Call it a sequester scare.
It's as if a Hitcockian psycho killer was on the loose, ready slash every single thing in the budget.
What a week for investors, with the Dow recording highs. But to think a week ago the President warned the country would see many changes. "Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cut backs which means more delays at airports across the country."
But it's business as usual at the nations airports.
Peter Morici, an economist, says it doesn't seem like the President was serious. "It seems as though the President thinks this is a political game."
Last week, President Obama said schools would be hit hard. "Thousands of teachers and educators will be layed off." But this week, teachers are still in the classroom.
"These are scare tactics used to try to get more funding for their agencies, and stop these funding cuts." Said David Williams with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.
The President said janitors at the Capitol would feel an immediate pay cut. But the janitors' bosses say that's simply not true.
The President said criminals would be set free. But according to Politifact, that's also not true.
The President said Meals on Wheels would cut four million meals from the mouths of seniors. But the Washington Post discovered that more than 60% of the money comes from public and private sources, not from the government.
Senator John Coryn, says the sequester, reminds him of a story. "President Obama reminds me of the little boy who cried wolf."
The threats and horrors of sequester budget cuts seem more like business as usual for now.