Monday, November 28, 2011
The remains of our safety nets gets flushed
As we watch in shock and awe as the nations' assets go swirling down the toilet bowl I stumble upon the following clock.
Once every 15 seconds another poor working stiff is thrown out to the curb that is if he's so lucky to still have a job. Not a good picture after considering what was left of the safety nets has been sliced and diced by state budget cuts. All while the overlords go about their merry way not being able to decide on the 42 inch or 60 inch flat screen TV this year. Or will it be Aruba or Tahiti this year for winter holiday? But our overlords don't care and have said as much with their scoffing at police and firemen. They just might think differently when it's their property that's been burgled or the mansion ablaze and no one comes to the rescue. Sorry senator your call can not be completed as dialed. Due to budget cuts 911 service is no longer available. Your name will be put on a waiting list and we'll get back to you in a month or two. You won't mind.
But permit me to paint a grimmer picture if I have any more oil paints left. Today is the beginning of yet more budget cuts for many states and what exactly will that mean in the grand scheme of things. Hands tied yet again by those tax hating conservatives only leave forcing grandma off her cherished safety nets because after all a neocon never saw a social program to his liking unless it was a subsidy to his pals in the oil business. So where will the knife fall?
Education - estimated cuts 17% to higher education with additional cuts to K thru 12
Mental Health - estimated cuts 15 to 20% for programs like our state mental hospitals with no alternatives outside
Drug Programs - no more methadone for heroin addicts (oh that will just make the streets safe)
Child care - sorry low income working mothers find your own way to look after junior.
Jails, prisons, and detention facilities - good news for pedophiles you'll be out soon to roam the streets and with the above cut you'll have more to choose from.
Police - as city budgets feel the effects and cut police remember to tell them you've been not just robbed but assaulted too or they won't show up. That is unless you're holding a peaceful demonstration on the street in which case they'll call in back up.
The list goes on and on with the most devious and evil cuts to our safety nets I've ever witnessed. It's going to get very dangerous on the streets in the near future. Now I'm beginning to know what mom and dad experienced during the depression or at least soon will.