Here is what we have to look forward to:
On Friday, the White House published a list of the most egregious consequences of the domestic spending cuts looming under sequestration, as part of an effort to blame the Republicans for cuts for which both corporate-controlled parties are responsible. The list details the cumulative effect of the cuts, which total nearly $500 billion in domestic spending over the next ten years. Among the cutbacks:
An estimated 600,000 women and children would lose food stamps.
100,000 formerly homeless people would lose their government-financed housing.
Head Start cuts would eliminate early education slots for as many as 70,000 poor children.
Federal support would be eliminated for 7,200 school employees who serve special-needs children.
Job safety and food safety inspectors would face unpaid furloughs.
Federal loans to small businesses would be reduced by $500 million.
President Obama devoted his Saturday radio and Internet address to the sequester, warning of thousands of federal layoffs or furloughs and a “huge blow to middle class families and our economy as a whole” if the cuts took effect.