Where are our leaders?
If we managed our home finances as our elected politicians lead, we would all be bankrupt, evicted, repossessed and living under a bridge out of a broken grocery cart.
If our family is in debt and going deeper at the rate of our federal government, we would have to take drastic measures. We would have to quit charging (cut up the credit cards) and reduce our expenses. We would need to sell our oversized house at whatever it took and move into something we could afford. Maybe an older house like we (or our parents) grew up in. Thirty years old, 800 to 900 square feet. Sell the extra vehicle with the largest payment. Yeah, the old Ford may not look the best, but it runs and is paid for. Cut out the extras: eating out, satellite television (watch the free broadcast channels) and a cheaper Internet service (might be slower, but it works). No time to watch TV or surf the Net if we are working that second job. If we dont have cash, we do without.
If our elected politicians were true leaders, they would reduce spending.
If they cannot identify areas to cut 40 percent of current spending levels, which is the amount they will have to borrow in our and our grandchildrens names, they should cut the budget across the board. They could begin with their salaries and office budgets.
Anything they do should go into place immediately, not in 10 to 20 years. Any plan to balance the budget by 2025 is a joke. It just means they have no intention to do what is right and necessary.
Now that I have hammered our politicians, we as individuals must take care of ourselves. We must quit looking for a free handout. Social Security was supposed to be a safety net, not our retirement plan. We need to downsize our living standards so we can take care of ourselves instead of expecting others to bail us out because we have to have it all right now.
Marcus Skaggs, Marvel-Red Mesa