Sequestration

For the past few weeks we have been hearing a great deal about the looming effects of sequestration. It was such a serious issue that Congress had to recess for a week prior to it happening and the president felt the need to go play golf with Tiger Woods.

Now we have various and assorted members of the president’s cabinet going on TV with dire warnings of no or reduced border patrol agents, kids not being able to attend Head Start, longer lines at airports because of a lack of TSA agents and the latest I heard was that the Homeland Security department was going to be forced to let illegal aliens who were presently in jail, go free. It sounds like some really drastic changes all because of a less than 3 percent cut in the federal budget. In the past year I had my heath insurance go up 700 percent, our food costs are up about 25 percent, and just a few weeks ago, the moorage on my boat went up $4 a foot. All of these things have had an impact on me, but I don’t over react and burn down my house because I can’t afford the electricity any more. I’ve made adjustments, as most working class Americans have to do.

These actions on the part of the president’s chosen cabinet members are extreme and apparently meant to get our attention. What I would like to know is, whatever happened to a government of the people, by the people and for the people? I don’t want to be governed by people who seem to be willing to hurt me for whatever political gain they may obtain. If the president has such an incompetent bunch of buffoons running his cabinet posts, perhaps it’s time to replace them with people who are qualified and who are willing to look out for the well being of the American public.

Tom Botts

Hoonah

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