Friday, February 22, 2013

Those Nasty Cuts

Trey Smith

Every now and then, I pick up a copy of The Daily World, the newspaper out of Aberdeen. Yesterday's edition features two prominent headlines: 1) Defense Cuts Would Be Devastating and 2) Sequester Cuts: State Has Much To Lose From Cuts.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out what the article under the first headline is about. Folks in the military-industrial complex are simply aghast that the federal government's plan of austerity means that they too must shoulder a wee tad of the budget cuts. You see, the people and corporations that benefit financially from the most bloated line item in the federal budget can't be shorted one penny or, according to them, the US military will no longer be able to function.

These folks truly believe that we need to "tighten belts" -- just not theirs!!

What surprised me a bit -- though I suppose it shouldn't have -- is that the second article is much about the same damn thing. I was expecting at least a mention of education, infrastructure, job training or a sentence or two about the middle class and poor. But no cigar! This article discussed how potential cuts in the military budget would impact our state negatively.

For the most part, this seems to be the sole concern of our elected leaders and the mainstream media. Congress MUST strike some kind of deal or the American military machine will immediately look like the army of Fiji or Luxembourg! Few of the big wigs seem concerned at all about how across-the-board cuts will impact the rest of us. I guess we don't matter.

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