The Sequester is looming—$85 Billion (with a B!!) in spending cuts, put in place in 2011, started kicking in as of Friday, March 1st. Unless Democrats and Republicans can come together and reach a deal, cuts that will total $1.1 Trillion (With a T?!?!) will go into effect over time. That means air traffic controllers, education, and basically every single thing you could ever imagine.
Interestingly, no one seems to care. I mean, not no one. Politicians appear to be busying themselves blaming one another as the reason a deal wasn’t struck before Friday. But the sequester isn’t exactly a hot topic at your local Starbucks.
Last week, Gawker tried to engage Americans in discussion about the sequester in the best way the media has found to reach Americans—through Kate Upton and Ryan Gosling, whose unwitting photographs narrate an easy-to-understand explanation of what’s happening.
So, if the dream team of Upton/Gosling can’t convince you to care, and you’re uninspired by the Funny or Die parody above, what do you think will do it?
Why do you think the average American isn’t more alarmed about the consequences of the sequester? Have we just given up?