The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Well, not exactly but more on that later. What in the world am I talking about? Sequestration! You see, in 2011 President Obama signed into law The Budget Control Act of 2011 which included a provision establishing a special bipartisan committee tasked with reducing the federal budget deficit by roughly $1.2 - $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. So what does sequestration have to do with this? You see, the deal was simple: if this “super” committee could not come to an agreement on where these cuts should come from then sequestration, or automatic budget cuts, kick in for the next nine years.
Now based on all of the finger-pointing from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle one might simply conclude that the party one favors has done all that can be done and the other party is to blame for this impasse. In fact, both parties have gone to great lengths to convince the American people of exactly that! The GOP has pointed to the bills they have passed in the U.S. House of Representatives as proof of their willingness to work with Democrats.
For their part, Democrats have engaged in a scare campaign. They are attempting to convince Americans that the effects of Sequestration will bring forth on America consequences not seen since the biblical plagues visited on Egypt found in Exodus 7 – 10. In the update to the biblical story tainted meat, crumbling education, and long airport delays replace water turning into blood, frogs, and the death of first born sons and animals. Abdicating responsibility after making token efforts and trying to scare people ought to be unacceptable and both parties should be ashamed of themselves. By the way, just as with Y2K, everything is just fine since sequestration kicked in!
As both sides try to lay blame at the feet of the other, the public should be reminded that the notion of sequestration came from the Obama White House. Then White House Budget Director Jack Lew (now Treasury Secretary), Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling were all involved and took the idea of using a sequester as a way to force the GOP to the table and get a budget deal done in 2011. President Obama approved and eventually signed the resulting legislation into law. Bob Woodward’s book The Price of Politics details the origins of the sequestration idea and the White House and since admitted that the idea originated with the Administration. Anyone who says different is misinformed or dishonest.
The other little detail that has not received the attention it deserves is this: sequestration is simply slowing the growth of the federal budget. You see, in Washington D.C. slowing the growth of government equals a budget cut. In Cobb and Cherokee counties, a raise is still a raise even if it is not as large as one might like! Just think, if there is this much trouble slowing the growth of our government, wait until they start eliminating programs and begin actually reducing the size government. Oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth we will witness!
Christopher is a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University where he earned the Master of Religious Education. He also holds MBA Finance and BS Management degrees. A former resident of Powder Springs, Christopher and his family now reside in Woodstock. Having enthusiastically embraced social media in 2007, he blogs regularly at www.chris-sanchez.com and is very active on both Facebook and Twitter.