The Debt Clock
Sometimes when when looking at numbers regarding the National Debt, it can feel overwhelming. The number is enormous. It seems a bit counter intuitive to me we as a country spend millions (sometimes billions or even trillions) of dollars helping other countries when we clearly don’t have a handle on things here at home. I get that there are more complex issues involved with that, and I don’t want anyone anywhere to be without basic necessities, yet I wonder how much of the money we send to other countries really gets applied to programs to provide basic necessities to people in need. The United States has been in financial crisis for some time now, and our National Debt is exorbitant. We’ve given corporations bail outs, while many citizens of our own country are struggling to keep the lights on and food on the table. Yes, a certain personal responsibility comes in to play at some point, but there are also many working families who have crisis arise (medical issues, job loss, etc). They may have been saving diligently for years, debt free (maybe mortgage or a car loan outstanding), and great citizens in their respective communities, but when a crisis comes and perhaps stays longer than they could’ve anticipated, they are pretty much on their own to figure out a solution. Politicians claim to have the best interests of ”The Middle Class” when it’s campaign time, yet this is the class hardest hit in times of trouble. They make just enough that they don’t qualify for assistance programs, yet not enough to always pay for everything they need.
There are government assistance programs in our country that are quite helpful to those in need. I personally know of several people who are currently using them, and some others who need them but don’t qualify. I get irritated when I hear of friends using these programs while they are in a transitional period and are publicly judged by others, that’s just wrong. These are hard working individuals who have paid into the system for years, they are entitled to payments from programs they’ve supported over the years when they need it. I also know of some who have used the system to their benefit when they shouldn’t have or could have been working, but weren’t. They know my opinion on that. I know of one family who made SEVEN DOLLARS too much last year to qualify for a much needed program. If they’d worked ONE less hour, they’d qualify for the program with reduced fees, without that assistance, they can’t afford to pay for their child to get a special needs therapy that she really needs. I get that there will always be a cutoff point, but it should be significantly higher than it is.
That billion dollars we sent to a country many have never heard of, could pay for school lunches for many kids in this country. It could pay for more beds in a homeless shelter. It could pay for so many needed services, here in the country of citizens that earned that money. I hope that one day we will have politicians who are less concerned with personal greed and more concerned with what is in the actual best interests of their constituents.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Trading Academy, regardless all thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.
You can view a very informative infographic on the national debt at: http://www.tradingacademy.com/
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