Heather Barmore is a blogger and avid watcher of C-SPAN. Her personal blog, No Pasa Nada chronicles her life as a recent college graduate and first impression of adulthood. Seven years later, she is yet to be convinced that she is a ‘real’ adult. She’s working on it. She also writes about public policy, current events and the intersection of women and politics at Poliogue: The Art of Political Dialogue. She has been a speaker at BlogHer, Blogalicious, the AMP Summit and Mom 2.0 covering everything from being a ‘digital diarist’, the relationship between PR companies and bloggers of color and, of course, political engagement. She is currently a lobbyist living in her hometown of Albany, NY just five miles from her parents. It’s awesome, except when it’s not.
“Sequestration” has become the political issue du jour, or as the president called it, a”manufactured crisis” plotted by Congress. Sure, in its inception it seemed like a plausible way to bring legislators on the right and left together in the spirit of compromise on behalf of the American people. The same people that they elected to represent the citizens of the states in Washington, D.C. So, you might ask, how did that compromise thing go?
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! *breathe* HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
If there were compromise we wouldn’t be inundated with X DAYS TO SEQUESTRATION panic on the evening news. Janet Napolitano wouldn’t be telling us that these across-the-board cuts will make it easier for the terrorists to get to us. The president and Speaker Boehner wouldn’t be playing a rousing game of “1, 2, 3 NOT IT!” We wouldn’t be fretting over a crisis that the president and Congress were all gung ho for, voted for, then subsequently signed into law thinking that it would never happen.
We wouldn’t be here.
How did we get here? Here’s the CliffNotes version that doesn’t require the assistance of a Nobel-Prize-winning economist.
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The Budget Control Act
Photo: Pete Souza
The Budget Control Act (BCA) was passed in August 2011 with the purpose of raising the debt ceiling - the amount the federal government can borrow in order to pay for things they’ve already voted for. All sides - Republicans, Democrats, the administration - agreed that the debt ceiling could be raised only if a plan was put in place to reduce the deficit. Initial cuts were made for Fiscal Year 2012 with a committee formed to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion over ten years. With this plan in place the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate voted for this bill which the president then signed.
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