In response to comments submitted by Tom Teune: Mr. Teune, your letter is misleading -- the sequestration is not the fault of the Republican members of Congress.
Sequestration was proposed by the president, made part of a budget bill agreed to by the Democrats, and signed into law by the president.
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Consider that the current president is arguably the most divisive and polarizing in our nation's history and is incapable and/or unwilling to negotiate and compromise. "My way or the highway" is no way to govern, and the results, as you point out, are having a damaging effect on the country.