Congress "went on vacation... Lawmakers should think about the regular guys for once."



Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Obama pressures GOP to stave off 'meat cleaver' cuts," Feb. 20

With respect to sequestration, it appears that Congress created a problem that only Congress can solve (with the acquiescence of Obama, of course). But when the time comes to solve the problem, Congress is unable to solve it. They set themselves a trap, and then walked right into it.

Right now, sequestration is not the answer; just look at Europe's experience with austerity. Deficit spending must come under control only after our unemployment rate drops sufficiently. You cannot fix the economy by giving the wealthy more than they have now and expect the elderly and middle class to pay to fix the problem. Unemployment is today's most serious problem; fix that and the deficit will almost fix itself.

Congress had two weeks remaining to remedy sequestration, and its members went on vacation instead. Lawmakers should think about the regular guys for once.

Andrew Ogilvie