Charlie Pierce manages to brighten my week with his headline for his piece on the grounding of the F-35. If you don’t get it, I’ll explain in the comments.
Oh, Charlie is wrong about the F-35 not flying. Before the latest grounding, they were flying in the area. I would note that they were taking off and landing using a pattern that has the aircraft over water most of the time. If there’s a problem, they don’t want to crash into private property. I have seen flights over the bay and the Gulf. OTOH, with enough thrust a pig will fly, so that isn’t much of an accomplishment.
McClatchy is providing links to the White House’s judgement on the effects of the ‘sequester’ on the individual states and the District of Columbia. You might want to check out your state, because it is fairly certain that no deal is going get done in time to stop the stupidity. The ‘sequester’ is no different than the scene in Blazing Saddles where Sheriff Bart takes himself hostage. What no one in the Village imagined was that Congress would actually ‘shoot the hostage’.
The real impact is not going to be felt for a month, when the Federal workers get furloughed. Then you are going to see the certainty of the US falling back into recession, as demand takes a big hit.
Washington is just interested placing the blame on the other party, not in actually fixing the problem.