A SIMPLE MEASUREMENT
Posted June 16, 2012on:
Heavier traffic bears weight on our roads and bridges. More oil and gas is needed to fuel our vehicles while keeping our homes warm or cooler depending upon where you live.
An increase in population is felt in classrooms, doctor’s offices, and law enforcement agencies. Food supplies try to keep up with the growing demand. The air we breathe is more polluted. The need for adequate housing has never been greater. Thanks to research and technology, we are living longer.
But to listen to some of these politicians, none of that matters. We must face “austerity measures” to offset the growing need for public services and safety nets set out there to meet the demand.
Who in their right mind would suggest that laying off teachers, first responders, and law enforcement officials makes sense? Especially now when the population itself has grown?
Wouldn’t this suggest that more of these people are needed to meet the growing demand?
Not so much if you consider the GOP stance. Cutback proposals are all they talk about. In a time when the economy itself, the engine that drives this nation for good or bad, is at serious risk of failure, their agenda is rife with producing a budget that would set us back to a time when there were a few million less of who we are today. It’s like asking a family of 5 to live on what a family of 3 needed to survive.
We are spending billions in Afghanistan where the total of our own dead has now reached the 2,000 mark with no end in sight. What exactly are we doing there anyway except dodging bullets from those who hate our guts? Why do we still have non combatant troops in Iraq along with a handful of “consultants” draining our defense budget and making millions in the meantime? The excess of money spent on these useless excursions could be applied to our current budget woes but I digress.
Why is it that raising the tax rate by a mere 3% on millionaires and billionaires is off the table? And how is it that cutting back services is the only means to an end? I don’t get it.
Tell me how a crowded classroom benefits or prepares a child? Explain to me how cutting back medical access is a “good thing”? Open my mind to the possibility that private accounts alone is a better option for retirement than the present day Social Security benefits that most seniors depend upon in their latter years?
I am waiting for an explanation of how deregulating industries is going to turn us into a competitive nation if corporations are allowed to cut corners, pollute, and engage in practices that brought about these regulations in the first place.
I am still at a loss in considering why a woman’s right to choose is posing a danger to this nation. How is forcing that woman to bear an unwanted child a necessity? What is going on here that I am missing?
This is what the GOP is aiming for if given the opportunity. It only stands to reason that as the population grows so must those policies and concerns that must grow along with it.
It is impossible to govern a nation on an outdated budget with the primary aim of depriving the majority in favor of a tiny segment who won’t feel the pain whatever the outcome.
These people need a lesson in math.
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