I don’t care if you’re liberal or conservative or a Democrat or Republican – we’ve all been talking about the Sequestration of 2013 and how it affects us. People are worried. And they should be. Spending cuts are here.
You see, most everyone I know wants the Federal government to cut back on spending and decrease the national debt. I understand more than most – I work for the agency that borrows the money to operate the federal government and accounts for the debt.
No matter what happens – this is the truth: We’ve gotten ourselves in over our heads. You can moan about how we got in this situation, but it doesn’t do any good. No need to lay the blame at the feet of either political party. Change doesn’t happen when we’re looking backwards to figure out who’s fault it is. For years we’ve been spending too much money. Sequestration cut the budgets of all federal agencies. It’s basic math - if the amount of money coming in is X, and the amount going out is X + 3, in order to make it even one of two things must happen.
1. More money needs to be raised (increase in taxes), or
2. Programs will be underfunded (decrease in services).
In either case – you will be affected. "I want them to stop spending money on the stuff they shouldn’t be spending money on." And you see, that’s where we will all have a difference of opinion. People want spending cuts, just not on anything that affects them. "Surely there are enough of those other things that we shouldn’t be paying for anyway to solve this problem??…" It’s just that each of us will have a different list of what those things are. We can’t expect the spending cuts to be made only in the things that don’t affect us personally. Should Public Broadcasting have their funding cut or programs for Veterans? Should Planned Parenthood be funded or Infrastructure improvements? What about this one – airport security or counterterrorism?
So we’ve started seeing cuts in services because of sequestration, and we’ll need to get used to it. If we are really going to make a drastic change in the deficit there will be more cuts in services. Waiting to offer your support until you’re sure it will happen the way you want it to? You’ll be waiting til hell freezes over. And anyway – when did you get that doctorate in economics? Sorry, I’m getting snarky. Know that we won’t always agree with which things get funded and which ones don’t. But from my perspective – spending cuts are happening, and it’s a good thing. We live in a country where sacrifices have been made during times of war and hardship to make our country stronger. I love that about the United States. It was built by people who weren't afraid to get involved and make big changes.
Want to have a say in what happens? Get involved. In the political process or just in your local community. Spending cuts to your local schools or clinics? Find out what’s being affected in your area and ask what can be done to help. Speak your mind, and then follow it up with involvement. Educate yourself about the issues before you speak, and not just by talking to those that agree with you. And understand that you will be disappointed and things may not go as you want them to – and that it’s important to stay involved anyway.
Lower the deficit? There is a price that will be paid by all of us. It’s time for us to stop talking about how we got here. At this point – who cares? We can’t go back and change any of it. We can only move forward.
Change never happens when a bunch of people complain about something.
Change happens when a bunch of people – or sometimes just one – try to find solutions.
God Bless America. I never want to live anywhere else.
Quilt above not made by me - but I love it, and the pattern can be found here.