Ever notice how Republicans will never say exactly WHAT “big government” spending they want to cut? And if you really, really press them, they’ll name something that adds up to maybe a half a percent of the budget deficit and think they’re all righteous.
ANYway, I just went to the Post Office because I had to get a utility bill into the mail and only had a 37-cent stamp. So I had to get a 2-cent stamp. When I got there the vending achine was broken and there was a line. 20 minutes later I get to the front of the line, slam down the envelope and two pennies, said “20 minutes!” and walked out.
Now I feel terrible for the employee. It wasn’t her fault, but she had to soak up my anger – and probably has to do this dozens of times a day. No wonder they “go postal.”
But this is about more than just that.
The reason I had to wait 20 minutes is because, as a result of “spending cuts,” they don’t have enough employees to serve the public. A better example is any government service, most notably state driver’s license bureaus. In California it’s called the DMV. The public demands “spending cuts” and the DMV reduces the number of employees. And then, of course, people are upset that there are long lines at the DMV and blames “the government” for being “inefficient.” Same fthing or waiting for a police car.
My personal favorite is cutting the funding for public schools and then saying they should “compete” with private schools that charge thousands per year. (The something-thousand per year per student at public schools is mostly to cover the cost of students with special needs, that private schools won’t admit.)
The Republicans have been persuing a strategy of purposely making people angry at government, fracturing society and dividing us, to gain power. And look how the use the power they gain…
Update – I’m NOT complaining about the price increase. I’ll gladly pay a little more if they will hire enough employees to keep the lines down.