While politicians in Washington fan the flames of economic doom from Friday's sequester—the billions in automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin going into effect—they've apparently failed to light a fire under many Americans.
Just on anecdotal evidence, readership on all things sequester at this website at least seems to have tapered off this week. (Read More: Are You Ready for Pain of Sequestration?)
And the business world seems to be indifferent, according to analysts, with the markets having priced the sequester into equities, as stocks and bonds remain unfazed.
So why the couldn't-care-less attitude? Reasons for the "sequester blahs" vary— from the expectation that just another political squabble will eventually end in a deal, to media hype, to even a sense of bring it on.
Hardly scientific and certainly not a full representation of readers, a look at posted comments on CNBC.com and other sites shows how some people seem to be taking the sequester in stride, if not wanting it to just plain happen. (Some editing to posts for reasons of spelling and punctuation.)
From Beeboo: "Washington is doing it again, wait to the last minute, I keep saying, get rid of all of them all 535 . Let's start all over, and let's limit their terms to ONE."
From Wicked_Smart: "This is right up there with the Mayan apocalypse ... $85 billion in cuts still leaves $915 billion of an annual deficit. This will come, pass, and nobody will notice."
From NewDay12: Shut everything down...who cares.....people should know how to fend for themselves anyways ... if you rely that heavily on the government you have bigger issues in your life."
From 2B: "The pathetically too small sequester doesn't even reduce the growth of spending but somehow only things that truly affect the most Americans will be cut. We could get rid of 90% of the Departments of Education (in effective, counter productive) and Energy (totally focused on the wrong issues) and nobody would notice outside of the employees themselves."
On ABC.com, posted from newcountryman: "How can the 'cuts' be so bad when the government will actually spend MORE $$ next fiscal year even WITH the sequester???"
And there's this from Anonymouse on NorthIowaToday.com: "No one cares! If the Federal government shut down tomorrow, I wouldn't notice."