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2/26/2013
Here we go again

Here we go again.

It's all about federal cuts and spending, just like it was in December.

The president and Congress simply pushed the December budget problems off until March, and by the grace of God we've all made it to March, which is just a couple days off.

Then what?

The Obama administration has released a list of what would be cut, and the list is dire for Alaska and likely other states as well. It's an attempt to make cuts sound as horrendous as possible by choosing some of the most necessary programs to reduce or hang out there as possible programs for cutting to worry the public. What really needs to be cut perhaps isn't even on the list.

But, what else would be expected? The nation is trillions of dollars in debt. It's spending more than it makes. Most everyone knows that is an unsustainable business plan. For the government to remain in business, it has to spend less and increase taxes — the latter it did in January by increasing payroll deductions from every paycheck in America.

That tax increase is rippling through the economy. Employees noticed they don't have as much money as they did. If the feds increase taxes further, they'll have even less.

Cutting has to take place, and it will hurt somewhere, but it will be more painful if it isn't done, allowing the problem to increase in size. Government leaders shouldn't just wack out big swaths of the agencies that do the people's work, either. They should look at every job and determine whether there is slack to be taken up. It's likely there is at least some slack, and while taking up the slack won't balance the federal budget, it will ensure that the government is operating as efficiently as possible or as efficient as a well-functioning government could. Then, like in private enterprise, the president and Congress will need to look at what jobs will have to be eliminated. Chances are some of those aren't even filled at this time.

Simultaneously, the government will need to welcome industry expansion to provide jobs in private enterprise for displaced government employees. Industry creates wealth; the fed needs wealth to acquire the riches it seems to wish to spend.

If Congress doesn't work together toward eliminating debt and the deficit, it can be sure voters will throw them out of office in 2014.

So, they can lose their seats in the process of making the tough financial decisions or by continuing to be ineffectual. It's likely with the current state of affairs, they will be history whichever choice they make.

The electorate is fed up with D.C. politics, the fiscal cliff and leaders' inability to get a grip on federal finances.