My New Year Wish List

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"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all." | Source

The Unemployed, Underemployed, and their families, are Americans, too!

A year ago I urged, along with other writer-citizens that our leadership of every office and persuasion live up to the 2012 Campaign rhetoric and remember that the "Change!" they were promising was first and foremost jobs for the 20,000,000+ Americans who were unemployed at that time.

Those 20,000,000+ Americans did not include the underemployed. The 20,000.000+ did not include the families of the unemployed and the underemployed. But the 20,000,000+ did include every one of those Americans whose votes were being sought, and by extension every American who thought election platforms and election rhetoric, election flyers and election ads meant that whoever got elected would make getting Americans back to work in good paying jobs "Job #1."

We pleaded with those who would come into offices of trust to remember their own speeches and promises.

We pleaded for a leadership that would place citizenship above partisanship, and progress for the common good above narrow special interests and personal advantage.

Instead, what we got was a president who wouldn't work with Congress, and a Congress which wouldn't work with itself.

The campaign phone calls, flyers, ads, rhetoric, and party platforms became old news before the ink was even dry on the election results.

Today, a further year of suffering compounded by the end of long term unemployment protections, we find some 20,000,000+ Americans are still unemployed or underemployed. Their families continue to suffer, too often after losing their savings and their homes to foreclosures, and those who should be leading are once again on another vacation to their homes and Hawaii.

Does our leadership start each day the way millions of Americans start each athletic competition....by pledging allegiance to the American flag, and for what it stands: "....one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all"?

I think not, and, if I am right, "My Christmas Wish List" a year from now will once again be unchanged.

Simply put: "Give Americans the dignity of honest jobs at livable wages so everyone can add to the support of their families and their country."

If you fail to make the effort to do so, don't expect any American to believe you mean what you say when you say it.

P. S. In 2014 give us "straight talk." We've had enough of "just talk."

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© 2013 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.



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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Last year, in response to My Christmas Wish List, a number of Hubbers, family, and friends, copied that wish list and sent it with personal notes to members of their congressional delegations, as well as to the White House. The effort seems to have had little effect. But our system of government only works well when enough voters get upset enough to make their wishes known. Won't you join us by making your wishes for a better 2014 known to those who need to know and need to act on our legitimate wishes?


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Thank you for writing this last year and posting it again. Blessings.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

It is so hard to believe anything good will ever happen again. It is as if we can believe or trust no one. They don't seem to realize that American workers is what put money in their pockets and give them the money to play games. Well actually I guess they have spent all that but surely they know there must be more?

Amen to your prayer. ^


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7: The urgent need to get Americans back to work with decent wages was perhaps better expressed in last year's My Christmas Wish List, and this is not simply that plea "posting (it) again." Check it out. You may want to send both of them and ask the powers that be "What have you yourself done in the year that has passed to solve this problem? And, what are you doing right now?"

Jackie Lynnley: It is quite evident that "they" think there is more money, but are down to borrowing it. Granted, when they ship jobs offshore, the next money they spend is even more likely to come from "offshore"! And, "they" don't seem to understand that the money we spend for products we could be making with a "Made In USA" label, is funding the modern foreign infrastructures we so desperately need to be funding here at home (roads, the electric grid, pipelines, airports, education, etc.)


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South

Perspycacious, great hub! Nothing ever changes, no matter how much we protest, because they obviously care nothing about the average American...sad and scary!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

catgypsy: There is a solution I am proposing today, but it takes a politician (of all people!) who will take the high road.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Amazing how so many things are just the same here in Britain, probably in many other countries come to that. Most MPs here, it seems to me, are only bothered about their own benefits & power, about lining their pockets, about seeing their faces in the press and on television, having their egos flattered. The few who want to do some good are swamped because they don't 'play the system' to feed their own ambitions.

Honesty is hard to come by and I think that's what it boils down to, along with common sense and some pure and simple household economics.

Now I'll stop ranting!!

Happy New Year! Ann

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