The goal of reducing projected federal deficits over the next 10 years by $4 trillion has been achieved, but only by making extremely inefficient across-the-board cuts required by the "sequester" agreement. This happened largely because of the continued allegiance by Republican lawmakers to a no-tax pledge. The tail is wagging the elephant.
It's time for reasonable Republicans to mount a campaign to take back their party. This was once the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt; it was respected on both sides of the aisle, and it could be again.
When that happens, the legislative logjam in Congress that has drastically slowed our economic recovery may finally break.
San Luis Obispo
The sequester is not a ticket to disaster. It is the best thing that could happen to the U.S. If Congress would just stay home the rest of President Obama's term, it couldn't do any more damage to our economy or intrude into our private lives. Take away President Obama's maxed-out credit card and force Congress to stop spending money and we just might get ahead of our debt.