official dictionary definition
verb: isolate or hide away
noun: general cut in government spending
The sequester is a cut to the budget of the American civil service, military, transportation (less air traffic controllers but the same amount of planes) and border patrol and funding for programs for children and people less fortunate. No elected politicians will experience any cut in pay or benefits. There may be a longer line up at the Congressional feed trough because some of the nice lunch ladies will have their hours cut.
Dear United States Of America,
Please get your political act together. When you are out of control it hurts Canada and Canadians. I know you don’t care about Canadians but you don’t seem to care about Americans either.
The United States Of America is heading for another financial crisis and what do the politicians do? They take some time off. They jump in planes, trains and automobiles and head for home. I hope when they get there their constituents are lined up outside of their congressional and senatorial offices with big signs telling them to get back to work.
I know that many of you reading this letter are Americans and I am wondering if there is an answer or solution to any of this bull-headed non-compromising attitude that is rampant in your government. Can anything be done or are you all doomed?
When your economy is in turmoil ours is unsteady. You are proud Americans and would prefer to be more like the Germans in the European Union and you would not like to be compared to the Italians or, even worse, the Greeks. No one wants to be compared to the squabbling Greeks.
I am sure there is no one person to blame but that John Boehner looks very suspicious all the time and smug and he is pouting because his team lost and he will do anything to get his own way. Boehner seems to want to win at all cost.
And your president got Star Wars and Star Trek mixed up. That does not inspire confidence and must have broken some nerdy democratic hearts. I believe that most nerds are democratic aren’t they?
Our government sent a message to your government stating that things would be more secure economically for both countries if the Americans could get off the economic crisis rollercoaster. I am sure your government didn’t listen. No one listens to Canadians unless we are talking hockey.
Thank you for listening,
Your neighbour to the north,
Here is a great article about the sequester from a British newspaper The Guardian. The American papers and tv news people all seem a little slanted and opinion colours the news so that it is more editorial comment and finger pointing than facts. There is another photo of that Boehner guy in the article. He scares me. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/02/sequestration-cuts-barack-obama-republicans