Some of our illustrious politicians in Washington are at it once more — socking it to their fellow Americans — this time by shutting down certain portions of the government and forcing workers to take unpaid leaves that will have a detrimental effect on them, their families and the economy in various areas of the country.
These are the same individuals who make sure they get pay raises regardless of how bad the economy may be, have the best health-care coverage and have no problem taking untold amounts of money from lobbyists — namely the oil barons (by the way, Exxon-Mobil posted a $9.9 billion profit in just one quarter of 2013), pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and other special interest groups.
This so-called group of representatives of the people continually refuse to address the problems of tax reform, want to cut billions from federally funded programs that aid the poor, working poor and people who fall below the poverty level, including the food stamp program and heating assistance, and they want cuts in Medicare and other programs.
With the amount of computer whizzes there are today, one would think the politicians would employ some of these geniuses to help devise methods to monitor the programs efficiently and cut down on fraud that costs the taxpayers billions each year. Let’s face it: Many programs that are run by all facets of government — federal, state, cities and towns — at one time or another have been victimized by corrupt individuals, waste and/or nepotism.
I say again, unless politicians from Washington, the state, the cities and towns work together, regardless of party affiliation, to modernize the way we do business, and have tax and pension reform, we will remain status quo and the gap between those that have and those who have not will continue to widen.
Antonio P. Trebisacci Jr.