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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Is the sequester a big deal?

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: In full disclosure, I have financially supported Point of View for many years. With all the my activist activities,  political efforts, helping conservatives, and seeking to help keep others informed on the critical issues, I seldom if ever relax and listen to the Point Of View radio show. However, because they established trust with me many years ago when my wife and I, like many of you, were not caught up in the discussions and battles for liberty and freedom and the concerns of expanding government, I continue to trust them.

Therefore, I was most pleased to receive the following from Warren Kelley. His sharing truth about the sequester and government spending with their many Point of View listeners and readers was worth sharing with you. The citizens of America do not need to be stampeded into supporting the continuance of growing spending and continuing programs or adding more programs, agencies etc. which we neither need nor should we in-debt our grandchildren and their children. And your representatives and senators need to know how you feel about this. No threats - just truth. Thank you Warren Kelley for allowing the Point of View Ministries to go where many ministries will not go and to speak out on this and many other issues that affect not only Christian families but all Americans.

Warren Kelley, President, Point of View Ministries: On February 19th, President Obama spoke about the sequester standing in front of more than a dozen emergency responders in crisp blue uniforms. He announced, "Emergency responders like the ones who are here today, their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go."

As if that weren’t enough to terrify his audience, the President continued, "Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country," he said. "Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."

Sequester by the NumbersHe then leveled a stiff accusation at Republican lawmakers, "Are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole?"

So, will the sequester, as President Obama has said, “eviscerate” government programs? As the graph on the right shows, these cuts represent a tiny amount compared to total government spending, 2.3% to be precise.

If the company you work for announced that business was down because of the current state of the economy and was implementing an across the board cut of 2.3% of everyone’s salary, would that “eviscerate” your ability to pay your bills? Would it have “devastating” consequences for your family?

Yesterday, just three days before the scheduled start of the sequester, President Obama chose not to meet with lawmakers to find a solution to what he has painted as a monumental problem. Instead he traveled to a Virginia shipyard where he told a crowd, “I'm not interested in spin. I'm not interested in playing a blame game. At this point, all I'm interested in is solving problems."

He told the crowd the coming cuts known as the sequester are a “dumb way to do things,” neglecting to mention that the idea came from his administration in the first place.

The President warned the crowd that the effects of the sequester won’t be felt overnight, but will become more real the longer they are allowed to stay in place, referencing the total $1.2 trillion in cuts that will be implemented over a ten year period.

The chart below shows that the cuts continue to be a small percentage of the overall budget and that spending will continue to increase at a much faster rate than it will be cut. The cuts are not cuts in spending but rather are cuts in the increase in spending.
Find the Sequester Cuts
At the same time the administration is complaining about the damage $85 billion in cuts will do to the government, a government report came out with the finding that $115 billion was spent in improper overpayments. Congress has begun hearings to look into this waste and believes that the number could actually be much higher. Perhaps more effort should be going into making sure the dollars our government spends aren’t wasted due to poor oversight.

A recent Rasmussen poll of voters found that 46% want the government to cut spending and another 41% want the government to cut spending in conjunction with tax increases. That means, in one form or fashion, 87% of voters want the government to cut spending.

Please contact your representative and both of your senators and urge them to deal with our financial problems by cutting spending. You can easily email all three at the same time through our Take Action Central page online. It will only take a few minutes of your time and will make an impact on this national debate.

Once you have emailed your elected official, encourage your friends to do the same. It’s a quick easy process that can make a real difference for the future of our nation.

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