The Plague of Locusts Has Been Canceled
10:09 AM, Jul 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Remember how the sequester was supposed to ravage the landscape? The automatic spending cuts would, we were told, cause all manner of pain and suffering – inconvenience, even – as David A. Fahrenthold & Lisa Rein of the Washington Post report, we were warned:
These things did not happen. The sequester is a bad way to do business, allowing Washington to avoid hard choices and pin the blame on a budgeting contraption of its own making which is designed to make the public beg for mercy. More spending, please. Higher deficits, please. Anything but this awful Sequester.
And, miracles happened ... for instance:
The bad news is that the sequester did real damage to the nation's military and that it probably set a precedent for the use of similar gimmicks in the future and a predictably cynical response from the public when it is warned about the dreaded effects.
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