Sequestration 101. Remember last summer when congress was trying to pay the bills and eventually struck a deal with the Obama administration? All parties agreed to cut 1 trillion in government expenses over the next 10 years, and put another 1.2 trillion on the table to be cut or the cuts would be automatic, thus the looming deadline this weekend.
Congress failed to agree on the cuts so 109 billion in cuts kick automatically. That what is going to happen on Friday. Unfortunately it will hit Medicare, defense and other vital services including personnel. No one wants more un-employment.
However you have to ask yourself before one vital service is cut shouldn't the government cut the $ 750 thousand that is being spent for a soccer field at Guantanamo Bay? How about the nearly 20 million that is being spent helping students from Indonesia get a masters degree. Or maybe the the $ 200 thousand for a tattoo removal program in Mission Hill's California? Or the 17.8 million being spent to help china with environmental programs? Did you know that we are paying researchers to play video games and report the effects of such on our kids? You'll love this one- the University of California has a government grant to digitize Grateful Dead memorabilia.
Lets get real, before we cut one Medicare reimbursement or lay off an air traffic controller can we at least get the government to stop providing free insulation and air conditioners to those who want them but can't afford them? When did weatherization become another entitlement? I know I am preaching to the choir, but hopefully you will take up the cause with me and say no to the next free government program being offered with your tax dollars.
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