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Who's to blame for sequestration?

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. That's the message shrieked by President Obama about those mandated federal spending cuts called "sequestration."

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In Washington, baseline budgeting is the presumption that every item in the budget will automatically increase between 3 and 10 percent depending on what the item is, every year, regardless what happened in the previous year.

Just the facts, ma'am:

• The idea originated in the White House and was promoted by the president and included as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

• It was passed through Congress, the GOP-majority House and the Democrat-majority Senate.

• The House vote was 269 to 166, with 95 Democrats and 174 Republicans supporting it.

• The Senate vote was 74 to 26, with 45 Democrats, 1 independent (who always votes with Democrats) and only 24 Republicans supporting it.

• The Democratic president then signed it into law on Aug. 2, 2011.

Let's get it straight. A Democrat in the White House proposed it. Democrats in the House supported it, a Democratic majority in the Senate passed it, and a Democrat president signed it into law.

But the Republicans are to blame for "sequestration"; according to the media that rarely acknowledges that this administration has added over a trillion dollars every year to the national debt.

Sadly, the cuts represent 2.7 percent of the budget or just $85 billion out of a $3.8 trillion budget. If Obama is shrieking over a small reduction in spending, what can be expected when America is Greece?

Robert Meale

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