The sequester has been in effect for a few weeks now and, despite President Obama’s histrionics (and those of some Neoconservatives), the world has not come to an end. That said, some small reductions in government spending have taken place like the plowing of the main road into and out of Yellowstone.
Guess what? With a clear market incentive (tourist dollars), local chamber of commerce types stepped up to the plate and are paying the $70,000 or so to plow the roads! Imagine what other government activities the private sector could handle were it not regulated and taxed into oblivion by the overweening hand of government…road building and operation, air traffic control, trash collection, golf course maintenance, grounds keeping and building repair, and railroad operation (Amtrak), just to name a few.