I’ve Had Enough ChangeAug 9th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Editorials
Emerald Greene Publisher
Our government raised the debt ceiling and said they were going to “cut spending.” The scary thing in all of this was how many of our elected officials were excited over this “breakthrough.”
Raising the debt ceiling – ha – just what America needed. Now our government can spend more money that we do not have; our national deficit can rise even more; new/higher taxes will be placed upon us common folk; and the economy will sink even lower.
Cutting spending – ha again – the two things I heard the most talk about in cutting spending was our military and Medicare; the two things we don’t need to cut. The military – the ones who keep us free and safe. Medicare – the ones (people) who gave us life and paved a way for us; and now we are going to take away from them?
Where are the spending cuts for all the money we are giving other countries? It was reported on August 8 that “President Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. White House press secretary Jay Carney says the money will help provide food, shelter, water and sanitation and health services to those in need” or some cuts on the people that are bleeding this country dry by being on welfare when they are capable of getting out and working like the rest of us (and before you get your pen ready to write me hate mail – I know some people actually need disability or some source of welfare, but we ALL KNOW that the majority of welfare is being spent on citizens who know how to “work the system”); or how about a salary decrease for our Washington officials so they can feel the sting of unemployment and a bad economy like the rest of us.
We, the average American citizen, have to live our lives on a budget. We only make so much money and we can only spend so much money. We HAVE to pay our electric bills, telephone bills, water bills, gas bills, car expenses and house mortgages and hope there is enough money left at the end of the month to buy groceries for us and our children. If we don’t pay our bills then we suffer the consequences; such as having our utilities disconnected or the car/house repossessed. We don’t have the luxury of raising our debt ceiling. If we don’t have enough money at the end of the month then we either have to get a second (or third) job or downsize our lifestyle. Why isn’t our government held to the same standard as we have to live?
And if our country isn’t falling apart enough, now America has lost its AAA rating and the Dow fell the most it has fallen in two and a half years.
And where is our President? He is standing before us blaming Bush, blaming the Republicans and blaming the Tea Party. He even made statements referring to the fact that we all go through “bad times;” we have earthquakes and our Dow will rise and fall. Ha again. It’s time he steps up to the plate and acts like a CEO should. He needs to quit blaming others and take responsibility for the mess America is in and do something to start fixing it.
Last week, during a speech, the President said, “When I said, ‘change we can believe in,’ I didn’t say ‘change we can believe in tomorrow,’”
Well, I for one have had enough “CHANGE.”
Until then….see you around the town.