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The post office gets saddled with a requirement to fund its pension for folks it hasn't even hired yet. Its still profitable but losing money on paper and has to cut costs. They respond like a business would and propose to cut some lower volume (rural) installations and consolidate operations into larger facilities. "Oh No, you can't do that" comes the shout from red state republicans whose districts will get disproportionately impacted. Instead, lacking other options, the Post office is forced to end Saturday delivery. The Department of Agriculture, forced to furlough employees tells the meat industry they are going to lose 11 days of inspection and can not produce those days. Oh No, you can't do that. The bill has already been signed giving Agriculture back its sequestered money for meat inspectors. The FAA is going to start closing the airport towers for small airports. "Oh no, you can't do that." What is the wager that either it never happens or is short lived.

One of the principal reasons the "winners" on the winners and losers list, the states that get more money from the federal government than they contribute, is so heavily populated with red states is that virtually every department of government has built in rural subsidies. The post office subsides these tiny offices in towns where the mayor has no salary but happens to run the local post office. The FAA spends a disproportionate amount of its budget on air towers with little traffic.

The natural reaction to the sequester of most departments will be to consolidate services into their larger facilities as the Post Office attempted. The impact of the sequester will fall disproportionately on rural areas of the country. Once the republicans figure this out they will busy themselves voting back the sequester money bit by bit. Its already started.

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