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The potential impact of the sequester is dizzying, taken state by state or nationally. From federal workers losing as much as 20 percent of their pay to travelers facing airport delays, the sequester's effects will be felt far and wide if Republicans keep holding the economy hostage to keep tax loopholes for wealthy people and corporations wide open. But it'll be especially damaging for people who rely on government programs—people who are poor or vulnerable for other reasons. Here are some of the ways, according to the White House, services for the neediest people will be cut.

Receiving emergency unemployment compensation benefits? You're in for a nearly 11 percent cut to those benefits, adding up to as much as $450 during the time you're eligible for benefits.

Are you a student, parent of a student, or teacher? You might care about what's going to happen in the schools, where nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged students in more than 2,700 schools will be hit with cuts, including to individual instruction and afterschool programs. That could lead to around 10,000 teachers and aides losing their jobs. Special education cuts would also endanger the jobs of 7,200 teachers, aides, and other staff. Then there are the 70,000 or so kids who'd lose Head Start services, leading to up to another 14,000 teachers and other school personnel working not just for state and local governments but for community and faith based organizations. But Head Start wouldn't be the only early childhood program affected. The sequester could boot 30,000 kids off of child care subsidies, forcing their parents to find other child care or miss work.

Are you a senior relying on Meals on Wheels? That program will be serving 4 million fewer meals to seniors. And if you're pregnant or a new mother and getting nutrition assistance for Women, Infants, and Children, cuts are coming there, too: around 600,000 women and children could lose assistance.

If government programs help shelter you, the sequester could put you at greater risk of homelessness. More than 100,000 people could lose access to housing and emergency homeless shelter programs, putting them back on the street. At the same time, 125,000 families could lose rental assistance that helps them stay in permanent housing; they too would risk homelessness as a result.

While Medicaid is exempt from sequestration, if you rely on government health services, there still might be bad news for you. Mental health services would be cut for more than 373,000 mentally ill people, and 8,900 mentally ill homeless people would lose outreach and support. AIDS and HIV treatment and testing are on the chopping block, too: Sequestration would mean 424,000 fewer HIV tests, and 7,400 patients without medications.

And the thing is, if Republicans in Congress really get their way, these are exactly the vulnerable groups that will be even harder hit by cuts.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:57 AM PST.

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  •  more people "back on the street" will serve the (5+ / 0-)

    police militarization agenda

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Now with more SNAP: Saturday hate mail-a-palooza End of a series

    by annieli on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:01:42 AM PST

  •  I Think Most Folks Here Are Old And Educated (5+ / 0-)

    enough to recall our government shutting down in the mid-90s.

    I lived in DC at the time.

    Many of my friends had no job to go to.

    Heck my best friend worked at the EPA. They hung a sign on the door that said, "We're out of business."

    Look I get the far right would like to "break" government and show it doesn't work. I get that.

    Heck we could/should debate less or more government.

    But literally breaKing government to make your point, well that is not how we should go about things.

    Won't make me see your point ....


    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:11:47 AM PST

  •  Don't forget higher ed! (8+ / 0-)

    While Pell Grants would be off the chopping block--at least at first--millions of students could lose their SEOG benefits, which help the very poorest students afford college, as well as federal work-study jobs.

    "No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters." --Elizabeth Warren

    by foreverblue on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:42:39 AM PST

  •  Two questions - (2+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, AoT

    Why did the president negotiate us into this position in the first place, and has he learned his lesson?

    Why is Sen. Warren the only one who can just stand up and say this is STUPID?

  •  Don't want people to be dependent on government (3+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher, akmk, peptabysmal

    Therefore, make any and all government services unreliable.

    It's hand in hand with "starve the beast".

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:11:57 AM PST

  •  Well, you can't say that the "haves" in our (2+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, akmk

    legislature aren't doing their damnedest to get us to 19th century France, and a fine job of it at that.

  •  The only interesting thing is at the end. (6+ / 0-)
    And the thing is, if Republicans in Congress really get their way, these are exactly the vulnerable groups that will be even harder hit by cuts.
    So the question is whether there's an alternative to the sequester and to Republicans in Congress getting their way.  I don't think there is, because the President doesn't believe in all-out political warfare and at this point he can't effectively change his beliefs.  Therefore I embrace the sequester as both less painful to the most vulnerable and pleasantly painful to sectors that would surely be spared in any conventional compromise, starting with defense.  And that's without the metapolitics of it all: only the sequester can demonstrate to people that cutting government means cutting things that they are accustomed to and rather fond of.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:23:01 AM PST

    •  So these are the very people Democrats need to get (1+ / 0-)
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      registered to vote.  Set up a booth outside the unemployment office so when people are told "No more free lunches" they can come get the power to vote. Democratic candidates for 2014 need to declare rignt away and get their name out with the disinfrangized American working poor.

    •  What exactly is it that the president (1+ / 0-)
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      could do in this "all out political warfare" that would change what the GOP in the house is doing? Do you really think they're going to give in if enough people call them? Or is there something else you have in mind?

      •  Yes, in fact. (1+ / 0-)
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        He could make some phone calls to our permanent plutocratic elite, the Chamber of Commerce and the defense racketeers and all of the other filth, to tell them that the sequester can stay in place forever for all he cares, and that he's going to make sure the government offices they depend on make sure to screw them first and worst, until they call off their shills...which is all that Republicans in DC are.  

        He could direct Cabinet secretaries to make cuts by state and Congressional district so that the people who vote for austerity experience it most directly.

        He could make the sequester the biggest Executive power grab in history, until Republicans decide they'd rather spend more and have a conventional say instead of spending less and having no say.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:23:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I'm having nightmares of the return of Gingrich (1+ / 0-)
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    days.  De Ja vue, It's Groundhog day, all over again.

  •  I was waiting for you to write "these are exactly (5+ / 0-)

    the cuts that will remain permanent."  Without the reference to Republicans because there are plenty of thinly camouflaged ballot line Democrats who will gladly pitch in.

    Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

    by CarolinNJ on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:26:54 AM PST

  •  Here's the positive side of things (0+ / 0-)

    The GOP is setting itself out to lose even harder in 2014 than they did in 2012 and it won't be business as usual, I guarantee that.  The GOP had a rocky start when John Boner (yes, John Boehner is known now as John Boner) became House Speaker in January 2011.  I really don't think the GOP is making things easier for them because they are really starting to self destruct in ways more damaging to them than even the ways the Democratic Party was damaged when Lyndon Johnson escalated the Vietnam War back in the 1960's.  At least the Democratic Party since then has regained its footing on national security whereas the GOP is losing ground.

    On the other hand, this whole process of the fiscal cliff and sequestering really is just ridiculous and is making other countries really wonder, "Is America really being run by fools or is there real hope?"  Seriously, so many countries in the world right now are looking for the U.S. to lead but it can't be done so long as the GOP is in Congress.

    That is why we must target as many in the GOP for re-election in 2014 as humanly possible, mainly in the House so Nancy Pelosi can get back her damn gavel that she deserves.  I'm tired of John Boner, Eric Cantor, Darrell Issa and Michelle Bachmann.  Get rid of them all.  I don't care how red those districts are.  We have to fix our country and it starts by getting rid of their districts.

    NO GOP House seat is in safe GOP territory at this point.  We need to target them ALL.

    •  other countries in the world include EU and UK (0+ / 0-)

      who are screwing up their own economies even worse than we are.

      Other than that, I agree with your points.

      •  That's my point (2+ / 0-)
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        the UK and other countries really need the U.S. to look up to.  After all, it was the UK that suffered even more than the U.S. during the Great Depression and it took the country much longer than the U.s. to recover during those days.

        On the other hand, you have countries such as Brazil, Poland, Norway and Australia where the economies are just fine so those guys are in a league of their own.  It's the UK, Ireland, Italy and Greece that are being run by superb leaders.  I say "superb" with sarcasm.

        On the other hand, going back to how the sequester will affect people, every region of the U.S. will be affected but in the Bay Area, there won't be that much of a dent compared to more regions say in El Centro or Imperial where the unemployment is over 14% and the Bay Area rate is continuing to go down.  Bay Area economy right now is hot although competition is fierce.

      •  the UK and others can learn (0+ / 0-)

        I mean, look at Ireland.  The country just doesn't have any innovation or real diversity in its economy compared to the U.S.  Sure, it has banking, financial, travel and other industries and its own schools but the country really has no tech industry or anything related unless you're thinking of Google, which has an office in Ireland.

        That could be in part why leaders in the country really can't think outside the box enough in practical terms.  It's all just cut, cut, cut, cut and austerity.  Austerity of course in Europe is what Draconian is in the U.S.  No real difference between the two words.  The one difference is that Ireland for example really just doesn't know how to do anything besides cutting.  It's what Bank of America and other would-be great banks are doing right now to their staff.  Just cutting their jobs, not really offering them another way to contribute.

  •  And all of the people who are screwed now? (2+ / 0-)
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    I guess it's ok to just keep going with the "same old, same old".

    What the hell, right?
    You've been out of work 2 years?
    You probably deserve it.

    Can't get health care because you fall between the cracks?

    Look pal, nobody lives forever.

    Seriously, I see all of these scare tactics about a temporary situation, the worst impacts of which can be avoided because the administration has tremendous discretion in their application.

    Might have been nice to see the same level of alarm for all of the folks who were left twisting in the wind around the time that TARP saved us all from a mean nasty old depression.

    Personally, avoiding bad consequences didn't work out very well for my family or for millions of others.

    I'm all for letting the sequester hit and forcing these rat bastards to negotiate with all of our eyes squarely on them.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:42:49 AM PST

  •  Sigh, waiting to see if I'm going to be impacted. (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the diary.

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:00:54 PM PST

  •  We need to spread the pain. (3+ / 0-)
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    Why do none of these cuts attack the interests of the 1%?

    The SEC is Federal. They should stop registering new securities issues until they are funded. They should also stop renewing licenses for exchanges and clearing agencies. (Note: This will eventually shut down the stock market. Nobody can trade if they don't have a valid registration).

    Farm subsidy checks should be halted/delayed.

    Tech CEOs trying to hire foreign employees on H1-B visas? Sorry, delayed until further notice.

    We need to send home every consultant and attorney with a Federal contract. We need to cancel every study except those that involve actually physical scientific experiments. (i.e., test tubes and petri dishes)

    If you are a developer and you are building low-income housing, you need a HUD inspection. Furlough the inspectors, your project is now delayed.

    Don't shut down the Post Office, but in the interests of saving money, shut down the most expensive parts: Junk mail and Express mail.

    We need to play hardball. The 1% is OK with this because they think they won't be hurt. If we spread the pain, maybe they will be more willing to deal. But cutting schoolteachers is not going to get their attention.

  •  Why is everyone here screaming bloody (1+ / 0-)
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    murder over the sequester while many here are trying to implement a significant gas tax?...both are regressive and hurt the poor.

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