Don't get me wrong, I think the "sequester" is a bad thing, the stupid result of brinksmanship by an awful bunch of morons who are abrogating their duty to serve their constituents. The goddamn sequester will result in job losses, furloughs, and diminished growth, but there may be a miniscule "silver lining" to this nasty, nasty cloud.
The sequester will necessitate cuts to the already bloated military budget. The United States spends a godawful amount of money on defense. Tragically, such money sinks as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will probably survive, mostly because parts for this white elephant of a plane are made in 45 states, with the attendent importance to the careers of congresscritters.
More importantly, the implementation of cuts mandated by the sequester will drive home the foolishness of Conservatives' condemnation of "Big Government". In his juvenile "rebuttal" to President Obama's State of the Union speech, Marco Rubio accused the president of being a "Big Government" advocate. Conservatives have long wanted to shrink government, with right-wing kingmaker Grover Norquist articulating this desire in particularly creepy fashion. The coming cuts due to the sequester are the fulfilment of this long-stated desire. The furloughs and layoffs, the drastic service cuts, and the resultant long lines at airports, the crumbling transportation infrastructure, and the decreased disaster aid are all the price to be paid for shrinking government. Perhaps the implementation of true conservative principles will finally convince the low-information voters that conservative policies are jejune. To this end, we really need to hammer home to conservatives that the sequester is the logical end of conservativism and that, franky, conservatism is terrible.
I want to reiterate that I think the sequester is pretty goddamn horrible, but it seems that American society has to hit rock bottom before any positive changes will be enacted. I'm not the only one who thought that the second Bush administration was pretty much rock-bottom, but the goddamn electorate showed that it didn't suffer enough from Republican malfeasance in the 2010 midterms. Tragically, there will be plenty of "collateral damage" as a result of this hard-learned lesson.