Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Meanwhile, President Obama and the Republicans Are Hurting Our Economy On Purpose

I wonder if it will take the first crappy jobs report for the media to point out the real, and completely unnecessary damage that the Sequestration cuts are doing to our economy:
But outside of Washington DC, sequestration is already causing real problems for regular people, and Democrats are engaged in a counteroffensive — highlighting the day-in, day-out problems sequestration is causing outside of the capital.

Last week, Democratic sources provided TPM with dozens of print and television news stories documenting the impact of sequestration in the states. Below are a representative example.

From the Cronkite News: “An Arizona school superintendent said Monday that her district has already cut 40 positions because of automatic federal spending reductions and will recommend cutting 65 more and closing three schools next year to save money.”

In South Bend, Ind.,, “A $30 million dollar construction project … is delayed because of the sequester budget cuts.”

The Charlotte Observer notes, “Closing the control tower at Concord Regional Airport could cost the city hundreds of charter flights from NASCAR teams and other businesses, local officials said Wednesday after learning that the tower’s federal funding is being eliminated. … Concord officials said they were notified Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration that funding would be cut off soon.”

The Dayton Daily News learned: “Furloughed Air Force civilian workers would cost Ohio’s economy $111.1 million in lost wages through September.”

In Las Vegas, “More than 220 local FAA workers received notices that they will have to take some unpaid days off.”

And on Fort Drum in Waterstown, NY, “civilian employees on post will be forced to take one day off per week without pay.”

It’s not surprising that the news coverage of sequestration in Washington has been tinctured by partisan skirmishes over unpopular or politically motivated cuts. But outside the capital the public isn’t experiencing sequestration solely as a political issue — and the consequences of indiscriminate cuts may eventually force lawmakers to address the policy rather than distract the public from the real harm it’s causing.
This is your millionth reminder that President Obama proposed sequestration as something terrible to force people to agree to a deal that cut our social insurance. There has been no deal to cut social insurance (thankfully), but we are currently hurting the economy as a result of Obama's lust for social insurance cuts. Heckuva job!

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