Letter To The Editor

To The Editor:
A 2012 book written by legendary newspaperman, Bob Woodward, claimed the idea of sequestration originated with the Obama White House, but the Republicans signed on eventually.
Again, Bob Woodward writing in the newspaper The Washington Post in 2013 said, " the automatic cuts were a mistake by the White House and were the brain child of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors – probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government."
"Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose thesequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They did so at 2:30 P.M. July 27, 2011according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved" Woodward wrote.
On October 22, 2012 during the Presidential debate with Governor Romney, President Obama stated the sequestration was not his idea.
The real big question here is not what was said, but does the White House have the right and authority to politically spin the entire nation and promote their ideological politically motivated plan only to win and completely disregard the truth?
In retrospect, it is obvious to me that the White House tricked the Republicans into the sequestration deal which was a win win situation for them. The Republicans anticipated negotiations and agreement between the Republicans and the Democrats and that a sequestration would never occur. I believe President Obama could hardly wait for March 1, 2013 for sequester to go into effect. Republicans here did not have their thinking caps on. Republicans should have known better when dealing with the potential of a sequester.
During the past month, President Obama traveled the country at $180,000.00 per hour cost to the taxpayer alarming the country of doomsday unless the Republicans cave in and increase the national debt ceiling by additional taxes and so called eliminating loop holes for the rich while concurrently President Obama and the Democratic party did not and would not make any entitlement budget cuts or decreases nor concessions.
The sequester is misunderstood by most of the Americans because it has been totally misrepresented by President Obama and the White House. All we hear is words like trillions and billions to which most middle class Americans cannot relate since they have limited money to spend and make ends meet. Every dollar is important to the middle class American.
Sequester is not a percentage of the total budget but a percentage of the increase of the total budget which would increase the federal debt limit. That amount is less than a trillion dollars.
To put this in perspective so the average person can understand it as follows: A person making $2,000.00 per month receives a pay increase of $100.00 per month, the proposed sequester would decrease the raise portion of the $100.00 only and not the total amount of $2,100.00. So the sequester in reference to various agencies is between 2 % and 8% of the increased amount only, or between $2.00 and $8.00 less of the sequestered budget amount.
This is such a minuscule amount of dollars to the federal government that I feel all Americans should be outraged at President Obama and the White House for inflicting such maximum pain on all Americans for personal political gain. Both President Obama and the White House should apologize to the entire nation for trying to put the fear of God or the devil into the American people. This is ridiculous.
According to a federal budget committee, waste, fraud and abuse in all federal budgets is 10% of the total budgets. Maximum cuts to all agencies ranged between 2% and 8% of the sequestered amount only. This is all ignored by President Obama.
Therefore, an order from President Obama to all federal agencies to streamline their operations by 5% would have made all recent sequestration actions by President Obama and the White House totally unnecessary.
Sequester affected the most innocent of U.S. Citizens, the children, by discontinuing White House tours. Just the other day President Obama blamed the F.B.I due to it’s inability to provide sufficient security for the White House tours. Later the same day, Jay Carney informed the reporters that it was the White Houses decision to discontinue all White House tours. Many elementary school children worked endlessly to raise money to tour the White House, but at the eleventh hour all their hopes and dreams shattered for no justifiable reasonat all. President Obama, where is your heart to hurt so many children in such an unnecessary way? Reinstate the tours today!
John Habjan

Clarion, PA

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