There’s a lot of talk in the U.S. about sequestration lately. If you don’t know, basically Congress agreed in 2011 to find a way to reduce the national deficit by $1.2 trillion over ten years, and that if they didn’t do this by the end of 2012, automatic spending cuts would take effect, including cuts to defense, education, human services, etc. The automatic spending cuts are the sequester. Congress agreed at the end 0f 2012 to put it off for a couple more months, but they still haven’t figured out what to do, so the sequester is once again looming.
People across the political spectrum are angry and/or fearful about this. I agree that it’s not a pleasant prospect, especially for those who get any part of their income through the federal government. I work in education myself, and although I’m not aware of any immediate threat from the sequester, it’s always possible that the cuts will trickle down in some way.
And regardless of my own status, the cuts will hurt people. I’m aware of that. But even so, my choice is to reject fear. Because we will get through this, and maybe it really will force Congress to act, which was the point of the thing in the first place.
You see, we’ve been through hard times. We’re a little better off now, but at various times, we’ve been poor, out-of-work, or on public assistance. We’ve gotten food from food banks. We’ve endured daily calls from bill collectors, and on occasion we still have to fend them off for a few days, or wait until the very last possible moment to pay the water bill.
We made it through. And we’ll make it through again if we have to. I know how to stretch our budget with scratch-made soup and home-grown veggies, and I’m going to keep on riding my bike. But I won’t fear what might happen.