Thanks to Republican obstructionism in Congress, the nation was forced into the sequester - a series of automatic and destructive budgets cuts that you and your neighbors are just beginning to feel.
In the face of these devastating cuts, House Speaker John Boehner went on TV and said, "I don't know whether it's going to hurt the economy or not ... I don't think anyone quite understands how the sequester is really going to work."
Really? Why are you the Speaker, then, Boehner?
The sequester will cut 10,000 teaching jobs, 70,000 spots for preschoolers in Head Start, $43 million for food programs for seniors, $35 million for local fire departments, and access to nutrition assistance for over half a million women and their families.
And the reason congressional Republicans let these cuts go into effect is because they simply wouldn't support closing tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires - for things like yachts and corporate jets. Unbelievable, while people starve.
It's time for the congressional Republicans to take action to stop the sequester budget cuts and obstruction which "they" started after President Obama was elected in 2008 and then re-elected.
Jerry L. Payne