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Sequester Meets Sandy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses how the automatic spending sequester cuts will affect local services, including some of the money slated for Sandy relief.

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Comments [11]

Chris from New York

The sequester is not about cutting spending. It is about cutting the RATE OF GROWTH of spending. Neither political party wants to actually cut spending because each side has their own pet projects. This is classic political speak and lingoism preying on voter fears.

The TSA is bloated - airport security has 2 supervisors for every worker. It's a closet form of welfare.

Defense contractors - give me a break. There are no real wars going on. It's a massively bloated agency that has grown far out of proportion to its need.

The same goes for universities. There is so much wasted and trivial research done by professional students who don't want to get real jobs. My wife and best friend have PhDs and they agree with me. They worked for several years on dissertations, funded by the federal government, that about 5 people read.

No, I am not a Tea Party member. I voted for Obama.

Feb. 26 2013 07:14 PM
scott Bankey from soho

A 2.4% cut is literally a drop in the bucket. Does our government operate so efficiently that they cannot make a few cuts without causing the world to come crashing down?

Is it true that the Obama administration is cutting money for babies and HIV testing while at the same time keeping their recent raises intact?

Feb. 26 2013 05:23 PM

Abortion from Larchmont ~

What the Sam Hill ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?!?!?

Feb. 26 2013 10:45 AM
mick from Inwood

Brian,you just don't get it. The Republicans now running the GOP believe that the aid to schools and other programs that will be lost is immoral to begin with because the funds that would be provided are taken in the form of taxes from other people. In addition, the educational program funding that will be lost forces them to pay to help other people's children to compete with their own children. That is just the logical extension of the individualism that the Tea Party espouses and Club for Growth advocates.

Feb. 26 2013 10:21 AM
Joel from Nyack

Why get to the airport early, or earlier, if your flight is going to be delayed? Do you want to wait more than the usual 1.5 to 2 hours?

Feb. 26 2013 10:19 AM
Max from northern NJ

That this pending disaster is really going to cause the calamity that Mr.Obama says it will, all from cutting 2.4% of the federal budget, just 2.4%, means only that Americans have grown too dependent on government spending.

What are politicians going to do when 100% of what is now discretionary spending has to go to debt service?

Feb. 26 2013 10:19 AM
greg g from nyc

info regarding the effect on recent federally funded unemployment extensions passed several months back??

Feb. 26 2013 10:19 AM

I work for a defense contractor and all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the best. We are asked by our company to contact our representatives and ask for a resolution, but there isn't much else we can do.

Feb. 26 2013 10:16 AM

Talk about freaking out over little...its 85 billion in a trillion+ budget. means nothing is scare tactics and politics. Slow down at the airports? People want everything and not know the costs.

Feb. 26 2013 10:12 AM
Joe from nearby

@ Ed from Larchmont-

"But we're out of money."

Some facts to back up that claim plz? The fact is the US is the wealthiest nation on Earth, and it's near the bottom for the amount it taxes. So, no, we are "out of money." You've just been drinking too much of Grover's koolaid.

Feb. 26 2013 10:08 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Of course cuts will lead to cutting back of some services. But we're out of money.

Feb. 26 2013 05:56 AM

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