Sequester Shocker: It Feels Like Nothing's Changed


It's been over a month since the automatic federal spending cuts known as "the sequester" kicked in and Reason TV's Kennedy reports from the suddenly-mean streets of Washington, D.C.

Before sequestration began on March 1, President Barack Obama warned that budget trims of up to $85 billion in 2013 would force brutal and devastating shutdowns of programs related to everything from vaccination to school lunches. The director of the National Zoo told the Washington Post he feared he might have to shut down popular exhibits featuring lions and tigers. 

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told travelers to expect much longer lines at airports due to cuts for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The White House even cancelled tours of the president's home.

So just how brutal is post-sequester life in the nation's capital now that as much as 2 percent of annual federal spending is on the chopping block?

About 2 minutes. Produced by Joshua Swain. Written by Kennedy and Nick Gillespie.

Please subscribe to Reason TV's YouTube channel and like and share this video! Scroll below for downloadable versions of all our videos.

For Reason's coverage of sequestration, go here.