The sequestratin furloughs proved San Diego's recovery work is not federal bullet proof. A furloughed federal worker count in the thousands makes adding productivity to the town's government work far less than fully succesful.
Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego, who, in late August, tols locals the labor cuts experiment amounted to a "de facto 20 percent pay cut" that ties up middle class family spending, has asked Congress to give up the plan to avoid federal personnel outlays. "Sequestration and furloughs create uncertainty for those workers and send a message that they and the work they do are not valued," she said.
There is no recovery triumph while the federal employees are not working. NIH research grant cuts made the task doing all a growing labor market filled with scientists and researchers can do to recover from the recession difficult enough. And, San Diegans can find fault in plans for the future labor market productivity as long as local pre schoolers stay out of Head Start programs that improve school and college success.
Davis does not want to let local recovery work die as the economy yields to sequestration cuts and furloughs. The request to Congress to "help the local economy grow" remains an expectation in a good turn from federal government.
After pushing for a federal budget that rejected the furloughs, and sequestration, spending remedies, and kept pre schoolers in Head Start programs, Davis is not ready to give up.
According to the president's press secretary Jay Carney, there is "no way to implement sequestration without significant furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal employees," but Davis has not tunred her back on local middle class families. San Diego's losses continue to add up, and count for a great deal, six months after the March 1st sequestration deadline.
This is an On The Watch Take.