Today's Losers: Local Defense Industry Workers
If Congress can't come up with a deficit agreement by March 1, a series of automatic cuts (known as "sequestration") will go into effect, including an estimated $500 billion from the Defense Department and other national security agencies. That includes civilian workers like those at Lakewood's Tactical Tailor, which has already slashed its employment by 50 percent.
This would be just another tale of sequestration woes, but as freshman U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA, 10) pointed out today, it's a a tale with serious resonance: Tactical Tailor manufactured the gear that SEAL Team Six wore during the raid on Osama bin Laden. So now it's personal.
“There is a 50-50 chance that the man or woman who sewed the armor plate vest that protected our service members when they went in [to get bin Laden] is out of work collecting unemployment today," Heck said.
Winner: Denny Heck.
Man. We've heard a lot of political speeches. But talk about turning a story of workers in your district into a metaphor of just how absolutely messed up (and un-American) these cuts—totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years split 50-50 between defense and domestic discretionary spending—truly are.