Leon Panetta has already parroted the Republican line that the tiny cuts to “defense” spending in the sequestration deal would do great unspoken harm to national security. Now the White House has joined in, declaring in a new report from the OMB that the sky is falling if we make a lousy 5% cut:
POLITICO obtained an advance copy of the 394-page White House report, which shed little new light on the sword of Damocles hanging over Washington’s head but sharpened its political point…
“No amount of planning can mitigate the effect of these cuts. Sequestration is a blunt and indiscriminate instrument. It is not the responsible way for our nation to achieve deficit reduction,” the Office of Management and Budget wrote. “”The report leaves no question that the sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions.”
”The release today of a report detailing across-the-board budget cuts—including the cuts to national security that the President demanded during last year’s budget negotiations—highlights the crippling effect these reductions will have on our nation’s security and underscores the urgent need for the President to work with congressional Republicans to replace these destructive cuts,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
But the sequestration deal was supported primarily by the Republicans, who voted for the bill at nearly twice the rate as Democrats.