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(WHNT) - We're finally seeing furloughs take hold, but Congress has made a habit of missing deadlines then trying to correct it later.

So is there any hope for Congress to roll back the sequester?

WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown doesn't think so, and he sees it as a problem, "What was a political band-aid of the moment is now just such a serious mismanagement of government personnel and public finances."

The folks who file through the Arsenal's gates on a daily basis know all about those woes.

Brown says Congress will watch the furloughs, "After sequestration actually occurs for a few weeks and you have thousands and thousands of federal workers losing income.  Then both parties are going to get a better feel for who is really going to be to blame here."

But he adds the bottom lines is simple, Congress won't face the pressure necessary to undo sequestration.

It just hits us harder here in Huntsville than most other communities.

Brown explains, "In pure economic terms, it'll have more of an impact than it will in most places, because we're a federal government town."

However, Brown says not all the responsibility lies with Congress.  We have to accept some of it too, "The typical voter has a fundamental disconnect, and it goes something like this -- the congress is dysfunctional, but my congressman is a good guy. The only way a voter can hold Congress accountable is by voting for or against your congressman.  We are never permitted to hold a referendum on the institution of Congress."

Because our displeasure with the institution of Congress doesn't show up on Election Day for incumbents - they're left to play the game however they want.

Negotiations turn into rounds of high stakes poker, but everyone bets likes they've got pocket aces, when they've really got a two-seven off suit.  That's why these situations keep repeating.

Brown cites another example, "The farm bill is another short-term ticking time bomb.  If they don't do something about the farm bill, and both sides threaten each other with this, the price of milk is likely to go up dramatically."

Commence another round of high stakes betting.