I agree with you on your examples, also, how about we stop throwing Billions away on Solar companies that go bankrupt? Sequester was always intended to apply pressure to both parties. That was the whole point. The goal–according to the same White House Fact Sheet–was to force a deal that included “entitlement and tax reform.” So where are we on that right now?
The GOP compromised on new taxes in December, but we’ve had nothing on entitlements from the President. In fact, immediately after the GOP gave in on taxes, Obama began demanding more “tax reform” in order to avoid the entitlement cuts that were his half of the bargain. From the SOTU last week, “we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and the most powerful.”
Put aside the straw man about seniors shouldering “the entire burden.” The bottom line is simple: Republicans did what they agreed to do to avoid sequester, but the President has tried to weasel his way out of his end of the bargain. If the President is feeling the pressure now, sequester is working as intended.