Things are tough all over. Would you prefer to lose your job, pension, and healthcare like the coal miners are? 24 million out of work, not LWOP (leave without pay). Of course this sucks, however many more have suffered far worse because of the government.
Agreed. Got laid off in 08 and been scrapping ever since while watching my relatives and friends who work for the feds doing great, getting significant raises, taking tons of vacation I never got in private sector and generally not doing much work. People here can hate me but I have zero sympathy for the fed employees. They are getting just a tiny tiny sample of what the rest of us have endured the past 4 years.
Since things are tough all over, why not cease expenditures not spent 20 years ago or cut off regulations strangling all entrepreneurs from ever starting a business?
Instead you advocate cutting 25% of low wage earner’s income in functions which are the only ones required of government.
This places them all in debt and prohibits their seeking part time work to make up the difference.
As if this were not absurd enough, we are told up front our sacrifices are neither appreciated nor do they have any effect on reducing the budget deficit.
Here’s a simple alternative.
Cease all Social Security, Housing, Welfare, Environmental, and Education programs or slaughter those on their rolls to receive their handouts and those administering them. Let those people enter into the free market and commerce. Let them learn how to enter into a contract to render a service or product in return for a day’s wage. As an alternative, place those who are receiving government handouts the opportunity to surrender everything and become slaves for barter with foreign powers, losing their nationality as well as their rights to practice homosexuality.
Yes things are tough all over, and if the sequester lasts, many more will lose their jobs, in and out of government. This effects far more people than just those working directly for the government. Many companies depend on government contracts for all or part of their business. Somebody provides all those paperclips and ink...