“Policymakers included the threat of sequestration in the Budget Control Act because they believed the fear of the thoughtless, across-the-board nature of these budget cuts would force more thoughtful and productive deficit reduction measures.”http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/04/30/the-sequester-cuts-air-travel-and-the-absurd-us-congress
“The $1.2 trillion in budget cuts would be spread over nine years and are equally divided between domestic and defense-related
spending. During the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, $85 billion worth of cuts are set to go into effect. The budget cuts would end in 2021…” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/what-is-the-sequester_n_2783917.html
“The military will see $550 billion in cuts, drawing funds away from national security and military operations. On the domestic side, cuts will affect health care, education, law enforcement, disaster relief, unemployment benefits, non-profit organization funds, scientific research and more.
The sequester stipulates certain areas of government spending that will see no cuts. No money will be drawn from spending on wars and military personnel. Funding allocated for Medicaid, Social Security, Pell grants, veterans’ benefits and some low-income programs will not be affected, either.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/what-is-the-sequester_n_2783917.html
What will be next?
Oops, the meat industry does not like the sequester because meat inspectors will not be able to do their job of inspecting meat. Therefore, according to the regulation, meat companies would have to close. Congress said OK, we will reinstate that funding – Americans cannot live without meat.
And then came April 26, 2013. Congress heard complaints from all over the country about lines at the airport. And guess what? Congress has to fly during their spring break so yes, they found money to reinstate cuts to air traffic control.
Dear Congress – I created a Facebook Page called “Sequester Cuts Stories” and I am inviting you to write your airport horror stories.
If the sequester reinstatement by Congress will continue in this manner, then only those programs with the biggest mouth and strongest voices will be spared. This means that the programs for the children, the disabled, the sick, education, research, etc. will remain in the sequester. It looks to me like Congress is trying to patch up the mistakes they made in the sequester and they are playing the favorites game. Is that why we elected them?