By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
While the Pentagon will take the brunt of the $85 billion across-the-board automatic spending cuts scheduled to kick in March 1, about half of the "sequesters" are poised to bite domestic programs — from child-nutrition programs to air-traffic control to the Internal Revenue Service.
House Republicans powered their 2013 budget through their chamber Thursday, marking the high point for the $3.5 trillion spending plan, which would have created a deficit of nearly $800 billion next year.
"The ripple effect of the sequester is going to be felt by everyone, not just defense contractors and their employees, not just people who work for the government," said Steve Bell, senior director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Economic Policy Project. "This will have a negative impact ... on almost probably every region of the country."
"This is, in our opinion, likely to cause further contraction of growth in the GDP," said Mr. Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center. "When you have growth as sluggish as ours, that's enough to really be a little bit concerning."