Update – Sequestration

In last nights third and final presidential candidate debate President Obama said the following;

A bow view of the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) ...

A bow view of the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) firing its Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns off the starboard side during a fire power demonstration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen,” Mr. Obama said. “The budget that we are talking about is not reducing our military spending. It is maintaining it.”

If any action on this issue is to happen, it has to come during the lame duck session after the election on November 6, 2012.  Currently its anyone’s guess as to whether a resolution can be found to the issue.

One of the states anticipating to be hardest hit by the sequestration is Virginia.  More than 12% of the sequestration cuts will come from Virginia in the form of cuts in defense spending.  While much of the defense dollars are in northern Virginia, 17% of those defense dollars are in the Hampton Roads area, home to the Norfolk Naval base.  Virginia anticipates the loss of more than 200,000 jobs as a result of sequestration.

Returning to the presidents remarks we find that he again, before a national television audience, lied to the American people.

“The budget that we are talking about is not reducing our military spending. It is maintaining it.”

From the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in fiscal year 2010, defense spending was $721.3 billion in budget authority. Under the President’s proposal for 2014 , defense spending will fall to $566.3 billion.  Now I’m not a math major nor do I play one on TV, but even I can determine that the president’s proposal isn’t maintaining military spending.

The president went on to say;

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”

We’ll bypass the condescending tone taken, and look at some basis physics.  Regardless of the advancement in technology used in today’s military, “these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them… and these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines,” can still only be in one place at a time.

Due to the woefully inadequate, non response to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, it’s clear that the president is spouting forth talking points without any understanding of the words coming out of his mouth.

And then there is the matter of the sequestration in general.

“First of all, the sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen,” Mr. Obama said.”

If we simply look back to the debate over raising the debt ceiling back in 2011, after all was said and done, the president signed the bill, containing the sequestration implementation.  Moving forward, it has now been 1,280 days without a budget from the Harry Reid led Senate, and no plan presented by the president to ensure that the sequestration, “will not happen.”

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