Sequestration frustration: Folks are fed up with Washington
All week we've heard from the Democrats, the Republicans and the President about the impending sequester cuts. As the Friday midnight deadline came and went with no hope of a deal, voters in the area say they're not happy with what's going on in Washington.
"There's all kinds of talk on both sides and it's hard to pretty much understand the right way," said Mike Krenicky.
"I'd like to see a process that is more deliberate, more thoughtful," shared Jack Morrash. "As opposed to one that makes arbitrary cuts across the board."
You could call it sequestration frustration.
"The public has a general sense that there's dysfunction in Washington," explained Political Science Professor at Muhlenberg College, Dr. Chris Borick. "They start to wonder why can't Washington settle on any of these deals and why do we have to keep going to the brink on every single fiscal matter."
Many folks say they don't understand how the cuts will impact them and their lives. But as Democrats and Republicans hold their positions the ramifications will become clearer.
"While those battles go on we're going to be put in a situation where these cuts are going to take hold," added Borick. "They're going to become deeper in the long term and the ramifications for an already weak economy, a stumbling economy could be significant."
While it may be strategic, political analysts say the fall-out from the sequestration could be felt on both sides of the isle.
"I find blame on both sides because I think it's completely political," said Morrash. "I think politics has completely overtaken the situation."
"I would hold it against all of them," laughed David Sander.
One thing most people we spoke with did agree on is that cuts needed to be made, they just wish lawmakers would focus on what's best for the country.
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