The Sequester Is In Effect, But There’s Still Hope

March 2, 2013  |  

President Obama talking about the sequester yesterday. Credit: Shawn Thew / Pool via CNP Photo by: Shawn Thew/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Oh well… the sequester happened. Right now, we’re staring down the path towards $85 billion in spending cuts. Yesterday, President Obama emphasized, once again, that these cuts are unnecessary and to the detriment of our ongoing recovery. But with a Congressional commitment to compromise, this money will disappear from the budgets of many government agencies and programs. And with the money, many much-needed jobs will disappear. He signed an order yesterday to put the cuts into effect.

This morning, the President was back at it, asking Congress to get it together. Even though the ball has started rolling, the government can stop it before we actually feel the impact. The impasse is over how to cut the budget deficit and bring down the $16 trillion national debt, which got to that level in part because of the years-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The Democratic president wants to close the fiscal gap with spending cuts and tax hikes – what he calls a ‘balanced approach.’ But Republicans do not want to concede again on taxes after doing so in negotiations over the ‘fiscal cliff’ at the New Year,” reports the AP. Obama quoted economists today, saying 750,000 jobs could be in jeopardy. As of right now, there’s no compromise on the horizon.

The article quotes a Reuters/Ipsos study that finds 28 percent of Americans blame the Republicans for this mess, and 18 percent blame Obama.

ABC News breaks down all the ways that the sequester will effect government agencies and our daily lives. Among them: less pay for defense department civilian workers and other federal staff; less investment in preventing cyberattacks; fewer food safety inspections; fewer runways at the airport (therefore fewer flights and longer waits); and cuts of children in Head Start programs.

Solving the problem is more important than placing blame, but who or what do you think is most responsible for this mess?

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  • SMHgurl24

    The only people we have to blame are ourselves. We care more about the latest celebrity gossip than our own welfare. Its pathetic how people want to put the blame on others. How many times have we gone through this and the outcome is the same?! Did you really think he was going to change things because he is black?! Honestly we are blessed to have information at our fingertips yet were still ignorant to whats going on. SMH the only thing that needs to change are ourselves! This isn’t cause the white man got us down either. You need to be smarter then that

    • SMHgurl24

      Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own actions!

    • TRUTH IS

      What…you are told to go to college and graduate…so many youths have done that and still cannot find work….you are working the taxes raping you in the arse…..plz….all these cut except politicians salaries and benefits. Heck I hv business ideas…..lets see if the sba gives me a loan…obviously i need help to start a business. Americian citizens are leaving the sinking ship in droves… getting worst daily

      • SMHgurl24

        “you are working the taxes raping you in the arse” Why do we allow them to do this to us? The ball will always be in our court, WE CITIZENS have the power! We have forgotten this and have been led astray by what the media tells us to believe. Until we as a whole country say enough to being taken advantage of it’ll never end.

    • SheBe



    Hope & change yawl; If you think these politrickians gives 2 hoots about you think again. they only want your votes….after that you can eff yourself….hope and change!!! We have a “black” president but have anything improved for the black community since? Nope why because white folks pull the strings

  • IllyPhilly

    I think it’s all madness!!!