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Sequestration By The Numbers

- February 26, 2013

Just Two Cents

In Fiscal Year 2013, The Cuts That Result From Sequestration - $85 Billion - Would Equate To A 2.3 Percent Cut To The Federal Government's Overall Budget, Or 2.3 Cents On Every Dollar That The Government Spends This Year. (Doug Elmendorf, "Looming Policy Decisions May Have A Substantial Effect On The Budget Outlook,"Congressional Budget Office, 2/6/13; "The Budget And Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 To 2023," Congressional Budget Office, 2/5/13)

$85 BILLION IS NEGLIGIBLE COMPARED TO OBAMA'S DISASTROUS FISCAL RECORD

0.5%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Current National Debt ($ 16,608,318,357,376.54 ). (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/25/13)

2:

Years That Allowing Sequestration To Take Place Would Delay Federal Debt Reaching 100% Of GDP. (Bipartisan Policy Center, 6/8/12)

3.3%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To True Cost Of ObamaCare Once Fully Implemented ($2,600,000,000,000). (Office Of The Speaker Of The U.S. House Of Representatives, Report, 1/6/11)

4.9%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Annual Cost Of Federal Regulations ($1,752,000,000,000). (Small Business Administration, September 2010)

5.7%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To What Obama Has Added To The National Debt Every Year ($1,495,360,327,115.87). (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 2/25/13)

6%:

Amount By Which Allowing Sequestration To Go Through Would Decrease The FY2013 Deficit. (CBO, 2/5/13)

6%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Obama's Federal Budget Deficit For FY2009 - Highest In U.S. History. (CBO, 11/7/11)

6.5%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Obama's Federal Budget Deficit For FY2011 - Second Highest In U.S. History. (CBO, 11/7/11)

6.6%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Obama's Federal Budget Deficit For FY2010 - Third Highest In U.S. History. (CBO, 11/7/11)

7.8%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Obama's Federal Budget Deficit For FY2012 - Fourth Highest In U.S. History. (CBO, 2/5/13)

10.1%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Obama's Projected Federal Budget Deficit For FY 2013 - Fifth Highest In U.S. History. (CBO, 2/5/13)

10.2%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Total Price Tag Of Obama's First Failed Stimulus ($830 Billion). (CBO, 2/21/13)

16.4%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To Amount Of Regulatory Burden Since Obama Took Office ($518,000,000,000). (American Action Forum, 1/14/13)

18%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To The Projected Cost Of The Gross Interest On The U.S. Debt In 2013 ($400,900,000,000). (Office Of Management And Budget, 2/25/13)

27%:

Size Of Sequestration Relative To U.S. Trade Deficit With China In 2012 ($315,053,500,000). (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 2/25/13)


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