Are you suggesting the DOD budget is 13% LESS this year than last year?
simple question. No hidden meaning or agenda.
I have discovered that most Freepers do not understand how deep or devastating these cuts really are. I can only imagine what that translates to for the general population of low information Americans, but I guarantee it is in the single digits.
The cuts were originally slated for $109 billion this year, but after the fiscal-cliff deal postponed the sequester for two months by finding alternate savings, the sequester will amount to $85 billion over the next 10 months. In 2013, nondefense programs will be cut by nine percent, and defense programs will be cut by 13 percent. If carried out over 10 years (as designed), the sequester will amount to $1.2 trillion in total.
The first installment of the sequester $85 billion worth affects the remaining 7 months of fiscal 2013, when ends September 30. Spending will decrease during this time by roughly 9% for domestic programs and 13% for defense programs. Social Security, Medicare benefits, and Medicaid are spared this budget axe."> I can even post for you the actual OMB letter in PDF format that re-states this.
The military has been under a triple fiscal assault.
1. The $487 Billion in real cuts that began in 2011
2. The Continuing Resolution that froze funding and has left the services short Billions in funds
3. The final knife across the the throat - the Sequester, which cuts so deeply into Operations and Maintenance because other funding lines are exempt or off limits (i.e. military pay).
Look at these slides. Look at them well.
This is a factual presentation that only highlights the devastation to the Navy. I guarantee you that all the services are in the same or worse shape.
The problem I see is that too many Freepers and Conservatives are listening to people like this regarding the Sequester.
He knows less about Sequestration than my house cat.
And that is saying something.
This is one of the best articles I have encountered that spells out, in very direct terms, the evisceration of the military caused by the triple fiscal assault.