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Saturday, December 10, 2016

White House

Art first, most of the coverage of the sequester cuts has focused on White House tours and the Easter Egg Roll. Recently, news that air traffic control towers would be shuttered got people a little worried. But even the president has moved on from arguing against the cuts, which were included in the continuing resolution he signed in March.

Tuesday the Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel surveyed 100 separate instances of the sequester’s automatic cuts having an effect on the local level:

Organizations and companies have begun laying off workers, while many more have decided not to staff vacant positions. Schools on military bases are contemplating four-day weekly schedules. Food pantries have closed, as have centers that provide health services. Farmers have been forced to go without milk production information, causing alarm in the dairy industry and the potential of higher milk prices. Workers at missile-testing fields are facing job losses. Federal courts have closed on Fridays. Public Broadcasting transmitters have been shut down. Even luxury cruises are feeling the pinch, with passengers forced to wait hours before debarking because of delays at Customs and Immigration. Yes, sequestration is creating the possibility of another poop cruise.

But the “evil genius” of the sequester is that the sum total of these cuts will never grab the nation’s attention the same way as the possibility of the stock market crashing because the debt limit is nearing, or Social Security checks being delayed.

We all know the real reason the sequester isn’t being covered by the media. The people it hurts most are  society’s most vulnerable — the poor, soldiers, seniors and workers. And it hurts them in a slow-motion way that doesn’t make great headlines.

Still the impact of this haphazard austerity is now starting to take its toll.Here are five examples of how the sequester is hurting America.

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