The PJ Tatler

Huffington Post Really Wants to Know How the Sequester Has Hurt You

Shorter HuffPo email: Show us on the doll where the budget cuts touched you.

Hello from HuffPost Open Reporting -This is a one-time email to our readers in California.We’re working on a project to document the nationwide impact of the government’s budget cuts, otherwise known as the sequester.

Since those cuts began in early March, The Huffington Post has written about some of the effects they’ve had, from layoffs and furloughs, to the closure of Head Start programs, the reduction in Meals on Wheels programs, and the scaling back of government-dependent medical research projects.

We want to know what the budget cuts have meant for you. If you or someone you know has been affected by reductions to these or other programs, or has been laid off or furloughed, we’d like to hear your story.

Give us a call at 860-348-3376, and you can leave a message to record your story in your own words. Please be sure to include your name and phone number. You can also send us a note at [email protected] (or just reply to this email).

We will never publish your name or any identifying details without your permission.

Thanks as always for your help,

The HuffPost Open Reporting Team

This isn’t reporting, it’s trolling. Virtual ambulance-chasing.

Apparently the PuffHo missed the WaPo report from June 30, showing that the Democrats’ scary predictions of sequester apocalypse, closed schools, lambs devouring lions and zombies in the streets mostly turned out to be the usual nonsense and scaremongering.

The Washington Post recently checked 48 of those dire predictions about sequestration’s impact. Just 11 have come true, and some effects are worse than forecast. But 24 predictions have not come to pass. In 13 cases, agencies said it is too soon to know.

So many predictions fell short because, in recent months, the administration and Congress did what was supposed to be impossible: They undid many of sequestration’s scariest reductions. In the process, this supposedly ironclad budget cut — ostensibly immune to political maneuvering — became a symbol of the reality that nothing in Washington is beyond politics.

Least of all, the truth.