I guess there’s some sort of budget-reducing activity that happened as a result of the lack of a signed budget, which is referred to as the sequester. I was vaguely aware of this, but for the most part, it doesn’t have any impact on my life, so I didn’t really care.
That changed today, when I decided to look into what it takes to go on a White House tour: “Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice.”
Well that sucks.
(In reality, this has a minimal impact on me: I’m looking to travel about 3 weeks from now, and White House tours require notice through your congressperson a minimum of 21 days in advance. But now I know that even if I had known that and done something about it, I’d still be out of luck.)
I guess sometimes the Federal Government budget does actually have an impact on me (other than via higher taxes). I guess that means I should pay more attention to these things. (Yes, I am a terrible citizen. Whaddya want from me.)