This is clearly a situation requiring Presidential leadership.
These cuts were never supposed to happen this way. They were supposed to be a self-imposed, Washington-developed "threat", that would pressure lawmaker's to come up with "big-time" savings versus our current spending; savings so big they are less than 3% of our total spending (but that's another story).
- Strike one: The first failure of leadership - never make a threat unless you are prepared to follow it all the way through and make sure it's actually a meaningful threat if you do.
- Strike two: The second failure of leadership - never put off until tomorrow, what should and can be done today.
- thousands of teachers and educators will lose their jobs
- parents everywhere will have to scramble for child care arrangements and decide between taking care of their children or taking care of their job and incomes
- Air Traffic Controllers and airport security personnel will be cut-back causing delays in our travel systems
- your Transportation Secretary says it will force travelers to suffer additional delays of 90 minutes or more (beyond the typical travel hassles already inflicted on us via the TSA)
- your Defense Secretary says the "sequester" will harm the readiness of US fighting forces everywhere putting us all at further risk
- nearly a million Defense workers will be furloughed according to the Pentagon
- medical science will be set back nearly a generation due to the "sequester" according to the former Director of the National Institutes of Health
- and on, and on, and on...
- Strike three: The third failure of leadership - the blame game is never a winning game and making others suffer because of the way you play the blame game, is never excusable.