(3-4-13) The sequester is simply the automatic across the board spending cuts that Congress agreed to abide by two years ago. It was supposed to be a scare tactic for Congress agreed upon prior to the 2012 bi-elections since both military and domestic spending would be cut 50-50.
Sequestration was supposed to be a government "poison pill" (like a corporate "poison pill") for incoming members who came in after 2012. The only reason it passed was because of the votes it received by retiring members.
They thought it was a way of forcing discipline on the next Congress. It was a poison pill in that it was meant to force some agreement between the Obama Regime and Congress on spending cuts, something that obviously hasn't worked out.
The reason why both sides, the White House and Congress, let it happen in Washington was because the impacts of the $85 billion so-called imminent cuts aren't particularly onerous. Simply put it wasn't a big enough "stick" to threaten anyone and that's why everyone let it go.