There is a basic financial management term I fear many who complain of Gov. Blunt’s and Mayor Funkhouser’s budget cuts have forgotten: The word “no.”
I realize delayed gratification is unpopular in our society, but for an economy to flourish there must be more money coming in than there is going out. That’s common sense.
If I don’t have the money for that new car, I might have to settle for a “beater” and live on beans and rice until I do. I might not enjoy the sacrifices, but in the end I’ll gain from them.
Our city and state must do likewise. Cut excesses. Prioritize painfully. Generate revenue. Eventually, we’ll get our luxuries back, and we’ll benefit for years to come for having sacrificed in the short term. Meanwhile, wouldn’t we be better off with level heads and thankful hearts for the blessings we do enjoy?
Repeat this to yourself when you’re tempted to complain about potholes and cuts to the zoo budget: We can’t spend money we don’t have.
And send thank-you notes to politicians who are finally willing to look ahead and, like wise parents, say no when our best interests demand it.