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  • Edición impresa de Marzo 5, 2013

 

The first days of March have elapsed and people are questioning what is going to happen after the March 1st so called ‘sequester’ deadline. Main sources explained how the automatic cuts would affect hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs and it would cut services to children, seniors, and people with mental illness.

In Indiana some of the impact will be in education. Funding of about $13.8 million will be lost for primary and secondary education, close to two hundred teachers jobs are at risk and education for children with disabilities will have a cut of $12.4 million in funds.

Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,000 children in Indiana.

Protection for Clean Air and Clean Water would lose about $3.3 million in environmental funding. In Indiana, approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be let go. Other affected areas are child care for disadvantaged and vulnerable children, vaccines for children and Public Health. And Indiana would lose approximately $820,000 in funds that provide nutrition assistance for seniors.

All these impact Indiana directly, but there are national programs such as Aviation Safety, Security and Safety, emergency responders that will impact everyone in the country. As these take place local schools have entered into discussions about lowering costs for transportation and how to help each other in order to continue services by blending them.

Meanwhile people go about their lives. I see people enjoying the local events, attending concerts, going to the movies, eating out and shopping. The children continue to enjoy and participate in soccer games and teenagers like to dance and date.

Old people remember the ‘good old times’ when everything was ‘so simple and clean cut’ and those not so old remember that life for them has ‘always’ been tough.

Young couples make plans to get married and others are happy having babies.

Life continues. Those in the high places of power continue to play this big chess game and we are all the pawns on the game board.

Situations like those mentioned do not touch them. They enjoy high salaries and have a well carved-out future for them and their children. Then, why is it that they are not happy or content? They continue to wish for more and accumulate more.

Maybe plain people are wiser. They do not have much but fear less. It is like a law of life. He, who has more, has more to fear, more to lose and more to worry about.

Millions of people on the planet live with much less than what people in the US live on. Is that where we are going now? Is the country becoming a ‘Third world country‘?

What can we expect from now on?

 


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