I'm going off topic today. I can't keep my mouth shut about all of this any longer. I'm worried. I am worried about the country.
I have a good job. The chances of me being laid off are pretty low, although with the way things are going who knows? It doesn't stop me from worrying about the economy. Today the stock market is way down. The unemployment rate remains the same. Things are not looking good. There is talk of a worsening, or second, recession. If that happens many more people will lose their jobs. More businesses will close.
In the midst of this our government is paralyzed. Paralyzed by politics. We all saw the debt ceiling fiasco. To say that I am angry with politicians is to vastly understate it. I think those feelings are shared by many. I can't ever remember feeling that our government is just worthless to us.
I get the worry about the government spending too much money. No doubt it does. I'm not sure now is the right time to restructure things like medicare and social security. Why do we never talk about cutting all the aid we give to countries around the world? We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Period. End of conversation. Doing that would probably give us a surplus.
We need a jobs program. Now I know a lot of people will be against this. The government spending more money and all that. But people working stimulates the economy and they pay taxes. I honestly don't see any other way out of this. Raise my taxes if thats what it takes to put people back to work. In the long run it will benefit me.
Will this jobs program happen? No. Not in the current political climate. Perhaps it is time to take a lesson from the 1960's and start organizing marches and demonstrations in Washington. Maybe thats the only way these idiots will listen and do whats necessary.
What do you think?