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Sequester: Here We Go Again…


A chart showing specific government cuts.

A repeat of the fiscal cliff is dawning upon us. By the first of March, $85 billion will have to automatically be cut. Known as the sequester, these cuts will mainly affect federal workers. An approximate 800,000 workers are to expected to face 22 unpaid days, spread out, but end up being very close to about 20% in pay cuts. Congress needs to make a solution to the problem they already created. This solution must not hurt the economy in anyway. From the executive branch, POTUS is still pushing for a combination of tax increases on the rich and increase in spending cuts. It is now Congress’s turn. Congress must either choose raising taxes or increase spending cuts. As Secretary of State John F. Kerry stated, the “price of abandoning our global efforts would be exorbitant.” He means that if the government were to continue with spending cuts, then we would lose a lot of money that were meant for monitoring terrorist activity in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is even more important because of the “recent rise of Al Qaeda-linked militancy in North Africa.” This is why Congress and the President can not even consider of allowing the sequester to occur.

The United States needs these government programs to protect our citizens. The solution must be based on the middle class. Assuming that this solution will not make anyone happy, politicians must look at the benefits versus the costs. Congress must find a way to pull large amounts of money from the 1% of Americans and from large corporations and put that sum back into the middle class. The obvious solution is to raise taxes on the rich. However, after the fiscal cliff, raising taxes on the rich couldn’t even solve the budget crisis for one year. In his State of the Union address, President Obama stated that he wants to push the minimum wage to $9.00. This is a very necessary step to put more money into the pockets of the middle class and reduce the incomes of monopolistic companies. These are actions that Congress and the President could take to help rise the middle class without imposing spending cuts.

  1. govbryceh
    February 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Is the “recent rise… North Africa” quote also Kerry? You should either tell the source or more clearly attribute it to Kerry. In the second paragraph, you should try linking more. For instance, you could link the part about the minimum wage straight to a video of his speech talking about it. Overall, it is a good blog post that effectively reflects on our class.

  2. govdrewc
    February 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

    When talking about the “recent rise of Al Qaeda-linked militancy in North Africa,” I was wondering who said this and within what context. Also how would the raise of the minimum wage to 9.00$ affect government run and operated companies?

  3. govmichaelr
    February 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

    The relation back to class with the Fiscal Cliff is a very good idea. The only real suggestion I have would be for you to maybe look at more than 1 source to get multiple perspectives. Good Job

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