Have You Noticed?
The news is full of stories about countries needing to cut budgets. Politicians, economists, "experts", and everyone-with-a-mouth has something to say. The majority of cuts seem to always be services such as police, fire, health care, trash collection, etc. needed by average citizens. The toughest jobs are always hit hardest. No politician talks of saving money (it's too easy to raise taxes). And, foreign aid never gets cut, because that is more important than services and jobs for citizens.
Have you noticed that politicians salaries or benefits are never mentioned and certainly never reduced?
I worked for a company that faced bankruptcy. As a member of senior management, we were tasked with cutting budgets and finding ways to save money. I recall sitting a large rooms, where the collected geniuses came up with such great ideas as cutting cleaning ladies and buying cheaper toilet paper. It was agreed that all would fly economy, even the chairman. It is times like this, when true character is revealed. I recall one Board member refusing to travel (his job had global responsibilities) if he could not fly first class. I recall wondering how he would do his job. And, as mentioned above, there was no talk of taking a pay reduction to help the company survive. Cutting positions at the lower level of the payroll came first.
At some point, citizens might notice the discrepancy. The rich stay well-paid and the poor lose his or her job.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.