To say this pisses me off would probably be the understatement of the century.
Obama Nov 21, 2011: My message to them is simple: “No.” I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts, domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.
Obama Feb 19, 2013: Emergency responders, like the ones who are here today, their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays in airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings. This is not an abstraction. People will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again.
This was the president’s plan and now he’s running away from it. He’s running away from it because he may eventually be held responsible for something. I don’t like how the DoD takes a disproportional hit but DoD spending needs to be reformed drastically so I’m all for the sequester. Bring it on.
Oh, and remember that these “cuts” are only cuts in the rate of budgetary increase, not real terms. Spending will continue to go up and our massive deficits will remain. The only problem with the sequester is that it doesn’t go far enough.