Will Senator Hatch's job be at risk? I thought not. Easy to talk about
layoffs when you're government job is secure.
Let’s talk the truth here! We TeaPublicans know that these sequester
cuts are the direct result of Republican demand in 2011 to shrink the government
at any cost, under threat of a default on the nation’s debt! Yes,
that’s how the sequester came about and we TeaPublicans are darn proud of
how we forced all Republicans to make those demands! Now you can sugarcoat
this however you want to, but the bottom line is we TeaPublicans got what we
wanted in 2011….and now we ARE going to get the sequestration cuts that
America needs and demands! And come the next elections Americans will say
“Thank you very much”!
Before the Bush tax cuts we were running a surplus, ever since we have been
running a deficit. What needs to be done is pretty clear to me.
Finally, someone is talking about taking responsible steps to get federal
spending under control. The people have spoken, they prefer social spending to
defense spending. I'm fine with that priority as long as the feds
don't increase social spending to compensate for the "savings" on
defense. But who am I kidding, the feds spent all these savings and
then some long ago.Thanks for the straight talk Orin.
Senator Hatch should take a pay cut as well. Washington politicians have had pay
increases while many Americans have either lost their job or had a pay cut. I
myself had a 18% pay cut since 2009 and no "Cost of Living" increase
since then. Where is your leadership now Orrin?
So why do we keep voting the same people in who got us into this mess? Senator
Hatch, B.O., have all failed us. This could be averted with compromise but we
deserve what we'll get because we support the "no compromise" way
of doing politics.
I wonder if Senator Hatch will make a deal with the realtors in the Utah
Legislature to make sure if Hill AFB is liquidated, they'll be the first in
line to get the prime parcels for development. That would be a way he can get
on the good side of the Tea Party, the true freedom lovers.
Hatch should ask the Bulgarian government how well draconian cuts and austerity
has worked out for them, oh that right he can't they where all forced to
It would be impossible, but what the country need to do is throw out Congress,
suspend the power of the president, outlaw special interest lobbies and send
women who live on a tight budget month after month and let them balance the
budget. Those people (and we elected them) don't have a clue about what is
basic. You don't see any gold fixtures in my bathroom and I can tell you
where every nickle of my money goes
I say, let it hit. When the wages are so low that no one pays taxes anymore
because they are at poverty level, when jobs go to other nations instead of our
children, when taxes are so high if you do pay them they leave you at poverty
level and when your leaders worry more about what goes into their pockets than
into the state and entitlements are out of control then I say let it happen.
Maybe a lesson will be learned. We live in Republican Obamaland and we all know
it. Entitlements for other nations people to come in here and work, taking jobs
from us and lowering the wages and sheeple standing by watching all this happen
because they are lethargic and it takes to much energy to pay attention to what
is happening, I say let happen. Lessons may be learned.
Hatch takes down HAFB!
@TeaPublicanSorry buddy, but sequestration was Obama's idea.
Lets put this into perspective please. 85 billion is what our
government currently spends in 1 week. 1 week of spending and our leaders in
Washington want us to believe the world is going to end. Give me a
You all asked for it.... bring it on. Lets see what Utah can
negotiate back into the budget when the negotiations begin. Since Utah
represents less than 1 percent of the nations population, and this will all be
done via a representative vote, lets see how much of money ever makes its way
back to Utah.In many ways it could be just fine. Trimming the
budgets back, reducing the states dependence of federal dollars might be the
best thing for the state. When you need new highways or improvements, let Utah
vote for, and pay for it on its own. I am not sure that isn't a bad
thing... it could be... who knows.Lets hope we get to find out.
It cuts the budget to 2011 levels. These cuts are no different than people
trying to raise our taxes. I have had to make adjustments with my insurance
going up 200 a month. Maybe they should loose their defined retirement plan just
like I did a few years ago.
As a former Federal Programs Coordinator in Idaho, cut away the budget for ESL
and LEP students. Billions of dollars are spent teaching english to spanish
students who take that education and get jobs because they can now speak
spanish/english. In a small district in Idaho, over $350,000 was spent to teach
english to spanish students, many who are illegal alliens. Think of what this
costs the American tax payer.
ALL of congress needs to be evaluated every 6 months or so - using a performance
based criteria, like professional athletes. Contracts on a year to year basis -
this was the do nothing Congress during the last four years - they are doing
even worse now. Contracts not renewed.
This sequestration was done at the insistence of the White House, as a
"compromise" to get debt numbers up. It is based on baseline budgeting
and is calculated on cuts to growth - not current spending. The U.S. can
continue to spend as much as it has in the past, but will not include $44B in
growth. Those numbers are small in relation to the amount that needs to be cut.
It is a political trick for politician of both parties, and at every level of
government to scream that "essential" services will be cut if the budget
is cut. Sen. Hatch is using the same tactics to try to "scare" us into
some type of compromise that he seems to historically enjoy - rolling over for
the other side of the aisle - so that they will like him. Where is the
leadership in cutting spending. Sequestration is not cutting into the budget.
Senators ought to also take a pay cut, not be exempt from belt tightening...the
good folks in my voting district said we needed Sen Hatch again to save HAFB
jobs... He is not saving them, stated he agrees with the cuts.
@Hunt - "Sorry buddy, but sequestration was Obama's idea. " Not
sure about the truth of that statement but let's assume it is true. Obama
does not have the power to legislate, that comes from the House of
Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans, so they are equally
@ Mikhail...A few differing voices..."Sequestration
“would destroy the military” and cause an “inability to defend
the nation” argued Senator John McCain, ranking member of the Senate Armed
Services committee. “Cuts of this magnitude would be catastrophic to the
military,” testified General Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the
U.S. Army, to Congress. “From a pure national security perspective, the
gap between the U.S. military and our closest rivals will collapse with
sequestration,” wrote the Washington Times. And it would create a U.S.
military akin to a “paper tiger…unable to keep up with potential
adversaries.” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. “In effect, it
invites aggression.”So I don't know. I get what you are
saying.... if we are only rolling the budget back 2 years... dang - no big
deal. But there has to be more to all of this.But i am still all
for calling the bluff.... lets buckle up and head off the cliff..... and see if
it really is all that bad.
What needs to happen won't happen until the voter base wakes up and dumps
these glib-tongued politicians.
Everyone on the government payroll, top to bottom, should tighten their belt.
Who cares who gets the credit for the sequestration. Long over
due.Now lets balance the budget and stop spending other
people's money.Just think, if we live within our means we can
kick the can down the road - that being chaos or the next revolution.
Sequestration is boehner's baby.boehner touted the sequester to
republicon house members in 2011.boehner loved sequestration before
it became politically toxic."...Recalling the negotiations of
2011, initially the President desired a clean increase in the debt ceiling
— as preceding Presidents had recieved with little fight — and
Boehner's GOP wanted cuts. After the negotiation guaranteed
$1.4 trillion of deficit reduction in exchange for a debt ceiling increase,
Boehner was very pleased. In an interview with CBS' Scott
Pelley from August 2011, Boehner conveys that he was very pleased with the
result of the negotiation: Boehner: When you look at this final
agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I
wanted. I'm pretty happy...".
The TARP or bailout monies given to the auto manufacturers, banks, wall street
that went for company bonuses should be given back with interest, especially for
the CEOs and Federal Reserve people that managed those types of industries. We
knew the ax would fall and President's Bush and Obama along with
Congressional officers should fall in line for sequestration. Those that were
just elected may be exempt but those that pushed the results of sequestration
until after the election should double their time off and their frequent flyer
miles given to the Treasury for use to get the $85B up to par. This is only a
power play and no real benefit for the citizens that abound in this country,
legal and not.
Mcclark,You cannot have a surplus when gross federal debt increases, which
it did every year under clinton.Go ahead and repeal ALL the bush tax
cuts, it will raise the effective rates for low and moderate income earners more
than for the top brackets
Another example of the D.C. two-step. Why is Hatch complaining about something
that he says is needed? If it is a bad thing, then remove it. If it is a good
thing, then tout it. C'mon, Hatch, do you really think the average voter
is this stupid? Even Rush Limbaugh can't figure out the current line of
thinking coming from the GOP in their efforts to have it both ways.
Okay let us massage these number. According to Senator Hatch those 11000
employees make a little less the 70K per year. I have lost two thirds of my
income pay over the last 4 years, they will have to adjust like everyone else.
Now the 11100 employees getting furlough for 71 days, that works out to 2700
missing each day, since hopefully not all 11100 will be gone at the same time.
So that makes a total work force per day at 8250, Am I the only one who has
worked for the feds and noticed that about 30% of the workers are not needed.
Sounds like this is a good step forward.
If it going to hurt Hill that bad think what it will do to the DC area.
"if it's what we need to get some fiscal responsibility in the federal
government" Really? Fiscal responsibility is our goal? I suppose we
consider giving unnecessary subsidies and tax breaks to large oil companies who
reap huge profits to be "fiscally responsible"? How about ending
corporate welfare? Wouldn't THAT be fiscally responsible? Can't pick
on the "job creators" (LOL) indeed. I suppose that cutting thousands of
jobs when the economy and economic recovery is still fragile is also fiscally
The election is over. Senator Hatch is a rino again.
All wage earners took a 2% pay cut to cover FICA Medicare. Now a 2.3% reduction
in the growth of Federal spending will cause the end of US. We are taxed
enough already so how else are we to keep government spending growing to devour
the entire gdp. Maybe a start would be to take the guaranteed pensions away
from Obama and the Congress. Let them retire on social security and FERS. Then
maybe they won't be so interested in spending all the taxes entrusted to
their tender loving care or maybe theyll just resign q
Why, why, why did we vote Hatch in. Maybe we should sequester the payback
revenues he receives from pharmaceuticals. Just take our money and let us
defend ourselves and add to the jobless numbers. Clean up after Obama and Hatch
agrees. What a Dufus.
I thought the protection of Utah and Utahn's interests was one of the major
reasons we needed Hatch back in Congress. We heard how his experience would
make a big difference. Now that the votes are in, his (Hatch's) loyalties
have shifted again. What do we expect from someone who has been a politician
longer than I have been alive.The problem lies with the people,
because we allow men/women to be elected and re-elected who are first and only
concerned about themselves. In the last two elections (maybe more) the vote
difference between the winner and loser of the Presidential Election was less
than the number of eligible voters who chose to stay home on election day.
People choose not to vote and that's a problem.
I've been told by conservatives that government doesn't create jobs
and that the deficit is the number one problem so this should be perfectly fine
to let go through right?
Ryan took credit for the sequester in August 2011, bragging to Fox News that it
guaranteed the massive budget cuts Republicans were seeking. “We got that
in law,” he boasted. On the House floor, he said the Budget Control
Act’s spending cuts were “a victory for those committed to
controlling government spending.”These automatic spending cuts
came into place because it gave our congress a way to "kick the can down the
road" rather than doing their job.They were like little
children. They basically devised a plan that was so distasteful to both parties
that it would force them to work together. Big surprise that it didn't
work.You folks can blame the Republicans. You can blame the
Democrats. You can blame Obama.WHO CARES.We have a
dysfunctional government across the board. Quit pointing fingers to satisfy
your partisanship.This is pathetic. And YOUR congressmen are to
blame. And Washington is more about deflecting blame than fixing the problem.
Fwiw, Sequestration is a pay cut to all federal employees that are deemed
nonessential. I understand the need to trim spending levels. I can
even support tax increases if we weren't going to just turn around and
spend it before we even have the tax revenues. But sequestration is a poor
solution to forcing spending cuts. Essentially it punishes many who aren't
making that much, but perform essential jobs in keeping our country safe and
functioning. We need responsible controlled spending. This is like
hammering a nail in a fine piece of furniture by attempting to back a
steamroller over the top of it. It's irresponsible government,
and I believe both parties are to blame. The democrats have to give on their
spending levels, the republicans need so let the wealthier pay the same
percentages of taxes that the middle class pays.
Danaslc: We don't live in a republic period. Here is some facts that we
should all be aware of"James Traficant's U.S. Bankruptcy
SpeechThe Bankruptcy of The United StatesUnited States Congressional
Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303Speaker-Rep. James Traficant,
Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House:"Mr. Speaker, we are here now in
chapter 11. Members of Congress are official trusteespresiding over the
greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S.
Government. We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There
are some who say it is a coroner’s report that will lead to our demise.It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has
been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public
Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent.
H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress m session June 5, 1933 - Joint Resolution To Suspend
The Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority
of the United States and the official capacities of all United States
Governmental Offices, Officers, and Departments and is further evidence that the
United States Federal Government exists today in name only.
Don't tell us how bad it "could be". Tell us exactly what the
effect will be. Just another politician giving vague ideas to scare us into
borrowing money that we can't afford, to impress countries we don't
like, to buy things that we don't need.What should have
happened was and is to do a sequester on social programs. Then you would be
amazed at how fast demos will get off of their hands to protect their ever needy
Stop bashing and using dedicated civil servants to sacrifice. Start canceling
worthless and cost overrun programs that will save billions in life cycle costs.
The Air Force just canceled a $1 billion parts traching program that resulted
in nothing. They canceled another $2 Billion in failed programs. Gg
This rather brilliantly cuts thru all the political doublespeak we get. It puts
it into a much better perspective.Lesson # 1:* U.S. Tax
revenue: $2,170,000,000,000* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000* New
debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000* National debt: $16,271,000,000,000*
Proposed budget cuts: $ 85,500,000,000Let's now remove 8 zeros
and pretend it's your household budget:* Annual family income:
$21,700* Money the family spent: $38,200* New debt on the credit
card: $16,500* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $162,710*
Proposed budget cuts so far: $8.55Got It ?????If not
now, when do we start making cuts?
@ThomasJefferson - your numbers just don't add up. I fail to see how you
claims make any sense what so ever."Going to cost folks $7800,
drop in the bucket to the over 200K the tax raises cost my business which, sorry
folks, turned into lost jobs and a pay freeze for 2013!"Listen,
I have done BD for two ot the two wealthiest men in America. My current
employeer has made money, and grown every year, for the last 32 years. Same can
be said for my last employer. If you can't make money in today's
economy, it isn't the economies or taxes fault. Week in, week out,
companies are still setting financial records.I don't say this
to be mean, but perhaps you need to take another look at the business model. The
world is a far different environment than it was 20 years ago. Companies are
continously morphing to adapt to new rules of the game. Blamming a party, a
president, or anyone else is diverting responsibility away, which dooes nothing
to make the org more competitive. Everyone has the same issues...Obama is not responsible for your companies financial performance.
"If not now, when do we start making cuts?"When?Well, that would be as soon as our congress looks seriously at Social
Security, Medicare and Defense.There is absolutely NOWHERE else to
start. The problem is that the dems dont like cutting SS and Med
and the Reps dont like cutting defense.Nothing of meaning will
happen until there can be compromise on those big 3. There is no
sense in looking elsewhere until these have been addressed.
Sequestration is not needed. This is the most absurd controversy, the most
contrived, in my decades in being in and observing public service. Hatch, you
need to do your job, once and for all. Stop the political party games. You can
huff and puff all you like, but you are not doing your job. Even though you
claim to not be interested in running again, you are not playing the role of the
adult, the role of the statesman, but instead are faciliating political
posturing that is hariming the American people. You have shown glimmers of
statesmanship in the past, but ever since you started running for re-election
and after winning in Novermber, you have slipped back into irrational
conservatism. You and your boys can point the blame at the President or the
Democrats, but you control the House, and you can make things stop and go in the
Senate. You need to get it done. The President doesn't authorize
spending, you do. So stop the blame game and do your job!
Hatch and other repubs claim the government can't create jobs but once you
start talking about defense cuts and closing bases, their heads practically
split open. Obama needs to do two things ASAP:1-raise taxes to the
level they were under Clinton2-Cut spending, starting with the military.
Hi Someone Pinch Me,FYI - you removed 10 zeroes from the final
figure.Keep it real!
I wish our "leaders" could manage a compromise. If they can't,
bring on sequestration. This will still be too little to fix our
government's spending problem. We have a spending problem, not a taxing
problem.We need LEADERS with ideas, strength, and resolve - not
@Hawkeye79 FYI - recount the zeros in Pinch Me final figure. He did keep it
real. It really sucks when the state of the nation is brought down to easily
understood numbers. Shows just how out of touch with reality this administration
and it's policies really are. (nice try at deflecting the truth, too bad
it didn't work).
The amount they are talking about is such a small number in regards to what we
spend every year, but our politicians use every tactic known to strike fear into
our hearts so we will keep voting for them. It's pennies in the bucket, and
I simply don't believe that it will effect our national security or defense
in any meaningful or significant way. I just don't buy it. We already spend
waaay more than anyone else on defense spending.
Is Senator Hatch for or against more spending? WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM.
Sequestration is only a trickle of what really needs to happen to reign in the
federal government. Yes, in the short term it will hurt. Getting off crack is
hard! It will be harder when the whole thing crashes down.
This is the same guy who spent months campaigning on the idea that "we"
need someone with experience and tenure representing Utah who will protect our
interests in Washington, D.C., correct?
@Someone Pinch MeThat's supposed to be 855 dollars, not 8.55 in your
This is great. It reminds me of back when prop 13 was passed in California.
Government officials were squealing like stuck pigs. But, when it actually took
effect, no one noticed the difference. We may have hit on a formula for reducing
this horrific growth of federal spending. When the sequester happens and the sky
does not fall. Then lets do sequester round 2. Lets keep doing it until the sky
starts to crack and then we can back off a bit.
Yes the deficit has risen quite a bit under Obama. No doubt about it.But, just curious. How much do you think the deficit would have
been had John McCain been elected?The main deficit drivers are
Military, Medicare and Social Security.Seriously. What would be
different under McCain.Heck, or Romney for that matter?In some ways, those on the right should be thankful McCain didnt win. Cause
the deficits were projected to skyrocket regardless of who the president was.
Sure it's the only answer, as long as it doesn't affect politicians
personally. Limit terms to 4 years; no elitist benefits. No ability to vote
themselves pay raises and benefits.. Quit sending our tax dollars to other
countries. Take care of our own first. My husband works hard at his job out at
the base. He goes tdy for months on end. He earns his pay. While I am grateful
we still have some money coming in, all benefits have stopped because he is now
considered 'part time'. Nobody is talking about that. Hours cut
therefore benefits stopped. Cut spending from the top down. Walk the walk and
then maybe I'll believe the talk.
Would rather be owned by china, or cut spending?I say slash the federal
government by 80%, but no cuts on military.Oh yea, and cut all czars.
Let sequestration happen. This is not Armageddon. The Federal Government
spends too much including military spending. We always talk about the waste in
social programs, but there is waste in military spending also. $85 billion is
nothing. Cut more!!!!
Unbelievable. The Democratic party spending us into oblivion, all the while
setting up negotiations to fail. And I don't have a lot of sympathy for
fanatical tea-partiers either. Say what you will about Senator Hatch.
He's kind of strange, but he at least seems to understand the issues and
doesn't take an all-or-nothing approach. We've got a lot
of people in Washington who are unwilling to work together, not willing to
compromise, who are idealogues, get paid really well, have more benefits than
you can shake a stick at, and can't see past their own agendas for
anything.In days past, I remember legislators of both parties were
more willing to compromise. Today's politicians should read some good
historical books. The worst of it is the practice of setting things up to fail;
purposely and stubbornly proposing specific solutions they know the other side
can't accept and doing so just to remain *blameless*; giving themselves a
reason to throw up their hands and point the finger instead of solving the
problems. Are they really that disinterested in the country's well-being?
re: Very Concerned. Where was your outrage when Bush spent us into oblivion?
After all, Obama has proven to be more fiscally responsible than Bush's
The sequestration seemed to be designed originally as a poison pill, to force a
solution. Now it may be the solution.
Obama is on pace to out-spend Bush. And with Obamacare, I wouldn't be
surprised if the deficit baloons in the next few years. However, I probably
should have calmed down before sending the previous message.My main
point was that purposely proposing specific solutions they know won't fly
is a lousy way to govern. To clarify another point, I'm
actually not a fan of ANY president/congress (Republican or Democrat) who spends
the way we've been seeing the last 20-30 years. Apparently our politicians
don't see the obvious, that at some point it will catch up to us. How
short-sighted. Just due to sound economic principles alone, we're in for a
rough time financially because of the federal deficit.
For a President that hasn't had a real budget for his 4 years in office and
a Senate that won't push the House version or their own version forward, it
is not a real threat for anything as we have gotten by for 4 years on erasable
markers anyway. The Secretary of the Treasury hopefully won't go back to
his position on the New York Federal Reserve Board where Wall Street and the
majority of all large banks are located. The bailout monies from Bush and Obama
were given to help these people who have robbed our bank accounts and the
ability of the United States of America to have their highest credit rating.We should have better people in those Federal Reserve boards that have
honesty and integrity as part of their position description and not who makes
the most even when their corporation loses everything on their backs. It
doesn't make sense that we gave people that failed their own institutions
bonuses when the people of America still are lapsing in their own retirement and
bank accounts.We live in a time of immorality in all aspects of
work, business, personal, governmental and political ethics.
"The furloughs would result in an 11.5 percent cut to the average annual
salary for a civilian employee, nearly $7,800, Hatch said."That
would be ok since government employees are grossly overpaid anyway compared to
the average private salary. And by the way, Congress persons are grossly
overpaid as well for what they do.@TeaPublican: "Let’s
talk the truth here! We TeaPublicans know that these sequester cuts are the
direct result of Republican demand in 2011..."Not entirely
correct. It was Obama who pushed for the sequester... now he is trying his best
to fight it. What's wrong with this guy? That's what we get for
electing a socialist foreigner as US President.@mcclark:
"Before the Bush tax cuts we were running a surplus, ever since we have been
running a deficit. What needs to be done is pretty clear to me."The deficit can be attributed mostly to the housing market collapse... which
was basically the fault of two Democrats... Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Both
of which left Congress, probably in disgrace for causing the biggest fiasco
since the Great Depression.
As always, the chickens come home to roost, Senator!
If Congress was serious about fixing the budget they would put their budget that
pays their staff up on the cutting block. How quick do you think they would fix
the deficit problems if you reduced their federally paid staff to 1 secretary
I thought sequestration cut GROWTH.....only the increase. If we can pay for it
now ...why would there be cuts at Hill Air Force base? If it is not new
spending then there shouldn't be any "cuts". Am I wrong?
President Obama came up with this idea if the 8 senators back in August 2011
could not agree to the cuts needed. We are getting exactly what the majority of
Americans voted for last November.The solution is easy: Senate pass
a budget of your own which you haven't done for four years! The house
passed their budget to avoid this mess. President Obama's budget did not
get 1 vote from his party in the senate. Ground hog day is fast approaching with
automatic cuts to the middle class who work at the base.
"President Obama's budget did not get 1 vote from his party in the
senate."President Obama's budget has never gone up for a
vote in the senate. It is amazing how misinformed conservatives are. And it
seems like they don't mind being misinformed.
@Scoundrel:"This about-face from Hatch is a laughing stock."Try to remember that politicians prevaricate. They say one thing to get
elected, then they do what they dang well please. If you'll remember,
that's what Obama worked it. Case in point... he once fought for
sequestration now he's against it.
The warter is rising. those who voted for the Obama spending spree are about to
be brought to their senses and that is what this president wants. He is after
total power spearheading the drive for the Democrats. One can not violate
economic laws year after year and have it not come to and unhappy end. Wake up
@ErnestDoes it make sense to make sweeping Military Budget cuts
while other power nations China and Russia for example are far outspending the
U.S. to rise above us as military powers? You commented that Bush
spent us into oblivion and Obama has been more fiscally responsible. Seriously?
Do you have any solid data to support this generalized claim? The problem is
not with Republicans, the problem is with Politicians.
$85 billion bucks is a drop in the ocean to these guys. Think about that for a
moment, $85,000,000,000.00 is almost meaningless to our Federal Government UNTIL
they want to foster political gain then all of the sudden it's enough to
make or break the economy. Get real Orin, some of us actually understand the
Federal Governments lack of fiscal responsibility. You do not scare us with your
speeches you scare us with your actions.
The problem we have is the Washington elite (including Senator Hatch)
haven't worked in private industry. A well-run company requires a 5
percent budget reduction for every activity, each year. Then, if justified, new
activities are approved. For heaven's sakes, this sequestration is only
2.5 percent!Seven of the top ten counties with highest income are in
the Washington DC Metro area. Most bureaucrats could lose pay for one day per
week, with a concomitant 20 percent pay reduction. That's what many
companies were forced to do during the Depression.The bureaucrats
work for us; we don't work for them!