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Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Cut. What’s Cut? it is nor increase, nor growth,  nor upsurge, nor intensification, nor any other part belonging to a government. O, be some other name!  What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; So Sequester would, were he not Sequester call’d, Retain that dear perfection which he owes without that title. Sequester, doff thy name, and for that name which is no part of thee tax all myself.

Alas, I’m so confused – numbers are being thrown around, tours being cancelled, parks closed, furloughs promised, carriers docked.  I see “stuff” being cancelled and blamed on the sequester, but what are the realities here?  A cut of say $200,000,000, from what?  A 5% cut in this program – from what?  I have a current program that is currently operating, delivering services for $1000 – now, my next fiscal budget is going to be $1100 (10% increase), this increase is to cover expanded/new services, as well as additional costs to operate – but this nasty sequester cuts my proposed increase to only 5%.  Does that mean I now stop everything I’ve been doing because I’ve had this 5% “cut” in spending?  Or does it mean I postpone incorporating new services, or look at ways to improve the efficiency of my service?

The politics of our government is distorting the real issues we face – and this is dangerous.  Creating fear through misinformation confuses everyone and makes it difficult to have a real debate on the issues at hand.  It would be nice to have a real understanding, a picture that honestly describes what is being actually cut, and cut from exactly what – and is it a cut if it still is increased, just increased less? Come on – we can handle the truth!  In business, when revenues dip, we make decisions to reduce spending – we start by reducing overtime, or by curtailing travel – we look for waste in processes – we find ways of continuing to improve services with less.  Let’s just say, If the President wanted to, he could have eliminated just one trip on Air Force 1 and saved enough money to leave the White House tours to continue without interruption – pure politics.

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As I began to write this post – I found myself writing an open letter to the President – here’s what I’d say:

Mr. President, your campaign is over.  You ran a well run campaign, demonized a good man, fired up your supporters, and won an election some might say was against the odds, given your record.  Some might even say your supporters went a bit overboard (as in the Hamilton County, Ohio voter who was proud to get to vote for you multiple times).  You received significantly more votes than did Mitt Romney, but it was not a landslide (you really only received about 29% of the vote based on the total eligible voters – not just those who came out to cast a ballot).   But you did win, and you now are the people’s President – including mine.  As an American, I appreciate the differences in this vast land that builds our character – who we are.  There are many views that mix all together and make this country great.  But I have a problem Mr. President – I’m concerned that there is much hard work to do to help make this country remain the exceptional nation it has always been – and yet you choose to continue campaigning, rather than lead.

Remember Mr. President – you were elected as the President of the United States, serving the people of these United States – NOT, as it seems of recent, just those who voted for you (remember, only 29% of the country).  While I’m perfectly fine with your need to rile up support from your party in an attempt to win an election, now that you have won, it is time to serve ALL the people.  Of course this is not an easy thing to do – you must listen to others views, thoughtfully consider these, and weave them into how you lead the nation.  It means rolling up your sleeves, facilitating rigorous discussion, and compromising on your views, considering your ideas might not be the best approach.  Leading this nation based on fear and one-sided thinking is hurting our country – one we both love and care for.  Always placing blame on others is not leadership – it is “victimship”.

The Sequestration was an idea you pushed for – thinking these indiscriminate cuts would drive both parties to work hard to avoid them – Congress bought into the idea – sure it was the “easy” thing to do – pass a bill saying if we can’t figure this out over the next 12 or so months, these nasty tax hikes and cuts will automatically go into effect – kind of like MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction).  But what did YOU do to help drive a solution that would solve this problem – well, OK  you were busy getting reelected.  When it was time for America to go over the “fiscal  cliff”, everyone kicked the can down the road a few more months.  You already won the election, so it was your time to lead the country – to take republican and democratic leaders and bring them together (why not a great week at Camp David).  Facilitate a discussion to identify common ground, compromise on certain principles, and develop a solution that addresses ALL American views.  Do this hard work to reform tax code, reform entitlements, find ways to make the government operate more efficiently – do even more with less (it can be done).

As my President, that is what I expect you to do.  Under NO circumstances do I want you to take a partisan approach to solving our nations problems, and then spend my money to run around in perpetual campaign mode, trying to convince those you’ve pushed away that it’s your way, or the world collapses.  If you want the government to take a bigger role then its supposed to do – then find ways to do it that will reduce our spending.  As my President, I expect you to bring this country together to solve our problems, to protect our interests, and to be a good steward of OUR money.

Mr. President, I’m disappointed in your leadership skills, your ability to understand our economy, your lack of business skills, your lack of concern about the views of a significant portion of this country that you should be listening to, and your inability to bring congress together to solve the challenges we face.  In the remaining years of your last term, I pray you find the wisdom to correct your shortcomings and the strength to face the tough challenges head on.  Creating and environment of fear, and then blaming someone else for this fear is simply immoral.

Best regards,

A Concerned American

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