Can someone help me out here?
There is a little aspect of gubmint that has me baffled.
The news here for the last few days has been full of protests at the cuts in the health system which of course were aimed at the disabled. Our health service is apparently over budget by a couple of hundred million so they naturally try to cut services to the most vulnerable.
The gubmint have rolled back on those cuts after some well organised protests, with dire threats that “someone else will have to suffer”.
Now, what I don’t understand is why they can’t take the necessary cash from some other budget?
We seem to have plenty of the folding stuff when it comes to other projects. They are talking about extending Dublin’s trolley system which will probably cost a couple of billion. No problems there? They are talking about high speed broadband for everyone in the country. Not that that will ever happen, but the planning alone will cost a few more million.
Having been a married man and homeowner since the 70s, I would consider myself a bit of a mini-government. I had to worry about incomes and expenditures. I had to do my own budgeting. What’s worse is that I had to do that through some very tough times.
One of the basic rules of household budgeting is to prioritise. You pay the most important bills first and if there is cash left over you pay the less important ones. It is only common sense?
Now can you imagine a scenario where I couldn’t afford to pay for the daughter’s school fees, yet we all still head off for a fortnight in the sun? That would be madness, yet this apparently is what out gubmint is doing. Their attitude is to the effect that the holiday money is “a different budget” and is therefore somehow different from the school budget. Or to put it in the current context, broadband and transport are more important than the sick and disabled.
So if they have run out of cash in a high priority area like health, why can’t they move some funds over from a budget that is less critical and which is in surplus?
Surely that is very basic logic?
Or am I missing something?