Shutting down airport towers is political tool

Feb. 25, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I am once again disappointed that the Victoria Advocate would allow itself to be used in the Obama propaganda machine.

Even if sequestration is fully implemented, the federal budget will increase by $15 billion.

There is no decrease in the budget, only a cut in the GROWTH of federal spending.

In other words, the federal government will have $15 billion more to spend this year than last year.

This is a fact, not my opinion.

If airport control towers are shut down, this is a political, not monetary, decision by Obama to make the uneducated voter (obviously the majority) believe that the Republicans have shut down airports.

Even if there was less money to spend, it would be primarily the executive branch that decided where cuts would be made.

Why not cut federal employees' mandated sensitivity training instead of airport services?

But there is no reduction in spending.

Teachers' pay will not be cut - especially since teachers are paid by local property taxes - and the same with the police (sales tax and property tax).

Social Security and other federal pensions are mandated to be paid before any other payments are made, so nobody would lose their checks.

But since there is no reduction in spending in the first place, none of that is going to happen anyway - unless Obama wants it to happen for political reasons.

Want to balance the budget? Then keep last year's budget for the next five years, with no increase in spending, except for inflation, and the budget will be close to being balanced. Simple.

Democrats want to go back to Clinton-era tax rates. Fine. Then let's also go back to Clinton-era spending!

Not my opinion, just fact.

Roy Erwin, Shiner



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