According to Reuters, Americans are growing more pessimistic with regard to the counntry’s economic situation. Of course they are! While those of us that have to actually work struggle to find and hold jobs and pay bills, the politicians shuffle their feet to push their own private agendas. The problem in the headlines, the raising of the debt ceiling, is not something new. We have raised it countless times before, and we all know that we are not going to stop spending – once the government expands, it never shrinks. Too many people in new agencies work hard to keep their jobs at the expense of everyone else. It wouldn’t be so bad if this policy squabble didn’t affect the common man.
But it does. As the deadline for raising the debt ceiling, August 2nd, races closer, business owners and investors alike are becoming more hesitant to put their money into the economy. They are reluctant because there is uncertainty surrounding the tax code and what government programs will be cut. But this uncertainty has a consequence: less investing and business growth reduces the number of jobs available. To add to the problem, spending cuts will inevitably hurt someone, whether it is an elderly citizen on medicare, a person receiving unemployment checks, or a government worker.
The problem is that America is becoming more and more a country of special interests, rather than a country of common interests. We cannot expect the government to hold our hand throughout our lives, especially if we do not want to pay monstrous taxes. We have to invest in our own retirement plans – Social Security is anything but secure, and states are cutting pensions like it’s a new fad. We need to support our elderly; they supported us, after all.
Everyone is looking for a simple solution to the problems we are facing. But these problems are the result of decades of spending like a trophy wife, and trying to be the world police at the same time. We need a plan for our country, because right now it seems that we are just correcting every several years to clear the next obstacle.
Americans are pessimistic because nothing is being done. But that is partly the fault of all of us – there is no solution that will please all of us. We need to make a compromise, and we all need to tell one another what our idea of that may be. Let your state representatives and senators know about any awesome ideas you have to solve the problem. If they don’t represent us, then who will?