Funny, how the perception of certain words and how they are used can add to more confusion than the word itself! Perhaps these words are carefully chosen to confound the listener into not knowing the significance of what it represents. Take the word sequester, for instance.
According to the Webster dictionary, the
Definition of SEQUESTRATION
1.the act of sequestering : the state of being sequestered a jury in sequestration
2.a : a legal writ authorizing a sheriff or commissioner to take into custody the property of a defendant who is in contempt until the orders of a court are complied with
b : a deposit whereby a neutral depositary agrees to hold property in litigation and to restore it to the party to whom it is adjudged to belong
How the word comes to mean money reallocated for the national budget is confusing at best. See the following article by Chip Wood. (and my apologies for those who get excited about painting their easter eggs and seeing the smile on the faces of their little ones on the Easter Egg hunt- happy holiday despite the Easter Scrooges!)
Administration On A Roll With Sequester Threats
March 29, 2013 by Chip Wood
The White House threatens the Easter Bunny. Continuing its effort to make the forced spending cuts called sequestration seem as onerous as possible, the White House issued a warning to all of the parents who had tickets for this year’s Easter Egg Roll that “this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty.” With all of the negative press the Administration of President Barack Obama received over halting White House tours for the same ridiculous reason, you’d think someone in authority there would realize it’s time to stop such petty politics. But wait, this is the Obama White House we’re talking about.
Senate Democrats refuse to fund White House tours. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered an amendment to the bill funding the Federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year that would shift funds around to restore the White House tours. But the Democrats who control the Senate refused to agree, and the measure failed on a party-line vote, 54-45.
Those bureaucrats owe how much in taxes? Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says more than 100,000 Federal employees have delinquent tax bills totaling more than $1 billion. He introduced legislation in Congress that would require all Federal employees to pay the taxes they owe or lose their jobs. It seems like a pretty reasonable requirement to me. But Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, condemned the bill, saying that it “seeks to demonize federal employees.”
That Biden entourage is expensive. It turns out that when Vice President Joe Biden goes abroad, a whole lot of folks get to travel with him, which can leave us taxpayers with a mighty large bill. For a one-night stay in London in February, for example, the group needed 136 hotel rooms, including the presidential suite. The tab at the Hyatt Regency for the one night came to $459,388.65. But the stay in Paris the next night was even costlier. The Vice President’s tab for one night at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand cost taxpayers $585,000.50. That brought the two-day total to over $1 million. And that was just for hotel rooms. Sure would pay for a bunch of White House tours, wouldn’t it?
We might come much closer to balancing the budget if we took away the cost of governmental vacations (like those funded for Michele Obama and her family, friends, security, dog handlers, etc). Of course, the money for V.P. Biden would also come in handy in balancing the budget.
What are the chances of this ever happening? Comment in the box below.