Stop the sequestration cuts immediately

Our economy is very sensitive and it cannot be subjected to federal budget cuts that are the consequence of failed bipartisanship.

Since Washington D.C. failed to pass a budget that would have addressed the nearly $16 trillion deficit last year, we are faced with the unnecessary sequestration cuts that took effect March 1.

Back in 2011, the sequestration cuts were an incentive by President Obama to get congress to propose and pass federal budget cuts or accept tax hikes to reduce the deficit.

If Congress did not act by January 2012, then the sequestration cuts would take effect and reduce spending by over $1 trillion in the course of a decade.

The sequestration cuts are a very immature method of trying to motivate Congress to act. With $454 billion of the cuts going to defense spending, it seems that Obama wanted to play the do this or else game with Republicans who like a well-funded military.

These kinds of games have no place in politics. They only stall progress even further by preventing proper discussion of the issues. Both sides of the budget debate need to give up some ground for proper bipartisanship.

Sequester cuts for the military have also prompted the Marines and the Army to stop taking new applications for college tuition assistance. Programs like ROTC will end, which will put both college students and the military in tough positions.

College students will get less options to pay for rising tuition costs and the military would need a new source for officers since 90 percent of them come from the ROTC.

Joining the military is an important decision that should come with perks such as tuition assistance.

The cuts will have a local effect for Cerritos College students. The California educational system will face $87 million in cuts this year. This will impact enrollment and financial aid for community colleges that are already struggling financially.

State-wide, at least 10,000 students will no longer receive financial aid such as pell grants. These grants buy books and keep students in the classroom.

These cuts will affect more people than just military personnel and college students, they will impact us as a nation.

Washington D.C. has to work together to give this country what it wants, a federal financial strategy that can pay for what we need and reduce the deficit.