I found this article to be very interesting. It provides examples of how the inability of those in Washington to come to an agreement is beginning to have an impact. This shows the trickle down effect and how those not directly involved with the sequester and other financial woes in Washington are starting to feel the crunch. Many believe that the sequester has been slowing down growth in the country.
here is the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/business/economy/government-spending-cuts-contribute-to-slower-growth.html?ref=business