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A depressed Florida man shot his wife and two children before killing himself after closing his hot air balloon business and facing losing his job as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector because of automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

According to The Miami Herald, Carlos Zuniga was in the process of shutting down Winds Aloft Aviation Inc., a hot air balloon business that he had started with this wife in 2005. He had recently been taken a job as a aviation safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. But the FAA is expected to be forced to furlough a “vast majority” of it’s employees because of automatic budget cuts in the so-called “sequester” if Congress does not act quickly.

“FAA is going to face a cut of roughly $600 million under sequester,” Office of Management and Budget controller Danny Werfel told a Senate committee last week. “A vast majority of their 47,000 employees will be furloughed for one day per pay period for the rest of the year, and, as importantly, this is going to reduce air traffic levels across the country, causing delays and disruptions for all travelers.”

Submitted with the solitary observation that the ugly political wrangling and threats issued by both sides in this stupid hostage-taking activity the GOP has initiated cause common folks to become very anxious and agitated.

Lots of people have undue paranoia over what may actually happen and our dear leaders seem to have the idea that exacerbating that is a good thing.

All this crap - sequesters or the now-recurrent GOP hostage-taking Ceremony - agitated and scares the shit out of Americans, MOST of whom do not have 6-figure incomes, and stresses them out needlessly.

Originally posted to Toking Points Memo on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:38 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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