Except when it comes to gigantic federal contractors and huge defense spending, apparently. I say bring it on. We've been living fat and wealthy off of federal spending, i.e. other people's money, and avoiding the problems of the rest of the country.
This is not a heartless position. Rather, it is exposing the fantasy life we have been living here in many ways. Fairfax's refusal to diversify it's economy, to rely on federal jobs and contractors fueled by federal money, has been a huge mistake. Local politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have bowed before these contractors and developers that have bought the Chamber of Commerce and control the money in this county. Tom Davis and Gerry Connolly are probably the biggest examples of how federal money and politics have mixed.
I have this weird belief that our politics would be better if the committed progressives and constitutional conservatives versus the decaying and pandering professional politicians that claim the center and are really in it just to be elected and hold that power. Men and women from the right and left are in politics for the right reasons. Fairfax is the perfect example of what is wrong with politics. Mushy Democrats and mushy Republicans get elected year after year, pretending to be for something but are generally really for nothing. Protect the contractors, protect the developers, take their money and get reelected. That's politics here, that's business here.
So I can understand that the John Fousts and Pat Herritys of the world are freaking out about this. Me? I think we as a community and area need to come to grips that we cannot exist on the federal teat. The goals of our kids shouldn't be to "get a federal job" so you can live the easy life.
I'm not afraid of sequestration. The politicians, developers, and contractors might be; but I think we are better than that.