5 Ways The Republican Party Has Sabotaged Our Economic Recovery
No one thought the sequestration the president agreed to in order to end the debt limit crisis would ever go into effect, because it was designed to be terrible. ABC’s Chris Good explained:
Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more workplace deaths, 125,000 people risking homelessness with cuts to shelters and housing vouchers, neglect for mentally ill and homeless Americans who would lose services, Native Americans getting turned away from hospitals, cuts to schools on reservations and prison lockdowns. There’s also a higher risk of terrorism with surveillance limited and the FBI potentially unable to disrupt plots, closed housing projects, and 600,000 women and children thrown off WIC. In short: Unless a budget deal is cut, the country will be in deep trouble.
But after House Republicans were forced to vote for a bill that didn’t extend tax breaks on income over $400,000, they decided that the cuts of $85 billion were worth taking even if it did hurt their friends in the defense industry.
The ultimate cost to the American public will be 750,000 jobs if all the cuts go into effect. That’s 750,000 more Americans joining millions in the ranks of the unemployed, which include more than 4.4 million who have been out of work for more than 27 weeks.
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