Been around a long time, and I have learned when data comes out this way, mish mash, upside down etc . . . a whole bunch a people have different agendas and most lie to further that agenda.
Undoubtedly, as was forewarned, the DOD has a more proportional hit than other departments.
However, the issue is actual dollars being spent. And "initially" I see possible apples and oranges being mixed here in the numbers being presented.
It appears some presenters are using "cuts" in sequester that was already budgeted in 2011. Typical double counting that we see all the time.
Allow me some time to digest your point of view.
Here is the OMB letter.
The difference between the 9% and the 13% when discussing Defense across the board cuts (and why it is really worse at 13%) is as the letter states: these cuts are now crammed into only 7 months for this fiscal year. Then the madness starts all over again....for another 9 years.
One last article explains why all of this is so destructive:
Both Rush, but to a greater extent Hannity (who is really not that bright) think they have discovered the secret to Nirvana because some Congressman explained to them once that in Baseline Budgets there is a projected increase per year to year.
Well, I hate to break it to them, but most budgets work that way, including company's budgets. There is this thingy called inflation, and many other factors involved.
I could throw the entire Navy and Air Force O&M budgets into reverse for an entire fiscal quarter simply by increasing the cost of oil per barrel by 15%.
I once asked an expert at the Defense Logistics Agency why the Dept of Defense simply build more storage facilities, buy massive quantities of fuel when prices were low, and then sell the excess as needed.
He said that would amount to hedging, and it was prohibited by Congress.
I pressed further, and he explained to me that the the Government does not run the government - K Street lobbyist do.
It was a bit of an oversimplification, but he had a point.
By the way, love your screen name.