As you can see, government spending has dwarfed the growth in the economy since 2000 with even non-Defense discretionary spending up a whopping 85% since then compared to growth in nominal GDP of 57.5% (so no blaming the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). The sequester cuts barely even register as blips on these spending growth curves with total federal spending continuing to climb after these supposedly "draconian" cuts.
So all the scare tactics that seem to imply that aircraft will drop from the skies, cops and FBI agents will be let go and children will die from lack of vaccinations are just a bunch of BS. As everyone who has been to a government office knows, there is plenty of slack in government with government workers being paid more to do less than private sector counterparts. Check out this list of common sense cuts from Rand Paul that won't cause anyone to lose their jobs:
Stop Hiring New Federal Employees: $6.5 billion saved annually