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BUDGET: This isn’t about president’s race

Letter by Gil Wilde, Gig Harbor on Feb. 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm | No Comments »
February 28, 2013 9:34 am

Re: “Republicans welcome sequester pain” (letter, 2-27).

I almost hurled my Cheerios this morning while reading the drivel concerning the budget. The writer blames Republicans and predicts a tsunami of pain because of a desire on their part to see President Obama fail.

Our problems cannot be viewed as Democrats vs. Republicans. The real battle is conservative ideology vs. progressive ideology. The extreme factions will never prevail, but they serve a useful purpose by forcing the dialogue. At the moment our dialogue is stalled.

I found it very offensive for the writer to inject race into the equation: “They want America to fail under our first black president … they desperately fear the fall of white male dominion.”

This is not about color. It is about the economic stability of our country. Obama got his tax increase. Republicans agreed to kick the can down the road so spending reductions could be negotiated.

Keep in mind the new tax is projected to bring in more than $600 billion in revenue. Now the president wants additional taxes before he will agree to spending cuts. The sequestration will only impact $85 billion of spending. Even if it goes through we will still spend more in 2013 than we did in 2012.

Currently, 45 percent of our tax dollars are spent paying interest on our debt. If sequestration becomes a reality because of political impasse, it will look like a day at the beach compared to what our kids will be facing without any meaningful entitlement reform. Keep race out of this.

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