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  •  The "indirect" part of this is huge... (0+ / 0-)

    ...much more so than most people know.

    Because while it's obvious to most people who aren't Republicans that the sequester will directly hit government employees and government contractors, I don't believe most people have a clue about the ripple effects.

    Consider it this way:  the contractor that I work for is the largest employer in the town that I work in.  If we lose contracts and shrink our workforce, the result will be less business for everyone in town.  The result is that restaurants, stores, service companies will all be laying off people when their business shrinks.  And how many of the people at risk from those layoffs have any idea that the sequester might effect them?

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:38:47 AM PST

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    •  Snowballing impact too (1+ / 0-)
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      No one notices when they furlough the staff who execute the contracts.  You can't even have a contract if there is no one qualified to draft and execute the contract.  So even when they turn the spending back on, there will be an enormous backlog of unexecuted contracts so they'll be unable to spend the money even when they have it.  

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