More on the dreaded Sequester Numbers – Department of Defense (aka-Big Obama screw-up)

by Skip

Is this the equivalent of threatening local police, firemen, and teachers?

I showed the overall impact of what the Sequester will have on our current Federal budget here.  As you see, the answer is almost negligible.  Today on Fox was a snippet of Secretary of Defense Leon Pannetta testifying to Congress on what the Sequester will have on the Military:

Instead of being a first rate power in the world, we’d turn into a second rate power.  That would be the result of sequester.

And we have seen the first “results” of that with the news of delayed refueling of  the USS Abraham Lincoln with trickle down effects from there (including Pannetta threatening to cut Military pay). So, how drastic is THAT drastic?  Really, can you see it?

DoD Sequester

The actual numbers?

Fiscal Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Billions 2011$ 412.4 444.8 472.6 466.2 473.5 470.8 471.4 501.3 549 544.6 528.2 515.2 495.2
% difference 7.86% 6.25% -1.35% 1.57% -0.57% 0.13% 6.34% 9.52% -0.80% -3.01% -2.46% -3.88%

Tell me, what organization who has had a rise of almost 21% over the last 12 years can take a 3% cut – isn’t that would be Waste and Inefficiency we always hear about?  Instead of threatening the loss of 700,000 civilian jobs and national security?

Obama and his White House was the camp that came up with the idea of Sequestration as part of raising the debt ceiling – and now he and his Pack of Progressives realize that they hoisted themselves up by their own petards – and now you know why the GOP is being very quiet and walking away from this – it IS on Obama’s shoulders. And the Dems know it (when you let a journalist like Bob Woodward of Deep Throat fame  into your Inner Circle as a fly on the wall…).

Isn’t this the equivalent of threatening local police, firemen, and teachers when local governments see their budgets cut (even 1%)?

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  • mer

    If DoD has gone up 21% over those 12 years, what has the rest of the Gov gone up? Hell, sequestration should have said 7% across the board, no exceptions or “you want Clinton tax rates, I’ll give them to you for Clinton spending”

  • C. dog e. doG

    Skip –
    Do you think there’s enough rope that they can finally hang themselves?
    – C. dog preying to mantises

    • granitegrok

      Probably a sufficient number just on that sea-borne nuke airport to do it

      • C. dog e. doG

        So Skip, what’s the R tactic at this point, let the D’s on the POTUS seat and the Senate define the cuts first? Sure would be entertaining, and quite a role-reversal.
        – C. dog

        • Don

          If they’re smart but since they’ve yet to show any sign of intelligent life I’m not holding my breath on it.

        • granitegrok

          C., if the Rs finally stopped being the Stupid Party, they would do exactly that. They’d have to do it with a wee bit of guidance as the Ds absolutely hate the Military – They are the Left here but would be more Centrists over in Europe and look what the European Basketcase has done to their armed forces (they can’t even move unless we help them). Thus, they are left with two options – entitlements and Fed Govt itself.

          Entitlments HAVE to be adjusted – can’t keep going that way for much longer. Govt is too big. So, cuts in either are a win. If the Rs can “shade” that cutting Govt is better than entitlements, well, Mtn Dews all around!

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