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Rename the sequester: Suggestions

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) (C) answers reporters' questions during a news conference with (L-R) Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) (obscured) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa.) at the Republican Party Headquarters on Capitol Hill February 13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

What's in a name? There's got to be a better one for the 'sequester' cuts that are set to roll out beginning March 1, if Congress doesn't act in time. Speaker of the House John Boehner is using "Obamaquester;" Marketplace listeners have their own lists going.

Names aside -- how much of an impact will the sequester have on our economy?

"The fundamentals of the economy actually look pretty good...well, they would look good if it weren't for the politicians," said Fortune magazine's Leigh Gallagher. "We were really kind of gaining a lot of momentum on this recovery -- certainly if you look at the stock market, that's a completely different story. But these budget cuts, I'll call them, are not going to be good on top of the tax increase -- the payroll tax increase had already had an impact," she said. "I think the uncertainty...that's going to impact everything."

CNBC's John Carney, though, said he believes everything will be fine. "The actual budget cuts only amount to around $44 billion; it's not a lot of money," he said. "So we can easily take it, even at the full number of $85 [billion], we could take that. Our economy is strong enough right now that it turns out that you know, maybe this whole -- I won't use the 'S' word, I'll call it 'March Madness' -- isn't such a bad idea."

Listen to the full audio above for more analysis on the sequester. The two also offered some good reading for the weekend ahead.

Leigh Gallagher's picks:

And John Carney's suggestions:

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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