Apparently realizing that its year-long campaign to stop the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration by focusing on the severe impact on national security has not been effective, the
Aerospace Industries Association tried to broaden its appeal Monday (2/11/2013) by joining with a coalition of non-defense organizations and trying to shift the focus to “entitlements.”
It may be too little, too late. There are few signs from Congress that sequester will not happen. Some Democrats would be happy to see defense spending cut to protect the entitlements. Some Republicans have abandoned the party’s traditional support for defense and are embracing sequester as the only sure way to cut federal spending.
A veteran aerospace public affairs official conceded that the prospects were grim because of the GOP retreat from its support for defense and because no lawmakers “had the guts” to take on entitlements.
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