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Headlines today say that control towers at small airports could go without staffing.
Is that the worst thing in the world? These small airports are pretty sparsely used. if they are used they are used by corporate jets or small planes.
So I'm not sure if we need to subsidize control towers for corporate jets.
And besides with low traffic, they can probably land safely.
I've landed in small airports without control tower.

Another shocker: the Blue Angels are going to be cut. Now who will glorify our military-industrial complex?

And military bands are going to be slashed. So we won't have bands in Afghanistan. Well hopefully our soldiers have ipods.

Anyways my point being, no question we can cut the military by $85 billion, or whatever, and never notice it. And as far as the cuts to the civilian, if they end up cutting small airports, I think I could live with that.

Leaves you with the thought: is the sequestration really the worst thing in the world? It will probably end up cutting the deficit in the long run. Obama insists that it should be coupled with higher taxes, he is probably right, but we will probably survive it. The market isn't doing too bad, and government agencies can probably shift things around so it is not too bad.

And as a bonus, we may not have another debt ceiling debate coming up. We may not hit it as soon as we would have.

So in conclusion, Obama looks pretty good, no debt ceiling fight, cut the military, the civilian cuts probably sustainable, and reduce the deficit.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    agent

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:19:43 PM PST

  •  8 percent cut to CA school districts (1+ / 0-)
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    DocGonzo

    that have already been cut and slashed in recent years? that's what we heard at tonight's school board meeting. That's kind of a big deal, IMO. lots of layoffs approved tonight. some could be rescinded if CA Legislature OKs Brown's new education funding formula for next year's budget.

  •  "Cuts" are kind of a fallacy (1+ / 0-)
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    agent

    The rate at which spending is increased was diminished a bit.

    When it's all said and done, spending is still going up overall.

    It's really all rather laughable

    setting the stage for the modern conservative

    by MWV on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:28:37 PM PST

    •  It's not laughable (1+ / 0-)
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      eXtina

      if you had a job offer pulled because of it as I have.

    •  Overall spending may be increasing over time, but (0+ / 0-)

      the cuts in the discretionary part of the budget are, in fact, cuts.  There is no increase in the funding in the federal budgets I work with, which are of the non-military discretionary kind.  There are only reductions, amounting to about 5% this year for the agencies with which I am familiar...

      It is laughable if one thinks that we are ignoring and needing to engage in reforms to what are oddly but popularly referred to as 'entitlement programs' and the Affordable Care Act, but nobody I know in the world of discretionary spending is laughing because - in that world - the effect of the sequester is cuts...

      "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

      by Jack K on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:04:53 PM PST

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  •  Sure, some of it is probably no big deal. But most (1+ / 0-)
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    Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

    of it is going to be quite unpleasant. A lot of layoffs and salary cuts in addition to everything else.

  •  actually no (2+ / 0-)
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    sfbob, DocGonzo

    when the air traffic control towers in provo and ogden utah are shut down,
    there will be no commercial flights.  

    i think the agencies are trying to figure out the least painful way to do the across-the-board cuts.

    dod civilian personnel all cut 20% (one day a week "furlough") for the rest of the fiscal year?  

    less meals of wheels?  

    you are wrong.

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:33:08 PM PST

  •  Cutting salaries of about 2 million folks... (1+ / 0-)
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    by from 5 to 20 percent is NOT no big deal. It isn't just that those people make less money, it's that they SPEND less money and that affects more people and businesses.

    Federal agencies will shortly start terminating contracts right and left. That will affect MORE jobs as contractors begin letting their staffs (people with far less job security than actual federal employees) go with little notice and no severance. The fact that is hasn't happened yet does not mean it isn't going to happen.

    Certainly there are situations where funds lost from one source can be made up from other sources but that is by no means universally true.

    The fact is that the effects of sequestration have not even begun to appear as yet. Among the most noticeable effects of sequestration, once it begins to take effect over the next six weeks, will be an increase in the homeless population, an increase in mortgage defaults, and decreased services for seniors, resulting in the long term in higher actual costs. When you cut the low level costs of keeping marginal populations housed and healthy the ultimate result is higher medical costs, higher local law enforcement costs and infrastructure stress.

    In short, describing your thinking as "incorrect" is probably the most charitable way of putting it.

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