Western Mass. Reacts to the Sequester
<a href="http://www.wggb.com/2012/03/12/deficit-rose-in-february-on-pace-to-top-1-trillion-again/money-capital/" rel="attachment wp-att-57458">SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) – Now that the deadline for the sequester is upon us, the question now is: what do the $85-billion worth of cuts mean for the country.
While democrats and republicans play the blame game in Washington, the fact remains no progress has been made to avert across the board budget cuts.
But while Congress and the president remain at odds, folks here in Western Mass seem to have found some common ground – they blame all of Washington.
“It’s totally ridiculous because this is not the way government was intended to operate and obviously it’s a gridlock that’s burdening every American,” said Dan Kelly of Springfield.
Doug Peterson of St. Paul Minnesota, in town for a convention, agreed. “People are so tired of Congress. The new normal ends up being which crisis are we going to manage next.”
Both parties acknowledge action must be taken, though they point the finger at the other guy for the inaction that’s brought us to the brink.
And that brink… the current crisis… is something of an unknown both economically and politically.
Something else the people we spoke to agree on – the cuts won’t hurt immediately but they probably will hurt eventually.
“Maybe in a couple months when I really realize that I’m in the real world but right now it’s not really hitting me yet,” said Ashley Jones of Hunter New York. “But it’s definitely concerning my family and my coworkers and stuff.”
“I don’t think that the results will be felt immediately, but certainly over the course of the next 60 to 90 days we’re going to really see the impact,” said William Macgregor of Springfield.
When we’re going to see a solution, that’s anyone’s guess.
Though Lin Borecki of Belchertown has a suggestion. “To be honest they need some more women in Congress because they know how to spend money and not spend money.”
And that seems to be a lesson Washington is still trying to learn.
The sequester originated as part of a 2011 agreement to break yet another democrat-republican budget battle to raise the debt ceiling.