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What Hypocrisy! Which Government Employees Will Not Take Salary Cuts Under Sequestration?

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Did you know that the salaries of those hypocrites in Congress who were directly involved with the creation of the horrific sequester legislation that will adversely affect many millions of their fellow Americans are entirely exempted from that process? That all the members of Congress can continue to pocket money that they haven't earned, while their fellow Americans suffer from the cowardly, unconscionable actions that they have taken?


This is something between ironic and totally nauseating. If anyone in Washington or, for that matter in this entire country, should have their salaries cut to reduce government spending, it is this group of political misfits (with a few notable exceptions) that does absolutely nothing to earn them. They should be the first to feel the axe of sequestration but they won't because they are protected. Here's a link to an article that explains why those in Congress will be exempted from salary cuts under that misguided legislation.


These "ne'er do wells" together with President Obama are directly responsible for failing to come up with appropriate spending reductions that would have prevented across the across the board reductions that affect so many elements and sectors of this country. Those who "lead" these two branches of the government gave it their usual feeble, lackluster effort and, once again, took the easy way out. So the result is that, as has happened time and again, politics has prevailed over the welfare of the people; and it will be the people who will suffer the consequences that will follow.


What's happening here is beyond comprehension. The American people didn't create any part of this national crisis, they aren't responsible in any way except for remaining too silent and submissive. But yet they are the ones who will now feel the brunt of these spending cuts. And the real culprits, those in Congress who have caused all this out of control spending and reckless management of the taxpayer's money, simply have resolved themselves of any blame. They are personally at fault and, if there was any semblance of fairness and justice in this sick political system they would have their salaries slashed.


In the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs there was the part where the jealous queen who possesses a magical mirror asks: "Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?" Well, suppose we equip this Congress with a modern-day version of that magic mirror and have them ask this question: "Magic mirror in our hands, who should be blamed for this monstrous sequestration dilemma that is threatening America's stability? And, of course, the answer would come back as: "The blame belongs to you who have betrayed the American people by refusing to conduct the business of this nation in a competent, ethical manner.


And when they look more deeply into their mirrors, they will see a reflection of individuals that are complete failures; that have failed to work with their fellow legislators to do everything in their power to take the obvious steps that would have negated this extremely severe action. Failure will stare them in the face and they will be forced to come to the realization that they themselves represent the greatest problem this country faces.


Most Americans who work to support their families, provide a good home, educate their children and be decent citizens try hard to do the best job they can and many strive to excel in their field of endeavor. They produce things, they sell, they create, and they earn their salaries. They are responsible citizens who comprise the fabric of this nation. Conversely, these useless members of Congress are not forced to do any of these things; they produce nothing of value that contributes to the growth and stability of this country. They are reactive not proactive. The salaries that they will continue to receive even during these times of austerity are unearned gifts from the taxpayers of America.


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