The Rolling Stones sang, "You can't always get what you want" and now our elected representatives are faced with hard decisions, during what no one can argue are difficult financial times.
Government has become no more immune than average Americans who finally find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. It’s not easy to distinguish between what we need versus what we want.
A critical distinction that becomes ever more clouded in today’s rapidly changing electronic world of constant stimulation and stroking those we have anointed as our best and brightest. Our self-imposed ADHD culture seems to overlook some basic tenants of what was once taken for granted when one reached adulthood – whatever your definition of that is.
But you can’t have champagne taste on a beer budget. Get real. Life isn’t fair and there is no substitute for hard work. The citizens of this state, and nation for that matter, deserve realistic leadership in those elected offices.
Across-the-board budget cuts, layoffs, reduction in salaries are reality. And it should start with those in elected positions.
I mean, why can’t these representatives of the people take a reduction in salaries just like other state employees, or for that matter, the majority of households and individuals who have had to tighten their own belts to get by?
It’s not easy nor desired. Guess that is why a lot people refer to these individuals as politicians instead of leaders. But, I could be wrong.