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Niles Eastman, Fargo, Published May 06 2013

Letter: Cuts guarantee families will lose

House Speaker John Boehner wrote to fellow House Republicans, explaining that his “tactical approach” of allowing sequestration cuts was a success, stating “… we forged a plan and have stuck with it, our actions as a team over the past couple months have made a difference for all Americans.”

Truer words have seldom been spoken.

Unfortunately, the “success” of this approach means American families are losing. It’s likely that the 2,600 North Dakota workers who are taking a 20 percent pay cut due to furloughs could have gone without the speaker’s “difference for all Americans.”

Calling the sequester, $83 billion dollars in across-the-board cuts, a successful strategy is callous to the point of incredulity. What does it say about our elected representatives when playing games with American families is seen as a valid political ploy? What does it say about members of Congress who are holding the lives, livelihood and educations of working Americans hostage, in a “tactical approach” to make their opponents recalibrate their positions?

What we need is for our representatives to start doing some representing. We can start right here in North Dakota, and I urge Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., to stand up against the cruel games of the speaker and call for a responsible approach to economic policy. Constituents are not pawns; they are living, breathing people, and it is the responsibility of our elected Representative to look out for their interests first and let political maneuvering take the backseat.