CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Unless congressional Republicans and Democrats agree on a long-term federal deficit-reduction plan before March 1, the government will suffer automatic slashes under the looming "sequester" plan passed in 2011. It will cut 8 percent from U.S. military spending and 5 percent from people-helping domestic spending.
As we've said before, downsizing the military is wise, because international warfare is fading, so there's no need for America to remain the most militaristic nation on Earth -- costing taxpayers $1 trillion per year for gigantic forces that other democracies don't support. However, it will be a shame if humane, family-friendly U.S. programs are curtailed.
A list of pending domestic cuts was compiled by The New York Times, including:
70,000 children would lose Head Start.
125,000 families would be put at sudden risk of homelessness because their rental assistance would end.
373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and severely emotionally disturbed children would most likely lose their treatments.
600,000 women and children would lose nutrition aid from the Women, Infants and Children program.