Is the sequester hurting you or your family? No? Well then, you must be stupid, at least according to MSNBC. NewsBusters picked up on it:
MSNBC has apparently realized that Americans are not concerned about the sequester, so the Lean Forward network has made another attempt to convince us how terrible it really is. In an article published Monday on msnbc.com, writer Timothy Noah sent readers a grim message that was summed up in the article’s title: “The Sequester Isn’t Hurting You? Think Again.”
Noah struck a strikingly condescending tone in his opening paragraph: “If you don’t think Washington’s budget sequestration is hurting you financially, you’re probably wrong. But before considering why you’re wrong, let’s think about how you acquired that foolish sense of invulnerability.”
Sure, you may not have noticed the sequester cuts so far, Noah said, but that’s because they have mainly affected the poor. Funding for housing vouchers and Head Start has been cut, and public defenders have been furloughed.
Noah contended that those who are not poor should be concerned as well because the sequester is harming the overall economy. His main argument was that the sequester has forced governments at all levels to lay off workers. The loss of government jobs, he said, has kept unemployment high during the economic recovery. (Read More)
How many government jobs have actually been lost? I thought there were just some furloughs, which workers can bunch together so they would be eligible for unemployment. Oh, never mind, this is the same network that employs Melissa Harris-Perry who believes Detroit is bankrupt because of small government.
Update: This is also the network that employs Martin Bashir, who used the event of the birth of the British royal baby to bash Republicans. What a waste of air.