ROCKWALL – The owner of Rockwall’s Horizon Auto Center, Ken Sterling, is not happy about Sequestration, the automatic budget cuts which will occur this Friday if the U.S. Congress and the White House cannot reach a compromise on government spending cuts and tax increases and pass a federal budget.
So he posted a message on the sign out front of his business, stating his opinion: “Sequestration, Budgeting for Cowards.”
Sterling, who is also the Vice Chairman of the Rockwall County Republican Party, told The Rockwall News that he believes it’s long past time to propose and pass a realistic federal budget, which is required by law but has been ignored for four years.
He explained that not one budget has been passed since Pres. Obama has been in office. He said sequestration is a result of their cowardice to propose and pass a realistic budget.
“OK, first Obama came up with the idea; then he threatened to veto any action to change it; then he thinks it is a bad idea because it may actually come to pass,” said Sterling. “He was sure he could bully Congress through the court of public opinion.”
“Hold his feet to the fire and actually see if we can get any “growth rate” cuts (a total of one percent this year) to the non-existent budget. The tragedy here is what it does to our military. But, hey, when was the last time Obama cared about our country and especially the brave men and women of our military? Our only hope is if the our Republican representatives and senators hold fast…. We are counting on you, especially good people like our Congressman Ralph Hall and Senator Ted Cruz.”
Sterling said he feels that the President could not do more harm to the American economic and monetary systems, job market, and culture if he started out with the purpose of trying to destroy all these areas.
“The Sequester was his idea. He defended it when it looked like Congress was going to pass legislation which would change the plan. Then he forgot the idea was his. Jay Carney admitted in a press conference the idea came from the White House.”
“Bob Woodward, not exactly a strong conservative voice, correctly penned an editorial blaming Obama for the Sequester idea, and was immediately chastised by the Democrat establishments, including the press, the White House and lobbying groups in and out of Washington.”
Sterling said what we have is one party which wants to increase entitlement spending; Obama, who wants to do that but also seems to want to decimate the military in the process: and a party having to give in on military cuts to get some cut in the rate of growth of domestic spending. (“Not an actual cut, just a slowdown of growth. Two percent in a year and only one percent this fiscal year, but half of it coming from the military when the military is less than 20 percent of the budget.”)
“I am afraid we will end up with another badly conceived compromise,” he said. “The Senate has not passed a budget in nearly four years. Every budget Obama has submitted has been voted down with not one vote for it. Obama promised us no more tax hikes with Sequestration if he got the tax hikes in January; now he wants basically little to no spending cuts and more taxes despite his promise of just a few months ago. We are rapidly going down the windy and dangerous European trails to financial failure of our European socialist model we have been creating for the last 50 years.”
“Sequestration was a cowardly way around debt ceiling reckoning. Both Democrat and Republicans went along with it. Now is the time for all good legislators to come to the defense of our country and our way of life.”
To reach Sterling at Horizon Auto Center, call 469-698-8585.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher