To the editor:
First we have the Man-made global climate change Chicken Littles, and now we have the Sequestration Chicken Littles. A recent KC Star article, which should have been on the opinion page and not the front page, talks about an $85 billion "cut" to a $3.6 trillion federal budget.
Of course there hasn't been a federal budget for going on four years now. Do the math: the $85 billion represents 2.4 percent of $3.6 trillion. This is not a cut in any way. The federal budget over the next 10 years with sequestration will GROW by $2.4 trillion versus $2.5 trillion without sequestration. In simple terms, for those of you who received public education over the last 20 years, this is an increase of $240 billion per year. So why can't the government do what it did last year with $240 billion more this year?
This is all scare tactics to push still more tax increases. If the different department managers can't handle 2.4 percent decrease in expected funding, then they should all be fired. The world is not going to end on March 1, the federal government is not going to disappear and services will not cease unless the president deems it so.
Some will say well how about the defense department? Well, you can bet that combat readiness/capability will be cut to save the bureaucracy. The Army has almost as many generals today as it had in WWII.
Not only that, but there has been grade inflation and the percentage of three and four stars is higher now than WWII. In WWII we had 100 divisions in the field and today we have 10. You could fire 25 percent of the people in the Pentagon and troops in the field would be ecstatic.
So stop talking about cuts because there aren't any. A reduction in the rate of spending increases is only a "cut" if you are a Democrat. It's a matter of priorities and today the priorities at the federal level are all messed up.