We continue down the road of deficit spending because of congressional budget gridlock and inadequate revenue (taxes).
The current gimmick is the sequester, which supposedly is cutting spending across the board in an indiscriminate way. One of its first failures was a cut in the Federal Aviation Administration budget that led to flight cancellations and delays.
People who can afford to fly immediately squawked, which caused Congress to quickly pass a bill moving $253 million from other federal programs to the FAA.
If Congress continues kicking the can down the road in lieu of producing a realistic budget, there will be more bills that move or subtract funds from other federal programs.
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Congress bailed out the too-big-to-fail banks and insurance companies with big dollars. Now the sequester is further flogging our poorer citizens, who at least in part, are the victims of the financial meltdown of the "too-big-to-fail" institutions and have little or no voice compared to those who have money or jobs.
This is being done by cutting expenditures that serve their meager needs such as Meals on Wheels for needy seniors, Head Start enrollment of underprivileged children, school lunches for hungry children, unemployment benefits, veteran rehabilitation, etc. Where is the justice in this situation?
BILL PETRIE, Richland