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Americans Call Sequester a 'Bad Idea': NBC/WSJ Poll

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Americans Call Sequester a 'Bad Idea': NBC/WSJ Poll

The rhetoric has been flying on automatic spending cuts but now America has spoken: 52 percent say the sequester is a "bad idea," the latest NBC/WSJ poll shows.

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That 52% sounds amazingly similar to the election numbers. So when are spending cuts ever going to occur? Only when it has to forcibly like Greece austerity or like other famous historically hyperinflated countries which led to wwII?

A high % of federal employees and many state employees make over six figures plus other unheard of benefits and too much paid volunteer overtime vs. available number of public sector personnel doing the same job. The private sector has had massive effective wage cuts. If the public sector doesn't want to be "forced" by the sequester with furloughs and layoffs of the lower tier public employees, it should follow it's own rhetoric example of "taxing the rich" and do it's own pay cuts of the top public servant earnings. The corporatized news would better serve the public by offering equal time and news supporting the reasons for the sequester. There are at least half of the American citizenry tired of the public waste of tax dollars and probably a good portion of that 52% polled against the sequester, are completely ignorant or brainwashed or made unware by the media into not knowing how much tax funded waste there actually is.


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Good idea, just lousy implementation


Everyone understands that cuts need to be made in spending, they just want the cuts in 'those other' programs.

Congress has shown that they are incapable of making judicious cuts to indivual programs so the only way forward is to just cut to the overall budget. Once the overall budget is set, then the deal making can begin. We are only talking about 2% cut each year and it is not even a true cut since cuts get measured against the baseline budget, which automatically increases each year. The problem is that the sequester deal that Congress and the White House passed in 2011 concentrates all the cuts into a small area - defense, which is expected to draw down anyways, and certain discretionary programs. The administration did not expect these cuts to go into effect so they continued spending at the increased rate. Now they have to find the implement a year's worth of cuts in only 5 months.

I have not seen any discussion on numbers but I am rather confident that the non-discretionary programs are actually spending more this year than last. At some point, we have to make the hard choices and everyone will have to take a hit on their favorite programs. You can't argue with the math. The longer we wait, the greater the pain.

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