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Let the sequester happen

by Greg Krehbiel on 26 February 2013

I’m so sick of all the crying and whining and complaining about this very small cut to the federal budget.

Yes, it’s a lousy way to govern, and both Congress and the president should be ashamed of themselves. They should have come to a more reasonable way to manage the budget.

But given the fact that we have a dysfunctional government, just let the sequester cuts go through and then keep on cutting.

-- 2013-02-26  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 4

  1. pentamom pentamom
    26 February 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I’d agree with you if the whole thing weren’t so rigged. You can’t tell me that there’s not that much “fat” to cut that wouldn’t significantly affect anyone in any essential way other than the government workers employed by the given program. The notion that we can’t save 4.1 billion on anything less damaging than a 20% furlough on EVERY SINGLE civilian DoD employee is ridiculous.

    It’s the same old, tiresome “police and firefighter” tactic city governments use when people don’t want their taxes raised. We can’t let the congressmen do with one less staffer, cut NEA funding by 20%, close the Smithsonian for one day a week, etc., cancel a fighter here and a ship there (and I know to get to 4.1 billion the list of stuff like that would be long, but there’s plenty of non-essential stuff like that to find) — no, we have to make drastic cuts that affect large swathes of people and the economy of entire towns. Because that will help us get our way.

  2. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    26 February 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I agree, let the cuts happen. if I were King, I would like to see a two or 3% annual reduction in in federal spending for the administrative portion of each program, rather than automatic annual increases, which I believe are currently in place.

    There will be of course some actual problems which will need to be resolved, but in general. I think the federal government can survive quite a bit of belt tightening.

  3. pentamom pentamom
    27 February 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I’m not sure where I came up with that $4.1 billion number — the number I’m hearing now is more like $85B. Same point, though — in a trillion dollar budget that everyone agrees is not administered efficiently, that amount could be found without creating the havoc that we’re threatened with.

  4. Derek
    1 March 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    I say let it burn.