San Diego, CA – The feds have done this before—warned Americans about doom and gloom, and then, never really delivered. That may be why many are wondering: is all this talk about cuts just hype?
“What they’re throwing out is scare tactics,” said San Diego resident Gary McLachlan, “it’s really for the masses but it’s not really necessarily true.”
With the deadline to avoid sequester about to expire, many are now saying the doomsday predictions of how the cuts will be felt are just another example of politics as usual.
“I don’t see our air traffic controllers being put out of work… come on?”
“Tomorrow, twenty-three airports in California are subject to closing and air traffic controllers subject to furlough and over the next 30 days we will be announcing where that will be taking place.”
See how it’s a little misleading? Is it tomorrow or 30 days from now?
According to the airport authority so far San Diego is not on the list, but federal TSA security screeners are, that means travelers potentially could see a wait time increase by about 4 hours.”
“That’s going to trickle down not only in terms of government jobs, but private sector jobs.”
Tony Chernin is a Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. He says the bigger issue is the uncertainty all this politicking causes in the private sector.
“The hatchet isn’t that sharp, it’s maybe a little bit dull and for that reason the impact isn’t felt immediately but it will be felt eventually.”
But what we will feel immediately is the slowing of investment and that hurts the economy.
“Markets hate uncertainly and the business environment hates uncertainty. They maybe won’t spend money, maybe they don’t hire somebody, maybe they do lay somebody off.”
San Diego congressman Scott Peters agrees.
“People lose confidence and that’s a gradual erosion that’s real.” Said Peter’s from Washington today, “and it’s hurting the country and it’s hurting San Diego and we need to get back to work.”
The newly elected congressman of the 52nd district said he’s as frustrated as we are.
“Nothing is going on right now, which is unbelievable to me.”
And for the regular guy, just trying to figure out what it all means?
“It’s simply being rolled forward. They do very little and put it off for another month, then come back and play with it again.”
Still, the sun will come up tomorrow and only time will tell what the now infamous sequester will bring.
“This is not made up. This is not scare tactics,” said Secretary LaHood, “this is reality. We have to face the reality that we have to save a billion dollars.”