Cut, cut, cut seems to be all that Congressional Republicans want to do but President Barack Obama should see a simple solution to America’s budget problem. Republicans are not mad about spending; they are mad about Barack Obama. Anything the president supports, Republicans will oppose.
So this is what the president should suggest: The president should seek legislation that would require Congress to cut itself first.
Why can’t Congress cut Senator and House members’ salaries down to minimum wage? Many of the Congresspersons are multi-millionaires anyway.
How about cutting Congressional health plans out all together and make elected officials use the same Medicare and Medicaid programs that poor people have to use that must be supplemented because federal health “entitlements” don’t pay the full costs for anything?
Perhaps Congress will be willing to cut their retirement plans that provide both money and health benefits for as long as they live.
And, what about cutting Congressional staff’s salaries, travel benefits, office expenditures and other miscellaneous costs?
Now, Gantt Report readers should know that the whole Congress bears responsibility for the current fiscal problems called sequestration that requires substantial across-the-board cuts to the federal budget.
Both Republicans and Democrats alike signed on to the idea of making budget cuts via a budgetary death wish. Members of both political parties decided to create a fiscal catastrophe that would inflict economic damage on the whole United States unless a political bargain is reached by March 1.
At the time of this writing, no bargain had been reached and Americans have no hope any political agreement will be reached.
The voters thought they would be electing a president and a Congress that would make spending cuts but those same elected officials were expected by voters to tax the super-rich who are, percentage-wise, the least taxed.
Federal programs with the largest budgets probably have the greatest waste.
But one party wants a welfare plan for defense contractors but do not want welfare for needy women, children and babies.
The White House is taking its side of the sequestration story to the streets.
The people are being told that sequestration will mean more dangerous airports, poorer schools, limited health care and no infrastructure repairs.
But the truth of the matter is sequestration cuts are small tomatoes. If cuts go through with no increase in tax revenue, only about 700,000 jobs nationwide will be lost but a lot of the positions are critical jobs that keep us safe and secure. Congressional support for sequestration was a bad idea from the jump.
African Americans should know better than any other citizens that you can never depend on government to do the right thing.
*Pictured above is Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing. He may be reached at allworldconsultants.net