Friday next the world as we know it implodes. Or so we are told by the wonderful wizards of Washington.
We are being advised by our illustrious leaders that all sorts of services, protections, programs are going to end due to sequestration. (Now there's a word I bet you don't use in your daily conversation. At least, not until recently.)
Look. There will be no cuts in the actual spending. Sequestration will create a 2.4% (or 2.3%, depending on whose figures you believe) cut in budgeted expenditures. That is to say, a cut in the proposed spending. How does that require the layoff of hundreds of teachers, military personnel, air traffic controllers, and so on?
Answer: Someone is not telling the truth.