Unfortunately, Maryland is particularly vulnerable to any plan to reduce federal spending because it is so dependent upon the federal government for its economic well-being. For years, long-serving Democratic senators and representatives moved to positions of power and influence in Congress, enabling them to bring home the bacon. They represented their constituents so well that the state boasted about an economy that managed to survive the recent recession better than most states. It takes entrepreneurial and organizational skills to build a diverse economy in the private sector. It takes political influence and muscle to build an economy that depends upon the federal government. More recently, local economists have unfurled the caution flags warning that the state will be hard hit by any cuts in federal spending.