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  • Lack of comments=burned out?
    contrarian
    Appears that people are resigned to the gridlock. Shame because there were so many other things to cut, or we could just borrow enough for unlimited spending. Looks like we were sacrificed as pawns by both sides.
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  • Effects will be local.
    ben
    Sequester effects will be local, at best. Mostly in metro DC and communities with a large federal presence such as military posts. A $85 billion cut would not seriously effect a $17 trillion GDP economy. Of course, there will be little effect as money not spent by the federal sector will be used by the private sector.
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  • No Ben
    Moderate
    You forget that the income lost by the government workers has a multiplier effect. The workers spend less money. Thus the private industry people get less money. These people then spend less money which affects more private industry people. This is multiplied by a certain number. I do not know the multiplier number, but the result is material.
    worker
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  • Little effect because Sequester is still not really here
    marxwj
    Less than 1 in 10 have seen a furlough day yet. DoD has given up on reducing the furloughs any further. Since the Army can't do it, the other services won't even bother to try. Almost half of the federal civil service workforce will be furloughed for a 20% reduction in pay starting in July, one day a week. Things would have been worse if Congress hadn't changed the rules at the last minute, and exempted air traffic controllers. The meat inspectors was a big joke, because they don't really inspect meat anymore. They periodically inspect slaughterhouses and meat packing plants, but there are many more of these places than there are inspectors, so they are not really critical to every day operations. If they had been furloughed a day a pay period, no one would have noticed. The elephant in the room that no one is looking at is that this is a 10 year deal. This is the first and easiest of the years. We also are looking at another showdown over the debt limit and next years budget coming up in October, and if thing proceed as usual, they will fuss over it and put a bandage on it for a couple more months of arguing. Everyone is putting off work until next year, in the hopes someone will come to their senses next year. Of course that didn't work this year, and Congress doesn't seem any closer than they were 2 years ago. Next year we will likely see some early outs offered, contracts not renewed, and serious talk of another round of BRAC. DoD has little choice but to either close bases or kill weapons systems, or they won't be able to make the cuts needed.
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  • Obviously, the best idea
    ben
    ... is for both sides to come together for reasonable cuts equal to the sequester. DoD BRAC, Civilian BRAC of surplus government real property, decreasing agricultural supports. etc.
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  • Do you get it?
    contrarian
    The Democrats are holding FedEmps hostage for unlimited spending. They don't want ANY cuts. So the only cuts the Dems will do is to FedEmp pay. If the Pres and Reid had any decency they would agree to enough cuts to save our pay, but we have been sacrificed as pawns. All for the boogeyman, "those nasty Republicans want to starve children and make Grandma eat dog food, and fire all FedEmps. It's all baloney based on the Repubs want to do even more.
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  • No contrarian
    Moderate
    it is a shame you want to blame the Democrats. It is the fault of both parties for not coming together and solving the problem with cuts and new taxes. And it is the fault of the Republicans for trying to get defense exempt from the cuts. It goes both ways. Both sides must compromise.
    worker
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