I have a tough time with it.
I am not a Federal Employee, but I do work at a shipyard for a National Defense Contractor. For the short term we are okay, we have lots of ships to build that are not part of this fiscal crisis, so my job is secure for the short term, in fact the company is hiring hundreds of new employees due to the workload.
However, working where I do, I know this country is in trouble. Since ships only last 35 years, we are losing 10 ships per year due to decomissioning of older vessels built during the Cold War. Yet with all the shipyards combined are only producing 2 ships per year, meaning the US Navy is going behind by 8 ships. This is at a time when other countries like China are increasing the size of their navy! So while I recognize that 1-4 billion dollar ships are expensive, the cost of NOT having them for this country might be worse.
Now I say all this because across the street where I pick up my car pooling van ride to work, is a Methadone Clinic. It is amazing that they cannot work, yet can get up at 5 AM and drive through a blizzard to get their free drugs from the state. Some apparently need more then that because a guy in a brand new white Tahoe arrives, stands in line, and I watch as people give him money and he gives them baggies of something, yet also goes inside and gets his free drugs as well. Now keep in mind, that not only are the drugs paid by tax payers, so are the cab rides, or if they drive themselves, the gas to get their via gas cards. Some lucky junkies are even provided Volkswagen Beatles via the state as "it is cheaper to buy people their own cars then to pay for expensive taxis". That ideology has also spilled over to home heating fuel, as the state is now buying single and double wide homes for those on welfare because it costs less to buy these homes and spend less on home heating oil fuel, then it takes to provide them free heat in old leaky houses!! So if you are keeping track, that is free drugs, free gas to get there, free cars, free homes and free heating oil, not to mention other perks I am sure like free food, free day care and free health insurance for junkies. No wonder 80% of the tax money in Maine goes to DHHS!!
So now would be a great time to remind me of why I go to work and provide for my family by using a skill that I am well versed in (welding) to build a great ship, for a great country because I am losing motivation here! But back to the topic at hand...
I also think that the American Taxpayer gets their monies worth out of a ship. Yes it costs a Billion Dollars, but it also puts 7000 people to work for 4 years at a decent pay rate that really stimulates the local economy, and gives a tactical advantage to the nation militarily. That is pretty good. So it seems to me, the Republican's have it right, cut spending in regards to the abuses listed in that paragraph about junkies, and yet maintain military spending as we are already declining in that area farther then what the American People realize. Making the Military take 1/3 of the spending hit is just not the right thing to do. It is too deep and in the wrong place.