Cramer: Sequestration Good for Stocks
Jim Cramer: I think so.
Debra Borchardt: I mean, clearly there's going to be some changes, but not day one.
Jim Cramer: What's so annoying is, it is scare tactics. I was on Meet the Press yesterday with Peggy Noonan who is talking about the government by scare tactic and by freak-out and that's been Obama. He's suddenly putting a lot of people out. Secretary LaHood (he's transportation) was on and he is the guy who is saying ... that the lines (at the airport) will be big.
They seem to try to figure out what is essential that the government produces and go after that. (There is) the idea that the Navy won't be able to deploy the U.S.S. Truman, which I had the good fortune to be on for several days -- it projects a tremendous amount of power. They're saying that it can't go to the Gulf because of the sequester. I mean, clearly there's 250 golf courses that the military has. There's whole defense project programs that are probably unnecessary and they come up with the most necessary thing that the Navy does. So it's kind of shameless. I hate to see it.
That said, Larrry Kudlow had a fabulous piece on CNBC.com on Friday, talking about how it's really only $44 billion and not the $80-plus billion, and that it's actually good to show that there can be some cuts. Obviously we want entitlement cuts if we want to be long-term focused. The military does seem fat. You would like to say to the military, "Guys, if you don't get it together and kill some programs, we're going to do 'this.'"
Debra Borchardt: Well it's interesting because we're hearing that the Republican side in an article in The New York Times today...is starting to say, "You know what? We'll take those defense cuts."
Jim Cramer: I know. That wasn't supposed to happen.
Debra Borchardt: Now the Democrats are going, "Well, wait a minute. You're not playing by the rule book. You're supposed to not be for that." So now that the Republicans are saying, "You know what? Cut the military," it's kind of started to change the dialogue.
Jim Cramer: Maybe that's what happens ... when I lived in Florida, I covered the legislature there and they had sunshine provisions. They were always trying to figure out ... after 10 years when you sat with the legislators, they would say: "Look. We don't know whether this thing ... turns out to be really good; when it sunsets, if the people want it, we'll bring it back." ...I believe there will be a deal. But maybe what will have to happen here is the following, which is, "OK, look. That turned out to be a bad idea. Now Congress get back in session and fix the national parks."