We're just days away sequestration, the fancy term for $85 billion in funding that will be immediately cut from military, domestic and certain health care programs. Locally that will mean furloughs for civilians over at MacDill Air Force Base, as reported by the Tampa Tribune's Howard Altman.
As President Obama and Congressional Democrats speak publicly about how devastating the cuts will be, Republicans and conservative opinion writers have pushed back, saying it won't be nearly as bad as has been suggested.
But this is not like shutting down the government (that scenario could come up later in March however), so are Americans really that concerned about this far too typical partisan wrangling on Capitol Hill. Maybe now, but how about in a month when their plane is delayed for hours because there aren't a sufficient amount of air traffic controllers patrolling the skies?
That's what Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been warning, but on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, host Candy Crowley challenged LaHood's assertions, saying that the $600 million hit on the Federal Aviation Authority is just 4% of their overall budget.