Government Cutbacks


GOVERNMENT CUTBACKS


Government cutbacks affect us all, and they have an adverse
affect on our society, and our ways of living. With these
cutbacks, It is hard to have an optimistic outlook for our
future. The most important and most expensive services that
are recieving cuts, are in health care and education. It is
important that these services are not cut any further, and that
we continue to spend in these areas. Our health and our
children\'s education are hurting as a direct result of the
government\'s spending.

We have overspent money that we shouldn\'t have for a
number of years. Each year a different politician gets up,
and decides how the money is going to get distributed. It is
understandable that government find some ways to recoupe
some money, and they have done a great job with welfare,
and in many other cost saving ways. But the most important
health care and education should not be cut back. Why, you
ask? we\'ll start off with education. Children are our future.
They are the future teachers and doctors, lawyers and
politicians. Class sizes have grown to very high numbers, it is
not unusual to see a class have an average of 35 students.
With the larger class sizes, you create a balance for the
students. On the one side, you have the very smart kids. In
the middle, you have the average kids. And on the other side,
you have the kids that have a lot of potential, but they need the
attention to succeed. The smart ones will be fine, the average
ones will likely sneak through, the ones that is going to have
the worst time of all, and who the cuts are going to hit, is
going to be the kids that need the attention. It is happening
all the time, kids are dropping out of school, when they turn
sixteen. They dream that they will go far, but they are failing
badly and decide that school\'s not for them. 90% of all the
prison population in the United States, are high school
dropouts (Statistic of C.N.N.). That statistic alone is enough
to continue our high standards in education.

Continuing on to healthcare. We have grown to love our
health care system. Anytime that we are sick, we can visit
the doctor, or go to the hospital. Well this too could be a thing
of the past, with the continued cutbacks. Look what is
happening to our hospitals. Our health care system was the
envy of the world, but this is quickly becoming something out of
the past. Look at whats happening in our region of Niagara.
They have decided that Niagara-On-The-Lake hospital
should be closed. The same with the Hotel Dieu hospital in St.
Catharines, and the same with another hospital. All the
services would then be provided at the St.Catharines
General. Beds would be eliminated, jobs would be elimated,
and our safety would be jepordized. People would be dying
on route to the hospital, because they were too far away from
the hospital.

Looking further and going more in depth, government
cutbacks are creating a problem with unemployment. We are
letting young teachers go by the dozen, as well as nurses,
government workers, the list goes on and on. Well qualified
and educated people are deciding that they should find work
elsewhere, and they choose to leave Canada. In the cash
strapped society that we are living in, we must create new
programs to get people jobs, cutting programs is eliminating
jobs.



In these hard times, the most important thing that we can do
for our futures, is protect our health and our education. We
can compare our health care system to that of the United
States, and see how much better our system is. With our
education, we have created some good students, but it has to
continue. If we allow the budget to get smaller, the only
losers are going to be the students. Its our future that we\'re
fighting for, isn\'t Canada\'s future worth it?

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