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Updated: April 16, 2013 3:07PM



Obama to blame for the sequester, why did he do it?

Obama keeps talking about this sequester of how wrong, how stupid, how self-inflicted, how, how, how. Is this a joke? We Americans pay very close attention to all our soap operas and try not to miss any episodes. Does he really believe that no one really remembers what he has said and done beyond one week?

If Obama really sees it the way he now claims, why in heavens did he come up with it in the first place? The script has been rewritten for sure. I remember — and it hasn’t been that long ago — when all the news reports were saying that the “super committee” was created to come up with solutions, and if they failed then this sequester should take place.

Anyone can go back and watch the old news reports and claim it was Obama who proposed this sequester. He said if the Republicans would agree to that idea then Obama would sign it. The purpose for implementing this sequester was to be as a scare tactic to come up with a better deal instead of the planned sequester.

Obviously, scare tactics only work on television. Now here is where the news media who are in control of our government were to handle this created boogeyman. During the last 18 months, the Senate and the president were supposed to come up with a plan that the minority Republicans in the House could agree on regarding cuts to our debt. Now we all know this sequester wasn’t carved in stone, so Congress and the president could have refined this. So here we are again ... another 11th-hour crisis.

This government of ours should have gotten an Academy Award for producing more “End-of-the-World Stories” than the actual movie industry. That would have been a prize this administration would have rightly deserved. Since we have to be trapped for the next four years, this will be the most-watched production (by everyone in America). For those of you of either party that do not find this amusing, it is because this is not a comedy.

Carol Bogard

Crown Point

The sequester won’t mean anything to most people

The sequester is in motion and my life, like most people’s, will feel no effects. First of all, our federal budget will be larger in 2013 than the budget in 2012. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the real total $44 billion of cuts is what we are talking about, not the administration’s lies of $85 billion. Did the media tell you there was more than $40 billion of pork and waste in the Hurricane Sandy bill?

The federal job cuts the president is allowing to happen are just a political dog-and-pony show. Under presidents Reagan and Clinton, when there was a government shut down, they exempted many agencies where Obama is laying off government workers. By the way, government cut $716 billion from the Medicare Advantage program for Obamacare. Oops, I guess the media and Washington forgot to tell you. Wake up people!

Mark Leyva

Highland



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