Demand Congress Focus on Economic and Job Growth Rather than Arbitrary Budget Cuts

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Cancel arbitrary, across-the-board sequester cuts and replace with a more moderate plan focused on economic and job growth

The recent, self-imposed sequester cuts are both arbitrary and senseless. Both parties agree that the sequester shouldn’t have happened — that we were shooting ourselves, and our tepid economic recovery, in the foot — but still, they could not agree on a compromise. And, although they still have the ability, our legislators would not, logic be damned, cancel the cuts. Economists from everywhere are predicting that these premature austerity measures will weaken the economy, and slow job growth, as well as ability to shrink the deficit. This is why these arbitrary sequester cuts must be repealed. The United States Congress should be focusing on economic growth, and these austerity measures have the opposite effect (estimates range from hundreds of thousands to millions of jobs lost as a result of these cuts).

The first step is Congress repealing these self-imposed cuts. Once that is done, investments must continue into infrastructure and education, which promote job growth. Additional revenue can be had through common-sense tax loophole closings, like the one for private jets. Congress should, additionally, take steps to seriously curb Medicare spending in the long term.

By signing this petition you are demanding Congress put the American people first by repealing their arbitrary spending cuts that could result in job losses for upwards of a million people. Economic growth and more jobs should be the priority for Congressional fiscal policy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Congress,

Your recent decision (or lack thereof) about the sequester is extremely troubling. It seems as if your inability to compromise is negatively impacting the American people. I am writing you this letter today to ask you to put American people first, cancel these arbitrary cuts, and focus your policy on creating more jobs and growing the economy. Please repeal the sequester, and keep our investments into infrastructure and education.

The sequester is an almost universally detested move, and economists estimate it will cost our nation hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of jobs. This is unacceptable. From our eyes it seems you are putting principal, and hard-headedness, in front of your primary job — doing what is best for the American people. We will not stand for these willful cuts of jobs for hardworking Americans. Please do your jobs and replace this crisis with more sensible cuts; do not slash our investments into our future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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