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Friday, March 01, 2013

Sequester - Time to put Republicans in the Stocks


It was common for colonial onlookers to make the public stocks punishment even worse by throwing rotten food and rocks at the person who was locked in the humiliating contraption. 

Maybe it's high time Americans throw rotten food and rocks at those in the US Congress who left Washington DC today (Friday), rather than vote on any initiative to eliminate the March 1st, punishing fiscal sequester.

Sequester is not necessary and it's wrong!  Even a Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman says the sequester is stupid.

America has a deficit in jobs and infrastructure. This is a winning economic equation.  Work needs doing and people are ready to fix things. So, put the people to work and the deficit will, eventually, take care of itself.  But, Republicans decided to create chaos by refusing to vote away a budget sequester created to cause drastic cuts in government spending.  They don't "get" that their austerity obsession is simply dooming their political agenda.  Statesmen know that when an election is won, the victor crates the agenda.  Statesmen know that the loosing candidate puts the minority agenda aside for another time, when, invariably, the political pendulum shifts again in their direction.  That's politics 101.

Nevertheless, Republicans are still working to discredit President Obama's winning campaign promise to protect middle class safety nets like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  For some reason, they simply don't get that their agenda was rejected by the American voters.

House Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor should be slapped in stocks as punishment for leaving Washington DC, rather than solve the avoidable chaos and stress caused by the sequester.  Boehner should keep Congress working until the sequester is eliminated.  But, instead, he adjourned Congress like a spoiled child who takes his baseball from the team, so they can't play the game anymore.

With the horrible sequester in place, American people will understandably take to the streets. Many will bring public humiliation to the face of those selfish Republicans who care more about their stupid ideology (thank you Governor Jindal and Paul Krugman), than what's in the best interest of the country.

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