Obama, media, lies, cuts, sequestration

The first truth about sequestration is that it was the Obama Administration’s idea.

That is a fact he is now denying, but it is the truth. Jack Lew was the originator of sequestration when he was director of the office of management and budget later to become White House chief of staff.

Republicans who tried to change sequestration in 2011-12 were accused by President Barack Obama of trying to derail his planned budget cuts. He said, “Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No! I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts in domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off-ramps on this one.”

The second fact that needs illumination is that sequestration does not cut the budget. It only decreases the amount of projected increases in spending.

Let’s say that a federal agency’s 2012 budget was $100,000 and it was due to increase by 12 percent in 2013 to $112,000. Sequestration drops that to 8 percent or $108,000. A real budget cut would be cutting the $100,000 to $94,000.

Neither news sources nor the politicians are being honest about sequestration.

When a family cuts their budget because gasoline prices spike, they stop buying things they don’t really need and spend less than they did the previous year.

Our government bureaucrats and politicians (Republican and Democrat) cannot seem to bring themselves to actually cut the baseline budget.

They use gimmicks and lies to make everyone believe these cuts are draconian when they are anything but.

At a recent news conference, the president repeated his oft used refrain that first responders, teachers and air traffic controllers would be fired or laid off jeopardizing all of our safety.

He knows this is a lie, but repeats it as a scare tactic to instill fear in ill-informed and low-information citizens.

To compound the problem, the lame-stream media ignores the truth and helps perpetuate the lies. Instead of bringing truth to the American people as they should, they forget about journalistic ethics in an effort to support the liberal political agenda.

Every federal agency has seen monumental increases in their budgets over the past four years. The question we all need to ask our representatives is, “Why can’t real budget cuts take place?

Dale Rath

Sheridan

 

 


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