The cuts at Keesler Air Force Base got me to thinking. No one wants to lose their job and no one wants a pay cut.
However, 1,000 people making $40,000 equals $40 million annually. If 250 people lost their jobs and the pay stays the same, the economic savings appear to be $10 million.
But what about the ruined lives of the 250 families who lost their jobs? Would it not be a lesser evil for 1,000 families to take a pay cut and everyone stay employed? This would reduce average annual income from $40,000 to $30,000, which is a huge hit, but would you rather your neighbor become unemployed, hungry and on welfare?
For America to reduce our $17 trillion debt, we may all need to think of ways to reduce debt without sacrificing jobs.
JOHN C. MOZINGO Jr.