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Some don't get sequestration, others don't care

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The sequester deadline is approaching quick with no budget compromise in sight. (Source: CNN) The sequester deadline is approaching quick with no budget compromise in sight. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - Sequestration is the across-the-board trim to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next decade. If Congress takes no action, the spending cuts will begin Friday.

So why the couldn't-care-less attitude?

Many have taken to social media for varying reasons — from the expectation that another political quarrel will eventually end in a deal, to media hype, to some really not knowing what it is.

Still others said they're not paying much attention because they don't believe they're going to be financially impacted. But one thing everyone seems to have in common is anger about the ongoing Capitol Hill blame game.

Only a quarter of the country has heard "a lot" about the looming sequestration cuts, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center. More claimed to know "nothing at all."

The web site Buzzfeed published a story Monday stating readers have ignored the latest crisis, using its own website traffic as proof.

Buzzfeed called the word sequester a "headline killer, an unintelligible piece of congressional jargon that begs even the most politically savvy readers to keep scrolling when they encounter it."

So instead they're trying more clickable substitutes, such as "spendocalypse."

The effects won't be seen March 1. However, they will become visible in the weeks and months that follow it if the Democrats and Republicans can't reach a compromise.

The Washington Post provides a state-by-state, category-by-category graphic of where the cuts will land.

The last time the Senate passed a full fiscal-year budget was April 29, 2009. Instead, it has used short-term fixes and extensions to keep the federal government funded.

Forced spending cuts or not, the four congressional leaders will all meet with the President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday.

The president has until 11:59 ET Friday to sign an order for the cuts.

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  • 14 WFIE Poll

  • Why don't you care about sequestration (budget cuts)?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    What's a sequester?
    3%
    3 votes
    Politicians will make a last minute deal, so who cares
    12%
    15 votes
    It won't affect me
    1%
    1 vote
    Budget cuts are good, no matter what gets cut
    21%
    26 votes
    I'm already broke, so it can't get any worse
    21%
    26 votes
    I do care, but what am I supposed to do?
    42%
    52 votes
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