I personally haven’t noticed the catastrophic events promised from many government officials. Here is a good link that shows what cuts were actually made, state by state:
The sequester was an 85 billion reduction from our current annual spending of over 3 trillion dollars. Obama and his team have been highlighting the effects of Sequester through cuts to the FAA resulting in flight delays to cuts in the Head Start program.
The most recent jobs numbers from April were relatively positive. Do these numbers indicate the sequester having no impact on the economy, contrary to Obama’s claims?
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I think that the sequester was almost a mixed blessing — sure, its bound to do slight damage, but it did force action when congress was failing to come up with another plan, and some form of budget cuts were desperately needed. Its doubtful that there would have been any bipartisan plan as effective as the sequester.
We haven’t seen the full effects of Sequestration. But there will definitely be implications. I see in the link posted by @JordanBosstick, that there are a ton of cuts to education which is extremely disappointing. Especially the cuts to special education. These individuals need our resources to help them the most, and these are the cuts we make first? It doesn’t make sense. The cuts to our military DO make sense. Our military is far too expansive. We need to be investing in education, and slowing the growth of our military. We are not the world police anymore, the International community does not need a United States World Police. These sequestration military cuts are exactly what we should be doing to handle our debt. But the cuts to education are very disappointing.
I think that we have yet to see the full effects, but a better solution could have been found if there had been more communication between the white house and congress
I do think the Obama admin handled the situation rather poorly by attempting to intimidate governors, going state to state and playing off peoples fear of the cuts, when they should have been looking for a solution.
It has not, the sequester didnt even decrease spending, it just reduced the increase from a lot to still a lot but not as much as intended. The sequester doesnt even reduce spending levels to the levels that the bush admin had and that was outrageous so no effect whatsoever
Spending will still be out of control, and the economy will only be hurt by this administration’s lack of budgeting. I agree that it is sad to see our education being hit hard in the sequester, but there are plenty of programs that shouldn’t exist that we can take money out of (besides the defense budget) and give to education. We are a free-market enterprise, the only reason our economy would be hurt is because of the socialist-program implementations that the Obama administration has made.
My least favorite sequester cut:
The Obama Team\’s strategy of highlighting the cuts by ending White House tours, flight delays, etc seems to have been a pretty poor strategy. Especially considering everyone mostly knows that the cuts themselves were just a drop in the barrel of the federal budget.
Lets not blame this on the white house entirely. You cannot deny that congress was incredibly difficult to deal with as well!
Actually, as a liberal I was curious about conservative opinions towards Boehner and the way he handled negotiations (throughout both the sequester and the fiscal cliff). I thought he was too rigid, but republicans seem to think that he gave up too much! any thoughts??
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