Ross Douthat has a grimly ironic take on sequestration: Yes it's dumb, but so are we.
In reality, sequestration and the shutdown have done real, lasting damage to the economy and to the Joe and Ethels of the world.
This year, with tax increases and sequestration, fiscal drag will be about 1.5 percent of GDP.
sequestration se·ques·tra·tion (sē'kwĭ-strā'shən, sěk'wĭ-)
The formation of a sequestrum.
Loss of blood or of its fluid content into spaces within the body, so that the circulating volume diminishes.
The inhibition or prevention of normal ion behavior by combination with added materials, especially the prevention of metallic ion precipitation from solution.