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Letter to the Editor: Sequestration Cuts

Chairman of the 11th Congressional district Republican committee writes about sequestration.

Editor's Note: The following was submitted as a Letter to the Editor from Terry Wear, chairman of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee. It is unedited. 

Dear Editor,

There have been numerous opportunities for Gerry Connolly to stop or slow the impending sequestration cuts that will result in tens of thousands of layoffs in Northern Virginia and the 11th District.  After voting for both versions of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which authorized this sequestration process; Connolly voted against several measures that would lessen the impact of the cuts, including an amendment authored by fellow Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell.

These sequestration cuts disproportionately burden Northern Virginia and the defense industry employees of the 11th Congressional District.  Necessary reductions in spending need to be shared proportionately by all citizens and all sectors of the economy, and should not be focused primarily on a particular segment of the workforce in the 11th District.  Fair is fair, and this is not!! 

Gerry Connolly has no interest in ensuring a fair process.  He prefers to sit quietly by and let President Obama and the Democratic leadership wreck havoc on the financial wellbeing of many 11th District families.  He hopes no one will notice while he attempts to preserve his political career at the expense of his constituents.  

Even his call for Congress to forgo its August recess to discuss ways to stop sequestration from beginning was a thinly veiled political maneuver to save face.  If he truly wanted to stop this sequestration, he could have supported one of the pieces of legislation offered to him over the past seven months.

Connolly’s unwillingness to take a leadership role in stopping sequestration will plunge our local economy into a full-blown depression, and significantly weakens our ability to protect ourselves.  All the while, Connolly will continue to collect his $174,000 annual salary and increase the value of his government-guaranteed pension that is the envy of most voters in the 11th District.

We need leadership in Washington that will stand up for the voters, even if that means they have to buck their party or leadership.  We wouldn’t be in this mess if Gerry Connolly spent more time preventing the unfair application of sequestration and less time protecting his political and financial future.

Terry Wear

Chairman, 11th Cong. District Republican Committee

ACS September 04, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Brian - the statement "to force the Republican-controlled Congress to actually do their jobs & make budgetary decisions that would reduce deficits going forward" is so completely juvenile!! ALL of Congress needs to stop playing games with the American people and DO THE RIGHT THING! Forcing and coercing shouldn't be in their vernacular! ALL parties need to start doing their job or the voices of the American people need to vote them OUT – regardless of party affiliation. I no longer align myself with one party for just this reason. With all of this “He said – She said” or who controls what garbage – the stuff is piling up and it’s time to recycle the waste! There is PLENTY of blame to go around all parties and I am beginning to tune out all those who immediately fly to “those Republicans did blah blah blah” or “those Democrats did blah blah blah.”
Mary Stachyra Lopez September 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM
A reminder to all: please keep your comments directed toward the issues, and the tone civil. Thank you.
Groovis Maximus September 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Yes, sequestration would disproportionately affect the defense industry. It would also disproportionately affect poor people - where's the outrage there? And - last I checked - Gerry Connolly isn't on either the Budget Committee or the Appropriations Committee, so his ability to avert sequestration is pretty limited. But the truth of the matter is that sequestration will most likely be averted while Congress kicks the can down the road - again. And we'll have to go through more of the same until Congress stops worrying about the next election and starts worrying about governing. Across the board reductions don't equal "governing."
Navid Roshan September 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Oh I'm sorry I thought your snide remark about a "pretty little chart" and my insignificant understanding was very grown up of you. The only way I know how to talk to petulant little brats is to treat them like the children they are. Instead of proposing internet violence why dont you respond to the issues on hand. Oh right, the GOP has no stance on actual issues, they just wanna skirt around it and talk about how many uses of the word god were in a platform, or what the capital of Israel is... you know the stuff that middle class Americans care about. In retort, nanny nanny boo boo, you can't do nothin bout it
Robert Morris September 06, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Navid Roshan, many people have left comments that are perfectly viable responses to your rants, but you are as inflexible in accepting compromise as our current Congress. There is no place in politics for lunatics and others that refuse to see what's on the other side of the street (aisle, if you will, in the political vernacular). You choose to wear your blinders and abrasive demeanor and refuse to think some people as are smart as you. I have a news flash for you: There are many people that are at least as smart, and have far better ideas than you. Perhaps if you closed your mouth and opened your mind, you could get a bit wiser. There is no reason for you to answer this thread. I realize I am wrestling with a pig and can only be brought into the mud with you if I continue. Have a nice day!

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