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Lee H. Hamilton / To cut budget, first understand where our money goes

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Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:01 am

Over the past few weeks, as the deadline for the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as the "sequester" came and went, we got a taste of how difficult cutting federal spending actually turns out to be. The news is disconcerting: thousands fewer food safety inspections, some 70,000 fewer kids in early education programs, people with mental illness losing access to treatment, civilian employees of the military furloughed, ships and aircraft going without maintenance ... It's a long and dispiriting list.

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