What is sequestration, anyway?

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

For something like the fifth time in four years, Congress is so far apart on their views for the country that drastic, crippling measures have been threatened. This time, we might get sequestered.

So what exactly does it mean?

First of all, let’s get one thing straight. “Sequester” is not a thing, it is a verb. Sequestration is the thing that happens, and if it does, we will be sequestered. “The sequester” is not a thing. It is bad grammar. So don’t say it.

Now, on to some particulars:

What exactly is the sequestration?

The sequestration is more than $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts that will be put in place on Friday if no solution is reached by Congress. It was intended to be so severe that it forced lawmakers to come up with a better, less serious idea for spending cuts by the time the sequestration was to be instituted. Originally, it was supposed to go into effect at the beginning of the year but was pushed back. It’s unlikely that it will be delayed again, reports the National Journal.

Who’s to blame?

This nonsense is everyone’s fault. It’s the fault of Congress, who continues to refuse to work with each other to figure out a way to get things done, which has led to extreme measures such as the near-shutdown of Congress last year, a credit downgrade and the pending sequestration. It’s more of the same crap we’ve seen in the 2000s, and there’s no sign of it stopping.

It’s our fault for electing these people, over and over again. Politics is as polarized as ever, and we continue to demand our leaders go to Washington and reflect our stubbornness. Until we start to realize that each person has their beliefs for a reason, and we should be working together to pull the country out of the gutter, our economy will continue to sit in recession.

Who will feel the crunch?

Everyone will feel it, but the thousands who could lose their jobs would feel the cuts the most. Educators, employees in the defense department and plenty more could experience joblessness if Congress can’t find a quick solution. You can read more about those jobs in jeopardy at the local level in this ABC News article.

Basically, sequestration is going to sting a little, and we have nobody to thank but our wonderful lawmakers, who yet again have failed to do their job.

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