Evan Soltas nods:
The most feared outcomes simply haven’t happened. The National Park Service is planning much smaller cutbacks than the widespread closures advertised a week ago. All hell hasn’t broken loose in American airports, as we were told would happen. And many of the scariest claims have proved baseless.
The impact of the sequestration will also be local. Maryland and Virginia will be hit hard, but most other states won’t. Communities beyond the Beltway that are large recipients of federal spending, such as those with military posts and defense contractors, will feel a blow while many others will be spared. Sequestration is poised to have locally significant impacts, but little beyond that.