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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Hey Washington: Sequester these real facts

Wolf! Wolf!

Just another day at the office for our elected leaders as they forgo the job of managing and leading our nation and resort to name calling and "blame-storming," the practice of throwing names on a board until one of them strikes everyone as the perfect person to blame for the current mess.

Since my grasp of math is tenuous at best, I needed a simple way to understand these "draconian" cuts of $85 billion (with a b!) that will impact every man, woman and child and lead to mass starvation, expose us to foreign military attack and cause economic collapse. Or not.

The current federal budget (and yes, I know Congress hasn't formally passed one in four years) is $3.8 trillion (with a t!). The sequestration cuts are $85 billion. Carry the zeros...it's 2.4 percent and (I hope you are sitting down for this) that's after the Federal Budget increased 8 percent year-to-year. So basically, these "horrible" cuts do nothing to reduce government spending and only cut the rate of growth from 8 percent to 6 percent.

While there is little argument that cutting like this may not be the best way to reign in federal spending, the claims of an "end of days" scenario are fantasy at best, just like the concept that Congress would ever cut anything voluntarily, especially if it cost any of them even one vote.

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About the Author


I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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