Oh, Say Can You See…the New America?


Originally Posted May 18, 2011

Gee, what does the GOP want America to be like in the future? I begin by saying that the top 1% of the country (where the nation’s wealth is concentrated) can be assured that they can live anywhere in the world leaving behind New America (ten years from now).  So, it troubles them not that our future will be like that of a third world country where many of our students won’t be able to go to school due to cuts in education.  They won’t be able to rise to top leadership posts in business and government.  They will not have had the benefits of Head Start, Sesame Street and educational TV. Colleges and universities will be so expensive that only the rich will be able to afford them.  The one hope for meritorious students, scholarships, will be diminished.  The cuts that Paul Ryan & Co want to establish will surely shrink our field of good nurses and doctors.  How will lawyers survive?  The good jobs of today will be filled in New America by the less qualified who are paid less. [Are you picturing New America in your mind?]

Republicans in Congress want to solve our economic problems on the backs of the poor and the middle class.  The latter two are the ones always called to “lift that barrow, tote that bale.”  They are the ones who strap on a gun to defend our Constitution.  They are the ones who will grow old in New America and find retirement and old age pure misery.  Right now Medicaid is suffering trying to take care of the aged poor in nursing homes. Although the middle class retired pay a monthly premium to be on Medicare, Paul Ryan and John Boehner want to shut down Medicare as we know it. In New America the retired will be given a voucher (not unlike a grocery store coupon) to use when going out to find medical insurance.  What insurance company in the future would give a policy to someone who has the illnesses that afflict the elderly? None!   Heaven help them if they touch Social Security, except to extend its life and benefits.  The top 1% of the country will live on accumulated wealth in their literal “golden years.”  The rest of us will look for Social Security benefits to live on.  Although we will be too old (and too sick) to work, our daily expenses will continue. Social Security will be our lifeline!

It has been heartening to hear that many republicans got lots of flack when they went home the other day and presented their vision for “New America” to their constituents. We saw a town hall where Paul Ryan, himself, was harried and had to sneak out of the building and leave secretly. [No images of the latter.]

Meetings are going on at the Whitehouse to reach a compromise on the budget,debt ceiling/spending cut problems. Vice President Biden came out of one meeting yesterday and gave a hopeful message.  Speaker of the House, John Boehner held a press conference where he painted a picture of democrats cowering and panicking as they were being forced to yield to the republicans.  Just a few months ago Mr. Boehner said that he could see both sides reaching “common ground.” Now he shows no will to compromise. He sweats and defies the will of the people saying republicans will not vote for tax increases on the rich.  The financial pull of the rich is remarkably strong. RICH PEOPLE! REPUBLICANS! You sit at the table of life eating high on the hog. Please elbow a little room so that the poor and middle class can eat. It’s the American thing to do!

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Everyday we don’t hear John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell say that they will end the grossly unfair and indefensible oil subsidies for OIL INDUSTRY at a time of record oil company profits.  There was a time when the oil drilling industry needed government help to keep it growing. No longer. Yes, in relation to the profits, the subsidies are not a large amount of money. But, that is no excuse to continue throwing money away. Yet, the oil companies have directed the republicans to resist repealing oil subsidies along with tax increases for the rich. It seems like there is a class of Americans that feels it is entitled to hold all of the wealth in the country by continually hosing the middle-class.  Quality of life for the middle-class has been severely damaged while the rich, and the republicans who protect them, live high on the hog! Where’s the basic fairness in our country?

I read about the “greatest generation” who sacrificed and fought ’til victory in World War II. Since then we have been slowly spiraling into a new country with less noble values and ignoble goals. Just what do we stand for?  We elected an Afro-American President to show that truly in America the best man can get that job regardless of race.  Since his inauguration republicans have waged an ugly and unrelenting campaign to fight President Obama’s efforts to deliver on promises of change.  And, Barack Obama is too much of a gentleman to toot his own horn and praise his accomplishments. WHY HASN’T THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEAD A CHORUS CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT?

Are we as a nation so mired in the muck of despair that we can see no hope at the end of the proverbial tunnel?  We need an issue that will galvanize the people into one-minded vigor for the America we have given lip-service to for decades. The middle-class must self-emancipate. We need an issue that will get the couch potatoes, the young and even the infirm, out to the voting booths for state and federal elections culminating in a democratic presidential victory in 2012.  Will you do your part? God bless you!


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I guess you are fit to be tied after hearing today’s news on profits for the oil industry‘s first quarter.  Many of us are paying $4/gal for gasoline to fill our cars. It just seems obscene, perverse and unjust all at once.  Especially when you add the millions we give these profiteers as OIL SUBSIDIES.  I was so moved that I wrote this email to the President and my federal elected representatives:

April 27, 2011

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[recipient name was inserted here],

We are in challenging economic times.  The American people can no longer
look the other way and ignore veiled winks of the eye as we pay billions
of taxpayer dollars to oil companies in the form of subsidies while at the
same time they have the largest profits in recent memory.

Please use your vote and influence to END OIL SUBSIDIES. Your country will
appreciate your honest service and duty.

Sincerely,

Feel free to use this text, modify it and send it to your elected federal representatives.

Do those in the DC beltway care about our everyday struggles to stretch a dollar?  We have to pay for transportation to work. Then we have to decide between food, medication and cleaning our clothes we wear to work, etc.  “We” are the lower 98% of the population.  I have pointed out here how the great divide between the “haves and the have-nots” widens each day.  Can you imagine living in the miserable world that Paul Ryan and his republican brothers would visit upon us?  If you do nothing, don’t complain when miserable goes from concept to reality. I have to go down trying.


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