Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Encourage communication between the two opposing factions of the American political system to help manage the effects of the financial sequester.
The much-feared budget sequestration has arrived, despite numerous efforts from many politicians and political organizations to keep it from doing so. National security and important government functions are likely to take a significant hit, which is causing extreme consternation among the American public. The two sides need to come together and reach a common, compromised solution that will prevent the fully negative effects of the sequestration from being realized.
Safety inspectors, educational programs, federal contractors, and many other government-regulated programs that positively influence the nation’s national and public securities are likely to be heavily affected. Additionally, most of Obama’s first term as president was spent attempting to revive the economy following the financial crisis of 2008. Statistics indicate that he has made progress toward this goal…although just about all of that progress will be negated if the full effects of this budget sequestration are enforced.
They do not necessarily have to be enforced. The sequestration can be halted if both sides come to a mutual agreement in the coming weeks. However, both sides are standing firm on their respective positions. The Democratic Party (specifically, President Obama) wishes to use tax hikes to help limit the federal deficit (the main motivation for the sequestration), while the Republican Party does not want to concede on its anti-taxation stance to help resolve the federal deficit issue.
Either side must come to some kind of compromise, and soon. If not, the economy and national security of this country will be highly compromised. President Obama, his supporters, and his detractors need to come together, end this stalemate, and begin to engage in talks to prevent this sequestration from being as harmful as it has the potential to be. And this meeting needs to occur soon.
Dear President Obama,
The two sides of this sequestration debate, by all accounts, are remaining firmly entrenched on their respective sides, with no potential meeting on the horizon to help resolve anything. You know better than anyone the full negative effects that could result from this sequestration. Therefore you must encourage conversation between the two sides, if nothing else.
It’s possible that nothing might happen. But you have to at least try. A “stalemate” is not helping anyone, and will not be beneficial for this issue or future issues where the two parties need to come to a singular conclusion on an issue that affects everybody. You need to set a precedent here by opening communication between the two sides.
It is likely that you will have to compromise on issues you currently have strong feelings about. But that’s what is necessary for this issue; it is too important to not come to an agreement on, given the negative things that would occur if sequestration is allowed to play out. Do whatever you need to to open up communication between the two sides, for the good of the American people.
[Your Name Here]
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