Congress should share the pain of sequestration

As Sen. Ben Cardin wrote recently, 650,000 federal employees nationwide are on furlough ("Pain of sequestration is real," July 22). I was recently asked whether I was aware that as all these soldiers return from Afghanistan they are going to be laid off and will be jobless as part of the sequestration.

Let's see, the U.S. population is 310 million people, so 650,000 federal employees doesn't sound like a big number to me — less than 1 percent of the population. So why all the cries that "government is too big and we have to downsize?"

If there is another war, whom will we send ? All those "volunteers" who didn't go the first time?

I believe that all government employees, including the president, the Supreme Court justices and members of Congress should join the furlough voluntarily as a show of support. They are elected or appointed, but they work for the same country, and it's Congress that got us into this mess.

Celie Hanauer, Abingdon

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