With 85 billion dollars in sequester cuts about to take place March 1, 2013 under the agreement reached between the president and congress chatter on the Hill is heating up. In the past several days President Obama and others on the Hill have charged these drastic cuts will be terrible and cause huge economic strife if allowed to take place. All rhetoric of course is unfounded.
Our nation will not falter, the rains won's stop, our government will not close down and citizens will not lose their jobs. The fact of the matter is these cuts are nothing for a nation that has a spending problem.
The draconian cuts amount to just 2.3% of the 3.6 trillion dollars spent in 2012. Our representatives allowed legislation which authorizes an increase to our national debt by $1,200,000,000,000 which is unacceptable if a nation is going to prosper. Just 2.3% or 85 billion dollars which our federal government spends in just 8 days.
Every minute that passes our government must write a check for 6,753,509,. to pay our debt so we don't fall off the fiscal cliff. That is every minute of every day folks, 6.7 million dollars is or will be spent. We have allowed those in Washington D.C to spend our money on legislation filled with waste, fraud and projects that are not needed.
There are many ways how to gain control of our fiscal cliff if both sides would work for our nation instead of their personal agenda's. First we need to stop the insane policy each bureau must adhere to "use it or lose it" when it comes to their budgets. The military for example must present a budget, legislation passes and then in order not to have their budgets cut they must spend everything they are allotted.
We all heard stories of waste within the military all of our lives. My personal experience was with a mess hall cook in Vietnam who told me how every month they received a new shipment of pots and pans only to put them in the middle of a field and blow them up with a tank.
Why, so they would not have their budget cut for the next year just in case they needed more for the wars or they under estimated their needs. There was no safety valve stipulating agencies to use what was needed but if you come under budget you won't be harmed by having a smaller budget the next go around.
Next, we need single issue legislation presented to the president for passage into law. With single issue legislation there will be no two thousand page laws with hundreds of billions of dollars included for special interest and unnecessary projects. Currently to receive votes those offering the bill must bribe members to get their vote. This must stop.
Our nation is 16.5 trillion dollars in debt with more then 120 trillion due in unfunded mandates within the next ten years that congress spent without our authorization. Let's control those elected to represent our best interests and we will gain control of our fiscal cliff problem.