It seems that every second thread on P.ie these days is anti Government i.e. anti an administration that is in power for less that 2 years with a mandate to sort out a crisis that will take 10 years to somewhat resolve.
The negativity is crucifying. The vast majority of posts to these threads reek of entitlement. People are prepared to criticise but not to give. Posters don't seem to accept a reality that a deficit of over Ä10bn is a) unsustainable, b) reducing, and c) not created by either of the parties in power right now. The sense of unreality from posters who claim to have all the answers but couldn't actually run a school jamboree is bordering on hilarious.
And anyone who claims to have any respect or support for this Government is slammed and ridiculed, which I will be after I post this.
When criticising the country or the Government, people should be clear what their standard is or who they are comparing country or Government too. Personally I feel grateful to live in a country where my daughter will receive free education up to when she leaves secondary school. My Dad, at 82, gets partially subsidised by the State to spend his final years in a nursing home. When we needed carers assistance we received it, when we needed more we paid for it. If we are asked to pay more for my Dads care we will happliy stump it up.
Like everyone else, we are getting less in childcare after the last budget, but so be it. We will make our adjustment as necessary. And that doesn't make me a poodle or a Government patsie or whatever. Simply, anything is preferable to the State going under.
Nothing is perfect. I believe that universal benefits should be means tested or taxed. Why should people in Ballymun subsidise people in Foxrock. I don't understand why Governments don't tackle this and there should be an intention to deal with this announced by the sitting Government with the intention of it being brought in within, say 2 years. I also have issues with paying unsecured bond holders. But those criticising the actions of the Government have a) never negotiated for as much as a bag of fruit, and, b) have no concept of what would arise from unilateral default. The Government won't pay the promissory note next year but that won't be enough for most people, particularly those who were so certain that the Euro was going to wind up 2 years ago, then 18 months ago, then 1 year ago etc. If you keep saying it often enough, it will happen eventually.
Also, there are weak links in Government. Hogan and Reilly are liabilities. Of that there is no doubt. I can only think that Enda Kenny has decided that there will be no cabinet resignations in his time. However, like I say, nothing is perfect and the faults of this Government are miniscule compared to what we've been through in the previous 14 years.
I do believe that this Government will restore economic sovereignty. And it will do so by taking the hard decisions for which we will all pay. When that is done, it will be payback time and the country (and hopefully the most vulnerable) will share in the fruits of a competitive and revived economy, in a responsible manner.
I am aware that our representatives are well paid and an example needs to be set from above. However, the current Government has taken pay cuts and the Taoiseach is paid substantially less than is predecessors. Also, no more will we say the massive pay off for retiring ministers that the last FF bunch paid themselves. Many P.ie posters think that the measure of a good Taoiseach or a good Government is the size of the reduction in pay that they take.
We need to take responsibility for ourselves, our families and our neighbours (particularly the elderly), and keep community at the heart of what we do. We should never forget how lucky most of us are, and work for those who aren't so lucky. We should set the right example to our kids and teach them to be compassionate and unselfish. We should be thankful that we live in a democracy. And above all we should stop the incessant whinging and take responsibility for ourselves, our community and our country.