Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Cut. What’s Cut? it is nor increase, nor growth, nor upsurge, nor intensification, nor any other part belonging to a government. O, be some other name! What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; So Sequester would, were he not Sequester call’d, Retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title. Sequester, doff thy name, and for that name which is no part of thee tax all myself.
Alas, I’m so confused – numbers are being thrown around, tours being cancelled, parks closed, furloughs promised, carriers docked. I see “stuff” being cancelled and blamed on the sequester, but what are the realities here? A cut of say $200,000,000, from what? A 5% cut in this program – from what? I have a current program that is currently operating, delivering services for $1000 – now, my next fiscal budget is going to be $1100 (10% increase), this increase is to cover expanded/new services, as well as additional costs to operate – but this nasty sequester cuts my proposed increase to only 5%. Does that mean I now stop everything I’ve been doing because I’ve had this 5% “cut” in spending? Or does it mean I postpone incorporating new services, or look at ways to improve the efficiency of my service?
The politics of our government is distorting the real issues we face – and this is dangerous. Creating fear through misinformation confuses everyone and makes it difficult to have a real debate on the issues at hand. It would be nice to have a real understanding, a picture that honestly describes what is being actually cut, and cut from exactly what – and is it a cut if it still is increased, just increased less? Come on – we can handle the truth! In business, when revenues dip, we make decisions to reduce spending – we start by reducing overtime, or by curtailing travel – we look for waste in processes – we find ways of continuing to improve services with less. Let’s just say, If the President wanted to, he could have eliminated just one trip on Air Force 1 and saved enough money to leave the White House tours to continue without interruption – pure politics.