The past couple of posts here have been detailing the screams of outrage from various business people and politicians in conservative Republican areas regarding the effects of the sequester cuts on their areas. The sudden cutbacks in various government agencies was causing them serious problems. Airports they use are having air traffic towers shut down, military bases are cutting back, parks aren’t opening, schools have lost funds, and hospitals are going to lose money. Yes, you see, it’s actually affecting them! After looking at these, I have to have a reaction:
Yes, I’m not in the mood to hear it from them. You see, they’re the ones who have been running around for the past few years telling everyone how “important” it was to cut government spending. They like to pontificate at length about the need to cut government’s size, reduces taxes, and let us know how we should stop “giving stuff” to people who aren’t hard-working, risk-taking “real Americans,” like them. They’ve elected quite a number of far-right conservatives to implement that as well.
So now they’re seeing actual cuts, and the politicians who they elected are making all sorts of statements about the cuts being “inconsequential” and “minor.” Except that it happens that it’s their government funded programs as well. So they’re unhappy?
Here’s my message to them: Shut the fuck up. You asked for this. You were the ones who thought you weren’t dependent on government funded programs, so live up to your damn rhetoric. Anyone who was paying attention knew – because we look at things like actual data – that your area was seriously dependent on federal money flowing into it. In fact, the reason you had a stable economy wasn’t because of your work ethic, your intelligence, your race, or religious beliefs, it was because the rest of us were paying taxes that were being spent in your area, not ours.
Instead of bitching and whining, suck it up and deal with it. After all, that’s what you’ve been telling everyone else to do. Show some initiative, and let us know how that works out for you, hmm?