Stop Overhyping the Sequester
These spending cuts will not bring about Armageddon: Matt Miller
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2013 11:50 AM CST
President Obama gestures as he speaks in Redford, Mich., in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – Enough with the sequester hype, pleads Matt Miller in the Washington Post. We're less than two weeks away from across-the-board spending cuts unless a last-minute deal emerges, and to hear President Obama and others tell it, everyone should head to their underground bunkers now. "Criminals would run free, planes might collide, teachers would be kicked to the curb, al-Qaeda would be given an opening" ... you get the picture. Please, writes Miller.

These kinds of indiscriminate cuts are never wise, but Miller cites a rule of thumb from his days as a management consultant that big businesses can trim 10% of costs without great hardship. The government is far more bloated than any business, "which means the idea that a 5% cut by definition spells disaster is preposterous." The hype only further erodes DC's "credibility gap," writes Miller, who suggests an easy out: "Simultaneously re-enact a payroll tax cut equal to or greater than the sequester and call it a day." Click for Miller's full column.

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Phantom09
Feb 21, 2013 7:21 AM CST
"Criminals would run free," Already happened. http://www.jdjournal.com/2012/05/31/oregon-jail-releases-prisoners-due-to-budget-cuts/# "Planes might collide," "Might" is a common day possibility. If you're so concerned, how about you stop cutting from public service institutions and instead cut Congress payroll and Obama's vacation budget... which seems to be never ending. "Teachers would be kicked to the curb," Again, already been happening for years. Not to mention that this could actually be a good thing, forcing schools to evaluate and keep teachers based on merits. If you're looking for teachers to lay off, I'd recommend starting with those Union teachers in Chicago. "Al-Qaeda would be given an opening" Wait! I thought Al-Qaeda was whipped, broken, no longer operational. Isn't that what Obama said? Pretty sure he did. Anyway, this is yet another thing that's already happened with the defense department getting gutted, repeatedly I might add. Our response and defense readiness has gone down on the whole. So what's their point again?
Middleclasscitizen
Feb 21, 2013 6:19 AM CST
The argument about losing 20% of your salary if you work for the Feds is laughable at best. Have you compared your inflated salary structure to the private sector lately? Give me a break, the FAT CATS working for the Federal government for decades has said screw the private sector, lets get all we can while the getting is good. I say let the cuts take effect and start immediately planning to make more cuts to the overbloated Federal budget. Cut the real culprits like Medicare and Social Security where the spending is out of control.
SilenceDogood
Feb 21, 2013 6:02 AM CST
So when gasoline was $1.60 a gallon under Bush everyone complained that Bush was letting the Big Oil companies screw us. Under Obama gasoline is up to $4.00 a gallon and the Media is silent? Under Bush the money was managed. Under Obama it is a constant crisis, and the media blames the Republicans? How is that? The sequester was Obamas idea, deal with it.