Republicans have been wrestling with Democrats over this year’s budget to get them to move up from their paltry proposed $6 billion in cuts to $30 or $60 billion in cuts–which is still far short of the $100 billion in cuts GOP supporters were expecting. But for next year’s budget–the first budget year House Republicans will have full control over–the GOP seems to be getting serious. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) went on Fox News Sunday yesterday to talk about the Republican proposal to cut $4 TRILLION or more (yes, $4 TRILLION or more) over the next 10 years.
The government drifts rudderless into the whitewaters of war, the mission changes with each new speaker at the podium, and the President appears more interested in sporting events and vacations than in doing his job. With a foreign policy this well directed, the unintended consequences are the only consequences we should count on, which makes one wonder how unintended they are.
Less than 2% of the workforce works for the minimum wage. A full 50% of those working for minimum wage are younger than 25. They typically live with their parents, have little or no education and only work part time. Minimum wage and below is not a living wage. It is rather a starter job rate for those who lack the skills necessary to earn a living and have a career.
As school boards across the state disappointingly sink their teeth into cutting their 2011-2012 budgets as mandated by the South Dakota Legislature and Governor Daugaard, we are seeing a variety of watered down budgets surfacing. With the reduction or elimination of programs in our schools the question must be asked, were they necessarily needed in the first place?