Poll: Is Sequestration a Good Thing?


“Yeah it’s taking away some of the stuff I use or things I think I need, but it’s cutting down spending which definitely needed to be done. So it’s OK.”

I looked at my husband in shock as he said this. Every night since sequestration became a reality I have been regaled from his seat on the couch with stories about training he won’t be doing, military school slots that have been closed and programs that have been cut by sequestration.

“Did you hear the ___ family isn’t going to Monterey for the language school anymore? Because of sequestration.”

Insert visual of Army dude shaking his head in disdain.

It surprised me to hear his reticent acceptance of the whole thing as a necessary evil.

And it got me to thinking – do other people feel the same way? So the commissary is going to be closed one day a week starting the first week of April. So the contracts aren’t being renewed. So tuition assistance has been shuttered for the time being.

So what?

We ran a poll a few weeks ago asking what you think about the commissary closing. Almost 44 percent of the almost 7,000 respondents said the closing is something they’ll just work around. Nine percent said the extra day closure should stick around forever.

With sequestration looking more and more like a rather permanent fixture on the American fiscal stage, I wonder if many are as resigned to it as my Soldier. Take the poll and let me know, then check out the results.

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26 Comments on "Poll: Is Sequestration a Good Thing?"

  1. sabrinacking | March 12, 2013 at 9:53 am |

    My primary problem with sequestration is it mostly affects the same people who have already been paying the price of two protracted wars: military personnel, DoD personnel, Civilian contractors and GS. Meanwhile, out in the "real" world their lives are still fairly unaffected by the astronomical cost of the wars in both humanity and financially. I understand sequestration as a necessary evil, but I would like to see the ENTIRE NATION undergoing the same cutbacks. Cut back the post office, cut back all civilian government services etc. Share the wealth already. But instead…its, well we are going to send your soldier to a training mission, but we can't afford to pay for it, so not only will you not be getting separation pay for the four months, we'll be taking his BAS to pay for it. We're watching senior NCOs be all but run out of the Army on reduced retirement schemes after serving their country honorably through two wars, and the threat of that looms over every E6-E8s head right now. Its those sort of things, which we have never seen in 18 years, and are becoming considered "necessary evils" that are just becoming that last straw on the camel's proverbial back.

  2. And as a PS, both my husband and I are all for the cuts, we don't like the rigidity but they are necessary.

  3. I can't believe Soldiers are in favor of sequestration. We are the 1% people. This is what the politicians want us to do; bicker amongst ourselves. This is the first step in segregation. The best way to cut spending is to increase employment not decrease it. How can revenues increase without the generation of money into any area/community. Give people jobs and let them spend within their communities; military and civilian communities.

  4. Niels Slater | March 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm |

    If G.W. Bush hadn't gotten us involved in Iraq and Afghanistan to begin with, it wouldn't be as bad as it is. When Bill Clinton left office, the US was approximately 480 billion in the black.

  5. Don Fehlings | March 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

    Austerity is not for everyone. The Obama clan has managed many expensive lavish vacations using Air Force One and the services of a large staff. So much for leadership by example. Never has a president and first family lived so lavishly at government expense. Clinton cashed-in the Peace Dividend from the collapse of the Soviet Union, and had a military procurement holiday. George Bush spent some of his government paid vacations on his Texas ranch. Now we have the Imperial Obama life style to pay for.

  6. Sequestration is a necessary evil. Do not blame the politicians for the specific cuts each Branch decides to implement. Congress passed the bill that the President signed giving each Branch the discretion to decide where the cuts will come from. In other words if you do not like the cuts the Generals are making then blame the Generals. The Generals are deciding to cuts our benefits instead of junk weapons programs or wasted projects for missions that another service already does well.

  7. Hmm, I always wondered why the politicians only work for half the year, sit on fat bank accounts, take vacations all the time. The politicians then say their job is one of the hardest, but still have no problem passing their own bill to not have their pay cut and then decide to make the military members who defend the people from all enemies, pay for the mess the politicians made in the first place. MY EYES have been opened to the reality of the country I'm going to be defending for the next 5-8 years. I'M SO PROUD OF MY COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. MAYBE NOT……

  8. The sole reason for sequestration is that both congress AND our current POTUS have refused to do their jobs, especially the POTUS, who couldn’t be bothered long enough to leave the golf course to put together and propose one single budget during his ENTIRE reign of terror! This IS part of his job description! If any one of us were to blatantly refuse our jobs as much as he has, or even minutely, we would have been fired a Long time ago! While the responsibility of putting these idiots in office in the first place, as well as continuously re-electing them falls on the heads of the voting public, the fact remains that proposing, agreeing upon, and implementing a budget IS THEIR JOB! Therefor, sequestration should have NEVER been so much as a word uttered in one of Obama’s many back room deals! Being as they ALL refuse to do their jobs, only THEIR pay and THEIR benefits should be cut/suspended until they do the darn job they are highly overpaid to do. However, the entire sequestration is merely a part in Obama’s master plan. He purposely has everyone stirred up over and distracted by his gun ban crusade to the point where congress is divided into two sides… Pro 2A and against 2A. He has had everyone, congress and public alike, so heated up about 2A so that sequestration could be easily slid into place to begin a gov’t shut down. So far, his plan is working. It’s past time for people to wake up and look deeper than the media reports that are “approved” by the POTUS and his regime to see what is really happening. Don’t believe me? Think I’m a conspiracy theorist?? Read your history books… Hitler, Castro, Stalin,…etc. no one can truthfully deny that history DOES repeat itself!

  9. John Murray | March 13, 2013 at 7:19 am |

    Sequestration was a desperation play, plain and simple. The one good thing that came out of it is that the country is learning two things. 1) We can survive not increasing our spending as much as we have been every year and 2) The President is more interested in scoring political points than he is in doing what is right.

  10. This is very interesting. If we, the citizens were to break a law, we would either be fined or serve time. Since our government (President, Senate, House) have broken a law, they should be fined 25% of their pay. We need to make it retrospective starting 4 years ago for their failure to obey the law.

  11. fortleonardwood90 | March 13, 2013 at 8:39 am |

    while someone is monkeying in washington, the DoD civilians already had pay freeze 3 years in a roll while inflation and health care premium shot up the roof. Now the most hard hit impact is also the DoD civilians. 50 % of the sequester comes from DoD.

  12. BillSanders | March 13, 2013 at 10:14 am |

    I'm retired Army, and have been since way before this recession. I'm still of a working age, but seeing it from the other side of the fence, ya'll are simply going through what we've been going through since 2008. I did time in Iraq and Afghanistan, so don't try to lecture me on the hardships of deployment. I also did Desert Storm and remember the monstrous downsizing that happened after that. That was WAY worse than sequestration.

  13. LosingFaith | March 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

    If Congress and the President had included their pay and entitlements to the list of items to be cut, Sequestration would never happen. Instead, they continue to target the same folks that keep giving day after day, after day. Since Mr. Obama has been President, my income has stagnated and yet gas, taxes, consumer goods, housing etc… continue to rise, effectively reducing my wages to be worth a fraction of what they once were. But hey, it could be worse, my only fear is that it will as long as congress continues to act like three kids fighting over one lollipop.

  14. Nobody wants a country with a budget out of balance but to do it in the way that sequestration does is wrong. The "President" is punishing those who he dislikes and protecting his buddies. For him to fly in Air Force One to play golf with Tiger when Air National Guard personnel are losing $400.00 a month is insane. The military has been forced to stop Tuition Assistance and he keeps on flying.

  15. The real culprits are members of Congress (Senators and House of Representatives). A pay cut probably won't help; most are already millionaires. Maybe taking their free health care might get their attention.
    They were elected to serve us (the entire country). It' time to put aside political differences and get on with solving the dept crisis and getting a budget in place. Sequestration is an absolute idiotic solution. A one line law and stroke of the pen and it goes away. GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE. Across the board cuts over 4 or 5 yrs is a much fairer and wiser way. After all, it took 12yrs and 2 wars to get us in this mess. We all know cuts have to be made-just not so much all at once.

  16. Lawrence Ekdahl, | March 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

    Sequestration is a lie. I am surprised that so many so called intelligent people have fallen fo this huge lie. There is no cut in the budget. It will be increased by more than a trillion dollars and the increase will be cut by 2%. Get your head out of the hole in the ground.

  17. I spent a long career in the military and civil service. There is so much waste and unnecessary expenditures in any program that cutting a mere 3 percent won't be noticed anywhere. I have long encouraged my congressman to push a 10 percent, across the board cut in all Federal budgets.

  18. I wonder if this country would be in better shape if congressional pay and benefits were controlled by the states they represent instead of the federal government. Maybe then the work of and by the people would get done. In the meantime, sequester away, there is a lot of waste in the federal government.

  19. Patrick Morris | March 14, 2013 at 7:21 am |

    How about the American people, as a whole share this burden for a change? Oh wait; I forgot no more White House tours. Yea that seems fair. Taxes don’t go up, but I as a government worker and Army Veteran take a 20% pay cut, as well as see the benefits I earned over 20 years of military service and sacrifice, continue to come under attack. Our politicians are sending us a message. They do not value government workers and veterans. OK, message received, looks like time to look for an employer that does value my skills, experience, work ethic, commitment, honor and sense of duty.

  20. For my understanding and observation, I can describe congress in one word "LAZY". The sequestration makes it too easy for them to just do nothing on the premise that it's the other side's fault. This was evidenced when they shut down and left for the weekend; as if March 1st was just another routine day. Their actions speak louder than their words, and I am sickened by their lack of commitment to the American people as a whole; rather than to their special and personal interests. Personally, I will continue to vote out any incumbent on my ballot until they get it right. Just my opinion; your mileage may vary.

  21. Why is the federal government arming up domestically?

    The hardware build-up has been called a “domestic arms race,” and it’s starting to make even mainstream media journalists nervous. Benko writes that the 1.6 billion rounds of ammo being purchased by DHS represents “…a stockpile that would last DHS over a century. To claim that it’s to “get a low price” for a ridiculously wasteful amount is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant.”

    He also points out that this huge arms race of weapons, ammo and armored vehicles by the federal government is taking place right in the middle of the claimed “sequester” which the government claims has sharply curtailed its ability to spend money. So while Janet Napolitano threatens to release criminals onto the streets of America, behind the scenes the government is actually building up an ammo stockpile so huge that it could wage a 20-year war against the American people.

    World Net Daily has also covered the story, saying, “the federal government’s extraordinary buildup of ammunition looks even more ominous than critics already have portrayed it.”

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  24. Obama Borrowed Nearly 6X as Much in February as Sequester Cuts All Year
    Filed under Economics, Government Posted on March 5, 2013 0
    During the month of February–as President Barack Obama was warning Americans they would see dramatic effects in their lives if “sequestration” of some planned federal spending kicked in–the federal government’s debt climbed by $253.5 billion.

    That one-month increase in the debt was nearly six times as much as the $44 billion in spending cuts the Congressional Budget Office estimates will take place in all of fiscal 2013 as a result of sequestration.

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  25. Better than nothing at all.

  26. Having spent 15+ years in the military I honestly believe that sequestration is a GREAT thing. I've never known the government to manage any program efficiently. In most cases, they just waste money. Having served in the Army in the past, I can tell you the Army wastes LOTS of money on unneeded programs, wars, travel, etc.

    Additionally, most people will agree that the government needs to cut back on spending. And they are ALL FOR government cuts as long as it doesn't effect them personally.

    As a taxpayer, I believe all government programs should share part of the burden of these tax cuts/spending proposals; even the military. Just my two cents.

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