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SEQUESTER: Kilmer offers little but hand-wringing

Letter by Nicholas Malden, Tacoma on March 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm with No Comments »
March 19, 2013 2:07 pm

Re: “Why Congress must replace across-the-board budget cuts” (Viewpoint, 3-19).

The sequester is the result of neither party’s leadership willing to publicly declare their bBudget priorities, compromise and then agree on how those priorities will be funded. We can all agree the consequences are unfortunate, but Congressman Derek Kilmer’s Viewpoint does nothing to advance the debate.

In fact there is no mention of a single program Kilmer might find deserving of some pruning or modest realignment. He simply wrings his hands over the consequences of Congress’ inability to get something done.

He is there. What is he personally doing about it?

There is probably a new revenue component to any long-term budget fix, but it’s widely understood the government could seize 100 percent of the wealthiest Americans’ assets and still not address our long-term budget issues. We need both sides of the aisle to speak clearly on the subject and come clean with what needs to be done to sensibly right the ship.

It would have been refreshing for our newest representative to have published an article staking out his position on the debate and what he thinks should be done to bridge the gap. Narrative hand-wringing is not effective nor additive.

How about canceling just one $500 million F-35 fighter? That could restore a lot of college funding for veterans.

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