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For Your Consideration: Thanks for Sequestration

By CHARLIE ALLO
Contributing Writer

It might seem strange for anyone to be pleased with the concept of sequestration, but when one considers the things that have been brought to light as a result of the enactment of sequestration, one can find some solace with this ridiculous plan given the shortcomings in the nation’s budgetary system that have become apparent as a result of its enactment.
Just for starters it has shown how far this administration would go to hype the resulting damage if sequestration came to fruition, only when it became apparent that the Republicans were not going to give into the President without some real spending cuts did the President change his rhetoric on the impact that sequestration would have on the economy.
From the very onset of the possibility of sequestration becoming a reality, the information that was presented to the general public portrayed a picture that was totally incorrect.
The total amount (85 billion) was given as the amount of cuts, but in reality the amount was much smaller (44 billion), and that amount was split between Defense and the General budget.
To add insult to injury it was suggested that this would come out of what has already been allotted to these sectors, when in fact it was a decrease in the expected increase in the future. The Treasury prints about 80 billion on a daily basis; little thought is given to the impact that this is having on the Nation’s economy, but one can count on the President to blame the poor economic condition on the fact that sequestration was not avoided and that the coming decline was the Republicans’ fault for not compromising on raising revenues.
It appears that the President’s aim is to make the Republican Party look bad, given the fact that he has refused to accept an offer to allow him to make smart cuts in the various agencies
The electorate would be wise to take a closer look at the policies of the President and the impact they are having on the growth in the private sector.
Both political parties are responsible for establishing budgetary policies that are designed to grow year after year; this is a condition that can no longer be tolerated if the nation is to remain economically viable.
The only sector of the country that is profiting from the policies that are being initiated by many of our representatives is Washington, D.C... The Nation is following the same course that most of the Western European countries have been following, and most of them are on the verge of collapse; the talk of these countries austere measures to reduce their spending is just talk.
Canada is a country that started to cut back on their spending and it’s slowly getting its economy back on track as a result of austerity moves. There are states and a few countries that the U.S. could use as examples of how to correct the problems in the country’s economy, but they are all going in the opposite direction of the current administration.
The choices the nation is facing are as follows: the nation can continue with its current policies, which will end with the total collapse of our economic system; the nation can over react in initiating an austerity program, which will create losses that will send our economy into a tailspin; the third option is to initiate some minor austerity measures and take
some positive moves that will give the private sector an opportunity to grow, and as the private sector grows, slowly reduce the Federal government’s public sector’s manpower.
There are wide ranges of government agencies that perform duplicate functions, many of these can be reduced or illuminated.
This is not even addressing the wide range of programs that are cited every year that don’t really serve the public’s needs, nor does it address the misuse of the programs that were designed to help the truly needy.
The sequestration has really brought to light many of the problems that that nation has with its economic system, but it is of little use if the electorate does not pay attention to the shortcomings within our system.
It is not too late to correct the course that we are on, but the electorate will have to let their representatives know that they are opposed to the actions that are being taken to expand the reach of the Federal government.