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Outraged, not surprised

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am outraged by the actions of our president relative to “sequestration,” but not surprised. The president and Congress agreed to a 2.4 percent reduction in this year’s spending. To hear him talk about it, you would think the country could not possibly survive.

First, Congress is still going to spend more money this year than last. Second, didn’t we all just take a 2 percent pay cut on Jan. 1 when our Social Security tax went up 2 percent? Maybe it’s the extra 0.4 percent that is so unbearable.

What is so maddening, though, is the way he is proposing to implement the cuts. Just like our local school districts do when we defeat referendums, he is announcing that the cuts will be imposed in a way that will hurt the most people. Does he plan to reduce his travel all over the country? No. Does he plan to limit the perks and expenses of the Congress or federal agencies? No. Does he plan to halt so-called diversity training for federal employees, which really is anti-American indoctrination? No.

He plans to release illegal immigrant criminals, furlough air-traffic controllers, and reduce hours at national parks.

This is what passes for leadership today? How will we ever get out of this mess?

Scott Siman

McHenry

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