Some impacts of the sequester on most Americans:
HuffPo has these listed in one of their little interactive charts, but I'll write out some of the significant ones: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/2 ... de=2130961Emergency Response
The sequestration would slash funding for the government's emergency response system for disasters such as hurricanes, according to the White House.Unemployment Benefits
Checks for unemployed people looking for work would shrink by up to 9 percent, according to the White House.Rental Assistance
About 125,000 low-income families would be at risk of losing their housing because of rental assistance cuts, according to the White House.Mental Health Programs
The sequestration would eliminate care for up to 373,000 "seriously mentally ill" people, according to the White House.Food Safety
The FDA would conduct fewer food inspections as a result of sequestration, according to the White House.Head Start
About 70,000 children would lose access to the early education program Head Start as a result of the sequestration, according to the White House.Scientific Research
The sequestration would slash scientific research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF), according to the White House.HIV Prevention
Up to 424,000 HIV tests would be on the chopping block as a result of sequestration, according to the White House. Thousands of people with HIV also would lose access to "life-saving" HIV medications.
All this stuff will hit, if no agreement is reached to prevent the "sequester" on March 1st.
This may not be as bad as refusing the raise the debt ceiling - it will only trash our own economy, mostly, instead of sending a shockwave through the global one.