We are sequestered. Now what?
Mar 05, 2013
Sequestration has gone from an unlikely possibility to a probability and now to a reality. It also increasingly looks like it might be here to stay leaving everyone trying to figure out how to deal with it. No need to look to Washington D.C. for answers because none are coming. Our political leaders who came up with this concept now don’t seem to know what to do about it. Obviously we should never underestimate their ability to underperform their duties. So while the politicians point fingers of blame at each other, the rest of us are left to figure out how to deal with the mess. Some rightfully point out that the overall amount of cuts is not really that much compared to our overall spending. While that is true, it will certainly impact some areas more than others. Health care, aviation, meat inspection and research are just a few areas that will be hit hard which in turn will affect many others. These sectors don’t operate in a vacuum. Ironically these were areas creating jobs and economic growth helping us crawl out of a recession. No doubt cuts in spending are needed but what is lacking with sequestration is a well thought out plan of cuts that doesn’t hinder economic growth. Even more frightening is the situation created by those who predicted a doomsday scenario if sequestration occurred. Those same office holders now either have to admit they were wrong or make sure the pain they predicted comes true. If indeed sequestration is here to stay then we need bold, creative leadership to manage it with the least amount of harm. Unfortunately that kind of leadership is almost impossible to find these days and that is the cruelest cut of all.