And see the fear-mongering at the New York Times, "The Real Cost of Shrinking Government" (via Memeorandum):
These cuts, which will cost the economy more than one million jobs over the next two years, are the direct result of the Republican demand in 2011 to shrink the government at any cost, under threat of a default on the nation’s debt. Many Republicans say they would still prefer the sequester to replacing half the cuts with tax revenue increases. But the government spending they disdain is not an abstract concept. In a few days, the cuts will begin affecting American life and security in significant ways.The left refuses to look in the mirror. The clip begins with a moment from the 2012 debates where Mitt Romney firmly places the politics of sequestration at the administration's doorstep. The president then denies that these cuts will happen. The world will not end, in any case, but it's not like this had to happen in the first place. The administration played hard on the fiscal cliff talks. The Dems got tax increases but said that wasn't going to be enough. They still want more spending. We're pushing toward a national debt of $17 trillion. When the left starts taking the enormous bloat of the federal government seriously perhaps we'll finally get a handle on things. But I'm not holding my breath.
Also from Pejman Yousefzadeh, at Richochet, "Some Facts about Sequestration that the New York Times Fails to Understand."