I must say, the budget of the state of Missouri is stretched tighter than a gnat's ass over a rain barrel. Dollars are short, there is always too much month at the end of the money.
So recently, the Missouri legislature voted to cut medicare benefits to many residents - and those kinds of cuts hurt. It affected my Mom, for instance, who's challenged by many medical problems. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a proponent of programs that allow people to be lazy... the state doesn't owe you a living. But this is one of those ironic situations where the cut hurts those who work, but don't make enough to pay for medical expenses.
Here's where I have a problem with politicians. When a (highly symbolic but meaningful) proposal was floated by a few state lawmakers to cut their own medical benefits by 20 percent... guess what. They voted NOT to.
As I've said before... and will until I see evidence to the contrary... politicians suck in the worst way.