Welcome to March and Sequestration Friday. Today is the day we find out if the US Congress can agree on a solution to avoid having massive spending cuts imposed on the nation.
Sequestration is a term used to describe the practice of using mandatory spending cuts in the federal budget if the cost of running the government exceeds either an arbitrary amount or the the gross revenue it brings during the fiscal year.
It’s interesting that the position of President of the United States is often referred to as the most powerful position in the world. I don’t think many would argue that point. So why then can’t President Obama flex some power, never mind in the world, but at home? Because while his Democratic Party has a majority in the Senate, the Republicans rule the House of Representatives in what is a bicameral legislature.
This resembles the situation in the British Parliamentary System (BPS) or Westminster System when a party has a minority government; they have more representatives in the House of Commons than any other single party, but those other parties could combine to vote down legislation. This minority situation requires deal making to get anything done.
If BPS minority governments have been able to cope over the years, without having the most powerful person in the world involved, I have to believe the United States can come up with a solution to the sequestration problem that is equitable!
Mind you the longer the stalemate goes on, and it can’t go on much longer, the more media coverage Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen will garner. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
It’s ironic that sequestration rhymes with castration because that’s how Obama must feel sometimes!
I like my definition better.
seaQuest: an American science fiction television series created by Rockne S. O’Bannon featuring an advanced naval submarine.
Rations: various preparations and packages of food provided to feed members of the armed forces
Sequestration: Chow served to those on the seaQuestDSV 4600