May 2, 2013

Congress’s ability to talk out of both sides of its mouth reached an apex with a recent letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, as reported in “Pentagon finds that furloughs can’t be one-size-fits-all” [The Fed Page, April 29]. Without any apparent irony, 126 House members wrote to Mr. Hagel urging that the Pentagon “make merit-based versus indiscriminate decisions on furloughs.” Did even one of the 126 signatories stop and point out to his or her colleagues the absurdity of such a statement, in light of the purely indiscriminate nature of sequestration that put the Pentagon and the rest of the government in the position of having to impose furloughs in the first place?

Michael Kiffney, Vienna