Here is an article that illustrates why cutting a program is not so easy. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-25/five-military-cuts-that-would-fix-sequestration Now read page 2. That is the honest truth. Anyway you cut it the DOD's budget as bloated as it is has an impact on almost every state. In this current economy with @7.9% unemployment, housing market just starting to show signs of recovery, furloughing 800K DoD employees in towns like Fayetteville, NC will impact the economy. 25% pay cut for 5 months will impact paying mtgs., thus housing, It will trickle down to impact restaurants, retail, etc. It will stagnate the growth of the economy, and when you rely on tax rate hikes to pick up the difference regarding revenue, it is hard to do when the cuts impact everyone. Take the GS's next yr taxable income it will be lower, they will contribute less to the revenue they are expecting. Take those that depend on discretionary income, they will have less profits. Sequestration will stop the kicking the can regarding debt ceiling, but it will impact us again next yr. because those taxes that many believe will solve the problem won't be there to use. What will be there is consumer confidence in a decline. A new hit for housing, and automakers. A hit for retailers and restaurants. A hit for investing. It has to happen, but I think most people are fooling their selves believing it will never impact them personally. A study was done in No VA. The results were that every household would know at least 1 person connected to them impacted. I am sure Ft. Bragg that is going to be true too, same with towns like Goldsboro NC, and Minot ND. Hold on to your seats this is going to be a very bumpy ride, especially with the rise of gas prices and food too!