Why Some in Texas See Sequestration as an Opportunity

Thursday, February 28, 2013

As the sequester deadline looms, we asked Takeaway listeners this week what government programs they would cut if they could.

Many texted us this answer: "Cut the salaries of the congress." Another popular answer was echoed in this listener sentiment" "I would stop all taxpayer subsidies to profitable industries, such as the oil and gas industry."

Most Americans can probably think of some federal programs that we could do without. But in practice, the  repercussions for each state may be drastically different, depending on their reliance of federal money.

Some in Texas are making the case that because of their under-reliance on federal money, the state of Texas is in a unique position to weather these cuts, even with the sequester bringing potentially dramatic cuts across the country beginning in March.

According to Chuck DeVore, vice president for policy at the Texas Public Policy Institute, the Lone Star State will, in fact, do just fine.


Chuck DeVore

Comments [4]


If only Hockenberry could muster some of the skepticism and disdain he displays for Devore during interviews with "the sky is falling" Obama spokespeople we might actually start to get a realistic picture.

Feb. 28 2013 07:12 PM
Joe from Dallas, Tx

Anyone who says that the federal government is "broke" doesn't understand how the currency works and frankly doesn't deserve any credibility. Congress choosing not to authorize payments for its established obligations is a separate issue.

Feb. 28 2013 12:28 PM
Dean Stecker from Palm Beach Florida

Cut Texas

Feb. 28 2013 09:26 AM

DeVore is correct and such a clear and credible voice is refreshing.
It is telling that he ran for the US Senate in California and is now living in Texas.

Interesting how in the FDR Depression people fled from Texas to California and now in the Obama Depression people are fleeing from California for Texas.

Feb. 28 2013 09:26 AM

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