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August 13, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Sequestration and the federal debt

Repeal the sequester

The Seattle Times editorial board recently concluded that “sequestration was envisioned from the start as a punishment for being bullheaded, not as a solution.” [“Editorial: The roaring effects of federal budget cuts,” Opinion, Aug. 2.]

As a member of The Can Kicks Back, the millennial outreach partner of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, I echo this sentiment, and applaud the board for recognizing that the problem of deficits, debt and overspending is real.

But, as the editorial notes, these things were never meant to happen. In fact, the rules of sequestration were put in place to force leaders to come to the table and implement a grand bargain, something that I fear is now too far-fetched.

Yet what the editorial fail to note, and what I believe to be the biggest problem with sequestration, is that sequestration fails to address that our inefficient tax code does nothing to limit the actual drivers of our debt: entitlement programs.

Moreover, as the Congressional Budget Office’s predictions show, even if the current sequestration were to remain for 10 more years, the national debt will remain historically high relative to our economy.

Leaders in the other Washington must repeal and replace the senseless sequester.

Michelle Munneke, Chelan

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