The furloughs thus far have been mostly BS selected to make it look like draconian cuts are being forced upon government. Obama is going to use this as an excuse to blame the Republicans just prior to the mid-term elections.
The total government sequester cuts per year are only 2.4% and because budgets were already paid out through the end of June, the total cuts for this year are 1.2%. That does not equate to 20% cuts in pay for military workers. The only reason they are concentrating the cuts on military workers is because the Liberal media will run with that as a way to blame Republicans for the pain being inflicted. The pain is coming from Obama, not the miniscule sequester cuts. Even with the cuts, the budget this year is still larger than last year.
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