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Editorial: Where are all the leaders? Hint: Not in Washington




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February 27, 2013 | 1,362 views | 13 comments

Half, or more, of all Americans probably don’t even know what is meant by “sequestration” -- and they don’t care. They are the uninformed.

For those who do care, it has become a source of confusion and frustration, with misinformation and disinformation coming from Washington, and confusion from everywhere else.

Sequestration is the term given to the mandated across-the-board cuts agreed to earlier by this president and Congress.

A good portion of the “slightly informed” population knows only what the president says, as he continues to blame Republicans. Pundits theorize that, because a big chunk of sequestered funds would come from the military, the president likely assumed that Republicans would acquiesce, as they always have.

Apparently, this time they are standing firm, leaving everyone wondering how they will be affected. According to The Washington Post, the White House predicts deep cuts that would affect essential programs in every state. The president is trying to force -- or embarrass -- Republicans into a compromise. Problem is that “compromise” to him means that the Republicans give; he doesn’t budge. Either way, Republicans will be blamed by the White House and a compliant media.

The crisis appears to be a manufactured storyline that is scaring the daylights out of the American electorate -- as it is intended to. Any time there is a standoff in Washington and all people see is a bunch of finger pointing, they should be frightened. With the president making such dire predictions, it is understandable that people are fearful. It’s not, however, because, as the administration says, this awesome economic “recovery” might be stymied. It is because of the games people in Washington are playing at our expense.

The “cuts” represent only a very small portion of the overall budget. If, indeed, no compromise is reached, and there are painful cuts coming to the military, one should ask, “Why?” Is it because that is what the president actually wants?

The total “sequestration” is less than $100 billion for domestic and defense spending cuts to a budget of trillions, so it should be relatively inconsequential. Yet, the threat is that more than half of the amount of cuts is set to come from the military, with the rest coming from “essential services.”

From www.whitehouse.gov: “The Budget targets scarce federal resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security: education and skills for American workers, innovation and research and development, clean energy, and infrastructure.”

The White House has just released 51 “fact sheets” with its predictions. As with every crisis, it will severely hurt schools and programs for “the children” and our “most vulnerable” seniors.

According to The Washington Post report, the Washington area would lose $29 million, “putting at risk 390 teacher and teacher-aide jobs” and affecting 27,000 students. You might want to do the math on those numbers.

Some would “lose access to early education, and there would be less funding, meaning 31,400 fewer HIV tests.” This hardly seems to be enough to send the country into convulsions, yet the scaremongering continues.

Some Republicans have timidly suggested that the president be allowed more discretion in deciding what will or will not be cut, but I’m not sure that’s what the president wants. He is ready to cut military funding, and always welcomes another crisis.

What would be interesting is to see the cuts actually work. Democrats never want cuts, so they are busy sounding the alarm, trying to get people worked up about the next looming crisis.

Friday will be here soon enough, and we will see if the sky really is falling.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 4, 2013 5:24am
 
Facts only please......I hope she is drawing SS. After all, she has been paying both sides most of her life. She has paid the employee and the employer payroll tax and might well fail to recover those costs. Every one on ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
March 3, 2013 9:38pm
 
Ex-Tiger, Glad somebody understands the duplicity of some of these posts.

 
Facts only please  
TX  
March 3, 2013 9:32pm
 
I bet she is collecting social security too.

 
Ex-Tiger  
CA  
March 3, 2013 7:02pm
 
Elaine, How dare you educate yourself and go to work every day to make a hard working honest living. Don't you know your supposed to quit you job, get on welfare, collect food stamps, get on section 8 housing. Oh yea don't ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
March 1, 2013 2:18pm
 
Yes, Prairie! I'm 66, still working full time. My house is modest, but I like it. I grew up picking cotton in a household of 9 kids and my dad worked for minimum wage. It was a GOOD life! Just between you and me, us country ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 1, 2013 11:42am
 
The House has submitted two budgets to the Senate where Harry Reid quickly killed them. The Senate has not submitted a budget in 4 years! New Guy get your stuff together before you confirm what we all suspect.

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
March 1, 2013 10:52am
 
Well, Elaine, you really brought the loony bats screaching out of their dark caves on this one! It's remarkable how much stupidity they displayed in order to 'prove' you are an arrogant, rich, undeserving citizen who definitely ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 1, 2013 10:38am
 
This is just an example of the uproar that going to erupt when entitlements start to be reduced.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 1, 2013 7:51am
 
Elaine....Being raised in a rural county and managing a small business in a small town really puts you outside the real world. 7th Gen.....Thanks for a humorous start to my day.

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
March 1, 2013 7:24am
 
Elaine: Since the House has failed to pass a Defense budget, it has been operating on a continuing resolution. This means they are not operating on an increased budget so any cuts would not be taken from an increase like you ... More ›

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