One economist wrote last week that the sequestration, brought on by the 2011 federal budget compromise, "mandated spending reductions that were supposed to be so bad that no rational, sane, or thoughtful individual would consider allowing them." I've also seen it suggested that the sequester was specifically designed to be as painful as possible, and early reports indicate that the budget cuts haven't really registered with the American people.
More recently we've seen reports of Federal Aviation Administration furloughs which are expected to cause flight delays.
Now Washington's most-visited national park, The Mall, and the Smithsonian museums are expected to welcome fewer visitors due to shortened hours for staff and Park Police. Trash collection also will be less frequent.
Among the casualties is the annual Fourth of July concert on the Mall, though the fireworks display has not been cut.