How about some real deficit reduction?

  • February 27, 2013

In the Associated Press story, “Jobless, Cities first to feel budget pain,” in the Feb. 25 edition of the Observer-Reporter, it was stated “About 2 million long-term unemployed people could see checks now averaging $300 per week reduced by about $30.”

There is no reason that anyone should be collecting our tax money “long-term”. There are many service and retail jobs available. Yes, those jobs pay less money than the government pays them to stay unemployed, but they would have a chance for advancement and a better chance of finding a better job. There is a saying in business that the best time to look for a job is while you have one.

Businesses are now being sued for having want ads that state the unemployed need not apply. I understand why businesses don’t want to hire the long-term unemployed. They assume they don’t want to work, they just want a job to get paid. In many cases, the long-term unemployed are incapable of fulfilling work requirements due to loss of job skills or loss of work ethic. This is not the fault of the unemployed, it is the fault of government that feels they need to control every aspect of our lives.

The article also stated “government employees could start getting furlough notices.” Good grief, I certainly hope so! The number of government employees has doubled over the past 10 years. We have bureaucrats coming up with all kinds of rules and requirements for business so they can justify their existence.

The cuts in the military are regrettable at a time when we are still involved in wars in the Middle East. We should have pulled out of there immediately after the president surrendered and told the Talaban and Al-Qaida we were leaving. We should never have lost one more life after that surrender.

After all is said and done I must commend the the president on his sequester idea because it did slow down the growth of government a little. Now I would like to see some real deficit reduction ideas.

Bill Mesler



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