Who cares what is politically prudent. What is required for the nation? Politicians are suppose to be public SERVANTS. If the sequester occurs, at least it will be a step in the right direction. When the bread winner of household loses his/her job, you don't go on paying for all the extra cable tv channels and you don't continue with all those bells and whistles smart phones or for that matter, go out to eat for lunch. You trim off the fat. You weigh the necessities vs the luxuries which can no longer be afforded. It really is just that simple. If Obama was a leader, like the bread winner of the household, he would make the hard decisions. But he's not thinking of the republic and he's not a leader accept to everyone's demise.