Sorting fact from fiction about sequestration cuts
Fox News contributor Monica Crowley explains
- Duration 5:20
- Date Mar 2, 2013
Fox News contributor Monica Crowley explains
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So now we know that a majority of -- -- -- are also wary over all the politics and drama of the sequester battled a brand new Fox News poll that's just released shows that 45% of you feel.
Sequestration will have a negative effect on the country.
On the other hand 27% say it will have a positive effect the other 22%.
Don't feel like -- make a difference at all.
Joining us now to help us sort through some of this -- fact and fiction radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley Monica great to see you.
-- -- Let's talk a moment you know about the poll that we just talked about many folks are bracing for what could spell some tough times of the country.
And yet you just heard -- examples.
That I -- talking about outrageous programs that are still in use wasting taxpayer dollars at a time.
When we can least afford it.
Well I think that that number about -- -- 45%.
In the fox poll showing that the American people think.
That -- sequester will have a negative effect on the country is because the president has been out there constantly pounding this hyperbole in this exaggeration.
About the level of pain that Americans in the country might feel from -- as.
Remember who -- that the reality is we're not talking about spending cuts here.
We're talking about slowing the rate of government growth we're talking about 2.4 percent or 2.4 cents rather out of every federal dollar.
That's being spent so we're really talking about a very miniscule amounts of money but the president has been out there beating the drawn.
Because he's a big government big spending a big spending leftist.
That's if any kind of government test spending is cut that the skies got a flaw obviously today this is our first full day as sequestration nation.
Can you feel the austerity or not.
I can't and I don't think we well again over the long term.
This is much better for the country because this is really the first step to trying to get -- out of control spending and debt under control.
What I say though that to be fair though the -- we seem to be at the height of dysfunction in Washington were -- goes on both sides of each take a look.
-- another poll we asked people how the economy feel to your family.
-- getting worse 55%.
-- of people say yes it is compared to 2012.
Stayed the same 13%.
So give it any wonder why Americans are fed up why there -- so few efforts right now to get rid of the waste in government when they see that.
Yeah absolutely I mean -- -- look I think a lot of people look at their own personal financial situation they're very worried about it there's a sense out there and -- the economy is not getting better and in fact getting worse.
We saw on the last quarter originally it was negative point 1% economic growth that was revised up but only two point one.
Percent positive economic growth that is like barely holding your head above water.
The unemployment rate remains high that's not getting any better consumer confidence is down again because of the they hit of the payroll tax -- people have less money in their pockets to spend.
And then of course government spending which is what we're talking about here with the sequester.
Government spending and the debt is a huge drag on this economy to the point where every American is now feeling it and it's affecting there.
Personal finances look to your point our poll also asked -- question how will the country.
Get the budget deficit under control take a look 57%.
Believed that the only way to do this is with automatic budget cuts winners at -- Well I think that's exactly right I think a lot of people now are becoming more attuned to how dramatic this debt crisis really is -- Gallup and Rasmussen and a lot of other big pollster -- even of the the last.
Three to four months -- -- have been showing a dramatic turn around and how people are viewing the debt and how they feel about it.
Prior to this the economy and jobs with the number one and number two issue.
Now poll after -- showing that the -- and the deficit have moved up to the number two position behind the economy and again like I said it's all inter related.
Let me ask you really quickly in the final moments we have.
Taking a bigger look at the whole thing stepping back for a moment what we've been witness to over the last several weeks.
Finger point the blame game going on the height of dysfunction in Washington and -- what does this say to you about getting anything done on Capitol Hill today.
Very tough I'm very tough luck I when the president says it is blaming the Republicans and and you have this constant back and forth I think a lot of the American people just tune it all out say we like solutions but when you have a president.
Who we're not even take a look at in fact threatened to veto to replacement bells for the sequester.
That the Republican House passed to avoid this very day and try to carry out the reductions in the rate of of government growth and spending.
The Republicans pass -- house the president said well if you pass -- I'm gonna veto it it went to the senate where Harry Reid killed both bills -- you've got a president who is not telling the American people the truth she does have the bully pulpit.
So those -- and -- messages do get out to the American people it's up to the Republicans.
To really refine their messaging and make sure that the American people know the truth about what they're trying to do to rein in government and rein in spending.
Monica Crowley always agencies thank you so much for joining your insights.
You bet thanks --