February 15th, 2013
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

The real impact of automatic cuts and why they may happen after all

Washington (CNN) - On a typical Monday morning, lines of travelers heading toward the security checkpoint at Washington's Reagan National Airport snake past a sign that reads: "Not much longer. 25 min. approximately from this point."

But wait times could lengthen if millions of dollars in mandated spending cuts force the Transportation Security Administration to trim the number of agents that screen passengers and cargo for bombs, guns and other prohibited items.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit
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  1. rs

    Republicans are on a roll. They may have the opportuinity to crash the economy twice in a decade. They will need a VERY special reward for that.... lose every election for a generation sound about right?

    February 15, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "why they may happen after all"

    Why? Simple: Because the GOP/Teatrolls think (wrongly) that they have successfully provided the MSM with a narrative that blames the POTUS and Dems and will convince most Amurikans to do so. Now that they believe they have that in place, they think they can prevent the sequester from being avoided, allow it to take its toll and then blame Obama for the fallout. Besides, the sequester will clearly harm the economy and hamper, perhaps even reverse, the economic recovery, so it's win-win as far as the GOP/Teatrolls are concerned. They will do anything...ANYTHING...that they have convinced themselves will destroy Obama and help them gain back power.

    February 15, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""It goes back to there’s a lot of ill will towards Senator Hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked President Bush mercilessly and said he was the worst President since Herbert Hoover and said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which was nonsense. He was anti-his own party and people — people don’t forget that.""

    -John McCain, TODAY

    In other words, he just admitted that the filibuster of Hagel is revenge.

    February 15, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    John Boehner has already told us that the sequester cuts will go into effect. As far as he's concerned the House has done all that it is going to do, which was demand that the Senate Democrats do something and a call a House recess.

    February 15, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    "the President ought to be forthcoming with a plan to replace his own sequester," Boehner said."

    Bonehead claimed, in summer if 2011, that he got 95% of what he wanted in the deal, but now it's Obama's sequester.

    And, the REAL impact of automatic cuts will be a further slowing of the already slow recovery, but that's OK with repubs, as they will continue to blame it on Obama.

    February 15, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The House Republicans take more breaks than Hobbits.

    February 15, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Fin

    The real impact is such a finite amount that it’s not even close to what was proposed in the Simpson Bowles plan. It’s too bad the military is getting hit again as they were already bludgeoned by Obama / Pentagon in 2012. That said if the military has to makes some hard choices in order to get these other cuts from the other bloated agencies so be it. Sometimes it’s best to just do nothing.

    February 15, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Al

    If the cuts were to happen, and I wish they would, the money should be taken from the Department of Agriculture. And not from the money that the farmers do get to do what they do, the money should be taken away from programs that promote laziness and none productive people. The defense of this country, even though there are many countries that will be more then happy to see the money that the government puts into defense go away so they can have the upper hand down the road.

    February 15, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    It appears this is the only way that spending cuts can be made. Everytime cuts in spending comes up, Obama goes on a "investment" campaign tour. Al- you are 100% correct.

    February 15, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Deb in MT

    We have so much evidence that austerity does not work–Great Britain has gone into a double dip recession since austerity measures were enacted; Greece has gone into a complete meltdown with austerity (which was enacted after Greece was unable/unwilling to collect taxes from their top %ers); our own economic recovery has slowed, partly due to the shrinking of the Federal & State workforces and declining consumer spending from the fear of a sequester–that we just have to have a stronger set of austerity measures. Right, GOP/TP? Don't let that pesky reality get in your way! After all, wasn't it Saint Reagan–praised be–who famously said that 'facts are just pesky things that get in the way'?


    February 15, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Evergreen

    Congress passed the sequester bill and the President signed it when neither side could reach a compromise. Now both sides need to fix the problem.

    February 15, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. johnny JackHammer

    We should target the pay freeze to GS 12s and above and all the SESs, not the lower grades.

    February 15, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Old McWelfare had a farm...


    If the cuts were to happen, and I wish they would, the money should be taken from the Department of Agriculture. And not from the money that the farmers do get to do what they do, the money should be taken away from programs that promote laziness and none productive people.
    So you just want to stop the money that goes for research, food stamps, meals on wheels and school lunches? You want to continue to welfare to farmers. Agriculture supplements are corporate welfare. Some get paid not to grow crops. Isn't that true?

    If you can't produce a product that makes money in the free market Republicans would say your a failure in a capitalistic system. Maybe your daddy didn't give you enough land and equipment? Sure you want to keep the family farm, you like the independence and ability to be your own boss? Everybody would like that option but most don't have a farm given to them by their family. Think about all of the young people out there who's family don't have a business to give their children. Those kids go out and compete for a job! I've got a small farm and understand the complexity of the situation and the necessity to have federal help to manage uncontrollable variables... but it's welfare anyway you look at it. Somebody's tax money is going to subsidize your farm. We bailed the car manufacturers out – same with the banks. Farms have been getting loans and subsidies for many years. Why? Don't farming conservatives like a free market?

    February 16, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. Scott

    The lazy Democrats and our joke of a President need to get off their my way or no way kick, and actullay work with the Republicans, who by the way are willing to work. I I have yet to see a budget from Democrats or the President that include massive spending cuts. all I see are plans to increase the size of the Goverment debt. The goverment needs to quit goving handouts and free stuff to everyone. Cut some Social programs along with Defense programs, cut the size of the Goverment along with moderate tax increases.

    February 16, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    GOP logic: more austerity, during a shallow recovery.

    And no complaining when the economy tanks, as the austerity programs have worked sssooooo well in Greece and Spain.

    I agree with Klugman, the deficit is a lower priority problem and according to a poll only 11% of the American public agrees the deficit is the #1 issue before this country.

    Keep up the good work GOP, you will get reap what you sow in 2014.

    February 16, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |