Sequestration means $1.2 trillion in forced cuts that will go into effect if our leaders can't reach a deal by Friday. Some thing Congress should let the cuts happen as a way to deal with our ballooning debt. We wanted to hear your thoughts.
Do you think Congress should find a way to stop the cuts?
"I believe there are some cuts that need to be made," said Mobile resident Clanford Pierce. "I think on both sides of the aisle they could work a little better to make cuts."
Pierce said he's in favor of common sense cuts, such as non-essential entitlements.
"Subsidizing cell phones," he cited as an example. "I can see that certain people, say senior citizens, can use that, but I don't see the need for giving them to a lot of young people."
Who is responsible for the cuts?
"They need to get rid of every single person up there in that Senate and in the House," said Monteen Lucky.
She said she's most worried about cuts to the military, a feeling echoed by several folks we spoke with.
"We pride ourselves on being number one," said retired Navy sailor Dewayne Peterson. "Any cuts would be damaging to technology, as this cut is, as well as pay."
What about the debt? It's the highest it's ever been, and we're spending faster than ever before. Does it worry you?
"Yes it does," said Pierce, "but as I said there's room to cut fat in a lot of areas."
"I believe it's only going to get larger," Lucky said. "I really do believe that."
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