Remembering 2 1/2 Reasons Why Sequestration is all Hype

by Datechguy | February 27th, 2013

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Remembering 2 1/2 Reasons Why Sequestration is all Hype

I’ve always had a great love of His­tory and when I entered High School my goal was to become a His­tory Teacher. How­ever in high school two things hap­pened that put me in a totally dif­fer­ent direction.

The very first com­put­ers came to my High School (apple 2c’s) Yes believe it or not I did my first pro­gram­ming and wrote my first games on Apples.

The sec­ond thing was the pas­sage of Propo­si­tion 2 12. It lim­ited the amount that a city or town could raise prop­erty taxes with­out a vote to “override”

When propo­si­tion 2 12 came up we were told most emphat­i­cally that this was going to be dis­as­ter. the state leg­is­la­ture, still over­whelm­ingly demo­c­rat (although Gov­er­nor King was that rare crea­ture a fis­cally con­ser­v­a­tive Demo­c­rat was in the Cor­ner Office, the pre­lude to the future GOP strength in the 90’s) how­ever Cit­i­zens for lim­ited Tax­a­tion man­aged to unite tax­pay­ing cit­i­zens against the bill and it won via a referendum.

After the mea­sure was passed prac­ti­cally EVERY teacher at the High School was given a pink slip directly after the elec­tion. (One teacher gen­er­ated a lot of laughs by ask­ing the stu­dents “do you want to see my pink slip?” and when they said “yes” rais­ing her skirt just enough to see her slip which was in fact pink). Today that would get you fired but in my day we had a sense of humor.

But then after all the worry the teach­ers were put through a strange thing happened:

Noth­ing!

The next year the teach­ers were still there, the school was still there and every­thing pretty much remained as it had been before. It put the lie to the hype.

Fast for­ward 30 years later and after four years of incred­i­ble spend­ing the prospect of rolling back 2% of that spend­ing increase is being laid on so thick you would think it was the great­est dis­as­ter to hit the United States since Sep­tem­ber 11th 2001.

I sus­pect this admin­is­tra­tion will do all it can to cre­ate visu­als of trou­ble and pain from the sequester start­ing with stuff like this:

Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment offi­cials have released “sev­eral hun­dred” immi­grants from depor­ta­tion cen­ters across the coun­try, say­ing the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of bud­get cuts due to hit later this week.

Expect more of this, because even if the sky doesn’t fall I sus­pect the media will do their best to pre­tend it is, at least for as long as they think they can get away for it.

Update: Sen­tence chopped off some­how, restored.

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The ther­mome­ter hasn’t moved but you might notice its design has changed.

If you’ve had trou­ble get­ting to this site, that’s because the plu­gin that gen­er­ated the old ther­mome­ter was mess­ing up the code of the blog some­thing fierce. That likely caused both the trou­ble of get­ting to the site and the lack of move­ment in the totals for the week.

Los­ing 24 hours cer­tainly hasn’t helped but you can by being one of the 14 remain­ing peo­ple I need to kick in $20 by Sat­ur­day (and at least 3 by Thurs­day to make the monthly goal) so this weeks pay­check can take place.

It’s all up to you




I’ve always had a great love of History and when I entered High School my goal was to become a History Teacher. However in high school two things happened that put me in a totally different direction.

The very first computers came to my High School (apple 2c’s) Yes believe it or not I did my first programming and wrote my first games on Apples.

The second thing was the passage of Proposition 2 1/2. It limited the amount that a city or town could raise property taxes without a vote to “override”

When proposition 2 1/2 came up we were told most emphatically that this was going to be disaster. the state legislature, still overwhelmingly democrat (although Governor King was that rare creature a fiscally conservative Democrat was in the Corner Office, the prelude to the future GOP strength in the 90′s) however Citizens for limited Taxation managed to unite taxpaying citizens against the bill and it won via a referendum.

After the measure was passed practically EVERY teacher at the High School was given a pink slip directly after the election. (One teacher generated a lot of laughs by asking the students “do you want to see my pink slip?” and when they said “yes” raising her skirt just enough to see her slip which was in fact pink). Today that would get you fired but in my day we had a sense of humor.

But then after all the worry the teachers were put through a strange thing happened:

Nothing!

The next year the teachers were still there, the school was still there and everything pretty much remained as it had been before. It put the lie to the hype.

Fast forward 30 years later and after four years of incredible spending the prospect of rolling back 2% of that spending increase is being laid on so thick you would think it was the greatest disaster to hit the United States since September 11th 2001.

I suspect this administration will do all it can to create visuals of trouble and pain from the sequester starting with stuff like this:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week.

Expect more of this, because even if the sky doesn’t fall I suspect the media will do their best to pretend it is, at least for as long as they think they can get away for it.

Update: Sentence chopped off somehow, restored.

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It’s all up to you




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