|
|
|
|
The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Nation's big debt is our biggest problem

  • The problem with the sequester is not how much the spending cuts amount to, it is how the cuts are made.
    • email print
  • To the editor:
    The problem with the sequester is not how much the spending cuts amount to, it is how the cuts are made.
    To imply we cannot cut 2.5 percent of our budget without hurting seniors or reducing America's ability to protect its citizens is ludicrous. Even if the sequester goes into effect, we are still spending more money today than we spent last year, and collecting more in taxes than ever before. What hardworking American family has not had to cut 2 percent from their budget in recent years? And why can't Congress do the same?
    Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it best, 'the biggest threat we have to our national security is our debt.' And although, cutting funding for military training and education programs, like those at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, will have a negative impact on our military readiness, borrowing money from other countries is also not a sustainable or prudent way to finance our national defense programs.
      • calendar