Friday's Sequester: Economic Disaster or Political Theater?

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Ohio will lose $25 million for primary and secondary education; Georgia may not get the money to vaccinate against childhood disease; Pennsylvania will loose help for victims of domestic violence; Texas will see 52,000 defense workers furloughed, and Virginia will get less federal support for its transportation program. With the White House spinning out state-by-state damage because of Friday's scheduled budget cuts, Republican Governors are increasingly uneasy. Meantime, Tea Partiers call "sequester" the best thing since they were elected, so Republican House leaders are getting hit from both directions. With no talks visible or behind closed doors, Washington is braced for the blame game. What's at stake for education, transportation, law enforcement, Pentagon contractors and economic recovery?

Credits

Guests:
Nancy Cook - White House reporter for Politico - @nancook, Scott Wong - The Hill - @scottwongDC, Jared Bernstein - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - @econjared, Daniel J. Mitchell - Cato Institute - @danieljmitchell

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Caitlin Shamberg, Evan George