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Sequestration and You

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A United States Postal Service truck in San Francisco (Wikipedia)

Sequestration began in March and a second round of cuts is looming for October. Ron Nixon, a New York Times Washington correspondent who covers the impact of legislative and regulatory policy on consumers, tells us how the sequester is affecting the Postal Service, food and agriculture policy, and consumer safety.

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Firemen-First budget cuts
The clever bureaucrat knows that when budget cuts are looming, you leavie alone what’s unessential and talk about eliminating what is essential. That way, the public will agitate against the cuts.

In 1976, Charles Peters of the Washington Monthly dubbed this approach the “Firemen First” principle, as he explored and explained why firemen and combat troops, rather than desk-bound middle managers, tend to be at the head of the line to be whacked.
http://thedx.druckerinstitute.com/2013/03/firemen-first/

original story
1976, Charles Peters of the Washington Monthly:
http://www.unz.org/Pub/WashingtonMonthly-1976mar-00008?View=PDFPages

Aug. 23 2013 01:32 AM

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