According to a February 10th CNN report, construction worker Pedro Pablo, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, came to the United States four years ago in hopes of providing a better income for his wife and five sons back home.
When he arrived in California Pablo found construction jobs plentiful but over the last year he has only worked three days. “I left my family and lost four years with them,” he told CNN reporters. “I will ask them to forgive me.”
How bad must it really get before Congress stops deliberating on pork spending and starts doing something that might actually have an effect on our economy? It’s easy for our representatives to sit in their offices, look at statistics and take our tax money for whatever they want, completely unaffected by the financial crisis facing the everyday citizen.
I find it disturbing when the morning news has a headline about illegal aliens who risked everything for a chance at “the American dream,” but are instead returning to the poverty they left behind because even they cannot find work.
I have but one thing to say: Mr. President, where’s that change you promised? Since the inauguration we’ve seen an increase in layoffs, business closures and food prices and, instead of money going to the people, it’s being slated for Wall Street fat cats, corporate execs and lobbying groups. I will give credit where it is due, however.
The president did put a cap on how much money a corporate executive can receive from the government bailout funds. Gee, it must be tough to survive on only a half-million bucks. How will they ever make it? (Yes, that was sarcastic.)
I may be mistaken, but flying off to Indiana and Florida for more meaningless soapbox speeches is only spending taxpayer money for nothing. I can’t even imagine how much jet fuel Air Force One uses on trips like that. The campaign is over, and, as you, Mr. President, are so fond of reminding Republicans, you won – and we’re still waiting.
To be fair, Congress must work to put together a viable solution but what the White House considers to be viable is laced with overspending – from both sides. The current House and Senate versions of economic stimulus bill are together more than 1,500 pages long. Buried in those pages are the billions of dollars intended to stimulate the economy but the waste lies shrouded in the tapestry of good deeds.
The people of America should be furious that our tax money is going, not to immediately prime the economy, but mostly to corrupt organizations like Acorn and projects like consolidated block grants for Puerto Rico and American Samoa (page 18, line 14 of the Senate version of the bill). The block grants include nutritional funding for children, which is not a bad thing of course. But what about a block grant for the children of unemployed parents in towns like Morain, Ohio where GM has closed a factory?
If that’s not enough short-sightedness on Capitol Hill, the Treasury Department has now authorized a second bailout for the banks in hopes of making credit more readily available to consumers. Wasn’t the first $700 billion supposed to do that? Oh wait, that went to executive office décor – sorry, my mistake.
In a way, I would love for our overpaid, egocentric representatives in Washington to have to walk in the shoes of their constituents. At the same time, I wouldn’t wish the stress and uncertainty on anyone – not even Congress. It seems like these people do not see themselves as accountable to the American public, at least not until the next election.
In his play about the life of King Henry V, Shakespeare said, “The King is not bound to answer the particular endings of his soldiers, the father of his son, nor the master of his servant”. We don’t have a king, but the people making our laws certainly see themselves that way sometimes. Dare they don the cloaks of common and walk amongst the people just once? I think not. It would be below most of them to have to share in the suffering of the people, however great or small it might be.
I wonder if Nancy Pelosi has to decide today whether to put gas in the car or buy milk for the kids? I kind of doubt it. Don’t worry Nancy, we’ll make it. We commoners are smarter than you give us credit. Speaking of credit, can I borrow $20 for gas?