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Sequestration troubles

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It is amazing to me that the U.S. Congress seems incapable of altering the course, of its ill-conceived mandatory budgetary reduction (sequester), which began on March 1, 2013. The sequester grinds on even though it has been estimated by the Congressional Budget Office that it will lead to the loss of 750,000 jobs and a cut in the rate of economic growth by one third.
 At a minimum, the $80 billion across-the-board cut for FY 2013 should be reallocated so as to reduce its impact on critical social welfare programs. For example, in New Mexico, these are programs affecting health, safety, and education; i.e., our state being among the worst performers in these three areas. Also, important to local citizens are programs administered by the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, both slated to be cut. It seems unconscionable that Congress is attempting to manage the deficit by shifting its budgetary burden onto the backs of the least fortunate Americans. Of more concern to Los Alamos, NNSA will lose ~8 percent of its funding, which may result significant recissions at LANL.
 Even so, NNSA will probably try to move money around so as to leave its nuclear weapons programs unaffected. This seems unfortunate, since it tends to starve the lab’s future, while making it more dependent on the maintenance of an antiquated and dangerous technology.

Ken LaGattuta
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