Sequestration – Welcome it, Embrace it! By Kelly Klaas
We have all been led to believe that the "sequestration", the setting in motion $85-billion in automatic spending cuts, was going to mean the end of mankind in America as we know it. But when you stop and think about it, isn't it really what many of we Americans have been wanting...smaller government, less spending etc? Well, be careful what you ask for.
This might be kind of the "sledgehammer" approach to getting a start to where we want to be and even though it might be a little rough, it is a start. To use the now tired slogan of "driving off the cliff," it is kind of like that. We had a choice of making turns along the way to keep from getting to this point and we refused to do so. As a result, there is no argument, we simply driving off the cliff instead.
I did find it interesting that one of the cost-saving measures for the "cliff" was to release hundreds if not thousands of illegal aliens who were in jails awaiting immigration hearings. Yet we managed to find $60-million to help the Syrian "freedom fighters. Seems like we can ignore the wasteful government spending but yet have to cut some critical service. I shouldn't be surprised. That is be design.
It's amazing how it's no problem for the American worker to pay higher taxes to support the wasteful government and pay higher food and commodity prices and taxes because of government regulation and intervention, which can cost us ten percent of our paycheck yet a two percent cut for our government will mean world-wide catastrophe.
I may be eating my words later but for right now I'm glad we've finally driven off the cliff because now there is no more waiting and they can make no more threats. This is where the rubber meets the road. Maybe now our elected officials will be willing to do something (like cut waste) and slowly but surely start putting things back together again.
We have needed a drastic wake-up call for many years. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that even the fiscal cliff call will be enough to get their attention.