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Cost-cutting measures worsen the problems

Our government leaders — locally, state and nationally — are on a cut-spending crusade. As the population of the country grows from migration and propagation, the cost of all consumer goods is also increasing.

All of our elected and appointed politicians’ income has increased greater than the average worker’s. People do not get discounts based on their low income, rather on their socio-economic status.

Congress gets annual pay raises greater than the cost-of-living increases for the average wage earner, and the captains (CEOs) of industry have luxury employment contracts greater than the president of the United States, hard-working athletes and union workers.

If the athletes get hurt, they may not get new contracts, thus they are cut by employing teams. If the average worker is no longer able to function at work, he/she is dismissed and has to fight for disability income. On the other hand, if a captain of industry must leave employment, he/she gets a severance package worth millions. Oh, yeah, when a congressman retires or is defeated for re-election, he/she gets a comfortable retirement package, all at the taxpayers’ expense.

Now, which budget should get cut? Should it be the one supporting governmental operations or should it be the Health and Human Services?

Now the Postal Service is considering closing offices and cutting back on services. This is the only cabinet-level branch of our national government without a federal budget. It must earn its way from services and limited products. The average American depends on this agency for general mail and the delivery of medical supplies.

When we cut services, we de-employ workers — the ones paying taxes and buying consumer goods. The Postal Service needs a federal budget like all of the cabinet branches have.

As Americans, we must elect politicians who understand the socio-economic equation in this country. They all need to understand that cutting budgets means laying of hardworking people who pay taxes, buy consumer goods and support nonprofit causes. A reality check is needed by our politicians. A growing population needs jobs, not a state of poverty and homelesseness.

ART BROWN, Ph.D.

Albany

EDITOR’S NOTE: Art Brown is a retired sociologist.