The more I see on the looming sequester the more I think the Obama administration has finally adopted the Bush-Cheney model of fear-based governing. There’s no need to propose a solution as long as enough fear can be instilled and enough panic generated that the opposition will agree to anything ANYTHING to get out of the way of the hordes fleeing whatever today’s horrible outcome happens to be.
Sorry, but I survived the shutdowns of the federal government as an employee overseas in 1995 and 1996, and have seen enough local teachers (husband included) and court staff take furlough days the last few years here in California to know that furlough days will not bring about the end of civilization as we know it. People and institutions will get by. We probably won’t have to resort to cannibalism as a society at least until FY 2014. So, if everyone could just take a deep breath, remember that it was less than a year ago that the President and Congress jointly passed this sequestering option into law, and they can change it any time they agree to do so.