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February 26, 2013 at 7:01 AM

$85 billion set to be cut in ‘Sequestration’

Cuts not substantive

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks during a news conference with fellow GOP Leaders Feb. 13. Aversion of the manditory spending cuts must happen before March 1. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES)

Allow me to shed a different light on this upcoming sequestration nonsense [“Threat of $85 billion in cuts is about to become a reality,” News, Feb. 24]. Let’s put it in perspective. The politicians are coming unglued because we might have to cut $85 billion out of a federal budget of $3.803 trillion. That’s a 2.4 percent cut, but not a real cut, just a reduction in the rate of increase.

We are actually still spending more in 2013 than we did in 2012. This is a joke. These politicians are insulting our intelligence as human beings. Our government is spending $1 trillion we don’t have, every year, and we are fighting over a rounding error ($85 billion). The problem is nobody wants to make the cuts necessary and become the bad guy which might hurt their chances at getting re-elected.

Yes, major cuts will hurt the economy, just as it is painful for a drug addict to go through withdrawals. Like the drug addict, our economy has been artificially stimulated for some time now by ridiculously low interest rates, three rounds of quantitative easing, money printing, a trillion-dollar stimulus package and huge bailouts. What we got was a phony recovery that will tragically end in a much deeper recession than the one in 2008.

–Casey O’Connor, Seattle

Foreign aid should be subject to cuts

While I hope that the “sequester” doesn’t happen, I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve seen no mention of whether or not foreign aid is subject to the cuts.

Why do you think the president is focusing on spending cuts that relate to diminishing first responders and air-traffic regulators? I am appalled if foreign aid is not subject to the cuts. After all, money is being borrowed on the current and future taxpayer’s backs to give to other countries.

Why does the United States have to give money away to foreign countries and our services for first responders and air traffic are degraded? Before 1 cent is cut from support of first responders and air-traffic regulators our dues to the United Nations should unilaterally be cut by half, and all foreign aid stopped.

–Mark Flanery, Auburn

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