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Michiana not worried about sequester deadline


Whether it's local lawmakers or lawmakers from afar it seems everyone is playing the blame game when it comes to the sequester.  People say it's become a pattern in Washington they're not happy with.  "I think it's embarrassing," said Kathy Rooney.

And according to FOX28 Political Analyst and Saint Mary's College Professor Patrick Pierce it may be the reason why not too many people are paying attention to what's going on in Washington.  "This seems like the same old game played out again.  There seems to be a fatigue on the part of the public," said Pierce.

That certainly seems to be the case when you ask people on the streets of Michiana about the topic.  "I think at this point there's very little I can do about it and it's up to those in government to do something about it," said Rooney.  Joshua Chupp said, "I haven't heard much of anything."  And Vince Brabhan said, "No one seems too concerned."  And the politicians know this.  Pierce said, "They don't believe the public is terribly interested in this.  If there was great public outrage it would change the politics that's there."

But should you be concerned about the potential effects of cuts?  "I don't think it'll be catastrophic it's gonna be kind of a gradual thing," said Pierce.  But while that doesn't sound bad Professor Pierce said keep this in mind, "It's going to hurt economic growth.  We're already struggling.  We're going to struggle more as a consequence of this." 

But he says those consequences just won't be felt for months.  Even furlough days for Federal workers won't start for at least 30 days.



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