Obama Wants Sequestration to End, Plans Massive Spending Hikes

Record Military Budget Just the Beginning

One day after unveiling plans for a record military budget that once again totally ignored sequestration and other spending caps, President Obama is now calling for Congress to do away with sequestration entirely.

Obama is planning to unveil a new budget on Monday, and it is expected to include massive spending increases across the board, insisting the spending is necessary to “help American families succeed.”

The reality, of course, is that the president and Congress have been basically ignoring sequestration since the idea was initially proposed, and the only time it comes up is when the Pentagon, which is constantly being exempted from it, continues to hype it in their quest for new record budgets.

In the end, officials seem to have gotten the best of both worlds out of sequestration, ignoring the mandated cuts while it was in place and then looking for even bigger spending hikes afterward to “make up” for cuts that never happened.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.