Just how would you cut two and a half percent from your budget or even small business?
You might hate it, but would do it if you had to, right?
That idea made us wonder, why is the federal government struggling so much with forced budget cuts that went into effect last Friday?
We put some perspective on budget cuts by showing us how small business owners deal with these types of cuts often.
For nearly three decades, Mike Beckner and his employees have been doing what they do best, spreading on the cheese, rolling out the dough and serving customers.
We asked him how difficult it would be if he had to cut two and a half percent from his budget.
"We would have to cut back possibly on renovations that we have planned, bringing on additional people so there's things we'd have to look at to see what we could afford,” explained Beckner, the Owner of Brick Oven Pizza.
For the last 15 years, Deb Falkenhan has been running the hardware store her father first bought back in 1968.
She didn't hesitate for a moment when asked where she'd trim if she had to.
"Inventory would probably be the first thing I looked at, just to cut back on the quantity of what I buy, instead of buying 12, buy six," Falkenhan commented.
It seems simple enough, spend less, hold off on hiring new employees and delay starting new projects.
No matter who you talk to, 85 billion dollars is a lot of money, but when you look at what's been unfolding these last few weeks in Washington, it's important to remember, Congress was asked to cut just two cents from every dollar and those dollars come from you.
"Nobody wants to give an inch,” Deb Falkenhan said. “They all want to be stubborn."
"There's no real common sense in what they do,” agreed Beckner. “It's back to Democrat and Republican and that's the only thing it is. It's got nothing to do with we the people."
Their longevity, a sign of success that comes from serving their customers well, taking care of their employees and when times are tough choosing to cut back as opposed to closing the door completely.
Small businesses are at the core of our economy.
They employ about half of all private sector workers in the country and pay 44-percent of the total private payroll, according to the small business administration.
They have created 65 percent of net new jobs over the last 17 years.