14,000 teachers and other school employees would risk layoffs.
4,000 workers would be furloughed every day at the FAA, causing flight backups.
2,100 fewer food safety inspections would be conducted at domestic and foreign plants.
The Times added: "These cuts, which will cost the economy more than 1 million jobs over the next two years, are the direct result of the Republican demand in 2011 to shrink the government at any cost, under threat of a default on the nation's debt."
Meanwhile, regarding the military, the national newspaper concurred that Pentagon spending "should be reduced substantially."
Everyone agrees that America's astronomical federal deficits must be brought under control, so the nation won't sink into ruinous insolvency. But the budget-balancing shouldn't be done at the expense of average families needing help.
The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says government shall "promote the general welfare," which means improving life for all Americans. With less than two weeks remaining, we hope Congress finds a deficit-reduction compromise that won't damage the general welfare of everyday folks.