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  •  Don't blame the workers, especially today (1+ / 0-)
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    Quicklund

    A job is a job (excluding those involving gas chambers and the like), and working for a defense contractor is just another job.

    Do you blame the soldiers for the excesses of the military?

    Also, making draconian cuts in a corporation is much different than what the sequester is requiring. A corporation has many ways of 'healing' itself. If a department is cut by x%, and that affects the bottom line, it gets fixed, pronto.

    But when the budget of.... oh, let's say.... the IRS is being cut by 8.5%, there's no fix for that. Taxes don't get audited, errors don't get found, revenues go down..... good grief, of all the government functions to indiscriminately slash, they have to include the revenue-producing one?

    I'm actually more ambivalent about the sequester than I sound - like you I believe there is some good to come out of it.

    If it was up to me, these types of spending cuts would be phased in gradually - if you want to cut $1.2 trillion over 10 years, go for $20 billion the first year, $40 billion the next, then $60, 80, 100, 140, 160, 180, 200, 220.

    Sort of like how you eat an elephant - one bite at a time, but always take a slightly bigger bite!

    Cheers.

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:50:04 PM PST

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