Washington State has decided that since our numbers for unemployment have improved, the rest of the unemployed don’t need any more benefits.
Thousands of people this month will find themselves without unemployment benefits and no job.
And these people are not deadbeats. They are those with degrees, highly skilled.
After one and a half years, applying to three jobs per week, I have been offered two interviews. I have three degrees.
The second interview did offer me a part time faculty position at a community college, to which I am very grateful. But it’s paid for by a grant that may not be in existence after this quarter.
Then I started thinking about our government’s budget, and here’s what I came up with:
Here’s what I suggest the government do. Think of its citizens as its children.
What is a good parent (the government)?
The parent makes sure the child is safe.
So why is our government cutting spending of police and firemen?
The parent makes sure the child has a good education.
Why is the government cutting spending in education?
The parent makes sure the child gets to a doctor when it gets sick.
Why is the government allowing insurance companies to make decisions about health care, or allowing sick people with little money an insurance that no doctors will accept?
The parent makes sure to leave an inheritance.
Why is the government considering cutting social security, disability, and medicare?
The parent makes sure to help out when times are tough.
Why is the government considering cutting social and health services, Section 8 programs, Battered Women’s Shelters?
The parent makes sure the child’s house is warm, and clean.
The government should never consider cutting spending on the environment.
The parent makes sure to always put the child first.
Why is the government paid so well, with amazing benefits that no one else seems to have?
Not anything listed above for starters.
So where does the government get the money it needs?
Maybe legalizing marijuana?
One type of health insurance that serves the needs of every citizen?
How about all the companies that outsource bring those jobs back to the US?
I honestly don’t know as I’m not an expert in politics or the economy. I know that some government officials are doing all they can. I’m sure they work hard, struggle long, to figure out what to cut, but there has to be another option besides those listed above.
I encourage anyone reading this to offer their own insight.