I fear that we are becoming a people at war with ourselves. The religion of what we cannot afford has replaced what was once the dream of what we can do. Our fear has so tainted our trust in those we have employed to take care of our basic social needs that we are threatening to destroy the things that define who we are.
Is it possible to cut so much from the public sector that we render the services useless? Perhaps that’s the plan.
The reality is that the public employee unions didn’t cause this economic crisis and they aren’t the reason we can’t provide low-cost lunches to the 25% of school children in country currently living below the poverty line. Teachers aren’t sheltering $1.9 trillion dollars in off-shore profits from federal corporate income taxes, and there aren’t many new Porsches in the parking lot at City Hall. It’s not their fault.