Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Witchy Word of the Day is: UGH!

I heard something interesting on the radio this morning as I was driving Miss B to school: the State Government has decided to put all expenditures and budgets on the table and try to live within its means. Wow. . . what novel idea! It's not like that's something that's done everyday. . . ( note the sarcasm drip)
Why is this thought just now occurring??? Why do we have to be in an economic fiasco for this to be brought to the floor. Shouldn't our government agencies, whether they be local or federal, be supreme models of this thought form??  I would think that they would have the best, the brightest and most ingenious of the budget balance wizards on this from the word go. Or maybe that word should be: stop!

I heard a brief sound bite of Gov. Brewer telling her staff that she intends to make the state live within its means like everyone else. Okay. . . this should be interesting after administration after administration on a wild spending spree. This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, make EVERYONE scream as their spending addictions are choked off suddenly. That is what it is going to take to make this state live within its means. No one is going to be happy and it will be interesting to see, not only the toddler temper tantrums erupt, but seeing whether or not the the head of our state has the strength to endure them and press forward.

As a border state, we have many challenges budget wise as we seem to be not only trying to balance the needs of the citizens, but we have a flood of illegal immigrants escaping their own country's poverty into ours. In turn, that is impoverishing ours. We simply cannot financially handle the burden of it and that seems to be a cold, hard truth that we are going to have to deal with. Yes, it is ugly. We must look at it, acknowledge it and handle it. We cannot put blinders on it or make it taboo to discuss. We have to stop vilifying both sides of this political inferno. In fact, it should not become a political cause at all.

Since when do we as a nation divide ourselves by race, gender, sexual orientation etc.? We should all be looking at each other and making the realization, that we are Americans. We live in a nation that has the world in its circumference. Our politicians have managed to surgically target and separate the American people by race, creed, gender and cause. Cultural pandering for votes has fueled so much anger that the real point is buried.

The real point is simply this: we are broke and we are going to have to do things we don't like. It is going to be painful, ugly and possibly politically incorrect. It's time to forget about what we look like and get down to business. UGH! There I said it! That's the official witchy word of the day.

There are other things that will need to be done that will probably make people scream. Things like car leases may have to be cut, Services may have to be reduced and/ or terminated, Staff reductions or double duty and all sorts of belt tightening tactics. There will be those who whip out what ever card they have in their wallet and scream race, gender, sexual orientation, religious discrimination or what ever other woe they can take to the street to pick up a resonance with the people. The truth is we cannot allow that to happen. Common sense must prevail and possibly some domestic witchery.

Good luck Jan. . . I hope you mean what you say and say what you mean because we are in real trouble here.

Now I have to go and do some things I don't like. . . Ugh!

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