First Person: Proposed Cuts Motivate Me to Help the Poor

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Most of the spending cuts recently detailed by the White House may be tough for some people, but they seem reasonable. Considering our country's national debt is out of control, I welcome spending cuts that will ensure a better future. According to a recent article by CNNMoney, some of the spending cuts that may kick in March 1 will affect programs such as Head Start and Meals on Wheels. No matter what the government decided to cut, I think some people would play up the shock value. In some cases, the cuts could be a good thing. In other cases, the cuts aren't good but people can help out to fill in the cracks.

Fewer meals on wheels

While I know first hand from working in a senior citizens community that the "meals on wheels" program helps a lot of senior citizens, I also know there are plenty of churches and other places of worship in this country that can perform outreach services to the elderly. Moreover, entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security are protected from the spending cuts. It seems the network of people who can help poor seniors in need of meals is already in place.

Fewer food inspections

Of all the spending cuts, the only one that bothers me to some extent is fewer food inspections. According to the article, the spending cuts will mean 2,100 fewer food inspections. As a consumer, I'll be more careful to purchase my foods from reliable sources and grow my own foods. I'll continue to shop for items that are certified organic. I think it's interesting that anyone would worry about fewer food inspections considering much of the food Americans eat contains so many genetically modified and artificial ingredients. If the fewer food inspections relate to meat products, I would be tempted to go for meatless meals I cook at home.

Fewer research grants

As a parent of a son who wants to become a scientist, we might be affected in the future by the spending cuts on grants for research and laboratories. At the same time, there are hundreds of pharmaceutical companies that could afford to pay for scientists and students to conduct their work. It's up to for-profit companies to step forward and offer grants.

Fewer criminals prosecuted

Evidently, the spending cuts will 1,000 fewer criminals prosecuted due to furloughed federal prosecutors. I personally don't want my tax paying money to go into the injustice system. It's too expensive to support the prison system, especially when it's clogged with so many nonviolent people who could easily be released. Getting rid of outdated and obsolete laws that don't match most people's values today would clear out plenty of prisoners who are of no threat to society.

One of the major problems with spending cuts is the fear that more than $1 million jobs will be lost. However, it seems to me that new jobs will replace the ones that are lost. For example, may seniors can use their social security to pay for a food delivery service.

I want to see a major dent put in the national debt because otherwise, my children and their generation will spend their entire lives paying off debt they didn't create or have any say in creating. I know my Social Security benefits will be cut in half or my full retirement age will be increased to 70 due to the deficit. I just think the problems in the future will pale to the ones today if people don't get on board in accepting some spending cuts.

Hearing about the government spending cuts motivated me to learn more about how I could volunteer to help with nonprofit programs to help the needy.

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