Last Tuesday, President Obama proclaimed that the sequester’s “brutal” and “severe” cuts will “eviscerate” America’s domestic spending.
But “eviscerate” is not the adjective I would use; in fact, I believe the sequester is a pittance.
First, I want to point out that these “brutal” and “severe” cuts were President Obama’s answer to the 2011 debt-ceiling debate that was later passed by Congress; however, I voted against the sequester in 2011 because I knew that this was not the solution to our spending problem.
I believe that the sequester is a pittance that does not cut enough. If the sequester were to take effect, our spending would only be cut by 2.3%. Let me repeat that — these “eviscerating” cuts will leave our country with 97.7% of our current spending, cutting a mere $85 billion from this years $3.6 trillion budget.
The sequester barely begins to skim the surface of the problem. Since taking office, President Obama has increased federal domestic agencies’ budget by 17%. This 17% increase since 2008 will have to endure a 5% cut.
Even with the sequester, the federal government will spend more in 2013 than it did in 2012 — or more than $15 billion.