It’s Bizarro World, and who’s to blame?
We are always told that ordinary citizens must adjust their budgets to conform to their incomes, but not so the government. We are now getting a peek at the government’s attempt to put its fiscal house in order, and it does not appear to be a very impressive model to follow. If we householders applied the sequester method of financial adjustment, the comparisons might look something like this:
• Presenting problem: Cable bill high.
• Homeowner reaction: Reduce level of channels purchased.
• Sequester solution: Throw out TV.
• Presenting problem: Mortgage payment too large.
• Homeowner reaction: Refinance.
• Sequester solution: Get rid of house.
• Presenting problem: Increased electricity bill.
• Homeowner reaction: Reduce use by cutting back kilowatt-hours.
• Sequester solution: Disconnect and remove refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
• Presenting problem: Unwieldy water charge.
• Homeowner reaction: Conservation.
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