Letter: Trying to make sense of the federal budget
Let me get this budget thing straight. We’re over $16,500,000,000,000 (trillion) in debt. So, let’s give the Muslim Brotherhood, certainly not a friendly government to the U.S., or Israel $250,000,000 (million), 20 F-16 fighters and 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks. Then, give the Palestinians $500,000,000 (million).
A year ago, Obama and then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta cut $500,000,000,000 (billion) from defense. Then a sequester, which Obama insisted upon, came into effect, cutting an additional $43,000,000,000 (billion) from defense, in effect cutting 1/6th of their annual budget this year. $2,400,000,000 (billion) in aid to Pakistan, $2,200,000,000 (billion) for free cell phones for the poor, in addition to the annual cost for welfare alone, $700,000,000,000 (billion) plus additional costs for Medicaid, another $500,000,000,000 (billion).
The White House solution sold to our shipbuilding community? Blame the Republicans for the sequester. Really? Is it any wonder why we are going down the tubes? Elections have consequences. Wait till the full effects of Obamacare kick in. It’ll be like throwing gas on a fire. But don’t worry. The elite in D.C. have all the answers. Seems obvious to me that they created it in the first place.
Kendall C. Sentz
Gloucester Point, Va.