There’s no good reason that government dysfunction should be allowed to create unnecessary flight delays, but there’s also no good reason that people McCormick and the many others who are needlessly suffering right now should be forced to endure cuts to programs like Meals on Wheels. But that’s exactly what’s happening, and it’s happening because they don’t have power and their government doesn’t care about them. The only thing that can stop this is for the public to elect leaders who want to repeal the sequester.
Unfortunately, other than some progressive Democrats in the House and Senate, no politicians are supporting repeal—not even the president. Now that Congress has put the lie to the central premise of sequestration—that everybody would be screwed equally, creating the political will to replace it with a different form of austerity—that should change. It’s time for Democrats to embrace repeal. The hostage taking must end.