Tell the President That Social Security IS NOT On the Table!

New stories today say President Obama is willing to negotiate cuts to the social safety net to resolve the sequestration issue:

These include the Social Security retirement program and Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs for the elderly, disabled and poor that are becoming more expensive as a large segment of the U.S. population hits retirement age.

Social Security shouldn’t even be pronounced in the same area code as other social safety nets items…it is funded outside the budget…paid for outside the budget…distributed outside the budget…and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the budget deficit!

Let President Obama and your representatives in Congress know that Social Security must not be in play!

Government Doesn’t Create Jobs Except When It Does

It’s been a couple of confusing years as politicians of all stripes claim they will create jobs if elected. And it gets more confusing when certain Republicans claim they will create jobs while saying that government can’t create jobs.

Well Wisconsin (through no fault of its own or its governor) is about to lose 450 jobs that were created by the federal government. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

As its defense business slows, Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it will lay off 450 production employees in January.

“As Oshkosh and others in the defense industry have discussed on numerous occasions, domestic military vehicle production volumes will decline significantly in 2013 due to the reduction in U.S. Defense budgets and the fact that military spending is returning to peacetime levels,” the company said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, these economic factors require Oshkosh to rebalance its defense production workforce starting in January.”

Now in no way am I suggesting that the federal government ramp up defense spending to save these jobs. And I hope that we don’t see a conflict in the future that will ramp up production of military weapons. And I am pleased to see that Oshkosh Corp. will assist its employees in finding other employment. Considering the lack of skilled workers I would hope any number of area manufacturers would welcome them on board.

But the next big issue: if the automatic sequestration cuts in federal spending occur as scheduled, these 450 jobs will be small potatoes.