Originally Posted by desertgrandma
We, as citizens are expected to pay our bills, and be responsible. If money is short, we pay the bills, and cut expenses. Its called "living within your means".
If you continue to raise taxes when wages stay static, jobs are being lost, and the economy is at its present level, fewer and fewer people bear the burden. What kind of sense does that make?
I see no reason our states/government cannot do the same. If it means less social programs, cut backs, so be it.
Our local school district knew before school started there would be serious cutbacks, because of the funding shortfall. They made those cutbacks, teachers took pay cuts, (administration didn't), mandatory off days, supplies were just about non existent, and we weren't even allowed to ask parents for lined paper. One case of copy paper (10 reams) was given to each teacher and it has to last until December. Did they like it? Hell no, but they gritted their teeth, and did it because they knew the money just wasn't there. They are paying for whatever they need themselves, and sucking it up.
Maybe we, as a nation, need to 'suck it up'. Maybe we need to demand better accountability.
Can you not see that raising taxes isn't the answer, managing better, cutting wasteful spending, and seriously punishing corruption is.
Perhaps our esteemed representatives could take pay cuts also, or even forgo those raises. Yeah, like that would ever happen.
Ditto x 3, desertgrandma! I couldn't agree with you more. The time is long overdue to cut spending, clean up corruption and operate within a budget on a serious diet. Enough of the double standard.