Congress gets away with what others don't

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The TV news regularly shows the results of polls in which taxpayers are asked who is to blame for the sequester. The fact is, it really doesn't matter who is to blame. Our expectation of our elected officials is that they will do the right thing for our country, not that they will point fingers at one another when they don't get what they want.

How many times do you think an employee of any company would be able to justify not doing his or her job by blaming someone else? Most likely only once, twice if the person is lucky. Anything beyond that and he or she would be on the outside looking in. Yet this has been the standard operating procedure of our elected "leaders."

As a federal government employee, I face the potential of being furloughed as a result of the sequester. If I can't perform my job at an acceptable level, fire me or move me to a position with less responsibility and lower pay. If it is determined that what I do is not necessary, then eliminate my position. But don't punish me because the president and Congress can't accomplish what they were sent to Washington to do.

FRED IRION
Crescent


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