Twenty-four billion dollars is more money than I can possibly imagine being assembled at one time. But I suppose when you are dealing with someone else’s money, you don’t have to bother to think about it.
The members of Congress who planned to shut down the government for a few days probably never even considered it. Obviously, the public’s money is not worth thinking about.
In any case, the money was wasted. Nothing was gained from it. And when one stops to think of the number of children who probably went to bed hungry during those nights, it can be upsetting.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about the hatred people feel toward Barack Obama. Really, there have been presidents I haven’t particularly liked, but I have never hated them.
Hopefully, before the next presidential campaign people will have gotten over their feelings and be willing to give the next president a chance. Americans are going to have to realize that there are all kinds of people who are citizens of this country and any one of them may be elected president.
In the meantime, the country has a lot of work to do. People are desperate for jobs. Some people have been out of work for several years. Many of our jobs have moved out of the country, and we are going to have to have work in the United States. We could have used that $24 billion to create jobs.
This recession has gone on for a lot longer than many thought it would. Some people have lost their jobs and their homes, and they are climbing out of the hole and trying to regroup. Some people have moved in with relatives to try to make ends meet. Many have taken on an additional job to try to make it.
This has been a long haul. Most of us have had a lot more to think about than whether we like the president. We have been trying to work our way out of various other situations.
It’s unfortunate that some people hate the Affordable Care Act. Most of us will have to wait until we find out more about it before we can make a decision.
We’re just glad the government has gone back to work.
Rose Nolen writes a weekly column for the Missourian. You can join the conversation with her by calling 882-5734 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.