They would have done better to name it "the sequel" because it seems like an ongoing bad TV Show.
I have been wondering "why are they doing it?", because I have been reminded of the statement made by the military, following years of preparation, about how they would be used to battle with the public once the economy got so bad people took to the streets:
A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.(Will The Military Become The Police - 3, emphasis added). The MSM Sequester seems to be what the military was talking about:
“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.
The study says economic collapse, terrorism and loss of legal order are among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the U.S.
-600,000 food stamp recipients will be cut from the program(Austerity USA Begins March 1). Does it seem like they are deliberately trying to goad the public into a scenario where they can deploy the military into the streets?
-Massive education cuts. According to President Obama:
"Once these cuts take effect thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off and tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids."-12 billion in Medicare cuts (more to come after 2013)
-Millions receiving unemployment will see their checks cut by 11% (an average of 132 a month)
-Federal funds to state governments will be cut, creating even more deficits for states and municipalities, and thus more localized cuts (the states have already made austerity cuts of $337 billion!)
Also, 700,000 jobs are expected to be lost, while 70,000 kids are also expected to be kicked off of Head Start
And this is just for 2013. The current plan for the austerity "sequester" cuts is $100 billion of federal cuts every year for ten years, equaling massive cuts to jobs, Medicare, education, and completely destroying federally funded social programs.
Or are they just so stupid that it renders them sincerely incompetent to do what has been done economically in the United States for a century or so?
The meaning of the word sequester:
se·ques·ter [si-kwes-ter](Dictionary). The odd fellows of McTell News use the word as a noun "The Sequester", rather than a verb, which does nothing to lend sense to it.
verb (used with object)
1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude.
2. to remove or separate.
3. Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as the property and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied.
4. International Law. to requisition, hold, and control (enemy property).
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English sequestren < Latin sequestrāre to put in hands of a trustee, derivative of sequester trustee, depositary ...
This is the kind of behavior one might expect when the only government program in the past decade that has doubled has been the military, the military is equipped with warmonger international corporations who profit from it (The Homeland: Big Brother Plutonomy - 7), and non-American plutocrats own those international corporations (MOMCOM: The Private Parts - 4).
The next post in this series is here.
George Carlin on the Plutocracy: