Making sense of what's happening in Washington is like peeling an onion, both will make you cry before the first cut is made.
That's one way to digest sequestration, truly a manufactured crisis. Solutions to end the stalemate are few but there’s plenty of rhetoric to pass around.
"We should not have to move a third bill before the senate gets off their ass," stated Rep. John Boehner.
"This is beyond just the surface cut. This is going through the bone,” commented Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin.
"The president has been running around acting like the world is going to end because Congress might actually follow through on an idea he proposed," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
“I don't think they are going to love it when social security offices don't open," warned Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Professor Richard Vatz makes his living off deciphering spin, formally known as the science of rhetoric.
"Everybody is using the rhetoric of panic and it's really, it's a situation that you wouldn't normally expect panic to be the verbiage that's used," stated Vatz.
As of right now, there still has not been a deal reached.
But, while the spending cuts have been painted as devastating, there is a silver lining.
Financial experts say most entitlement programs were spared from the sequester, including social security and Medicare.
Economists say the impact of these cuts won't be felt for weeks.
Because most agencies were given details just on Friday, the cuts won't be felt immediately.
Finally, some Republicans say the sequester could help jump start talks of reducing wasteful spending.