Sequester small change, debt group says

Following a closed-door party caucus, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by fellow GOP leaders, meet with reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, to challenge President Obama and the Senate to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect in four days. Speaking at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Boehner complained that the House, with Republicans in the majority, has twice passed bills that would replace the across-the-board cuts known as the "sequester" with more targeted reductions, while the Senate, controlled by the Democrats, has not acted. From left are, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Boehner, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Note to Washington: Quit whining about the automatic budget cuts known as the “sequester.”

 Public Notice, an advocacy group devoted to crusading against the huge federal debt, has launched an advertising campaign on cable TV and the Web, making the argument that the sequester cuts are minuscule and Washington policymakers are ignoring the primary drivers of that debt, particularly spending on entitlement programs such as Medicare.

 “Now that the political posturing is over, it's time for Washington to come up with the best way to implement the sequester or offer smarter cuts to replace it,” said Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice. “Finding just three cents on every dollar in the annual federal budget to replace sequestration isn't ‘draconian’ or ‘drastic'—it's the responsible thing to do. Considering we're $16.6 trillion in debt and on our way to $20 trillion in debt in the next four years, Americans expect more from Washington than passing blame.”

 Maybe some Americans hope Washington can deliver more than that, but recent polling suggests they don’t really expect it.

 The ad is scheduled to run through Mar. 15.