But some conservative groups are urging Americans to embrace the sequester. Americans for Prosperity salutes the cuts "as a potential victory," according to Yahoo's Chris Moody.
The Koch-funded AFP has asked its members to deluge Congress members with a form letter championing the sequester:
Thankfully, Congress and the President have already agreed to cut $85 billion from the budget this year...That's not enough but it's a good first step. I urge you not to undo those spending cuts.
The sequester is nothing to fear, writes Mark Tanner of the Libertarian Cato Institute:
The proposed spending reductions amount to less than 0.03% of our gross domestic product. If our economy can't survive spending cuts of that size, we truly are Greece.
Some conservatives back the cuts even though defense spending takes the biggest hit.
"While many conservatives would prefer reprogramming defense cuts to other areas of discretionary spending...the current sequester savings are better than none at all," said a letter signed by 50 leading conservatives, including Club for Growth President Chris Chocala.