I cannot believe the sky-is-falling panic around the sequester. It is all so much BS. The sequester represents a trivial percentage reduction in spending down to levels we have not seen for, like, 2 years or so. But apparently everyone is getting into the act claiming the world will end if we cut a couple of percent from the growth rate of government spending. As an illustration, this is the over-wrought absurd email I just recieved:
If implemented, the US Navy directed cancellation of ship repair and maintenance due to lack of an approved Defense budget and sequestration will have a drastic impact on the commercial ship repair industry across the nation. The more than 150,000 expert ship repair professionals that have been cultivated across the nation cannot be easily replaced by a new workforce. In addition, many of our yards nationwide do both defense and commercial work. The Navy cancellations would severely undermine their ability to continue operating in a high quality, efficient manner.
The Virginia Ship Repair Association urges you to learn more and voice your concern. We have provided templates for mailing letters to your members of Congress, as well as contact lists to make phone calls. Please join us in this effort to preserve our maritime interests, protect our shipyards and secure the future of our workforce.
US Shipyards among the great pork-barrel spending stories in this country's history. Show me a shipyard with lots of defense business (e.g. Ingalls in Pascagoula) and I will show you a Senator from that state who wielded immense power on Congressional defense committees.