Ugh! If we need any more proof that we’re too dependent on government, this list of “7 Spending Cuts You’ll Really Feel” should cover it:
1. Shrinking unemployment benefits. Some 3.8 million Americans estimated to collect unemployment checks between March and September will feel the pain the most. That’s because unemployment benefit checks are being pared by 9.4%. On average, it would mean a cut of $400 over that period. I know many will disagree with me but I have heard stories of people turning down jobs because they made more off unemployment (or unemployment made it easier to stay home rather than take a job).
2. Beef and chicken to cost more and even face a shortage.
3. Granny won’t get her lunch.
4. Your preschooler could be stuck at home. Some 70,000 children from lower income families will not be able to enroll for pre-schools and daycare centers run by Head Start programs this fall, thanks to at least $400 million in cuts. Unless you are using preschool as a daycare, take your preschooler to the library, art museum, teach them to write and cound on your own. You don’t need preschool.
5. National parks will close campgrounds or open late.
6. Longer lines at the airport.
7. Roofs blown off by Hurricane Sandy won’t get repaired. Isn’t this an insurance company’s responsibility?