The title of a recently released New York Times article is “Across-the-Board Cuts Take Effect, but Their Impact IS NOT (?) Immediately Felt” (Web-site/URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/us/politics/Spending-Cuts-Imposed-US-Starts-to-Trim-Its-Budget.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0).
“University officials, city managers, day care providers and others spent Saturday (March 2, 2013) assessing how they would absorb their part of the across-the-board cuts in federal spending that began taking effect over the weekend (March 2-3, 2013)”.
“But even as the institutions that depend on federal money nervously took stock, most Americans were largely UNAFFECTED by the cuts, at least for now. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John Konopka, 45, SUFFERED NO DELAYS as he arrived from Atlanta”. “This is JUST ANOTHER TRAVEL DAY” FOR HIM. “I think all of it’s been TALKED UP a bit, WAY TOO POLITICALLY, to make it SEEM A LOT WORSE than it is. I DON’T think it’s going to be the GLOOM AND DOOM that some people are saying it would be”. Again, this is KONOPKA‘s INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). However, POLITICIANS “talk up” A LOT OF THINGS.
“Others were less sanguine (optimistic). Joel Silver, 63, a retiree from the Bronx, said he feared the cuts would affect the most vulnerable. He said he was ANGRY that President Obama and lawmakers had not prevented what he called “an INVENTED crisis” or a MANUFACTURED “crisis”/a “crisis” made by POLITICIANS. “WHAT’S THE POINT of A Congress?” ANY “Congress”. “Aren’t they supposed to SIT DOWN and TALK ABOUT THINGS and FIGURE THINGS OUT?” This is what they are supposed to do, but unfortunately, this IS NOT what’s HAPPENING/this is far from REALITY. “The economy was JUST RECOVERING and now it’s going to SLIDE BACK”. This is the latest/yet another expression of FRUSTRATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) and the latest “angry” person.
“At research universities, administrators sent e-mails to faculty members and students warning that changes were coming. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the president of Stony Brook University, said the institution would lose $7.6 million in “vital federal funding” for research grants and other programs. The University of California, Berkeley, warned that “as sequestration translates into fewer FEDERAL GRANTS, the campus will be FORCED to hire fewer RESEARCHERS”.
“Federal officials began sending letters to governors, informing them of smaller grants. Shaun Donovan, the secretary of housing and urban development, wrote to Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio”, “You can EXPECT reductions totaling approximately $35 million“. This is the latest EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
”In a 70-page report to Congress accompanying the sequestration order and detailing the reductions — agency by agency and program by program — Jeffrey D. Zients, Mr. Obama’s budget director, called them “DEEPLY DESTRUCTIVE to national security, domestic investments and core government functions”, all of which are essential/critical areas. Zients, of course, replaces JACK LEW, who replaced TIM GEITHNER as TREASURY SECRETARY in President Obama’s second term cabinet reshuffle.
“At Kennedy International Airport in New York, travelers who arrived extra early were greeted by SHORT lines, NOT the drastic delays that federal transportation officials have said could emerge as security officers are furloughed to save money”.
According to Chris Achilefu, 45, “who arrived at the airport four hours before his flight to Lagos, Nigeria”, “The check-in was FINE, at least FOR NOW. (and) I’M SURPRISED”. Of course, what the case will be LATER ON is anyone’s guess. “Normally Mr. Achilefu, an automotive exporter who lives in Upper Darby, Pa., would arrive two hours early, but he said he was concerned about LINES“, A LEGITIMATE “concern”. “I was listening to what the president said yesterday (March 1, 2013), that it WON’T kick in right away. HOPEFULLY, the two parties will COME TOGETHER (?) HOPEFULLY (?) they will resolve it before another month (goes by)”. This clearly DOES NOT seem likely right now.
“At the main San Ysidro port of entry between Mexico and San Diego, traffic moved smoothly late Friday night (March 1, 2013), just hours after the sequestration began, and border lines had only a few dozen vehicles in each lane.
“Vendors who line the street where cars sometimes idle for hours waiting to enter the United States PERKED UP when they heard about the cuts”.
According to Emilio Gomez, “an employee at a stand selling rugs, china figurines and soda”, “That’s good for BUSINESS. When people are waiting, they GET BORED and they buy MORE stuff”. This is NOT ALWAYS the case.
In his weekly address on Saturday (March 2, 2012), Mr. Obama acknowledged that not everyone would be affected equally. “While NOT everyone will feel the pain of these cuts right away, THE PAIN WILL BE REAL”. “the pain will be real” is obviously a point of emphasis here. “Many MIDDLE-CLASS families will have their lives disrupted in a SIGNIFICANT way” again obviously.
Finally, “In the Republican response to Mr. Obama’s address, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington also called the cuts “DEVASTATING” (obviously), but said that Republicans in the House WOULD NOT yield on TAXES” obviously. “Spending is the problem, which means CUTTING spending is the solution. IT’S THAT SIMPLE“. NOTHING is “that simple”, at least NOT as “simple” as we’d like.
This is the latest/yet another chapter of PARTISAN POLITICS.