Sequester Watch, #6

May 28th, 2013 at 10:49 am

Those who forget about sequestration are doomed to repeat it…

Highlights from below:

In March, right after the $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts went into effect, only 25 percent of Americans said sequestration had affected them. An ABC/Washington Post poll released Friday found that number had jumped to 37 percent, with half of them saying the impact was “major.”

And Americans who have been hit by the sequester are pessimistic about the economy. Only 36 percent of them believe the economy is recovering and 40 percent are optimistic about the economy’s prospects in 2013.

That point about pesimism is potentially important, since negative “animal spirits” can weigh on a recovery.

See also the chart in the Kevin Drum link re trend in those feeling its impact.

Sequestration Hits National Parks Just In Time For Tourist Season
May 23, 2013
By Amanda Terkel
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/sequestration-national-parks_n_3326973.html

Impact of sequestration felt outside of Washington political arena
May 23, 2013
By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302297.htm

Poll: Sequester damage increasing
May 24, 2013
By Kevin Robillard
Politico
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/sequester-poll-91869.html

Donley: Sequestration Hits Air Force Readiness, Modernization
May 24, 2013
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120142

Sequestration takes biggest toll on poor and elderly
May 24, 2013
By Mike W. Thomas
San Antonio Business Journal
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/morning-edition/2013/05/sequestration-takes-biggest-toll-on.html

Memorial Day, Sequester-Style: Honoring Soldiers by Cutting Their Benefits
May 24, 2013
By Bruce Watson
Daily Finance
http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/memorial-day-sequester-honoring-soldiers-cutting-beneifts/

On Memorial Day, Remember the Sequester
May 24, 2013
By Allison Buckholtz
TIME
http://nation.time.com/2013/05/24/on-memorial-day-remember-the-sequester/

The beat of the sequester furloughs marches on
May 24, 2013
By Sally Herships and Katie Long
Marketplace Radio
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/6-degrees-sequestration/beat-sequester-furloughs-marches

Navajo Schools Lose Funding Due To Sequestration Cuts
May 24, 2013
By Laura Morales
NPR
http://www.npr.org/2013/05/28/186253246/navajo-schools-lose-funding-due-to-sequestration-cuts

IRS, Three Other Agencies Closed For The Day Due To Sequestration
May 24, 2013
By Luke Johnson
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/irs-sequestration_n_3331362.html

Chart of the Day: Sequester Cuts Are Starting to Bite
May 24, 2013
By Kevin Drum
Mother Jones
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/05/chart-day-sequester-cuts-are-starting-bite

Sequester guts wildfire prevention, sets up bigger blazes
May 25, 2013
Tim McDonnell
Grist
http://grist.org/climate-energy/sequester-guts-wildfire-prevention-sets-up-bigger-blazes/

Sequester’s toll on summer tourism
May 28, 2013
By Josh Hicks
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/05/28/sequesters-toll-on-summer-tourism/

Sequester hits local Head Start
May 28, 2013
By Cyndy Cole
Arizona Daily Sun
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/sequester-hits-local-head-start/article_11b9e7db-7b99-5de6-bee1-809650d14149.html

Sequester Cuts Gut Schools Serving Neediest Students
May 28, 2013
By Kelsey Sheehy
US News & World Report
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2013/05/28/sequester-cuts-gut-schools-serving-neediest-students

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4 comments in reply to "Sequester Watch, #6"

  1. JohnR says:

    Yup; now the question becomes “Who is better at blaming the political “other side” for causing the problem?” To ask the question is to answer it.


  2. Pablo says:

    Regulatory burdens on Americans increased by nearly $70 billion during President Obama’s first term in office, during which federal agencies imposed 131 new major regulations. In 2012 alone, the Administration issued a total of $23.5 billion in new regulatory costs from 25 major rulemakings. Only two rules last year decreased burdens. Much more regulation is on the way, with another 131 major rules on the Administration’s agenda, including dozens more implementing Dodd–Frank and Obamacare.


    • David C says:

      Regulations are the equivalent of “don’t defecate in the community well,” “don’t chain the fire exits in the factory closed,” “don’t put children to work at dangerous jobs,” “don’t make your mortgage paperwork so opaque that only a Ph.D. could understand it,” “don’t cook your corporate books to avoid taxes or mislead investors.”

      It would be great if we lived in a world where people did the right thing on their own, without coercion. But we don’t. Regulations serve an incredibly important and useful role in our society. If you want to live in a country without “government interference” infringing on your liberties, move to Somalia or Pakistan.


  3. Neildsmith says:

    You know… this is kind of silly. Any cuts to the military are absolutely justified and perfectly acceptable. Unpaid time off for government workers over the summer are… well, let’s just say I’m jealous.

    If people want to visit parks, they should pay for their upkeep. Otherwise a bunch of polls asking people if they have been harmed is a recipe for mischief. If you poll me on that question, I will answer yes even though I haven’t noticed a thing.

    I know we are desperate to create a story around terrible suffering, but enough. Few if any will notice these cuts. If lots of people quit their government jobs for ones in the private sector then we’ll all be better off. Otherwise they are getting what we the voters want… we hate bureaucrats and want them to suffer for wasting our tax money. If we want to value our federal workers, then no one should vote for the GOP.


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