Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Less Taxes, Less Government, More Problems

The next time someone proclaims they want less taxes and less government; point them to Hurricane Katrina, point them to the pictures of dead bodies floating through the streets of New Orleans, point them to the cavalier remarks of the first mother, point them to the major disaster that was met with (at first) a shrug from the powers that be… do you really want less government in your lives when it means that catastrophe will be met with a roll of the eyes, a sigh, and a delayed reaction?

As I’ve posted about in the past, I work a government job. I provide assistance to families that have developmentally disabled children. Most of this assistance is financial. Through a program, the State of New Jersey allocates funding to people so that they can send their special needs children to camp, or pay for extended babysitting services, or help in covering medical bills as well as various other needs.

Lately, we’ve been running short of this money – the goose that lays the golden egg is drying up – and it’s tough to tell folks that, while I know what they are going through, there is just not enough money to go around.

I fear this is the problem in most government services be it local or be it national.

Cutting taxes wins elections, but when push comes to shove, it does not help anyone except the rich. It prevents planning and services for those in need; but for most Americans that does not mean anything until that American suddenly has a need!

Last year, the town I live in and surrounding communities were hit with what has become known as the 100 Year Flood. FEMA was here in a matter of days, evacuation was done quickly, and now, a year later, everything is pretty much back to normal. Granted, this flood was not as bad as what has happened on The Gulf Coast, but it should be pointed out that the areas affected were mostly upper middle class suburban areas. Man, you should have heard the moaning and groaning from the locals … cars destroyed, back yards and basements ruined, “where is the government to help us?” was the cry – I suspect that suddenly my blue-chip-bracket neighbors had a change of heart when they saw their SUV’s been swept into the local lakes and rivers. Yes, when a town of Republican voters gets socked, it’s a different story.

You see kids, you don’t get something for nothing in this world. I think it’s time we sucked it up and admitted that it’s time for this nation to confess that the mantra of lower taxes and less government may sound good, but in the end it leaves one high and dry ; that is unless you’ve drowned already.

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