Orman in his boxing equipment warehouse in Lenexa.
Kansas’ Independent candidate for the US, Greg Orman calls the automatic, across-the- board budgets cuts known as sequestration, is the “greatest example is the greatest example of what’s wrong with Washington today’. Orman made those remarks in an interview with KMBC TV Tuesday.
“it was a mistake that both parties couldn’t come together and agree to a much more targeted approach,” Orman added.
The automatic cuts were supposed to be the “poison pill” in the budget control Act of 2011. Orman called it, “the penalty”.
The automatic cuts were supposed to be the hammer hanging over Congress in unsuccessful effort to get a bipartisan spending bill through Congress.
Under the terms of the deal, more than $100 billion is to be cut each from many federal programs including the defense budget and many domestic progrrams, including some cuts in things like Medicare. The cuts are expected total more than $109 billion annually from 2014 through 2021.
Orman’s opponent, Republican incumbent Pat Roberts voted for the 2011 Budget Control Act. Roberts, however, has complained about the nature of the cuts as well.
Orman has said government agencies ought to decide what programs get cut within their departments in order to his their automatic reductions.
His says partly of running a federal agency well ought to be to know where to make cuts in case they have to be made.
Orman and Roberts spared briefly overt the sequester cuts in their first debate in early September. The two candidates meet again Wednesday in Overland Park for another debate.