My New Year Wish List
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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