The sequester: Watch what they do, not what they say
What they did was pretty simple: The House passed a bill, the Senate passed a bill, and the President signed it. Civics 101: "How a bill becomes a law." And now the law is being enforced.*
You gigantic dumbass. Sorry; there's just no other way to put it. The entire purpose of "sequestration" was to be cuts enforced without choice. The mechanism was meant to be so abominable that not even the human clusterf--ks that are our current Congress could stomach them; they were meant to be such a severe and absurdist outcome that surely, surely o surely, some group of non-imbicilic representatives would look around in horror, surgically remove the talking points from their lower intestines, and for one brief shining budgetary moment have a negotiation on how government will be funded in the coming few years that was not predicated on simply burning the whole thing down and calling it Freedum.
Well, that's what they said ("meant to be"). But that's just kayfabe.
What happened was that Obama delivered cuts for his owners. The cuts inflict great suffering on the poor, the old, children, and working people, which makes the elites happy, because their environment is morally pathological, as Jeffrey Sachs points out. Also, the elites think that taxes fund government spending, so they think that cutting the government will cut their taxes, and they hate taxes, because they believe that taxes, in part, go to help people they hate (like us). So, Obama delivers the goods for his owners, and best of all, he gets to blame the Republicans for it all, a task that his proxy, Hunter, performs for him superbly. Kayfabe once more.
NOTE * Except for the parts that personally affect Congresscritters or their friends, like flying back to their constituents on airplanes.