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My Christmas Wish List

Updated on December 14, 2012

There are wishes from 2012 that are still unrealized.

"All that glitters is not gold."
"All that glitters is not gold." | Source

Members of Congress will likely recess and enjoy Xmas. The president will be off to Hawaii. The unemployed are still hurting.

Which "first things" are first?

Congress and the president have known for months that there has been a "cliff" they were approaching. It's closer now, and yes it has great importance.

For the unemployed who thought the November election was about them, please think again.

Could that cliff affect even currently employed Americans? The full answer is "Yes."

So why express a "Christmas Wish" for the unemployed?

Because our government in America is meant to serve all the people, the employed and the unemployed. It cannot and must not focus on just one problem to the neglect of all the people.

Currently the president is holding out (some would say stalling) for what he insists is right, and a balancing portion of our government is holding out (some would say stalling) for what they insist is right.

In that tit-for-tat high stakes political game they seem to have forgotten the recurring theme of the recent election. It bears stating again as a reminder to those in power: jobs, jobs for the unemployed who are hurting this Christmas and have been hurting for far too long.

While the high stakes game is being played, and officials long to leave for home or Hawaii, is it too much to remind them that more than 20,000,000 Americans are wishing that those same officials would search their short term memories and busy themselves on fashioning ways to end 2012 with something hopeful for what are supposed to be the "Happy Holidays"?

These and other Americans wish that they might have a unity government, one that believes in working for the common good, one that can put party and rhetoric, and pride aside and legislate for the common good, reach down with a hand up, bring the whole "big picture" into focus and get busy one day at a time, never wasting even a single day.

Is that too much to ask for the benefits, pay, and authority Americans have given?

We expect more. We deserve more. You are giving less than what you are actually capable of giving to the duties of your sworn oaths.

Well before your titles of Independent, Republican, or Democrat, you have another, overriding title: American.

Start showing us that you are.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      prospectboy: We share lots of things as Americans, the good, the bad, and the ugly, but what we must share is our government. Go to the town meetings when your representatives and senators hold them, let them know what your part of the lawn (grass roots) really feels like, and what you most want them to accomplish when they go back to Washington, DC. Then hold them to it by going to the next meeting and the next and asking what they did (or didn't). We can easily be cyncial, but we must make certaib we gave been heard first, and then follow through, or vote next time to replace them.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed reading this honest and heartfelt piece your wrote. I agree wholeheartedly with you on this topic, as I think many Americans can definitely relate to what you are saying. Unfortunately, I just don't think our representatives are going to do the right thing by us. I've just become annoyed with how childish they appear to be. At any rate, great hub. Voted up, and shared!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      eHealer: And, by participating in our Nation's discussions, you are a great citizen!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Perspycacious for giving this info! I will forward it to my Senator now! You are great!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      To email your representative in the House, search for www.house.gov/ and find the box for entering your own Zip Code. Entering it will bring up your representative and how to email him/her.

      www.senate.gov/ will give the email addresses for your senators. Then you can cut and paste this into the message portions of your emails. Add a personal note before or after the paste.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The congress does not live by our standards as we know. They have the best of everything. However the biggest joke to me is when they vote themselves a raise...Why don't they vote us a raise?

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Perspycacious, thank you for the additional tip. I tried sending it via email to my representative, but he was already on vacation and was not receiving emails until January 3, 2013. So, I sent it to the President instead - via email with a little message of my own. I think I'll additionally print and send again. Your message is worth being heard. The more of us who send it, the better. Thank you for letting us share it.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

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      MarleneB} Print and mail, but with your personal note attached, if you want it to stand a chance of seeing the light of day.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice: 20,000,000+ may perhaps include the underemployed. We have seasonal employment right now for the holidays. We all noticed the post-election adjustments to the October and November statistics It is time for some pressure to see the percentages in a steady reduction, not statis, not growing, just improving. It doesn't get better unless it actually does.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The underemployed deserve a voice, too.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Eloquently stated! Every word is exactly how I feel, too. It is my duty to forward your article to my representatives.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Definitely forwarding to my reps. Well stated.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well done!

      I will forward this to my Senators as well, Thank you!

      Mark

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Amen!!!!!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      JThomp42: Thanks for helping to get this one noticed. I'm sending it to my congressional delegation....for what that's worth. Maybe someone else will too.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Good read. Voted up and interesting.