On Jan. 1 this year all working folks found out when they received their first paystubs of 2013, that the government had cut your take home pay by 2 percent.
They restored your contributions to Social Security and Medicare back to where they were a couple years ago, so the bottom line was your paycheck was 2 percent smaller.
Did President Obama travel all around the country saying that because Washington was cutting your paycheck by 2 percent the world as we know it was going to change? No, instead he just assumed Americans would do what we always do, tighten up our belt another notch and go back to work.
Enter the “Sequester” cuts. President Obama has spent the past few weeks flying around in his $200,000 an hour jet, telling crowds across America how devastating these Sequester cuts are going to be for our federal government. He doesn’t mention that it is only about 2 percent of federal spending.
Seems it was fine in January when Washington made us do with 2 percent cuts on our paychecks. Seems now, it is a national crisis two months later when the government is asked to cut its spending by 2 percent. Disgusting enough to make you sick, right?
Did Obama, in any of those stops where he was “crying wolf” say that Washington, even with the 2 percent cuts, is still going to spend more in 2013 than it did in 2012? No, he wouldn’t want you to know that.
What Obama should have done, instead of flying around, was to sit down at the Oval Office desk and write a few letters. We the American people could help him. Here are my suggestions:
His letter/s should say:
Dear (Other Country’s Leaders),
We regret to inform you that effective immediately we will no longer be sending you any more foreign aid until we balance our budget and pay off our debt.
You are aware the U.S. Congress has overspent our income to the tune of $16 trillion, and it seems foolish for us to give you more of our hard working Americans’ money along with the 40 cents we must borrow for every dollar we give you.
Feel free to contact us after our country is debt free and we’ll see if the American people will be willing to loan (not give) you some of their money at that time.
Sincerely, President Obama
Dear American People,
We regret to inform you that effective in 90 days the United States government will no longer be offering welfare to able bodied Americans since we as a nation can no longer afford to take care of those who are able to take care of themselves.
The U.S. Congress has put us $16 trillion in debt and it is time everyone who is able goes to work and helps us out of the mess they made.
You will be asked to show up at a local labor pool, sponsored by your town, city, county or state. At the end of your first month’s work, you will be handed your unemployment check.
Contrary to what the media reports, there are millions of jobs out there and we are counting on you to work as hard as the great Americans who built this marvelous nation for all of us.
Sincerely, President Obama
Dear United States Military,
Over the centuries you have been there for us. We have tried to give you everything you need to protect our nation. And, as you know the world has changed since WWII and we can no longer afford to have troops deployed all across the world, especially since the most serious threat the nation faces today is a financial one as the U.S. Congress has borrowed $16 trillion to keep us afloat.
So effective immediately we will no longer be borrowing money from foreign countries to fund our military. Instead we will be bringing our troops home to defend our nation instead of policing the world.
Rest assured, we will continue to fund the military for the purpose of defense, but will no longer be in the business of nation building.
Your Commander in Chief, President Obama
Half of you in the House and Senate can blame me for the $16 trillion debt. The other half can blame George Bush, but the fact is you appropriate the money and you make the tax laws, so before you whine and moan any longer, first take a long look in the mirror. There you will see the person/s responsible for our nation’s fiscal crisis.
You have given the American people a government they can no longer afford and it is high time you fixed the problem. Yes, it will take an increase in taxes. Effective immediately, the Democrats will be in charge of this. It will also take drastic spending cuts. The Republicans will be in charge of this.
This should be a labor of love for each party and provide you the opportunity to correct your previous wrongs and leave a country in pristine financial condition for future generations of Americans who hopefully will learn from your mistakes.
Awaiting your legislation, President Obama
Okay, I know the letters I wrote for the President seem far-fetched, but it is true we can no longer afford the government we have now.
We all have to either pony up and/or expect a lot less from the federal government. And it is true that Congress is solely responsible for this and until they put Americans and the United States above their political careers and political parties, nothing of any consequence will happen in Washington.