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Debunking Sequester Hysteria from the Big Spenders in Washington

kenneth416 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 10:20 AM
Notwithstanding any "cuts" forced on Obama by the sequestration or by limiting the upcoming "continuing resolution," the national DEBT will increase, in the next ten years, from $16.5 T at present to something on the order of $26 T. Incidentally, I have recently learned that CBO estimates the sequester will reduce actual spending by only $45 B for the remainder of the year (that is, the $85 B widely discussed is budgetary authority, not outlays).
Cappmann Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 1:40 PM
I'm one of the workers this sequester will directly affect (DoD civilian/retired military). I say "Bring it on". I'm willing to feel some financial pain in order to make a start on stopping this partisan bickering. THAT'S the difference between libs and conservatives. Conservatives are willing to SHARE the pain for the common good. Libs want to tell others the pain they should undergo. Notice how political appointees are specifically exempted from sequester furloughs? And aren't congress-critters on the federal payroll? How's about THEY take a pay-cut (instead of a pay RAISE)? Or better yet, how's about NO pay until they do their job and come up with a budget (that doesn't exceed revenue)?

I shared a couple of amusing sequester cartoons the other day, and I’ve previously written about the absurdity of anti-sequester hysteria in Washington when all it means is that the federal budget will grow by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years rather than $2.5 trillion.

This Nate Beeler cartoon effectively captures the mindset of Washington’s big spenders.

sequester Cartoon Beeler

Let’s take a serious look at this topic.

George Will is appropriately disgusted by the antics of the...