Your comments on this being a cut in growth rather than a cut is correct--in aggregate. However, that is not the way the sequester cuts are being handled. In order to make them as unpleasant as possible this president is not allowing departments to make decisions on where to cut but rather requiring that the cuts be made across the board. For example, the Navy--I happen to be a retired Navy Captain--is stopping work on pier maintenance, shutting down an air wing (lack of fuel), deferring maintenance on ships (will be more expensive later), and furloughing civilian employees because senior command had not been given the latitude to shift money from less important programs to support current operations. Stupid and dangerous.