So, the GOP is now saying that the cuts-- which should start hitting tomorrow-- really won't be that big of a deal. That the Democrats are trying to make it sound scarier than it really is.
While I'm sure the Administration and others will play it up a bit, it's sort of hard for me to take the GOP seriously here.
Wasn't the whole point of this thing that it would be, by very intentional design, an incredibly painful set of cuts, the very specter of which would force the two sides to come up with some sort of compromise? Now that public opinion is blaming the GOP for the failure to reach a compromise... it's just not really that big a deal after all?
Bracing myself for what's to come.
I work in a field largely funded by county, state and federal dollars.
Last week, I was blindsided at a meeting with county execs, told that the state's Office of Mental Health was gutting my mental health programs. Reducing us from 18 slots to 0.
The next day, I learned that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities will be throwing a 6% cut at every voluntary provider in the state.
That's about a million dollars for my agency announced in the course of two days. That hurts.
Now we get to sit in suspense and see how exactly the sequester cuts will hit us.
It won't be pretty.