Sometimes, the sequester doesn’t even cut the rate of growth

White House Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists

If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered. In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, the OMB sent a detailed report to Congress in September 2012. But there’s a small problem with the report: One of the cuts it warns against would affect an agency that no longer exists–and didn’t exist when the OMB sent its report to congress.

The first line item on page 121 of the OMB’s September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that’s slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012–three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress.

Andrew Napolitano must have been reading KPC

Regarding the sequestration he says:

The first thing that needs to be explained my dear colleagues and friends is that these are not spending cuts. They are a reduction in the amount of increase.

So, instead of spending going up like that:


it’s going to go up like that:


But the federal government will spend more money even with the sequester in 2013 than it spent without them in 2012.

We’re not talking about the president firing or furloughing soldiers or TSA works or FAA air traffic controllers. We’re talking about him hiring fewer of them.