LETTER: Leaders should incur first sequester cuts

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

I would like to analyze the word sequester — or should the word be sequestions? It appears that we are $85 billion in the hole as a government and trying to fix it on the doorsteps of those living from paycheck to paycheck. We are being asked to take furloughs as we attempt to balance a huge budget on the backs of the poor and middle class workers. It seems to be a financial train wreck that has finally run its course.

If we are in trouble, the leadership in Washington, D.C., should take the first pay cuts. It seems to be a three-way tug of war, with the Senate against Congress and Congress against the president. If everyone donated one day of pay, maybe we could stop the leak. I would gladly donate my share if it would save the ship called “The good ol’ USA.”

The problem is that our leaders are not truly willing to sacrifice or compromise for the greater cause or solution. It is so easy to ask the world to give while they keep their wealthy, greedy hands clasped tight in extra deep pockets. It is easy to put on a life vest while you watch others drown in a pool of debt. Now, if the borrower is servant to the lender, how did Congress expect us not to eventually have to pay up?

The final question is: who else do we owe, and what is our brilliant economic plan to pay up without losing our souls?

William K. Johnson