For those of you out there that are paying attention the August 2nd debt deadline talks are in full swing. So far I have seen dozens of articles pitching for both sides on what should be done, but no agreement in sight. Folks, I tell ya its going to get worse from here, IMO. As a member of the Army it was a little scary when it came down that we might not be paid with many wondering what they were going to do. For us we were going to be OK my wife works and her pay came from a pre-paid contract on post, so her check was coming. We also had 3 months worth of savings as well. But now the band aid is starting to fall off and so we went back to the hospital only to have a hundred doctors whom all disagree on what should be done, all the while our wound festers.
On one side we have people saying that we should increase the debt ceiling, or increase taxes, or cut spending to this or that... Well OK it might work, but it might not. On the other side we have people saying well OK lets cut spending but we should maybe keep still unnecessary programs or continue to send our money elsewhere. Now I'm not an expert and I don't have all the facts, due to a glazing over effect in the eyes when watching C-Span or watching the news... But I try to keep myself somewhat informed, somewhat.
I think changes do need to be made, but we will probably not see them, I read on a printout on a bulletin board once, I think someone put it up there to be funny, but I can't forget one of the things it said, it said " the best way to double your money is to fold in half and put it back in your pocket" Sound advice...
That can be applied here as well, in that we can stop sending aid to countries with dubious control of their own countries...not going to say any names.....*Pakisurrruum* yeah OK well you get it. Now I did see that they are planning to withhold $800 million in foreign aid, but I'm sure there are other places this can be applied....maybe some middle eastern countries that have prolly drained a fair share and given nothing in return..nada...
So what else? Simple, cut spending to large over inflated programs...maybe curtail that oddball health care bill that's gonna cost us 10 trillion dollars over 10 years (but will most likely cost more) and work on improving the current system that in place...I'm not saying is perfect...but it gonna be better that starting from scratch. Next lets look at a even cut in spending to the military...oh it pains me, but there is a lot of wasted money in the military...the constant uniform changes, the search for a better bullet catapult...the newest gadget that will detect the speed and direction of a sparrow but is unable to reliably detect a incoming mortar..(it exists... oh does it), lets not forget the massive digital upgrading, for those of you that are in and have had CAC card problems you feel me. And that is just the Army. I can imagine there are some super projects that can be... forgotten? maybe just put on hold. Now things that can actually keep the great country in the lead, something that can ensure we are safe because seriously that what the military really is, a deterrent. I think maybe we should keep working on the F-22/F-35 system to keep ahead of the new Chinese and Russian and... European Air systems. It works, its expensive but it works, and its ready. but no they want to scrap it in favor of maybe another system that is only on paper. So there is a good bit of spending that can be pulled back.
I would say lets create more jobs, but really we should setup a few new industries for that to be really effective. Sometimes as it happens and I am noticing many Americans are over-qualified for a job, so an employer won't hire them for fear of that person finding a new job and leaving or said employee will want more money just because he has a shiny degree. If its really that bad them maybe people should just take the jobs they can find. what I mean by that is if McDonald's will hire a 16 year old with no experience then they will probably hire you with that fancy degree. its long hours, its hard and at times annoying work, but its WORK. There are all sorts of jobs that are out there, but nobody WANTS to do them, because they think just that "I have a degree, I should have better". That is not always the case.
And lastly in this rant lets look at out elected leaders... oh yeah they think I forgot them, no not me...not the regular guy. Lets curtail some of their benefits, maybe shave off some of their pay. We all know that know Congressman, Senator...whatever, is hurting. For the little actual work that they do they get paid a ludicrous salary and because it was so hard being them, they get easy retirement. Now look it won't fix our problems but it will put them in the same camp as the rest of us...the regular guys who work 40 or 50 or more hours a week and complain about our jobs, because we do work. Maybe they would start to see it from where we are, maybe.