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  •  actually the cuts are not across the board (0+ / 0-)

    at all - instead they impact some people 100% (e.g., new scientific investigators (i.e., junior faculty) trying to get their first NIH grant - of which none will be awarded during the sequester) and others not really at all (most uniformed service members)

    •  Actually yes the cuts are across the board (2+ / 0-)
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      virginislandsguy, MPociask

      That is a different thing that observing some people will be affected sooner or more significantly than others. The English language is adequate to describe both aspects of this matter w/o the need to invalidate the other.

      •  No they're not (0+ / 0-)

        there was a diary here yesterday that was quite adamant about how/why the cuts should/could not be applied to uniformed service personnel.

        And apparently they won't be.

        Thus, the cuts are clearly not "across the board" (unless you're some type of lawyer type would can parse words to the 11th dimension).

        •  They are down to the line item level (1+ / 0-)
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          The sequester law is down to the budget line item level. Now, for any given line item, there is latitude to cut or not to cut any particular expenditure, but overall the line item has to be cut.

          As to uniformed service personnel - mostly true, there is enough discretion in any particular DOD line item that we won't be cutting uniformed service personnel.  

          However, for example, look at the Navy's change and reduction in deployment schedules and delay of the overhaul of the Abraham Lincoln. This will reduce certain special pay and allowances for those sailors affected.

          Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

          by absdoggy on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:03:04 PM PST

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          •  I think you just proved my point (1+ / 0-)
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            absdoggy

            (not sure if that was your intention or not, however . .. .)

            •  Well, 1/2 and 1/2 :) (1+ / 0-)
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              Take the Navy for example. Here are the budget line items for the Navy:

              FY 2013 baseline funding by major category:
              o Military Personnel: $44.2 billion
              o Operation and Maintenance: $49.9 billion
              o Procurement: $42.5 billion
              o Research and Development: $16.9 billion
              o Infrastructure: $2.4 billion

              Now, under sequestration, each of these 5 line items has to be cut equally.  So, in this respect, they are across the board cuts - the Navy does not have the option to cut more in Procurement and less in Military Personnel, etc. This is the bad part about sequestration and why President Obama calls them "dumb" cuts.  The Navy has said, for example, that they would rather cut more out of R&D and less out of O&M.  

              However, within each of the 5 categories, the Navy can decide how they will come up with the necessary cuts. So, in this respect, it's not across-the-board, it's not like every R&D program has to be cut exactly the same, for example.

              Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

              by absdoggy on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:52:38 PM PST

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