I’d like to take an opportunity right now to address the President (although I know this will never end up on his desk) and the elected officials in Congress, regarding the extreme across the boards budget cuts that have to be signed into law before midnight. Now, I’ll warn you right away that I am not politically minded at all, so forgive me if I don’t know the jargon.
Regardless of my political knowledge, I still have some very powerful emotions regarding the goings on (or lack thereof) at the White House currently. In fact, I have spent the last week reading about these possible budget cuts, keeping the faith that there would be an 11th hour save.
See, my problem is that we as Americans, have voted all of you into office with the expectation that you are working in our best interest. That means that when a crisis is on the horizon, you don’t bicker and toss around petty insults. You don’t act like children and blame the other party for this devastating event that is about to occur. And you certainly don’t leave town for a long weekend without finishing your job. Do you know what would happen to most Americans if they took off in the middle of an important project just because they were frustrated? Do you know what would happen to most Americans if they refused to compromise with their co-workers? Most Americans are not allowed to act like my 4 year old when it comes to things they don’t like. You were hired to do a job and you’re expected to do it, whether you like it or not.
As our elected officials, you should not be exempt from these same workplace rules. You were hired by regular Americans, so you should be treated like them, too. That means doing your job, whether you like it or not! It means canceling your weekend trip to the coast. It means staying until the job is done right.
I keep reading about how this sequestration was never supposed to happen. That it was a worst-case scenario designed to motivate everyone to work together. So, what I’m getting from this is that Congress and the President are gambling with our money. I have to say, that is a very dangerous game to play. If you’re going to gamble, you use your money, not ours! While I don’t mind doing my part to help the country, a 20% pay decrease for my household will be devastating, even if it’s just for a couple of months. So, instead of holding my money over your opponents’ heads, why don’t you do your civic duty, the job we essentially hired you to do, and look out for the average American? Many of us have actually suggested that you cut your pay instead of ours. After all, we’ve all done our jobs. You’re the ones who have failed. So, why are we the ones getting punished?
Every adult has learned this lesson during their childhood. Even my 4 year old understands the concept. If she doesn’t pick up her toys, they end up broken and in the garbage. If the average American does a poor job at work, he is docked pay. But somehow, even though you’ve done a poor job, your pay is not being docked. Your hours are not being cut. You are not facing any of the consequences. Instead, your making us face them for you. Personally, I vote that you lose 20% of your pay, and face a tax increase yourself (something we already faced as middle-class Americans 2 months ago which also cut into our expendable income), and tell us how you like it. I’m betting you’d have already come up with a solution to the problem in that case.