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March 01, 2013

Happy Sequestration Day

We're not immune to the effects of sequestration here at the HQ....Ben wasn't able to do his normal link dump so here's an open thread. Feel free to share you sequestration horror stories here. If the dead have risen, the North Korean have invaded or there's just general mayhem in your neighborhood because some day soon the federal government will have $85 billion less to spend, we want to know about it.

But keep in mind the real victims of our bloated federal government....federal employees.

No one would mistake Mantua, a leafy section of Fairfax County where houses sell in the $700,000 range, for a factory town, but where Jenny Foo lives, almost everyone’s paycheck comes from the same place.

Foo, who spent her career at the State Department, lives across from someone who worked at the Food and Drug Administration and another who had a career in the U.S. Geological Survey and just up from a couple of military families. Around the corner, there’s a National Park Service historian, a Pentagon analyst and a Foreign Service diplomat.

In Mantua, 14 miles west of the Federal Triangle, the sledgehammer of budget cuts scheduled to hit today are a threat to financial stability, an unnecessary reminder of a political system that seems unable to solve problems, and, perhaps worst of all, a symbol of how dramatically perceptions of government work have shifted.

Clearly we need to hold a concert for emergency relief and get Sally Struthers working on a commercial.

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posted by DrewM. at 10:00 AM

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