Sequestering is an old political tactic with a new name. When it is used by the party currently in the minority, it can be called sequestering, but when it is used by the party in the majority, it is simply called bad public policy.
One dictionary definition for sequester is to put somebody in an isolated or lonely place away from other people, the pressures of everyday life or possible disturbances.
We need to expand the definition of sequester to also mean that “those who pay for political campaigns don’t have to pay their share of the operation of government,” or perhaps “those who take care of us get taken care of.”
Our Constitution has an Achilles heel; only the House of Representatives can initiate revenue bills, so the House can thumb its nose at the rest of government and the majority of voters. Sequestering has cut essential services while continuing non-essential ones. It did, however, manage to preserve the special tax breaks of the big campaign supporters of the sequestering party. It is also a way to disrespect a president you dislike.
Sequestering impedes the legislative branch, makes the most powerful nation in the world look incompetent, compromises national security and contributes to unemployment. House Republicans were able to retain a 234-201 majority in the 2012 election. Sadly, a 33-vote majority in the House can bring the entire government to a virtual halt.