Obama right to defer major cuts

February 16, 2011

Kudos to President Obama's budget, which will reduce the nation's deficit by a projected $1.1 trillion over 10 years. Wisely it defers major cuts until the economy is more firmly entrenched. History and most economists have taught us that premature spending cuts could derail our hesitant recovery from the disastrous 2007 recession.

Proposed cuts will hurt many sectors of our population, but the president's proposals are smart, reasonable and necessary. Hopefully they will avoid gutting programs essential to our poor, sick and elderly. Such cuts would be inhumane and would do little to reduce the deficit. There is no plan to drastically and haphazardly reduce the size of government. That course would guarantee polluted air and water, bogus medicine, poisoned food, unsafe products and exploited workers as well as a return to unregulated Wall Street antics.

Along with cuts in federal spending, the budget wisely proposes increased investments in clean energy, better education and infrastructure. A world power cannot accept a third world infrastructure and poorly educated children. Witness the massive investments in China and India, two burgeoning economies and future competitors

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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