Many Democrats and budget policy groups argue that whatever benefits might have been derived from the spending caps were undercut by the effects of mindless, across-the-board cuts under the sequester. Congress allowed some changes in the law that granted the Defense Department and other agencies more flexibility in prioritizing cuts and furloughing workers. And lawmakers prevented FAA furloughs that would have led to long lines and delays at the nation's airports. But many agencies struggled to keep their doors open.
Joseph Minarik, a former Clinton administration budget official who is now senior vice president of the Committee for Economic Development, acknowledges that the sequester has had a "marginal" adverse impact on the economy so far. He said, "The issue I think is much more serious in the ability of the federal government to do its job. In practice, I don't see a silver lining to the sequester, and if I were a critic of government to the extent I wanted to see significant spending reductions implemented, I would not be satisfied with the way it's being done."
Other budget experts take an even dimmer view of the sequester, warning that it is having a highly corrosive effect on national security and economic growth.
In a new study entitled "From Merely Stupid to Dangerous," the Bipartisan Policy Center warns that essential government services, especially in defense, are not being performed, and will not be if sequester continues. The effects of sequester might not be noticed by many people yet, the report states, but that's because most of the cuts have not yet been implemented.
"While there is still plenty of money for personnel, operations and weapons systems, the hardest hit portions of the defense budget include funding for research and development, procurement and operations and maintenance," the study states.
The study was co-chaired by former Sens. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) and Charles Robb (D-VA), and businessman Mort Zuckerman.
According to the report, it isn't the size of either the federal budget or the defense budget that poses problems, but the dramatic change in the composition of those budgets over the decade.
"Entitlements are pushing out investments," the study said. "And sequester worsens that trend."
While gradually eating away at crucial government activities, the report says, sequestration is barely reducing the debt; it exacerbates budget structure problems, diminishes national security and hampers economic recovery.
"Effectively, sequester is a partial government shutdown lasting eight more years," the study says.
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These fukin politicians don't give a rats **** about the american people and are self absorbed, power hungry, corrupted ****s.
Time to kick them out of office and changes the laws so special interests groups don't have politicians in their pockets.
This is what the voters wanted, and this is what the voters got! Obama! Any questions. The only growth in the economy is his 2 trillion dollar spending foe every year in office. No full time job growth and Oh... Sequester was his plan! Throw a little "You can keep your same doctor and plan, and your premiums won't go up, and a little "What does it matter, they're dead"! leadership(lack of). Gut the military and kill the vets healthcare along with many retirees. This is what we have. Adolph Hitler Obama! Time for America to take the country back so we (the taxpayer) can put the "United" back in the USA. Obama has made it the "Divided"! And put the Constitution and the Law back in government!
Isent everyone forgetting the main reason the republicans are doing what they are doing?Stop Obama unaffordable healthcare,dont get caught up in the demo socialist propaganda machine.
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