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March 14, 2013

Politicians should cut budget, too

— Congress and the White House should feel the pain of budget cuts if elected officials expect their constituents to accept sequestration.

Congress and the White House should show the nation it knows how to manage a budget like so many United States taxpayers.

Instead, our elected officials continue to battle over the national debt while failing to actually pass a real budget.

Each party continues to go for an outright win instead of doing what’s best for the nation — compromise.

What’s infuriating is that Congress continues to fund its pensions and quality health care while cutting our jobs and gutting our health care. Both parties help force budget cuts that could have been avoided by compromise.

Maybe Congress should cut its budget — by the same amount sequestration cuts from national spending.

Maybe Congress should cut the same percentage of its staff as the private sector and government will be forced to cut because of sequestration.

Perhaps if their salaries, pensions, and health care came under the same attack, elected officials would be more willing to understand our frustration.

Walk a mile in their constituents’ shoes — if, after sequestration, we can afford shoes.

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