The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 1, 2013

No end to spending

There has been a great deal of coverage in the news media about the so-called sequester, the cut in federal spending originally suggested by President Obama.

Discussion has centered around the dire consequences that will befall our country if the sequester is not blocked. When it first was proposed, it was billed as so harsh that both parties simply would have to act to replace it with something else.

Not only the liberal news media, but to some extent also Fox News have harped on the horrible results if the sequester is not cancelled.

However, with further examination, it has been discovered that even if the sequester takes effect, our national government still will be spending $15 billion more this fiscal year than last year. Ironically, it was ABC News, one of the chief admirers of Obama, which reported this $15 billion increase.

Of course, Obama has been engaging in his usual hype as to how the sequester will affect this or that government program.

Just to demonstrate how much Obama is prevaricating, we should point out that his claim that the sequester will cut back or eliminate such vital programs as "first-responders"-- when it is not the federal government that funds some of the programs that he says will be harshly impacted -- is patently false.

Those of us who favor America's military strength and other essential programs are leery of Obama's arranging to decimate the programs which will have the most serious repercussions for most people.

That's how demagogues operate. And no matter what you think of him, you must concede that he is an outstanding demagogue, without equal.

One thing is certain: if there are any dire consequences, he will blame the Republicans, even though both he and some Republicans initially suggested the sequester.

The wild government spending and the enormous national debt are more damaging to the economy than anything that will result from the sequester.

And remember, even with the sequester, the national government will be spending $15 billion more money this year than last year.

Congress must make sure it allocates the funds so that Obama does not take a meat ax to cutting the programs that he thinks will generate the greatest public outcry and thus cause the uninformed to agitate for increased revenue and deficit spending.

Donald J. Ely, Sunbury

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