Opinion: See the forest

By Brian O’Shaughnessy

A national sigh of relief was heard several weeks ago as a federal budget agreement was reached that hopefully addressed the uncertainty created by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

That act said that if Congress can’t agree on a budget, then the existing “default budget” will be slashed without analysis. The sequester feature was a remarkable public statement — by Congress — that the appropriation and spending of public dollars lacks integrity, so who cares how we slash?

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