Why is it a national disaster when some 400,000 non-essential government workers get furloughed for a couple weeks, with pay, paid with our tax dollars, when the vast mismanagement in government and of our national budget has sidelined millions in the private sector?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of August, there were 4.3 million long-term unemployed – those unemployed more than 27 weeks. This constituted almost 38 percent of all unemployed Americans.
Let’s also not overlook the warning in this year’s trustees report of Social Security and Medicare: “Neither Medicare nor Social Security can sustain projected long-run programs in full under currently scheduled financing, and legislative changes are necessary to avoid disruptive consequences for taxpayers and beneficiaries.”
The country is sick, folks.
Per Congressman Paul Ryan regarding this latest deal: “Today’s legislation won’t help us reduce our fast-growing debt --- we’re kicking the can down the road.”
The Tea Party is not going away. Fortunately we have brave patriots who care more about our country’s future than they care about the chitchat on editorial pages and talk shows.