News reports frequently told of apocalyptic budget cuts resulting from the 2013 U.S. federal budget sequestration. Conservative blogs popularized the term “sequestrocalypse” (sequester + apocalypse) to mock the reports of disaster from cutting anything out of the federal budget. “I am now dubbing ‘Sequestrocalypse’” was cited in the Lawfare blog on February 25, 2013.
A similar term to “sequestrocalypse” is “sequesteria” (sequester + hysteria).
Wikipedia: Budget sequestration
The term sequestration was used in legal circles before it was adopted by the United States Congress to describe a section of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act of 1985 (GRHDRA). Sequestration is a key piece of the legislation that created[not verified in body] the United States fiscal cliff.
As a legal term, sequestration is the seizing of property by an agent of the court, to prevent destruction or harm, while any dispute over said property is resolved in court.
Sequestration was first authorized by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA, Title II of P.L. 99-177). This is known as the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act.
In 2011, sequestration was used in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA, P.L. 112-25) as a tool in federal budget control. This 2011 act authorized an increase in the debt ceiling in exchange for $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over the following ten years.
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
By Ritika Singh
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Chuck Hagel’s prospects aren’t any rosier, says Politico, because if he does get confirmed this week (the Senate is considering his nomination again tomorrow) he’ll have his work cut out for him with what I am now dubbing “Sequestrocalypse.” (Pronounce it if you can!)
Video: How to win the Sequestrocalypse
POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON MARCH 1, 2013 BY ED MORRISSEY
Check the window. Did the sun rise in the east this morning? The big blue marble still spinning on its axis? Via The Corner, Charles Krauthammer explains how Republicans now have the upper hand in the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, thanks to Barack Obama’s wildly overshoot on doomsaying.
Scenes from the Sequestrocalypse: TSA to spend $50 million on new uniforms
POSTED AT 12:41 PM ON MARCH 5, 2013 BY ED MORRISSEY
Say, are you getting frustrated by long lines at the airport? Janet Napolitano wants you to know that the sequester is to blame for your woes. Following up on a more general warning she gave a week ago about the impact of the sequester, the DHS Secretary said yesterday that wait times had already gone up 150% to 200% at major airports, even if TSA didn’t show any unusual delays at all: ...
March 28, 2013
Sequestrocalypse Used as Pretext to Further Reduce Border Security
Kudos to whichever Obama staffer came up with the sequestration concept. Not only does it allow proponents of endless government growth to scare low-information voters with absurd gestures like closing down White House tours, it also provides a pretext to open the door even wider to the torrent of future Democrats pouring across the border to collect their welfare handouts: ...
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