Top politicians barely feel the pain of sequester

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin makes a good point about how the sequester may be harming many worthwhile programs and government employees ("Sequestration hurts," July 22). But the senator ignores the outrageous waste of money still perpetuated by our government and its leaders.

What part of the more than $100 million we spent on the president's recent trip to Africa went for the protection and costs for his family, including his mother in law?

Granted, they reimburse commercial plane fares, but that is a drop in the bucket of the total cost. I'm sure it was nice for the president to have his family along, but at what cost to taxpayers?

What about the government planes commandeered by legislative leaders of both parties to travel to their districts and around the country. How much do we pay for security and communication facilities attendant to the secretary of state's yacht? Why are the taxpayers paying for any of this?

Cabinet members and sub-cabinet members are all over the country making their political cases. The vice president is in India with his wife, daughter and son in law amid what CNN described as among the tightest security in the world.

These leaders would do well to actually spend time in their elaborately furnished government offices, sit at their desks and do the jobs for which they are paid. Perhaps if they saw more of each other on a daily basis they could get over the gridlock that is destroying the country.

I could easily list $1 billion in wasteful spending by our executive and legislative leaders — funds that could have gone to ameliorate some of the pain Senator Cardin pointed to. Perhaps he should have mentioned that as well.

The sequester seems to hurt only those who work for a living or the programs that help the people of this country. Those of "the entitled," whether by election or appointment, don't seem to suffer one bit.

Andrew Radding

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