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Time to honor commitment to reduce spending

Posted: February 4, 2013 - 11:25am

March 1, 2013 as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, I support sequestration — automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal

spending because: (1) It is a program to which Congress committed itself in the past. For once, it is a good idea to follow through on commitments made to reduce spending. (2) The spending/debt of this country is so far past reality something has got to be done. (3) Due to the size of the debt and the amount of government spending there cannot be one agency or department that will notice a reduction in funding of a flat amount that effects everyone.

There has got to be a reduction in spending, a point at which to start; and I explained to Mrs. Murkowski when she spoke in Soldotna on January 11, I whole heartedly support this as a start that must begin now! Following Mayor Navarre’s admonishment to pay attention, I will be watching your vote of support on this issue, the beginning of spending reduction, and I will see that this information is spread far and wide. Thank you for doing the right thing and supporting this!

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Sam Von Pufendorf
Sam Von Pufendorf 02/04/13 - 04:05 pm

Ms Hutchison, I always enjoy reading your letters as they provide an educated and informed opinion on matters of pressing urgency.

However, on this issue I have a bit of a different opinion. Sequestration would assume cuts amounting to $1.2 trillion through 2021. In immediate 2013 impacts, there would be a $55 billion cut in defense spending and additional cuts of $55 billion in non defense spending.

I agree, we have gotten to the point where we will all feel some pain in regards to digging ourselves out of debt. But sequestration is not the answer. The economic impact would be gregarious and would more than likely result in a deeper recession than that which we are now coming out of.

We must realize that defense spending is much more than direct military spending. It is indirect as well. The indirect includes the vendors that supply the food, clothing, bedding for our troops and the maintenance of the domestic military installations just to name a few. Those represent jobs, and will most likely feel the brunt of the budgetary ax concerning defense spending.

A more thoroughly thought out budget with government waste put on the chopping block would put us much further ahead. There will still be plenty of pain to be felt by every American. But across the board budgetary cuts are not the answer. Agencies that should be disposed of (Dept of Energy would be a good start in that list) would save billions. Combining or consolidation of other departments would also save billions.

But, if nothing can be agreed upon, we should pay the piper for the poor leadership we have allowed to flourish in Washington. If these people are the best we can do ...

Thank you again for inspiring thought in the rest of us.

spwright 02/05/13 - 09:03 am

If you want a immediate understanding of what these Military Budget Cuts will do to a Local Community?

Watch what is happening in Fairbanks & the Air Force wanting to move F-16 Fighters from Fairbanks to Anchorage.
No Big Deal right ? NOT Very Big deal to the Residents of Fairbanks. 100's of Jobs will be Cut.
Civilian Contractors that employ local Fairbanks Residents will Go Out of Business & Alaskan Residents will lose their jobs.
So those that scream stop spending & shrink big goverment.
They will shrink Gov alright & that begins with Civilian Contractors & local employees.

Dept of Defence employs 1000's of Alaska Residents Statewide.


Sam Von Pufendorf
Sam Von Pufendorf 02/05/13 - 10:15 am
The Pain

I guess I need to clarify my position a little further. I wholly support a reasonable cut in military spending. Unfortunately, regardless of how moderate or reasonable that cut may be, Alaska will feel its effect a bit more than most of the other states. Government and military spending has been a staple of our economy in Alaska and as a result, those budgetary cuts to the military will be our pain to deal with.

As for the move of the F-16's, that is definitely a jolt to the economy in Fairbanks. But it is a small jolt compared to what will be felt should sequestration come to fruition. Even reasonable military cuts will be felt much more here than say, Iowa. Our representatives have an obligation to act in the best interest of Alaska, but their bigger obligation is to act in the best interest of the country. What is best for the United States is not always going to be what is best for Alaska and we need to realize which is the greater good! If the United States isn't economically healthy and fails, it only stands to reason Alaska and will follow suit. Our congress needs to stop acting in the favor of the special interests and start acting in favor of the national interest or our days will be truly numbered. Unfortunately, when they vote as is necessary in congress, they will lose votes in the ballot box.

As I have stated before, we have been on a 40 year drunk and it is now time to suffer the hangover. There is no escaping the pain and it is time we start acting in a fiscally responsible manner! To do that, we all must make sacrifices just as the generations before us have. Those sacrifices will not be easy and they will not be short term. But we need to stop being a group of states all asking "what's in it for me?" and become a nation of responsible citizens asking "how are we as a nation going to deal with this?"

Sam Von Pufendorf
Sam Von Pufendorf 02/05/13 - 12:09 pm
Another in a series

In the news today, the President is already asking for a "short term fix" to avoid sequestration. This is just another in a sixteen year series of "short term fixes." We continue to delay the inevitable. The more of these "short term fixes" we put in place without having a clear path forward, the worse our hangover is going to be once it finally comes time.

The reasoning behind the short term fix? "With time running out before the sequestration cuts impact government spending and result in job losses and economic slowdown, Congress should act now to pass a temporary fix that will allow time for further negotiations on a broader plan."

Congress has proven time and time again that given additional time, they will simply fritter it away and allow us to sink deeper into fiscal ruin.

No extra time!!! Congress needs to do their job, or we must suffer for their inaction. I am not in favor of sequestration! I am in favor of congress doing what they were elected to do!

This comes full circle, Ms Hutchison, to your earlier letter about paying attention! If they (congress) can't act in the best interest of our nation, toss them out at the next opportunity and "hire" someone who will!

BigRedDog 02/08/13 - 08:50 am
Cut Spending, give Egypt Fairbanks F-16's

Just kidding, but you looked. Moving those fighter aircraft from close proximity to our VITAL Clear missle site is just SO stupid, it makes me think somebody never played a board game. You might as well give them to Egypt for all the good they'll do defending that Missle Site from another 150 miles away. Placing such a great target of opprotunity in Alaska puts a BIG bullseye right there. Now to not have multiple or at least dual fighter protection is scary. Pop one good cap on JBER and how would provide fighter cover for this Vital Missle Sheild?

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