To the Editor:
There are many questions now that Electrolux has closed its doors. The restaurants and shops seem to be busier these days. Electrolux workers no longer have a job to go to every day so they are out and about. The worrisome part of this equation is that after their unemployment benefits end, will they still be eating out or shopping? Will they have money to pay their rent or mortgage? How long can a family continue to reside in our area if they have no unemployment benefits and no job? Will people with no money and no jobs simply move on and leave everything behind?
Their fate will become our fate. Our taxes will rise to make up for their loss. The valuation of our homes will decrease even as our property taxes go up. The unemployment will spread to other sectors in our area. Schools will see enrollment decline. Shops will close as disposable money disappears. Streets and infrastructure will deteriorate.
Decisions made by our government leaders are leaving the middle class in dire straits. Fifty thousand factories have left America and relocated to Mexico, China or beyond our shores. What and who will replace these jobs? Will the efforts to attract new businesses to the area pay wages that will allow the middle class to stay in the middle?
Current policies being made by our government leaders seems to suggest that the middle class is to blame for our poor economy and loss of jobs. The "shared sacrifice" talked about seem to be inflicted mostly on the middle class. Tax cuts are extended to those making $250,000 and above. And we are asked to sacrifice and "share the burden".
Evidently the way to do that is by cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. During the last election cycle, the refrain was "jobs, jobs, jobs." Now all we hear is "cut, cut, cut."
We all want to be positive. Our city says it is working every day to bring jobs to our town and area. And we hope and pray every day for that result.