The sequester spreads the cuts over 10 years. I guess you forgot about that. Perhaps rather than lay anyone off, they could cut government pay to the levels in private industry (and still keep their better than private industry benefits, early retirement, etc) without laying anyone off. Oh wait, these are government workers, they won't agree to that. This country will be like the third world soon, with government workers a class (protected and esteemed) all by themselves.