*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Letter to the Editor titled “PBS and taxpayer money” by Todd Boothe, published in the Thursday, April 18 Lake Sun.
In response to Mr. Boothe, let me say that most of his article was very well stated. In the past I have contributed to PBS and greatly appreciate most of their programming. PBS did air the “Memphis Soul” Program on Tuesday, April 16.
However, for Mr. Boothe to insinuate or suggest that I may get my information from opinionated news outlets or the “Rush Limbaugh’s” of this world is wrong and very much opinionated on his part.
My intent was to show that while there are many people in our country who are slipping through the cracks due to economic circumstances, our tax dollars could be used in a more effective manner to help those in need or prop up some of the programs that are being cut, not to denigrate PBS.
There are many sources of news that are unbiased and not in the tank for the Democratic or Republican parties. There are people in this country who are what I would call “fiscal conservatives” and that has nothing to do with their views on politics or political parties.
They simply watch their money and budget with what they have. Our Governments, Federal, State, County and City should do the same. Our Missouri Legislators are not immune to the likes of Lobbyists – but, that is for another column.
The “we” in my last paragraph refers to myself and my family and is based upon our own judgment and research – not someone’s talk show or biased news outlet. If you do not recall the 2011 Budget Ceiling debate that the President had with Congress and how the Sequestration came into being law - then let me direct your attention to the following website: www.foreffectivegov.org/budget/debtceilingfaq.pdf.
To synopsize the FAQ’s on this website (this is an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) watchdog) President Obama signed the Sequestration into law on August 2, 2011 the Budget Control Act of 2011 in order to get the Debt Ceiling raised for more spending. Where did the Sequestration budget cuts originate? From the Super Committee – 12 members of Congress of both the House and Senate – equally divided with six from each party.
However, Jack Lew was then the President’s Director of OMB and nothing concerning the Budget got to the President without his approval. Obama could have vetoed the Bill – but, he didn’t – don’t forget that the Super Committee was comprised of six (6) democrats from the House and the Senate – as well as six Republicans from both Houses.
Page 2 of 2 - So why didn’t Jack Lew disapprove the Committee’s recommendations – why didn’t the President veto this Bill? If the President says the Sequestration is stupid – why did he sign it into law?
Was it simply to get the Debt Ceiling raised or was it fodder for later use?
What was the President’s and Jack Lew’s idea behind allowing this to become law? You tell me.