Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

A Clear Look At The Sequester

Okay, since a commenter on NRO asked for this specific data set, I decided to just get out Excel and do it. The graph shows the spending totals for fiscal years 2007-2011 (2012 isn’t available yet except as estimates, and I’d rather work with actual figures), compared with the sequester, and, well, it speaks for itself.

spending vs sequester

Here’s the raw numbers, for those number geeks who want to play with them themselves:

Spending by year, in billions of dollars (data from Government Printing Office)

2007 4,289.5
2008 4,671.8
2009 5,169.9
2010 5,077.7
2011 5,294.3

And the sequester, according to House Democrats (question 3 on the FAQ), is $110 billion, evenly split between defense and non-defense cuts, $55 billion from each.

Kinda makes all the sturm und drang from the Democrats seem a little overblown, doesn’t it?

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