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Unfortunately, $89 billion encompasses a lot of operations no matter what the percentage is. For one example, one billion dollars is 10,000 employees making $100,000/yr. But we are not talking about one billion dollars but $89 billion and remember the fiscal year is 5 mo. gone so a lot of agency money has already been spent. There are going to be a LOT of people let go, not only in the Civil Service but also in contractors. and contractors do most of the government work these years. Perhaps one day a week furloughs can save the money for the Sequestor, but can people working 80% of full time do the work of employees working 100% of full time?

Clinton was able to cut the Federal work force by some 700,000 in a period of good employment without serious economic effects, but such is not the employment picture today. You might look at my blog piece "Oh No, Not Meat Inspectors:" Will the meat inspectors do a faster and less thorough inspection to keep the meat and poultry flowing? If so,I can see a scandal in the offing.

But we don't have to speculate. The experiment will develop soon enough.

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