Re: “15,000 teachers at military schools will get furloughs” (TNT, 3-5).
The Associated Press is once again playing into the hands of political forces that would manipulate it. The sequester spending cuts are less than 3 percent. In the business world, a 3 percent midyear spending adjustment is not uncommon and not particularly difficult to accomplish by trimming nonessential items and/or deferring routine costs like furniture and equipment replacement.
The Pentagon makes headlines claiming it must furlough teachers and cut back commissary hours as the result of a minor spending reduction. Delaying the delivery of a few aircraft would probably accomplish the necessary spending reduction, but it would not get any headlines.
Back to the subject: If the media understood the scale of the minor spending adjustments required by the sequester they would not be so gullible as to publish these political scare tactics.