Carter: Sylvester Sequester and the New Star in D.C.

Ladies and gentlemen, the shovel-makers are at work in Washington, DC and Sylvester Sequester is the name of that shovel.


Stand by for a ram my friends. The news from our nation's capitol seems to be getting more depressing by the moment. The people who have specialized in war and taxes are now moving into the arena of spectacular inconveniences. What's next: a new war to take our minds off the problems in Washington? Earlier warnings involved "the coming longer lines" at our nation's airports thanks to the FAA staffing cuts mandated by our "idiot leaders" in Washington,DC. Oh, sorry, the Congress caved on the airport lines. There must have been a giant lobby there. I guess that happens when you anger all of the air-traveling public. Do you see a bit of confusion here? 

Let me share with you the fact that I am going to Washington,DC to attend the annual fire service tribute to the people in Washington. I have had my share of entertainment over the past 25 years. Since I missed a couple Fire Caucus Dinners over the years due to fire department injuries, I am not one of the special people being honor for their perfect attendance.

I am truly pleased that the Fire Service Institute is taking the time to thank the people who have served as the bedrock of this annual pilgrimage to the halls of power. Many have been the faithful who have carried the water up the 'Hill'. However, much like Jack and Jill, we have seen situations where we all came tumbling down the hill with no water in our collective buckets. But since we are the fire service, we just keep moving and doing our work. We have a job to do. I sure wish the same could be said about the "Gang and 535" who lives under the capitol dome. They have been singularly disappointing for quite some time now. Heck, used car dealers have soared in popularity compared to Congress.

My friends, it has been my joy and pleasure to write about events of all sorts which have had an impact upon us in the fire service for nearly 40 years. I have written about life and I have written about death. It has been my privilege to makes friends around our great nation and around the world. It has been my privilege to share stories of joy and sorrow with you. Plenty of my work has involved creating commentary on leadership and organizational management. However today I am going to jump over to the world of fiction. The times dictate that I do this.

Today I am going tell you a story about a fictional character who is now riding roughshod over the manner in which our government here in the United States is supposed to operate. Let me share with you the story of a real gem of a character whose name is Sylvester Sequester. For more than a month now this fictional creation of our surly political leaders in Washington has run rough shod over the affairs of our great nation.

What has been the impact of this penurious, politically-created putz of a non-person on our world? For starters a large portion of our nation's military capability is being pulled out of front line service and placed in dry dock, so to speak. I have seen a picture from the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia which shows five of our major, nuclear carriers tied up at the dock. Doesn't anyone remember Pearl Harbor? They stacked up a whole bunch of big ships there too. My friends, I am a fan of the military. This isn't good.

These cuts all comes at a time when our enemies an licking their chops as they watch us tie up our carriers at the docks of Norfolk and ground approximately one third of our tactical fighter capability. This comes at a time when a basketball-loving, kid dictator is trying to undo peace on the Korean peninsula. Heck, the Middle East is once more smoldering. Can you say air strikes? This all comes at a time when the needs of the police, fire, and EMS world are crying out for more funding. Heck, even the White House Tours have been cut. What in the world is going on?

The worst part of this whole situation is the uneven manner in which the cuts to our government are being wrought upon us. Who brought this absurd creation to life? Let me tell you that Sylvester Sequester was created by the people who have been unable to for many years now to sit down and craft a budget which will allow for the proper functioning of our government.

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