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The Sequester Hath Cometh…

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Well, two predicted disasters in one week, and neither has yet to materialize.

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been in office since Wednesday, and the nation’s military remains in business, contrary to the twaddle some folks on Capitol Hill were pushing.

More importantly, the nation – and its military – saw Sequester Day begin at midnight. Time, and the U.S. military, march on (although it won’t legally begin until President Obama signs a letter making it so. “It has to be done by 11:59 p.m.” Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, adding that it might be as late as “11:59 and 59 seconds, because he’s ever hopeful.”)

Whenever the official starting gun is fired, it could turn into a long slog, as someone once said. Some $46 billion in cuts between now and October — a near-10% reduction — and $500 billion more over the coming nine years. That’s what’s slated to occur if Congress and the White House can’t come up with a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction package over the same time frame (or change the rules, which has been known to happen).

These budget cuts could disappear overnight given sufficient compromise. But both sides are locked into place. The Democrats want more taxes to come up with $1.2 trillion; the Republicans want it all to come from cuts in federal spending. Sequestration happened because the Democrats mistakenly believed that the threat of military cuts would crowbar the Republicans into seeing the wisdom of some tax increases, but that never materialized.

Talking with military officers Thursday yielded – as it always does, thankfully – divergent views.

There are those who believe the U.S. military is stretched to the breaking point, a veritable house of (credit) cards, and that sequestration will doom it, at least in the near term. There are others – including general officers – who say they are “ashamed” at how some of their comrades have been wailing about the impending budget cuts.

Let there be no mistake: this is no way to run a government, or the world’s best military. Cuts in particular accounts, including those dedicated to maintaining the readiness of units in the U.S. awaiting the next crisis, will hit muscle.

But the U.S. military can and should shrug off the slings and arrows of political incompetence. U.S. troops are up-armored with the self-esteem and confidence that comes from being the best in the world. The nation has made clear it will continue sufficient funding to ensure that remains true.

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drudown
drudown

The Sequester is not the end of the world. I applaud President Obama for calling the GOP' bluff. If the GOP wants the economy to slow down in a fleeting attempt to regain seats, that approach is as shortsighted as failing to proffer a single cost/benefit argument as to why our Congress should "tax and spend" as the Constitution prescribes. I don't see a single express provision therein that states "no new taxes", but rather, just the contrary. 

Don_Bacon
Don_Bacon

US citizens are being hit by a recession, with high unemployment and flat or decreasing personal income.  Personal income growth plunged 3.6% in January, the biggest one-month drop in 20 years, the Commerce Department said Friday. So it's time to cut government.

Government spending has gone from $1.86 trillion to $3.0 trillion (2001 dollars) in 2011. Government outlays as a percentage of gross domestic product, rose from 18.2 percent in 2001 to 25.3 percent in 2011 -- an increase of 39 percent.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/aug/05/tom-coburn/sen-tom-coburn-says-government-twice-size-it-was-d/

These are not cuts in the Pentagon's budget, they are decreases of increases.

Don_Bacon
Don_Bacon

". . .units in the U.S. awaiting the next crisis" -- when was the LAST crisis?  I went shopping and must have missed it.



bobell
bobell


First of all, Mark, your heading is ungrammatical.  In Modern English it would read, as written, "hath comes."  "Hath come" is correct.

More to the point, what we have here is a Wile E. Coyote momenet: The roadrunner has -- whoops, hath -- led the coyote to the edge of  the cliff.  As he runs over the edge, he'll keep going for a while -- just as in the cartoon -- before he notices that there's no ground under his feet,  Then -- WHAMMO!!

Look, I work for the Navy. I enjoy a good pep talk as well as the next guy. I don't think a sequester on Friday will result in a 9/11 on Monday. But we're already getting instructions on what to do when the furlough hits.  Morale is being impacted. Readiness is being impacted. Local economies tied to DOD are being impacted.  Where is Susan -- Stop the Insanity! -- Powter when we really need her?

This are going to get steadily worse until Congress comes to its senses. Will Congress come to its senses?  You seem to think so.  I don't know.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Excellent - money taken out of the private market. Smart move GOPers. I see that you all ran away for the weekend.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm waiting for the Chamber of Commerce to start howling.

AfGuy
AfGuy

@sacredh 

Though I just heard them... 'course, that MIGHT have been the pack of dogs in the back of the neighbor's field...

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