You know why? Because god help me, I don't think the sequester is bad.
STOP THROWING THINGS AT ME.
Look, I get that with the sequester people are going to get laid off. People who need services, critical ones at that, might not get them. People are really pissed off that the military can't do fly overs at games and shit. I get that these are all bad things for some people but at the same time, I don't feel bad.
This country is in mass amounts of debt. Spending is out of control yet nobody wants to acknowledge that in order to cut spending, you have to make some tough decisions that will no doubt hurt people's ability to live like they do now. Because you might force someone on food stamps to give up their iPhone 5 to buy their kids milk.
Look at a household budget, for instance. Let's say you were always a two family income, you went on trips, you watched you shows on HBO, you had nice cars, went out to eat frequently, you maybe had a boat or snowmobile, or whatever else people buy. You buy nice clothes and your kids are in every imaginable after school activity possible. You are living the life and life is awesome.
Then let's say... someone loses a job. Your income is cut in half and all of a sudden, you have tough choices to make. Absolutely nothing is a fixed expense. The only things you need to survive is food, shelter, and water. You don't need to have your nice home, you could downsize and get an apartment. You don't have to eat out, you can have cereal at home. You don't need your fancy car- only one of you is working, make a carpool happen.
The fact of the matter is that we are an entitled nation. You think that because you work and because you aren't a criminal, you deserve the finer things in life. You think because you work hard you deserve a union's absurd wage ($25+ an hour to do carpentry? Bitch, please. If that's the case, you better work your ass through the fucking night to get the job done.) You think that because the government has the ability to help you that they should.
INSTEAD, you could get a fucking job. You could go work at Burger King, be a maid in a hotel, do something more to help yourself. Something will always be better than nothing per hour so while you bitch you're only at minimum wage, we have homeless people who would really love to have that minimum wage job. We have people who have been disabled and are basically stuck at home on disability wishing they could be more useful in life. There are legitimate people who are mortified and totally embarrassed to be getting any assistance and if they had the means to change that they would. They actively try to make their lives better. You have people who say they can't work more than one job, they can't work full time, they can't do anything. But I bet if you forced them too, gave them absolutely no other choice, suddenly miracles would happen and they could do it.
But we also have a lot of free loaders. I don't think everyone goes onto assistance as a free loader but necessity is the mother of invention. If you let people stay on it indefinitely? They will. Why try harder if you don't have to? Our nation sucks right now because we no longer require more of anybody. You don't want to go to school? That's OK, just get your GED in a jiffy and work telemarketing forever. You don't want to work full time because you're tired? That's OK, here are some food stamps and subsidized housing- have a great life.
I say this as a person who believes with my whole heart these programs shouldn't shut down because I do know that it prevents people from being homeless and there are people who only use it to get back on their feet.
So when I see all of these people complaining about the sequester I get mad because you know what? Nobody could be truthful and say their causes could absorb cuts, that seeing that some people would be without services is hard but they aren't going to die. They'll bounce back somehow and in the end, that's what we want. Nobody could compromise like god damn adults and like we tell our children, there are consequences to behavior. Nobody is able to look past their ego and make hard decisions. Nobody wants to look like the asshole, the bad guy, because they want to be re-elected.
Well here we are. Sequesterville and we are not going to die. Sure, we might not be going on vacations this year. Things are going to get tight financially. We might have to help our friends and family. We might have to get creative with getting by. We might actually learn something about ourselves we didn't know before. But you aren't going to die. Luxuries might go away, you might see sad people with hardships suffering, but we are not going to die. The world is not going to end without flyovers at your stupid fucking sports games, tradition or not. (Seriously? As a tax payer, that kind of shit infuriates me. How is that not one of the first things to go when you're working on a budget??)
So if you're looking at financial changes in your life because of the sequester, instead of complaining- make some hard cuts at home. Get rid of your cable TV. Get rid of your cell phone. Sell stuff you don't need. Carpool with friends. There are a million different things you can do to cut expenses at home. If nothing else, you'll teach your kids about sacrifice and budgeting. The worst thing you can do is to teach your kids that you are a bottomless pit of money, that they can get everything they want anytime they want. Because someday they'll be adults and you'll turn them into the next generation of free loaders.