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Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"The lesson from last week's quick and decisive congressional action to alleviate long lines at airports seems to be that the more visible your problem is, the more likely you are to get some sort of relief from the effects of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration."

Wrong. The only reason congress alleviated the lines at airports was because it was going to affect them. They were readying to leave town for their recess and didn't want to wait in airport lines. Disgusting.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"It's also disheartening to see politicians putting their own fortunes ahead of the nation's needs."

When do politicians NOT do that.

The priorities of Congress is

1) get myself reelected
2) get my party in power
3) do what is right for America and the American people if it does not conflict with 1 or 2 above.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

No, the lesson is that Congress could care less about denying medicine to cancer patients, kicking children out of Head Start, and letting low income seniors go hungry. Any of these are tremendously more important than whether or not your Delta flight to Paris leaves on time.

The fact is that Congress acted to alleviate the problems they created for the FAA because it inconvenienced their wealthy donors.

If cancer patients and low income senior citizens were major donors to political campaigns, then you can bet your bottom dollar that Congress would have fallen all over themselves to deal with the damage that "sequestration" is doing to their lives.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

JoeBlow,

I agree with items 1 and 2. I am not sure item 3 is that high on their list (if it even appears at all).

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

What I take from this article besides the obvious as mentioned above is the DN attitude that our budget trajectory is "insane", despite the facts that President Obama has turned that trajectory downward the past two years, and the annual defiict could be cut in half by 2016. In addition while they very kindly don't "want" to hurt cancer patients and others in need..those programs may in fact need trimming and very possibly elimination. So no facts just right wing idelology at it's core, with a little humanitarian blush applied for cosmetic effect.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

" I am not sure item 3 is that high on their list (if it even appears at all)."

OK Twin. You got me there.

What is also very sad is that many of the voters seem to be happy with the priorities of their elected officials.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

"The U.S. Treasury Department (USGG10YR) projected it will reduce government debt this quarter for the first time in six years as tax receipts exceed forecasts and spending diminishes.
The pay-down in net marketable debt was estimated at $35 billion in the April-June period, compared with a projection three months ago for net borrowing of $103 billion, the department said in a statement today in Washington."
(Bloomberg, April 29, 2013)

CA budget is in much better shape as well, thanks to spending controls AND tax increases.

As Reagan said, Social Security does not add to the debt. But we should increase the amount of income subject to Social Security taxes.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

If something hurts the 1 percent's business, republican will solve it.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Re: pragmatistferlife

I just checked out the national debt clock. Debt clock. org. Our deficit increases by one million dollars every 37 seconds. Our income tax increases by one million every 2 minutes. You do the math. Even if the trajectory is less, it is still in the wrong direction. Those are facts, not right wing ideology.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

One of the biggest tools to bring down the deficit is economic growth. So how is austerity going to promote economic growth? It isn't--look at the EU.

More austerity should be delayed until the economy and employment are stronger.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

We don't need more austerity to fix this economy.

We need more stimulus.

I say take away the tax breaks for richies like Romney and oil subsidies to EXXON until they start to create good jobs domestically.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Uh, Maverick, even if ALL the money was taken from the richies, it wouldn't even begin to deal with the budget/debt problems of this country. More stimulus? Just what did Obamas first trillion dollar stimulus get us?

Mickey Kovars
Tampa, FL

A lesson I learned from the air traffic controller incident is that Obama is perfectly content to make my life more difficult if it serves his political interests. In other words, he is not my friend.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Mickey Kovars 2:59 p.m. May 3, 2013

So you have no problem with denying medicine to cancer patients, kicking children out of Head Start, and letting low income children and seniors go hungry, among other thing. THAT type of program is what should have been removed from the sequester, not abating an annoyane factor like fight delays. But, then, cancer patients, needy children and the elderly aren't as important as annoyed (rich) travellers . . .

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