Spending cuts to hit US economy, weaken global economy: Barack Obama
"This is going to be a big hit on the economy," Obama said in his address to the Business Council on Wednesday night ahead of the so called sequester that will trigger a USD 85 billion in spending cuts.
"Both private sector as well as public sector economists are estimating that we could lose as much as six-tenths of a point, maybe a little bit more, of economic growth.
"And that means, inevitably, hundreds of thousands of people who are not going to get jobs that otherwise would get them," Obama said.
"It means that you have fewer customers with money in their pockets ready to buy your goods and services. It means that the global economy will be weaker, because although we obviously still have a long way to go in recovery, we're actually doing significantly better than some of the other developed nations," he said.
"The worst part of it is it's entirely unnecessary. It's not what we should be doing," he added.
"If you look right now at what our economy needs, taking USD 85 billion out of it over the next six months – indiscriminately, arbitrarily, without a strategy behind it --
that's not a smart thing to do if we're serious about making sure that America grows and that our middle class is thriving and there are ladders of opportunity into the middle class,"
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