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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Feb 26, 2013 - 2:36 pm

When it comes to sequester, you are being lied to

Besides the fact that the "massive" sequestration cuts add up to only 2 percent of federal spending in fiscal 2012 (look it up), the president is on tour making dramatic claims about job losses, economic stagnation, and generally trying to create mass hysteria to support his wish for more "revenue" (read: your money).

We've heard of airport closings, cutbacks in school lunch programs, the release of prisoners from prison (many of them illegals), teacher layoffs, reduction in the TSA leading to four-hour waits at the airport (assumedly the ones still open for business) and a variety of other doomsday scenarios that stop just short of calling for the public executions of puppies because of lack of federal funds.

I'm calling his bluff. To quote Col. Sherman T. Potter from the TV show "M.A.S.H.", "horse hockey!"

I'd be offended at these blatant lies and attempts to stir public outrage if I wasn't used to, or expecting, such blatant mistruths from elected officials. It is obvious to every thinking adult that the cuts being proposed as a result of the sequestration are designed specifically to elicit cries of pain from the public. Does anyone really believe that a 2 percent cut (and that's after an 8 percent increase over 2011 spending) is so drastic as to close airports and prisons?

We all know there are billions in government departments and programs that could be cut permanently tomorrow and none of us would ever notice, or care, that they were gone. But what political purpose would that serve? If cuts were made and you didn't feel affected, threatened or disadvantaged, it would prove that government isn't nearly as necessary as it claims to be.

So let the cuts happen, and then cut again and finally we may get down to a government we can actually afford and are willing to pay for.

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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 up… 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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