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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama allowing sequester because Republicans are refusing more taxes

By Frank H. Christian
March 5, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

President Barack Obama has spent the last few weeks and millions of dollars explaining to America, in trips back and forth across the country, that the sequestration portion of the Budget Control Act, which he suggested, promised veto of any other plan that did not contain new taxes. He told us previously that sequestration was "never going to happen."

His problem is Republicans, desperately trying to bring fiscal responsibility to our Congress, have not caved on his demand for even more new taxes. His speeches itemize and enlarge the devastation of sequestration. Homeland Security has already released 300 criminal illegal immigrants because of fear that cuts will eliminate funds to pay for them. Unbelievable? Believe it! He insists that these heinous effects on men, women and children will occur because Republicans will not allow him to close tax loopholes on "wealthy Americans!"

Here is the truth of the matter: Obama will allow the horrible consequences of sequestration to be foisted upon innocent Americans because House Republicans will not give him more tax money to spend. Pure and simple.

Frank H. Christian is a Columbia resident.