The automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration appear increasingly likely according to two defense analysts.


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Good news: The automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration appear increasingly likely according to two defense analysts.

Now that the Obama administration has released some details on how these 8.2 and 9.4 percent cuts will be imposed, I find them a refreshing change from business-as-usual in Washington. As far as I can tell, the only thing really wrong with them is that they only scratch the surface of the federal budget debt.

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  • Jim

    Good news indeed.
    But I still think both sides will negotiate that number downward. And if that happens, it would say what? That no further cuts are available? That they are not required?
    We should all insist that this goes forward, and then say “That is only Step One.” But already both sides are talking like if this goes through it will be the end of the world.

  • Have to disagree on this one fellas. We can’t afford to have our military decimated in this time of instability in the Middle East and growing Red Chinese aggression. We tried this in the Carter administration and look where that got us. I am willing to give up the F-35 program and some other defense projects, but not cuts of this magnitude.

  • The problem our country faces is that no one wants to make a sacrifice. Everyone screams “We need to balance the budget!” but then, when someone proposes cutting their favorite program, they cry “Not my program! It’s essential!”

    The cuts that sequestration is imposing on the military, 9.4 percent, would not decimate the military. They would hurt, but they would only bring the budget back to numbers that existed only a few years ago. And if our military could manage on those numbers then, they could manage on those numbers now.

    When Republicans fight these cuts it suggests that they are not serious about their desire for a balanced budget.

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