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Opinion

March 1, 2013

Reality of sequester is no joke

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Otsego County Department of Social Services Deputy Commissioner Eve Bouboulis told The Daily Star that assistance with home heating and child care are big issues for the local area.

“They are really needed in this county,” she said.

Republicans have questioned these figures, provided by President Obama. Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp said the overall dangers of sequestration are greatly exaggerated. 

“Most Americans are going to wake up Friday morning and yawn,” Huelskamp predicted.

We pray that Huelskamp is right. But we’d really prefer not to find out. We wonder if Huelskamp and his Republican colleagues in Congress really have any idea what these cuts will mean to the millions of Americans who rely on these programs. The cuts may seem abstract and intangible to them. To us, they seem all too real. 

*Editor's note: This story was changed at 10:30 a.m. March 1 to correct an error in the amount of money to be cut from senior feeding programs. 

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