In your editorial, “Another way the sequester fails Americans,” you began your argument that “the sequester forces all kinds of stupid outcomes.” Sadly, you did not stop there. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R–S.C., said it was the “dumbest idea in a body known for dumb ideas.” President Barack Obama agrees when he said, “we shouldn’t be making dumb, arbitrary cuts.” That was the whole point of the legislation. It was supposed to be such a dire situation that no politician in their right mind would let it go into action.

Republicans argue that the government is too bloated and there are not any dire effects from the sequestration. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, said on Fox News, “By the way, we are talking about what, two percent of overall federal spending?”

The truth is that President Obama did not want to see arbitrary cuts and Walden does not see a problem. Why don’t you demand that Walden explain to these members of the Oregon Army National Guard that it is not such a big deal? Is he not accountable to his constituents?

This is not about picking budget cut winners and losers. It is about toxic across-the-board spending cuts that have real ramifications. Congress needs to get serious about a balanced approach of spending cuts and raising revenue by closing tax loopholes. The Republicans are protecting the wealthy in this country at the expense of the rest of us. That needs to change.

Jason Burge