That's a good point. Across the board (ATB) cuts can be like using a broadsword to remove a splinter. Surely there would be unintended casualties if new controls were executed in that way.
Of course, there are some who might say that a cut across the board would be less damaging than taking no cuts whatsoever. How could the US get on with a speedy correction if they allowed local level control over the cuts? Wouldn't local control authority slow things down? What do you think?