On The Sequester

News flash:  Congress panics after public encounters delays in flights.

Receivibg a barage of complaints, and realizing they, themselves would encounter delay next week when they go on recess again (66/100 on recess so far–see
http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2013/apr/22/john-barrow/congress-away-too-often-georgia-lawmaker-says/ ) Congress hastily passed legislation to assure that the FAA wouldn’t furlough air traffic controllers in response to the sequester cuts.

Do the people who rant about taxes and big government truly not recognize the connection between budget and service?  You can’t provide services without sustaining costs.  And you can’t pay those costs without taxes.  If you oppose taxes you are making the claim for a very real decrease in services.

Republicans know this, and most of their opposition to taxes is directly connected to their base’s belief that there are too many services provided by government.  That’s all well and good, but to act as if that weren’t the driving force when it turns out the service provided is popular or, worse, important, is nothing short of duplicitous.

This is a recurring theme and is not exclusively adhered to by Republicans alone.  I remember being particularly struck by the widely shared outrage that the public had when a local girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, was found alive 18 years after her abduction and it was revealed that her abductor had been repeatedly visited by parole officers during her captivity.

I’ve known of the highly overloaded schedules parol officers had been carrying for years.  These were a direct effect of budget cuts the department of corrections had been laboring under as the California State government suffered income woes.

I’m not saying it’s okay that they hadn’t put two and two together much earlier than eighteen years later.  The entire affair was rife with incredible f-word-ups, from the moment of abduction to the accidental discovery of the victim so many years later.

But what I am saying is that you tend to get what you pay for. Republicans, being business types, know this.  When each parole officer has a case load that leaves him only a few minutes to spend on each person supervised each month, errors are made.

It’s no good to look at the grunt when it’s the generals who are to blame, even if we are the fgenerals.   We, the public, didn’t want to support taxes and that’s the main reason Jaycee Lee was imprisoned by her abductors for so long.

So how is this relevant?  Sequestering means something, that’s how.  When we cut budgets we reduce services.  So what if people have to spend extra hours or days in airports with no beds or showers?  Let them rent a helicopter.

If you can afford the helicopter, you have no reason to pay for the air traffic controller.  Why support the government that doesn’t do anything important to you, anyway?

But, please, own it.

Oh, one other thing. Why reduce the amount of the cut a group like the FAA has to eat? Make the cuts somewhere else, like in airport maintenance where no one will notice.

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2 Responses to On The Sequester

  1. Dallas Smith says:

    Other sequester cuts deserving of wider publicity: food inspectors, cancer research, education, healthcare services, etc. Personally, I’d be happy to pay higher taxes for the services I would want the government to support. I hate paying taxes to support the military-industrial complex. Politicians have to be forced by the public to take their eyes off the corporate donations and lobbyist percs that seduce many politician. How bad does it have to get before the public awakens and mobilizes?

  2. Hank Raymond says:

    Well, they probably are also making cuts like airport maintenance where people won’t notice. I don’t know… I haven’t noticed anything like that.

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