The other day, when I was at the airport, I happened to talk to the guys at the repair shop about the effects that Barry Obama's sequester stunt is having on them. Now mind you, they aren't government employees and have no government contracts. still, they're hurting right now because a lot of their regular customers DO work for the government and are now husbanding their money instead of spending it on aircraft repair work.
Likewise, over at the FBO, they report that charters are down, fuel purchases and down and students are suspending instruction. A lot of these people also have government jobs, and Obama's decision to let the sequester hit and deny them all at least 5% of their pay for the year is really being felt by the businesses that cater to them. And actually, they're all getting cut 10% of what they'll make for the rest of this fiscal year, since the cuts came in half way through the year, so the impact is really hard-hitting on a lot of people.
Same thing over at a nearby restaurant that I like to hit whenever I fly. They've seen their business slow, and the part-time waitresses (part-time thanks to Obamacare) are now getting less hours because there's just not enough business to keep them working.
None of these people are government workers, but thanks to Obama's ham-fisted mishandling of our economy, they're all getting hurt just like the employees whose checks he actually is cutting. And this is just a micro-version of what's happening all across America in any business that offers goods or services to people who do work for the government. So the next time that you're tempted to dismiss the sequester as just affecting a few over-paid and under-worked bureaucrats, remember that it also hits every member of the armed services and every small business owner or employee of businesses that rely on these people as customers.
And come 2014, don't ever let anyone tell you that anyone is responsible for this other than Barack Obama and the House and Senate Democrats who could have averted it by accepting a few reasonable budget cuts to their pet programs but chose not to do so. Obama's chickens need to come home to roost in 2014, and we know that we can't count on the media to make that happen so it'll be up to you and me.
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