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White House Tours vs. Cuts Back Home

March 15, 2013 10:19 am ET
Republicans in Congress, aided by the national media, are obsessing over the cancellation of White House tours forced by sequester cuts while blowing off real life impacts of the sequester back home. With these kinds of priorities, it's no wonder that three-fourths of Americans disapprove of the way Congressional Republicans are doing their job.

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Which is the bigger problem: the White House canceling tours, or Congressional Republicans laying off their own constituents?

Connect: Ordinary Americans are working their way back from recession - we need leaders who get it.

Contrast: But how do Congressional Republicans respond to sequester layoffs and cuts back home? Complain about canceled tours at the White House.

Describe: Across the country, businesses, parents, and seniors are struggling with real life impacts of the sequester -- layoffs, pay cuts, less health care for their families and education for their kids.

Discredit: Sure, consequences of the sequester are no big deal if you're a politician who cares more about rich donors writing campaign checks than your constituents living paycheck to paycheck.

Bottom line: Out-of-touch politicians don't want us to notice that ordinary Americans are paying the price for the sequester -- or remember that they created the problem by refusing to get rid of special tax breaks for the wealthy.


In Indiana, at least two Head Start programs have resorted to a random drawing to determine which three-dozen preschool children -- ages 3 to 5 years old -- they will be forced to kick out.

In Georgia, Albany senior centers are preparing to cut back meals and programs like senior caregiver and protective services while tornado recovery efforts in Atlanta are being drained of federal resources.

In Dothan, Alabama, the local air traffic control tower is at risk of closing down -- forcing an aerospace company with clients in Central and South America to hold off on relocating its headquarters to Dothan and creating 500 new jobs there.

Hundreds more air traffic control towers around the country could close.

In Virginia, business owners that depend on tourism are worrying about dropping income because the local national park has been closed indefinitely.

In Ohio, 150 NASA jobs are on the chopping block, with over 10 people already laid off.

In Iowa, a local school board is considering firing 17 teachers because of sequestration and budget woes.

In Dallas, Texas, an air traffic controller received an award for saving a pilot's life -- and a furlough notice a week later, letting her know that her pay would be cut thanks to the sequester.

In Kentucky, a local hospital already laid off 28 people because of sequestration and budget cuts. At the University of Kentucky, 30 students will be cut from NASA's higher education programs there. And at the University of Louisville, about 80 students who rely on military tuition assistance to attend college will have it taken away.

The Children's National Medical Center has already delayed several projects, including new research into muscular dystrophy in children, and the medical research labs at the University of California at San Francisco have already started layoffs.

In Wyoming, the Cheyenne Health and Wellness Center is preparing to cut back on its services for local residents who rely on the Center for affordable health care.

In Hazelwood, Missouri, workers who audit Pentagon contracts and helped save taxpayers over $4 billion last year face steep pay cuts and fewer days on the job.

Across Utah, national parks, wildlife refuges, and national monument areas are cutting back visitor hours and programs -- shutting their gates to visitors from around the country.

In Idaho Falls, Idaho, hundreds of employees at the Idaho National Laboratory face layoffs and pay cuts as a result of Department of Energy cuts.

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