their bidding, not the other way around. We're at their service, to provide votes and donations, and as far as they're concerned, we're lucky to have them.