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SEQUESTER: Media fall for Pentagon scare tactics

Letter by Loren D. Wright, Lakewood on March 6, 2013 at 11:48 am with No Comments »
March 6, 2013 1:10 pm

Re: “15,000 teachers at military schools will get furloughs” (TNT, 3-5).

The Associated Press is once again playing into the hands of political forces that would manipulate it. The sequester spending cuts are less than 3 percent. In the business world, a 3 percent midyear spending adjustment is not uncommon and not particularly difficult to accomplish by trimming nonessential items and/or deferring routine costs like furniture and equipment replacement.

The Pentagon makes headlines claiming it must furlough teachers and cut back commissary hours as the result of a minor spending reduction. Delaying the delivery of a few aircraft would probably accomplish the necessary spending reduction, but it would not get any headlines.

Back to the subject: If the media understood the scale of the minor spending adjustments required by the sequester they would not be so gullible as to publish these political scare tactics.

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