Budget Cut Warnings Could Turn into Reality
Get ready for two weeks of intensifying warnings about how crucial, popular government services are about to wither. Unfortunately, many of these threats could eventually come true. President Obama and congressional Republicans made no progress last week in heading off $85 billion in budget-wide cuts that automatically start taking effect March 1. They are lacking a bipartisan deal to avoid them and hoping to heap blame and pressure on GOP lawmakers. The administration is offering vivid details about the cuts’ consequences: trimmed defense contracts, less secure U.S. embassies, furloughed air traffic controllers.