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Showing posts with label Sequester. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sequester. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Sequester: A Sham And The Right Loves It!

Re-post from Facebook

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There is no death with dignity in starvation. This graphic makes me heartsick. Is this what Congress was looking for when they said yes to the sequester?

IMHO, the graphic offers more proof that America is compartmentalizing its values due to the shock and awe of the wealth creators having mustered enough political power to opt out of any social contract implied by being an American.

The media would have us argue faux free market v social safety net, a false choice. We, the actual taxpayers, provide tax loopholes, tax subsidies, and tax incentives and receive a slap in the face when it comes to getting anything back. I say, if you want to keep "your" money, go earn it in "your" country, you know, the one that “you” built. I'd like to know exactly where that is, your country of Me-me-me-stan.

‪#‎FreeTheElected‬ from the need to suck-up to big money, and we will have a government we admire rather than resent or fear.


End Coffee Party Movement

We at the TPI are firm in our belief the GOP is as pleased with the sequester as they are with Fox News and with copious legislation regarding women's rights.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Great and Relevant Sequester Meme!

A response to the Facebook meme (copied as is in informal Facebook style, so no issues with spelling). Some of us really cannot criticize spelling!

(Name deleted)This is of course, completely misleading as the money the Flight controlers used came from redistributing money dedicated to upgrading airports, not taken form these programs. It is not a "fair" comparison. If the airlines didn't do this then it would become even more difficult to conduct business for the few (yes, the fewest since 1979) people who work, pay taxes and support the rest of the country... What will it take to get this government to quite politicizing everything and just do the business they are getting paid handily for. cheesh!
The problem with this response  It is completely off the mark as we consider relevance.  I hear little about taking money from one program to pay for another (Implied human services).  I hear and read much (much) more concern with the fact the sequester was broken for sake of convenience to law-makers who regularly fly back and forth to Washington, DC.  The issue for us seems more about privilege and priority vs. meager dollars for Air Traffic Controllers!  

Additionally, I hear and read more about a defeat for President Obama.  After record breaking timing in pushing a bill through both houses of congress, Obama signed the bill.  How could so many Democrats including the president cave to such a level of privileged members of Congress?

The Facebook introduction of the poignant meme is as follows.
70,000 children kicked out of Head Start. 4 million meals for seniors eliminated. 125,000 Americans without rental assistance. But your next flight will be on time. End the sequester.
A case can be made regarding paying the salaries of the controllers.  I suggest, however, a much deeper meaning form the meme.  Why are the Congress and the Executive Branch stalled in a state of 'no place" while critical programs go unfunded?  While I have no idea of the political preferences of the Facebook commenter, the comment sees revealingly conservative and typically shallow.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Sequester and the Enlisted Guardsman


Submitted by Lamb12, adjoined and expanded by The Pardu, and thanks to the anonymous Facebook poster.

The sequester hits tonight at mid-night.  

We have heard and observed the President crossing the nation communicating to people and interacting with people who will suffer most from the forced budget cuts.  

We have heard the GOP from Jindal through McConnell, say the president is exaggerating the issue. By statement, the GOP says the president is 'lying' for affect. 

Well, have we not heard the GOP in the past? 

  • Did you not hear and read the GOP on the loan to two US automobile companies?  
  • Did we not hear the GOP rail about the soundness of the economy as the economy was literally crashing?  
  • Let's go back even farther, "Did we not heard Dick Cheney, John McCain, G. W. Bush and many others rail about how the US would be perceived as "Liberators".
  •  How about Bush's desire to privatize Social Security, well before the economic collapse?
Do you want to hear and see the ultimate evidence that the GOP is "yanking your chain" once again? 

I offer two examples.


A first hand exhibit of the extent to which the GOP cares nothing about us common folk, lies, and manipulates.  First, a website post from the Florida Guard Online web page.

Sequestration would have immediate and lasting impacts on Florida Guard

//  February 22, 2013  

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (February 22, 2013) — In the coming weeks, more than 900 Florida National Guard civilian employees – many of them uniformed Guardsmen – could be affected by furloughs triggered by sequestration.

“The bulk of our full-time workforce is civilian,” said Col. Brian Simpler, commander of the Florida Air National Guard’s 125th Fighter Wing, based in Jacksonville, Fla.
These furloughs will have an immediate and lasting impact on the Florida National Guard, not only affecting paychecks, but the Florida National Guard’s readiness to help fight America’s wars and cope with natural disasters.

“Our Adjutant General works very hard every day to make sure our three missions are met – that’s fighting our nations wars, providing response to disasters inside the state of Florida and also our community mission,” said Col. Perry Hagaman, chief of staff for the Florida National Guard. “Sequestration and furloughs will impact every one of those missions; but we work hard every day to make sure those impacts are reduced.”
“There will be a downgrade in our facilities, there will be a downgrade in our training levels, there will be a downgrade in our equipment and most of what we’ll see immediately is in equipment impact, along with personnel impact,” continued Hagaman. “When we furlough 900 employees, we will have an immediate impact to the Florida National Guard.”

The Florida National Guard is working to ensure that support will continue for ongoing federal missions including the air defense support mission the Florida Air National Guard provides to the southeastern United States.

“We expect to be able to support our air defense mission in the short term,” said Simpler. “But over the long term, we will see a degradation with support and being able to perform that mission as we see the budget cuts affect our training and flying hours.”

In addition to making sure Florida’s citizens are still protected, the Florida National Guard is also working to support its employees and their families whose incomes will be negatively impacted by the coming budget cuts.

“We will respond to the local emergencies – the state emergencies – but also to our people,” said Hagaman. “Our employees are our most important asset and we will do everything in our power to make sure they are taken care of during this process.”
Now,  for a really relevant perspective from one who is directly impacted by the 'sequester'.  The writer took the statement from the Florida Guard Online page and added comment.  I will add the writer makes comment that is as basic as needed  to illustrate salient points.
Hi all.  So, day one of sequester is upon us and though the sky is not falling as of yet, there are signs of cuts looming. My friends is in the National Guard in Florida. they were sent this notice today. Thought you all might like to see it.

So stated and the literal essence for "common folk". We have people in Washington DC making decisions working few hours and days (the Congress), earning six figure pay (and free health care) that affects our lives on a minute to minute basis.
And that is sad!

FDR Lives,"...(The GOP) cross their hearts and hope to die..."


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sequester: Boehner Unaware Of Video Archives? Hypocrite And Liar.

John Stevenson writes.....

This man is third in ascendancy to the Presidency of the United States of America.

How’s this for hypocrisy? 

Listen to U.S. House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) on the sequester:

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday evening, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blamed President Obama for the nearly $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts set to go into effect next month, labeling the looming cuts as “the president’s sequester.”

“Most Americans are just hearing about this Washington creation for the first time: the sequester,” Boehner writes. “What they might not realize from Mr. Obama’s statements is that it is a product of the president’s own failed leadership.”
Boehner continues, 
“There is nothing wrong with cutting spending that much — we should be cutting even more — but the sequester is an ugly and dangerous way to do it.”
Huffington Post

The sequester stems from the Budget Control Act of 2011, which mandated the cuts if a congressional “super committee” failed to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit.


Now, the truth:

When the Budget Control Act of 2011 was passed in the House of Representatives, 218 Republicans voted for it; zero (that’s right, no Democrats) voted for it. Boehner bragged then that, “I got 98% of what I wanted.” Now he calls it “the president’s sequester”. 

More on Boehner and is failing strategy....

Man, if liars get degrees he has a doctorate in lying.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Cycle, Fumbling Cupp, and A Winner With Ball

I am going to post a segment of MSNBC's Cycle. The Cycle is not a news related show that I will rush to watch each day. While I think a couple of the hosts are worthy of sitting and soaking up their dialog,  for me a couple of the four are real sleep inducers. I will spare one of the names as that level of specificity is not critical to my point in this screed.

For sake of supporting my macro posit, I offer the name of the one "so-called" conservative on the panel.   SE Cupp fits the model of the show from a number of perspectives.  She is conservative, she fits within the carefully crafted show host age demographics, and she sits across from the other woman on the panel.  A nice mix and an appropriate balance for MSNBC, eh?  The staffing model is weak!

Yes, Cupp is a major reason I do not go out of my way to watch a The Cycle. Of course, my avoidance radar failed me today for a brief time (actually two segments).  I watched a segment about the "sequester". The host was Michael Scherer, White House correspondent, TIME. The two sequester embeds below span the scope of that which I found intriguing and telling.

Segment One is a full 11:39 minute segment. Segment Two is an excerpt from the full segment and reinforces my thoughts on the most conservative host on the panel.  Viewing both segments is not necessary. Segment two embodies my point on Cupp and GOP strategy.

Segment 1. The Sequester (Full segment)


Segment 2. Watch Cupp's feeble lead-in (sneak attack) "gotcha" attempt.  Her motive appears to be an attempt to interject the popular GOP talking point and mantra of , "Obama's sequester", "His sequester", "the Administration's sequester".  Watch closely as the host's feeble setup moves along.  She  moves "the hook" along replete with fairly unprofessional "yeahs" as if  nudging to the attempted zinger question.  Also notice the competent correspondent answered from a perspective of knowledge and facts, thus sinking the 'bubble' of the flailing Cupp.  The planned setup squirted-out like a child's damaged water-gun. Do not forget to watch till the end of the short segment. Cupp's (non-verbal) facials tell all. "OOOPs, that did not work at all. Oh well, I get paid for this, so what".  


Seriously, I do not know factors related to Cupp's contract as a member of the panel, but I question MSNBC's choice of the panel's most conservative host. 

As to today's show, I offer another perspective on anbother segment. 

You simply have to watch the show closing segment (closing remarks) from Krystal Ball.  The segment is shy of four minutes, but one of the most cogent points I have heard on the network in a few days.


Point well stated!


American Liberals Times OP-ED.... "Sequester?"

Cross posted from Liberal Times Dot Com

Basashi (raw horsemeat) from Towada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted on February 21, 2013

Op Ed 

Republicans are all over the airwaves and the internet today screaming and yelling what I believe to be the lie that the so-called “sequester” is “the president’s sequester” when they should know damned well by now that there was never any mention of such a draconian measure until it was included in a power point presentation given by the speaker of the house to one of his committees way back in 2011.

Republicans, it seems to me, are trying to shift the blame now and looks to me like they are doing everything in their power to make the coming disaster look like “Obama’s Fault.” Isn’t that what some of them do best?

Another reality check for those who don’t always pay attention: There were reportedly one helluva lot of right wingers in congress who voted for the sequester in the first place so now is not the time to be right-winging the blame onto the president who, in what I think was another failed attempt to reason with a-wads, simply went along with the measure.

After all, in the best case scenario, the sequester was supposed to be a harsh enough measure that anyone in their right mind would never have allowed it to actually happen but then one has to consider the fact that we are dealing with Right Wing (“thinking”) – - – ( wait for a minute while I get my tongue out of my cheek again ) – - – and whether you can call that a “Right Mind” can be kind of an adjective doubled-edged sword, can’t it?

Anyway, I have been looking at the list of “hits” the economy is bound to take once the Repug Sequester kicks in on March 1st ( It won’t all happen at once – - like anything else done by some who share the ambitions of a few over in the far right wing crazy faction, the effects of sequester, for the most part, will most likely come on softly like a thief in the night and will probably appear more subtle than any beastie of the field.
This is how something that might have been fabricated by the somewhat popular figure known as “The Devil” is reputed to work its destructive magic - – it appears to be enticingly worth while at first glance and then once people have gotten their feet wet in whatever it is, they suddenly discover that something has started eating their feet – - or ( best case scenario) stealing their shoes. This looks to me a lot like anything but a “Christian-Like” development, this sequester thing!

I note that some “ex-spurts” are predicting that the sequester will cause a situation where there are expected to be a whole lot less Federally employed food inspectors on the job.
“Well, I thought to myself,” that’s a fine kettle of fish because as I understand it, the food inspection group is already underfunded and short-handed as it is ( again , I believe, because of Republican budget whacking) and I am thinking that maybe that is the reason the great “Horse Meat In Your Grocery-Bought Beef” scandal has erupted in the past few days. Yeah, that’s right! Somebody ( read about it on the internet) has reputedly ( allegedly) discovered horse DNA, donkey DNA and pig DNA in certain meat products that people buy with confidence and stuff down their gullets every day of their lives. There has reportedly been a lot of newly-minted vegetarians since that news broke.

But if the sequester kicks in ( and it certainly looks like it is going to ) there are expected to be even less food inspectors than there are now and God only knows what kind of “extraneous materials” (define that as “crap” ) greedy corporate food processors might see fit to allow in the stuff we eat. . . and, most likely, get away with it Scot free!

That’s one of the prices we are probably destined to pay for that old “Republican” stand-by called “Smaller Government.” We get our food supply corrupted due to a shortage in Federal food inspectors.

Thanks a lot, righties!

I don’t even want to think about standing for an extra two or three hours in an airport once the sequester kicks in and causes a cut back on Federal TSA employers or what the hell ever it is supposed to do within the air transportation system – - but the eggs-spurts are talking about “delays” in-transit at airports. Can’t wait! The good part as far as I am concerned is that there are probably as many “True Believer” right wing idiots who fly as there are Libs, so the inconvenience will be spread around at least. That is some consolation to a fanatic Libber like me to be sure! Snark!

More benefits expected from the Republican Sequester:

1. Less unemployment benefits for those who are not working – - the benefits are expected to be trimmed by almost 10 per cent in many cases.

2. Meat prices are reportedly expected go through the roof ( again) . . .

3. Older folks who have been depending on things like home-delivered meals may have to get out the old can opener again.

-4. Head Start pre-schoolers might have to start staying at home with Mommy and Daddy a little more often because the sequester is expected to close the door to as many as 70 thousand kids from low-income families on such amenities as “Pre-School.” I wonder if the obstructionist intransigents in Rightie-Tightie Land are aware that there are a lot of children from Conservative families just the same as there are from Liberal families and I wonder if that makes a peck’s damn worth of difference to any of them?

5. If there is another hurricane or an earth quake or something, those who suffer property damage are probably going to get a pragmatic lesson in good old Republican “Self-Sufficiency” because the gubmint ain’t gonna have the money to come and fix things back up again like they have in times past.

If you want to read more about this damnable mess and how it got started, Read More Here:


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Obama's "Sequester"....Mantra and Sloganeering To The Uninformed

How many times since January, 2013 have you heard the following.

"...his sequester"
"Obama's sequester"
"The Administration's sequester"

You have heard it haven't you? In fact, it seems to be a newly coined RNC/GOP talking point phrase.  The problem is, the majority of Americans are informed, avoid Fox News, and are not easily manipulated by slick GOP oratory.

First and foremost, if the Cantor, Boehner and McConnell obstructionist did not attempt to setback the nation via opposition to raising the Deb Ceiling (payments we already owed, not new debt), the word "sequester" may have been held for another day and another GOP induced fight.

The GOP trick of taking a "facilitation" word suggested by the White House, and twisting the word (they also accepted) into talking point mantras, is cheap, bush league (no pun intended)  and very much Andrew Breitbartish.

As I have frequently stated, one problem with Right-wing dogma manifest via supporting oratory is the Right has not grown to understand technology. There is a record of everything these days.  They also forget there is always a person who either will accept pay to 'reveal', or who will 'do the right thing' via revelation for other reasons. Ultimately, the GOP fails to realize the days of the Memo-graph machine and eight-track audio tape have long passed into history.

The Daily Beast and Talking Points Memo are reporting a PowerPoint presentation John Boehner used in 2011 Boehner as he apparently worked to secure approval of an agreement with the White House, that, if I am correct, became known as the 'sequester."

An excerpt from the TPM piece.

PowerPoint Presentation Shows Boehner Selling The Sequester To His Members In 2011  

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives to meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives to meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Although he now blames President Obama for the draconian spending cuts set to take effectMarch 1, just days before it passed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the so-called sequester as a way to hold the president accountable.
A PowerPoint presentation that Boehner sent to his conference on July 31, 2011, obtained by The Daily Beast’s John Avlon, cast the sequester and the rest of the deal in favorable terms. The seven-slide PowerPoint was titled “Two-Step Approach To Hold President Obama Accountable” and the final slide made the case for sequestration.
 Click for all slides.
Within two days, the Budget Control Act — a debt limit hike, a wave of nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts, and the sequester — was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama. “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted,” Boehner told CBS News at the time. “I’m pretty happy.”

“Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.” All rights not expressly granted herein are hereby reserved.

Of course, a member of Boehner's staff addressed the presentation as having no significance regarding use of the word sequester.  As stated above the GOP is 'word-smithing' the issue. Their actions may entertain their supporters and contribute to solace in the scope of their obstruction, but the acts are counter-productive and surreptitious.  

Photo: If 218 House Republicans hadn't voted Aye on ROLL CALL 677, the sequester would have died in Congress. (RA)

Now, take a second or two and look at another example of archived information.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

US Economy: Progress and a Lomming Threat

Economic news continues to skewer to the positive.  We are fortunate the news is good.

The economy is improving, but as is the case with all things 112th and 113th Congress, there is trouble on the horizon.  The Obama Administration (which is singularly responsible for our improving economy) and obstructionist legislative bodies are moving the nation closer and closer to the self-imposed "Sequester".   

Congress is in "recess" as of yesterday with three to four days in session before the sequester kicks-in.  We can only hope our broken federal government avoids dragging the nation into a recession.

Our periodic visits to the following economic data could very well reflect a "snapshot of what might have been": an economy improved to the level of approaching fully recovered. "Fully recovered" is not practical, but steady progress from the Obama Team since the hard-fought Stimulus is welcome . 

Let's take a quick journey through relevant economic indicators. 

  Budget, Deficit and all related

Huffington Post is reporting economic performance for January that provides additional indicators our economy is slowly coming back to life.
The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the government took in a surplus of $2.9 billion in January, helped by nearly $9 billion more in Social Security taxes. Last month Congress and the White House allowed a temporary cut in Social Security taxes to expire.
The monthly surplus was the first since September.
Through the first four months of the 2013 budget year, the deficit has grown $290.4 billion. That's nearly $60 billion lower than the same period a year ago.
Revenue through those four months is 12.4 percent higher compared with the same period last year, while spending has grown only 3.5 percent.

The budget year began on Oct. 1.

Business InsiderUS Budget Surplus  

us budget surplus

Economic Confidence (Gallup)
February 5, 2013
Monthly U.S. Economic Confidence Matches Five-Year High

Economic confidence improved most weeks in January

by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Economic Confidence improved to -13 in January, matching the five-year monthly high set in November 2012. Economic confidence improved steadily from September to November before falling back to -17 after the presidential election, but has now returned to its pre-election peak.
Gallup Economic Confidence Index -- Monthly Averages, 2008-2013
These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews, conducted by landline and cellphone, with more than 14,000 Americans from Jan. 2-31.
  US Department of Labor Employment 

January’s report marks 35 consecutive months of private sector job growth totaling more than 6.1 million jobs. It also shows that the economy gained 2.25 million private sector jobs in 2012, which includes an annual revision to the survey that resulted in an additional 424,000 jobs.
Chart showing monthly change in total private employment.
Monthly Change in Total Private Employment, February 2008 - January 2013. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program.
Our recovery from the Great Recession continues at a steady pace as we build on previous gains in job creation. The recent strengthening of the housing market, in particular, is driving welcome growth in construction employment, with 98,000 jobs added over the past four months and 296,000 jobs over the past two years. Retail jobs, health care jobs, and professional and business services jobs also contributed to the positive numbers in today’s report.
Chart of employment in major industries
Employment in Major Industries Since the Employment Trough, February 2010 - January 2013. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program.
Over the last three months, we’ve added an average of 208,000 private sector jobs, and that is a real testament to the resilience of our economy. But there is more work to do.

  Employment, GDP, CPI, Retail Sales, Industrial       Production (The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank)

See more after the break


Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Sequester: Federal Government Post George W. Bush

It seems objections to "paying our national debts" via raising the debt ceiling became unacceptable once President Obama took office.  Now, that beckons questions as to why?

Recognizing the Federal Deficit at $16 trillion in 2013 Vs. the following reference to 2011 $14 trillion, we find the follwoing graphic relevant and expedient in locating. 

It is noteworthy to point out Obama's deficit increases are distributed between fighting off an economic depression, healthcare reform and a 'surge' in Afghanistan (foolish decision).

Which US President is "king' of Debt Ceiling increases through 2011? Remember, the 'sequester' was hatched in the fall of 2011. 

As we come closer to yet another artificial deadline in the nation's battles over the deficit, we thought it might be good to find as basic an explanation of the "mess" as we can locate.

Govloop dot com provides such an opportunity.  Emily Jarvis keyed a piece easily readable in three minutes. The piece is also accompanied by an audio embed.

Be honest. You have heard us all talking/worrying/complaining about the potential for sequestration since August of 2011, but do you actually know how it would work? I, for one, only had a loose understanding of the process. 

Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He gave Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER a detailed breakdown of sequestration and its impact government wide.

Harrison's Take

First Off: A History Lesson 
Back in July/August of 2011 when we were approaching the debt ceiling, Congress came together for some last minute negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. That agreement was called the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Act formed the Super Committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions. But, the Act also created a binding way to force the cuts in the case the Super Committee failed -- that binding resolution was sequestration.

Sequestration was created from an old 1985 law that Congress amended to make sequestration legal. 
Not surprisingly the Super Committee failed. So that leaves us with the January 2nd deadline for all agencies to cut their accounts across the government not just at the Defense Department. 

How Sequestration Actually Works 
Agencies must calculate the amount of cuts required overall. That's roughly $109 billon that they have to find in savings by fiscal 2013. Half of that (roughly $55 billon) will be taken from DoD.
The cuts have to be applied as a uniform percentage cut across all accounts down at the project level. That amounts to a roughly 10% cut on all projects.
There is one exception, the President has the option to exempt military personnel accounts. President Obama has indicated that he will do that. 

White House Sequestration Plan 
Congress started to get nervous with what the cuts would actually look like, so they passed a new law to force the White House outline in a transparent way what sequestration will look like. 
In a 300 page document the White House went line by line through the budget to show what would by cut and by how much. 

Across the Board Cuts 
Across the board cuts are a cop out. But the real problem, is cuts can have some unintended consequences. Imagine your family budget. You budget so much money every month for rent, food, car and insurance. Imagine if you had to cut each of those areas by 10%. Some things like your grocery bill you can cut fairly easily. But your rent for example you just can't cut by 10%. That would mean moving and breaking your lease.
This is the same problem for the DoD.
Take the 200 tomahawk cruise missiles the DoD buys each year from the contractor Raytheon. The contractor is set up to build at that production rate. So if the DoD comes to Raytheon and says I've got to cut 10%, I can only buy 180 units. The government is going to have to break the current contract and negotiate a new deal. Raytheon is going to need to adjust it's production so maybe they have to lay off some people or change the price per unit. So really with that 10% cut you are paying more for each missile. So in the end you don't end up with 180 missiles you end up with fewer for the the 10% cut. 
Some Program Just Can't Be Cut 
For example the Defense Health Program is the military help system. It is not covered under the military personnel exemption so by law it will have to cut its services by 10%. That means about $3 billon will have to come out of the budget. But they system provides health benefits to 10 million active and retired military personnel. It's not possible for them to make the cuts. So they will have to go to Congress and submit a re-programming request and hope for Congressional approval. 

Will Sequestration Happen? 
It may depend on the election outcome.
If Congress/White House maintain the status quo: Its reasonable that there would be an incentive for lawmakers to work out a compromise in the lame duck session.
If there is a significant change in control in either branch: there may be incentive for the party that is going to gain power to delay things and not work out a compromise until they take power. But sequestration goes into effect on the 2nd of January, the President gets sworn in on the 4, and Congress not until the 20th, so in that case sequestration could go into effect.
A last minute compromise is also possible where they delay starting sequestration until April. Pass the ball down the field a little bit to take the pressure off.
Either way, we won't know until the last minute. 
How Should You Prepare? 
Plan for uncertainty. But that's hard because a 10% cut is a big uncertainty.

Agencies should be looking at funding sources and how they would be affected, they should start to develop contingency plans. This is especially important for civilian employees because they will be the first to be affected. So if sequestration happens, furloughs will also happen to reduce funding in all accounts. Contractors have a little more time to deal with sequestration. The impact will be delayed because they depend on the outlays for funding. Sequestration acts on budget authority (how much money an agency actually has). Contractors probably won't feel a huge delay for 3 years. But uncertainty makes it almost impossible for contractors to hire new employees or build new factories. 
Cuts No Matter What  
No matter if sequestration happens are not the government needs to understand that cuts are coming. It's two fold. First we are facing a record federal deficit. Second, we have very low revenues.
The President has proposed reducing the war budget and reducing the DoD's base budget slightly, and then keeping it stagnant for a few years. 

But if you really want to see major deficit reduction you need to look at Medicare and Social Security. Currently the DoD accounts for 15% of the budget, Medicare 14% and Social Security 22%. But the Social Security and Medicare percentages will continue to grow with the babyboomers expected to retire over the next 10 years. We are facing a big deficit no matter what unless we reform those two elements 
We understand US Politics, and we understand the nature of US politics since the late 1970s and early 1980s.  For the informed, we know GOP mantra about fiscal conservatism is nothing more than the party's egregious use of a southern strategy as a campaign tool in national elections.  As tragic as anything political in 2012/13, 47% of voters fell for GOP mantra, political acuity (even with horrid candidates), and mind altering propaganda from highly compensation media demagogues.  We do not understand how people who consider themselves conservatives have little to no influence over forcing their obstructionist representatives to "See the light". The "light" of potential progress in ridding ourselves of the vestiges of the Bush financial record.  How can so many Americans avoid empirical data, and avoid post election observation (post 2010) as factors that influence their votes.

I find so many conservatives expended inordinate energy and cognitive processes following right-wing social biases, bigotry and divisiveness. 

They watch their politicians write and propose legislation after legislation related to abortion while not taking a moment to rial about jobs.  They fully support GOP efforts to cut Human Services programs without one iota of contemplation of future personal need.  And they do so without pressing for reduction defense spending and raising taxes on the nation's wealthy.

The Federal Deficit is fed by expenditures that costume 57% of the nation's discretionary spending.

The GOP lives and breathes defense spending. Yet, for some reason post 2009 after supporting Bush for eight years, they obstruct at paying debts they helped to accumulate.

Additional Sequester basics source: 2012: